Are you captivated by the allure of Africa? Whether it's the enchanting beaches or the thrill of a wildlife safari, there's no better way to experience this remarkable continent than on a cruise. With Norwegian Cruise Line, you can journey to many diverse ports, each offering an exciting taste of Africa's splendor. Are you considering an Africa cruise? If so, prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure with our 2024 Africa cruise itineraries. Unpack just once and savor the multitude of experiences.
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Experience the Extraordinary on a 2024 Africa Cruise
A Norwegian cruise to Africa opens up a world of extraordinary experiences. Here are a few highlights from the ports you could visit to kick your cruise planning into high gear.
Embark on a Safari
Our Africa cruise itineraries are incomplete without an exhilarating safari! Depending on your chosen cruise, a range of unforgettable game drives await. Richards Bay, a popular safari spot, offers an overnight stay at a mountain lodge nestled amidst pristine wilderness. Enjoy locally sourced meals, an evening game drive, and more. Early mornings and evenings provide the best chances to spot majestic wildlife, including rhinos, elephants, lions, and leopards. For a more intimate wildlife experience, consider the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, where you may encounter lions, elephants, zebras, rhinos, impalas, and giraffes.
17-Day Africa from Dubai to Mauritius: UAE, Seychelles, Kenya & Tanzania
12-Day Africa from Mauritius to Cape Town: South Africa & Madagascar
14-Day Africa from Mauritius to Doha: Seychelles, Madagascar, Oman & UAE
Discover South African Wine Country
A stop in Cape Town opens the door to South Africa's famed wine region, Stellenbosch. This sprawling vineyard landscape, known for its cabernet and merlot blends, syrah, and chenin blanc, offers an immersive exploration into the world of winemaking. Book a Stellenbosch excursion to visit one of the region's top winemaking estates, where you'll learn about the intricate process behind each bottle.
Go Birdwatching in Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay, a paradise for bird enthusiasts, is home to more than 150 different bird species. A shore excursion to the tranquil Walvis Bay Lagoon allows travelers to see rare species like the Damara tern or the intriguing phalaropes and grebes. Don't forget to visit Pelican Point, a bustling colony of Cape fur seals.
Norwegian's 2024 Africa cruises will sail from either Cape Town, South Africa, or Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Depending on your chosen itinerary, your voyage may circle back to Cape Town or disembark in Dubai or Port Louis, Mauritius. If you opt for a Mediterranean and Middle East cruise with a stop in Egypt, your cruise typically commences in Dubai.
Unforgettable Stops on an Africa Cruise
In 2024, Norwegian promises to whisk you away to some of Africa's most captivating destinations. Here are the potential ports of call to mark on your map:
- Cape Town, South Africa.
- Mossel Bay, South Africa.
- Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), South Africa.
- Richards Bay, South Africa.
- Durban, South Africa.
- Luderitz, Namibia.
- Walvis Bay, Namibia.
- Maputo, Mozambique.
- Nosy Be, Madagascar.
- Port Victoria, Seychelles.
- La Digue, Seychelles.
- Pointe Des Galets, Reunion.
- Safaga, Egypt.
Meet Madagascar's Lemurs
Madagascar's Lokobe Natural Reserve is a treasure trove of biodiversity. A guided excursion here offers opportunities to see endemic species like black lemurs. Interestingly, males are entirely black, while females boast rust-colored coats and white ear tufts. Keep an eye out for pygmy kingfishers, snakes, panther chameleons, and leaf-tailed geckos in this lush habitat.
Spot African Penguins
In Port Elizabeth, the Penguin Island Cruise excursion is a standout experience. You'll journey to the world's largest colony of African penguins in their natural habitat. If you're lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of playful humpback and bottle-nose dolphins.
Scale an Active Volcano
For the adventurous cruiser, Pointe des Galets on Reunion Island offers the chance to climb an active volcano. Piton de la Fournaise rises over 8,600 feet. Once you complete the challenging climb, you're rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. The viewpoint at Pas de Bellecombe is perched atop a 492-foot cliff.
Visit the Island of War
Mombasa is a vibrant port city with a tumultuous past, which is why it earned the nickname the Island of War. Here, you'll experience African, Indian, and Arab cultures in one place. Fort Jesus is one of Mombasa's notable sites. It was built by the Portuguese in 1593. In less than 200 years, the fort changed hands nine times. Be sure to try some local cuisine to experience the blend of cultures here.
Relax on Seychelles' Beaches
The Seychelles are a beach-lover's dream, with stunning white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and intriguing granite boulders. Here, you can lounge under the sun, snorkel in the vibrant coral reefs, or embark on an island-hopping adventure.
Unearth Ancient Egypt
On a Mediterranean and Middle East cruise, a stop in Safaga, Egypt, offers a chance to step back in time. Consider an overnight excursion to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, which brings you face-to-face with ancient Egyptian civilization's grandeur. This excursion includes an evening visit to see the light and sound show at the Karnak Temple.
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