Enjoy a rare and unique itinerary that visits remote stretches of coastline as well as vibrant urban outposts between Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the all-suite 100-guest Caledonian Sky.

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 Cape Town, South Africa  Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa  Penguins in Cape Point  Seals sunbathing in Mossel Bay  Durban, South Africa

Southern Africa Coastal Cruise

Maputo to Cape Town aboard the Caledonian Sky

15 days from $10,990

Enjoy a rare and unique itinerary that visits remote stretches of coastline as well as vibrant urban outposts between Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the all-suite 100-guest Caledonian Sky.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

This rare and unique voyage cruises to remote stretches of coastline as well as vibrant urban centers between Maputo and Cape Town. 

Highlights Include

  • Wildlife: Encounter an amazing variety of animals, including southern Africa’s Big Five—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo—during visits to game reserves, wetlands, nature reserves, and wild animal parks. One of Africa’s oldest reserves, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, is home to the continent’s largest white rhino population.
  • Cultural History: Learn about the traditions of the Zulu and Xhosa-speaking people; stop at the former whaling center at Hermanus; and delve into the rich history of Port Elizabeth, a centuries-old deep water harbor that is in the midst of an impressive revitalization and home to a host of museums.
  • Garden Route: Cruise along the stretch of South Africa’s coastline that is widely regarded as the most beautiful region in the country, stopping in Mossel Bay to experience the diverse vegetation, gleaming lagoons, and towering coastal cliffs up close.
  • Durban and Cape Town: Spend time in two of South Africa’s most dynamic cities. Durban, framed by stunning beaches and grand mountain ranges, is a fascinating patchwork of Zulu, Indian, and European cultures. Cape Town, boasting a scenic setting between the towering Table Mountain and the rocky Cape Peninsula, offers a complex social and political history, world-class views, and all the trappings of a modern metropolis.
  • Wine Country: Visit the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) coastal wine region, a new district specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and venture outside of Cape Town to the scenic Cape Winelands district, a centuries-old haven of rolling hills blanketed in vineyards and tasting rooms, including the popular Stellenbosch wines.
  • Caledonian Sky: Refurbished in 2018, this all-suite ship benefits from unusually spacious cabins, public areas, anddecks. Partial days at sea offer the chance to sample the ship’s many amenities, relax in one of the lounges, or visit the bridge for an insider’s look at what it takes to navigate a modern vessel.

Itinerary

Day 1 and 2 – Depart U.S., Arrive in Maputo, Mozambique

Arrive in Maputo and transfer to your hotel located near the Maputo seafront. Gather this evening for a welcome orientation and reception. (R)

Day 3 – Maputo, Mozambique (Embark)

After a morning lecture, visit the Museum of Natural History, then continue to San Sebastian Fortress, the oldest complete fort in sub-Saharan Africa. View the unique Casa do Ferro, an iron-constructed prefabricated house designed by Gustave Eiffel. Embark the Caledonian Sky this afternoon for the Captain’s welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 – Richards Bay, South Africa

Cruise along this coast this morning, arriving in Richards Bay in the late afternoon. Enjoy a sunset cruise in the iSimangaliso Wetlands, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.

Day 5 – Richards Bay, South Africa

Today is a choice of full-day excursions:

  • Search for the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros) in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest reserve in Africa, or ;
  • Visit the living cultural museum of DumaZulu Traditional Village and the Cheetah project which cares for orphaned or injured cheetahs. The ship departs Richards Bay this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Durban, South Africa

Explore Durban and the Inanda Township, home of John Langalibalele, first president of the South African Native National Congress which evolved into the ANC. Spend the afternoon at sea to enjoy the amenities of the ship and lectures. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – East London, South Africa

Cruise along the Sunshine Coast this morning. Later, explore East London, the only river port in South Africa. Learn about the Xhosa-speaking people and their culture. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Visit Addo Elephant National Park, a diverse wildlife conservation park. Explore Port Elizabeth, including Route 67, the city’s art & heritage trail, highlighting 67 artworks – one for every year Nelson Mandela devoted to public life. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Mossel Bay, South Africa

Enjoy a relaxing morning at sea. This afternoon, choose between excursion options: 

  • Search for the Big Five, as well as antelope, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and more at the family-owned Botlierskop Private Game Reserve; or
  • Explore Mossel Bay, a harbor town with historic stone homes and South Africa’s first post office. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Mossel Bay, South Africa

From Mossel Bay, strike out for a full-day adventure along the scenic Garden Route, with a stop at an ostrich farm to learn about the world’s largest bird. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Hermanus, South Africa

Cruise along the coastline this morning. This afternoon, choose between excursion options:

  • Drive through the scenic vineyards of Hemel-en-Aarde in the Walker Bay wine region; visit a local boutique winery and enjoy a tasting or;
  • Stroll through a remarkable diversity of flora at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region. With 25 acres of cultivated gardens and 470 acres of natural fynbos, the garden contains 1600 plant species. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town and disembark the ship. Take a ferry to Robben Island in Table Bay. A guided tour of this World Heritage site unveils the history of the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years before the fall of apartheid.

Return by ferry to continue to Table Mountain, which looms over Cape Town. Weather-permitting, ascend the mountain by cable-car to enjoy incredible views of Cape Town and Table Bay.

Later, arrive at the five-star Table Bay Hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight to enjoy one of the many popular Cape Town restaurants. (B,L)

Day 13 – Cape Town, South Africa

Choose between two full-day tours:

  • Enjoy the stunning view from Cape Point, the most southern point of the African continent or;
  • Take a scenic drive through the vineyards, hamlets and Cape Dutch farmsteads of the Cape Winelands.

Gather for a festive farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 14 – Depart back to the U.S.

Group transfers are provided to the airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)

Flights departing on January 30th arrive in the U.S. on January 31, 2021.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)