During this rare and unique itinerary, cruise along remote stretches of coastline and visit vibrant urban outposts between Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa. You're sure to enjoy the breadth of excursions featuring cultural sites and wondrous nature, including safari experiences.

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 Ostriches amid fields of yellow rapeseed, South Africa's Garden Route  Landscape of the Stellenbosch Wine District  Cape Town, South Africa  Leopards on safari  Viewing lions during a game drive  Rhino on the savanna. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Elephants gather at a watering hole.  Herd of zebra  Lone cheetah on the watch  Coastal city of Durban  Seals sunbathing in Mossel Bay  Cape Town's Table Mountain with Robben Island in foreground, South Africa  Panorama of Cape Town  Penguins in Cape Point  Table Mountain, Cape Town

Southern Africa Coastal Cruise

Maputo to Cape Town aboard the Caledonian Sky

15 days from $10,990

During this rare and unique itinerary, cruise along remote stretches of coastline and visit vibrant urban outposts between Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa. You're sure to enjoy the breadth of excursions featuring cultural sites and wondrous nature, including safari experiences.

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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 scenic Cape Winelands district, a centuries-old haven of rolling hills blanketed in vineyards and tasting rooms, including the popular Stellenbosch wines.
  • Small Ship Experience: Refurbished in 2018, the Caledonian Sky is an all-suite ship with unusually spacious cabins, public areas, and decks. 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. See more information about this ship on the Tour Details page. This voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. 

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 – Cape Town, South Africa

Spend the morning cruising then arrive at your final stop, Cape Town. Take in the spectacular views of Table Mountain, then stop at Bo Kapp, a historical center of Cape Malay Culture. Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, established as a center for the study and preservation of indigenous flora of southern Africa. Return to the ship late in the day and enjoy a Captain’s farewell reception and dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Cape Town, South Africa

Depart the ship and take a ferry to Robben Island located 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. Continue to the beautifully restored town of Stellenbosch, founded in 1679 and renowned for its Cape Dutch architecture and stately oaks. In the late 17th century, French Huguenots introduced winemaking to the area and the region has since evolved to become the hub of the Cape’s wine industry. Check in to the Table Bay Hotel late this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight to enjoy one of the many popular Cape Town restaurants. (B, L)

Day 13 – Cape Town, South Africa

Depart the hotel and enjoy the scenic drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, an integral part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which has the highest known concentration of plant species in the world. Visit Cape Point, the most southern point of the African continent. Continue to Boulders Beach to observe the colony of African Penguins that live there. Return to Cape Town and 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)