A land of beautiful contrasts and a tumultuous history, South Africa has much to offer both the new and seasoned traveler. Africa brings to mind warm, red sunsets and safaris where you can view elephants and lions in their natural habitat. South Africa may bring to mind Nelson Mandela and his fight to end apartheid, but South Africa has so much more to offer.
A wine powerhouse, South Africa has stunning vineyards and wineries, world class golf and beautiful Dutch architecture all amongst one of nature’s most stunning backdrops. This is what makes South Africa such a gem for visitors.
Cruising offers you an easy, safe and luxurious way to explore the many facets of South Africa. We can begin your adventure in its capital city, Cape Town.
Cape Town Splendor
Table Mountain is a must see. You won’t be able to put your camera down on the cable ride up to the top. Table Mountain boasts panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk to the Castle of Good Hope or the Milnerton Lighthouse.
If you enjoy learning about history and culture, a trip to Robben Island or even doing the walk to freedom tour, where you follow the footsteps of the iconic Mandela, may be what excites you. The trip to Robben Island itself combines stunning views of Table Bay with whales and dolphins frolicking alongside your boat.
The Steenberg Golf Club in the Constantia Winelands is close to the city and easily accessible for the day. Play a round with the Silvermine mountain range as your backdrop and then enjoy a wine tasting and dining experience at the Constantia bistro.
The architecture in Cape Town is a blend of Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch architecture and the Malay Quarter’s pastel houses and cobble stone streets display the unique blend of styles that Cape Town has to offer.
Enjoy the ambience at Gold Restaurant and try some Zanzibar soup, South African Roosterkoek or Botswana Seswaa Masala.
At the waterfront, be sure to stop by the Greensquare market. This outdoor bazaar is the perfect place for a little souvenir shopping or to try the local cuisine.
If you enjoy a bit of nightlife, Camps Bay over summer attracts international models and the film and
entertainment industry or Grand West offers ice-skating to cinema to roulette tables.
The colonial influences, beautiful beaches and blend of cultures are what make Durban a unique place to visit. Durban’s golden mile is a must do even if you are just surfer watching or looking for the local fisherman. Durban is where you can go on a mini-safari tour, visit Sani and Lesotho or take in the natural beauty of the Botanic Gardens. If you want to spike your adrenaline, head on over to the Moses Mabhida Stadium and do a sky walk or even bungee jump off the top of the stadium.
The Durban country club has eight world-class holes with spectacular sand dunes and the hilly Zimbali scenic course, designed by Tom Wiskopf, overlooks the picturesque Indian Ocean.
End your day with some “Bunny Chow” at the Britannia Hotel or grab some fresh seafood from Wilson’s Wharf before heading back to the boat.
Picturesque Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is famous for its mild climate and superb beaches. It is a delight for those who love water sports and outdoor activities. Some of the best scuba diving, game fishing and kiteboarding can be found here. The Shamwari Game Reserve, or Kragga Kamma Game Park gives you plenty of opportunities to view eagles, rhino, lions and elephants in their natural habitat. Port Elizabeth is also known for the Seaview Lion Park for its gorgeous ocean view and your chance to really get up close and personal with some of the lions, giraffe and other wildlife.
If you are looking for historical culture, make sure to see the Campanile Memorial and route 67, to truly experience the diversity of the Easter Cape. This route also pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africans.
At night, head out to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World and try your hand at some black jack, poker or just enjoy a game of bowling or pop into the Vodacam Amphitheatre to enjoy entertaining shows or just look at a new movie at the cinema.
Enjoy a trip of a lifetime
South Africa has something for everyone, if you enjoy unusual food, to immerse yourself in Africa’s diverse culture or you just enjoy looking at vast, stunning landscapes, pack your bags because South Africa may just be the place for you! One of the best ways to experience these beautiful cities is to cruise along and enjoy the comfort of coming back to your cruise ship every night. We currently have many cruises where you can experience these cities yourself.