Experience the many sides of Africa- along with a hint of the Indian Ocean- on a Silversea cruise to Africa. From art galleries and exciting safaris to gorgeous coastlines and urban skyscrapers, a cruise to Africa is the perfect mix of adventure, culture, and relaxation. The lands of Africa and the Middle East are vast, providing Silversea Cruises’ passengers an exciting way to observe the diverse cultures and natural landscapes of the biggest continent on Earth. From Dakar in Senegal to Maputo in Mozambique, astounding landmarks and history await.
With a Silversea Cruise, you won’t have to worry about picking only a handful of destinations- instead, you can experience it all from the luxury of your ship. While Silversea stops at some of the most popular ports, they also cruise to African ports most other cruise lines don’t visit, like Dakar, the capital of Senegal. If you’re searching for the vacation of a lifetime, look no further- a Silversea African cruise is a travel experience you’ll never forget.
Silversea Cloud, Discoverer, Explorer & Spirit
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Cloud, Discoverer, Explorer, or Spirit. The Silversea Silver Cloud is designed to provide an intimate sailing experience and accommodates 296 privileged guests with six-star cruise amenities, while the small size of the Silversea Silver Discoverer means guests can land on isolated shores and experience wetlands and eco-systems up-close. The Silversea Silver Explorer is perfect for those who crave adventure, as its eight inflatable boats allow guests to explore places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Finally, the Silversea Silver Spirit is the newest vessel in the Silversea family and offers the same luxuries as the other ships but with enticing new enhancements.
Things to Do in Africa
Africa, particularly South Africa, is more than just a pretty place- it’s an area of deep history. From the Dutch colonization to Apartheid and the legacy of Nelson Mandela, there’s plenty for history buffs to experience. In Richard’s Bay, cruisers can explore the Zulu culture at the Dumazulu Cultural Village, while those who prefer to connect with nature can set out on an exciting African Safari at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Here, cruisers can watch lions, elephants, zebra, giraffe, and other African wildlife roam free in their natural habitat.
Although each cruise ship has a different itinerary and will stop at different cities, there are several very popular port cities that virtually every ship makes a stop at, including Cape Town and Richard’s Bay. Passengers onboard a Silversea African cruise will likely have hundreds of offshore excursions available to them- simply pick and choose the activities that interest you the most. Whether you prefer quiet evenings at a café or all-day nature hikes, you can easily plan your own excursions at each stop along the way.
African Cruise Tips
Since the African continent is large, with varying climates and geology, make sure you pack a variety of clothing. Even if you’re cruising in the middle of summer, pack a rain jacket and cooler-weather accessories as the weather can be unpredictable. Depending on where you travel in Africa, certain vaccinations or malaria prophylactics may be required- consult with your primary care physician ahead of time for destination-specific health and wellness recommendations.
Africa is a long way to go, and rather difficult to visit multiple times in a lifetime. If you can afford the extra time and expense, consider adding on a pre- or post-cruise safari package- you won’t regret the decision to experience the world-famous African wildlife up close and personal. Finally, give yourself an extra day or two to reach the city of your departure, in case of a flight delay or other unfortunate circumstance. You won’t want to miss the launch of your ship, especially after spending hours and hours in the air.