26th October - 26th November 2022
We leave Mauritius for a short sail to Réunion (130nm). The island offers such majestic landscapes, with the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, as one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes. There are dramatic mountains with incredible panoramas, waterfalls to discover and hiking trails leading you through a myriad of deep gorges and emerald forests down to the white and black sand beaches. This undiscovered paradise encapsulates so much in one island.
From Réunion we head for Richard’s Bay in South Africa, which has some of the most spectacular wetland scenery and unspoiled beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal.
Just south of Richard’s Bay is Durban, a busy port city that had a major makeover leading up to the 2010 World Cup. You can enjoy its cosmopolitan culture, the golden surf beaches, or just 20 minutes outside Durban is the Itala Game Reserve, which is home to 380 bird species and big game such as Rhino, Kudu, Hippo, Giraffe and Antelope.
We will then cruise and explore our way down to Cape Town, with the itinerary being flexible dependent on the weather at this time of year.
We end this leg in Cape Town, a city with the unique topography of Table Mountain in the background that makes it immediately recognisable. Known as the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town has so much to explore within its city limits: the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront full of quaint restaurants and shops, the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners
Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park at its heart, Cape Town is also a top surfing and diving spot (albeit cold), or there is mountain biking and sea kayaking, where you may see whales or penguins.
Cape Town is also an excellent launching off point to fly home for the holidays or if you have time, to see the rest of what South Africa has to offer, such as the famous Kruger National Park, or the Stellenbosch wine region.
Mauritius is well known for its beeches, lagoon, and reefs and for its national park, mountainous interior, botanical gardens, waterfalls, and wildlife. The islands boast over 150km of pristine beaches around its coastline. Whilst on the island a visit to the capital Port Louis is a must, with its selection of shops, cultural attractions, and museums. While away evenings sampling the cuisine of Mauritius which is a fusion of French, Chinese, European, Indian and the local seafood.
Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, home to one of the world’s most active volcanos, incredible scenery, 900 km of waymarked walks, rainforests, lagoons, lush vegetation, coral reefs, and fabulous beaches. Its most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable active volcano standing 2,632m (8,635 ft). The island remains off the beaten tourist track and nearly half of the islands total areas has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Situated on a 30 square Kilometre lagoon on the Mhlatuze River in South Africa. Richard’s Bay has one of the continents largest and deepest harbour and boasts spectacular wetland scenery including mangos and swamps, freshwater pans, unspoilt beaches, and forest areas. Richards Bay has excellent recreational facilities including enjoy art galleries, fishing, beachcombing, bird watching, surfing, swimming, canoeing, and scuba-diving.
Cape Town combines natural beauty with amazing landscapes of majestic mountain ranges which tumble into the sea and pristine white beaches. The city itself is overlooked by the magnificent Table Mountain and has a cosmopolitan feel. Cape Town has long been popular with film producers, musicians, artists, and designers and is home to the Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa. Cape Town is a melting pot for cultures, and cuisine, Capetonians love to eat and there is a fantastic selection of restaurants and foods on offer. There is something for all tastes and budgets.