We leave Cape Town and head up the west coast 785nm to Namibia. We will take a few days to explore this unique landscape that is distinguished by the Namib Desert which creates a barren and sandswept landscape along its Atlantic Ocean coast. It is also home to diverse wildlife and game found in the Etosha National Park and its coastal towns with their distinctive German colonial-era buildings.
We then head across the South Atlantic on a 1200nm passage to the pristine environment of Saint Helena. We will spend a few days exploring the 47 square mile island that is one of the remotest settled islands in the world, which has in turn created a sub-tropical paradise full of indigenous wildlife.
There will also be an opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks - these graceful, gentle giants converge off the shores where they feed in the warm coastal waters. We then leave Saint Helena on the 24th January for Salvador in Brazil, 1900nm away.
Salvador, listed as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, is Brazil’s first capital with a perfectly preserved old historical town. However, the outstanding feature of Salvador is its vibrant culture and artistic energy, stemming from its ethnic mixture - predominantly African, with influences from Europe and Latin America - all informing its music, religion, dance and culinary traditions. This makes it a perfect place to experience the Carnival celebrations (10-16 February), for which we will arrive just in time to enjoy.
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.
Located in the Southwestern part of Africa, Namibia is a popular travel destination. Perhaps most famous for its awe inspiring and diverse landscape which includes the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and for one of the world’s greatest and most important conservation areas; the Etosha National Park. Namibia’s landscape provides the perfect opportunity for outdoor activities, hiking, rafting, ballooning, and wildlife safaris.
Cuisine in Namibia is diverse with, meat, game, seafood dishes and there is a heavy European influence of such as Italian and French dishes.
The remote Volcanic outpost of Saint Helena is a British Overseas Territory and was once the place where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his exile. Untouched by mass tourism it is one of the remotest and safest islands in the world and boasts an incredibly pristine landscape and marine environment. Saint Helena is a great destination for the sports minded, scuba-diving, snorkelling, fishing, dolphin watching and for the those who prefer to stay on the island then there are plenty of walking and hiking route to choose from. The Islands cuisine is multi-cultural and has been influenced by the British, Portuguese, Southeast Asian, Malay, Chinese and African influence. However, the island has developed its own unique food over the generations.
El Salvador is small sized country and offers a mix of unforgettable landscapes, tropical forests with hiking trails. coffee plantations, highland villages, and historical colonial towns such as San Salvador and Suchitoto with its cobbled streets and thriving arts scene, and Joya de Cerén – a pre-Columbian village remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash. Punta Roca is a popular destination for surfers and its beaches remain undeveloped and remarkably quiet.