At a glance
21 Day Cruise on Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn from £4,799 pp
Departure 05 March 2019 | African Nights and Indian Ocean Isles
Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.
- Cape Town
- Mossel Bay
- Port Elizabeth
- La Possession
- Port Louis
- Maldives (Male)
African Nights and Indian Ocean Isles
25% Single Supplement
Day by day itinerary
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, Cape Town is known by South Africans simply as 'the Cape,' an acknowledgment of its uniqueness and its status as the Mother City. The first area to be settled by Europeans in the 17th century, it is today a major seaport and the legislative capital of South Africa. The feeling here is not African but cosmopolitan, and a sense of history remains.
South Africa’s Garden Route is among the world’s most attractive destinations, and Mossel Bay will welcome Seabourn guests to the heart of it. Those interested in wildlife will be thrilled with a visit to the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for the chance to spot a rare white rhino and interact with huge, gentle African elephants at a feeding. The Diaz Museum Complex is named for Bartolomeu Diaz, the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to set foot in South Africa right here. It contains historical displays including the famous Post Office Tree that served as the message station for early sailors, a maritime museum and an aquarium. Another option is to travel along the coast to the famous seaside resort community at Knysna Heads and up into the arid, scenic Outeniqua Mountains.
Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s largest cities, (second in area and fifth in population), stretching 16 miles along the bay named “Algoa” by the Portuguese. The name indicated that it was from here their trading ships departed for the Goa coast of India on the favorable monsoon winds. Today it is renowned as a playground on the Indian Ocean coast, the breezes attracting surfers and yachtsmen to sport in the warm seas. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was held here, and spread even further its reputation as a world-class beach resort.
At its founding in 1835, the city was named in honor of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Benjamin D'Urban. Sugar cane transformed Durban into a vital port city, and its attractive parks and meticulously groomed gardens continue to testify to the land's richness. Today, the city sprawls along the coast, its golden beaches hugging the ice-blue Indian Ocean.
Long known by its previous French name Fort Dauphin, this was an important port for the island nation until deterioration of the roads limited its effectiveness in the late 20th century. Today it is reactivated by the major ilmenite mining operations being initiated nearby. For us, it is also a good vantage point from which to explore some of the island’s exotic indigenous flora and fauna. Both of these are easily visited at the Saiadi or the Nahampoana Botanic Gardens, where several species of lemurs may be viewed, as well as other oddities such as chameleons, tortoises and crocodiles. The exotic plants of the Malagasy Spiny Forest are also on view, as are local species of orchids. For a breathtaking overview, ambitious visitors can hike up the 1,700-foot St. Louis Peak, possibly followed by a swim at the popular Libanona Beach.
Tall, verdant Reunion is the sort of tropical island Central Casting would send if a director were looking for the perfect island paradise. Steep volcanic peaks covered with lush forest are ringed by sugary white beaches in an achingly blue sea. It is also an overseas department of France, which only adds to its glamour, although its inclusion in the Eurozone seems almost laughable due to its location in the Indian Ocean. La Possession on the island’s northeastern coast occupies an enviably horizontal wedge between steep peaks, and gives access to ships. Visitors may spot the commune’s coat of arms, a silver dodo bird topped by a pair of foreboding axes. Interesting sites include the dramatic cirques (dormant volcanic craters with fairytale villages in them) and plantations dedicated to essential perfume oils and spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. In the town, and antique engine beside the the defunct railway station and the ruined lazarette of the fortification are atmospheric backdrops for photographs.
Diverse cultures, perfect beaches, bright sun, rugged natural beauty, high-end shopping and tranquil temples. Cosmopolitan Mauritius has something for everyone. Port Louis lies at the base of the Moka range of mountains, where you can explore the Port Louis Central Market, or the smaller market in nearby Mahebourg. The National History Museum provides background on the mélange of traditions inhabiting this tiny island. If you're feeling parched, try the local cane rum or coconut water, a refreshing treat. Try a "gateaux," a local sweet, before heading to Tamarind Falls - actually a string of seven waterfalls set in a breathtaking green valley. Visit the Crocodile Park not only for its namesake inhabitants, but for tortoises and other local wildlife. Nearby, Black River Gorges National Park offers a hike to the highest point on the island, Black River Peak.
Known to only a few, this tropical paradise of countless tiny islands is scattered over 34,000 square miles. Tiny specks in a vast expanse of ocean, only 199 of some 1190 coral islands are inhabited. The islands form 26 natural atolls, each enclosed by a coral reef cut by several deep natural channels. A protective coral reef and shallow lagoon also surround each island. As most of the islands are no more than 7 feet above sea level, there are no hills or rivers in the Maldives. What you will see are tall palms, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and crystal clear waters. The protective reefs are home to magnificent underwater gardens, and millions of multicolored fish, corals and shells.
Sailing on Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Sojourn, which will debut next year, carries 450 guests in the same intimate, relaxed atmosphere as its smaller sister ships and shares the same all-suite accommodations and delights, such as the water sports marina.