Ticking off the ‘Big Five’ is on the bucket lists of most globetrotters. From African elephants, lions and leopards to cape buffaloes and rhinos, the breath-taking wildlife of the African Continent never fails to impress. This year, we’re helping turn your safari day dreams into realities with our curated countdown of the best cruises for worldwide safari tours in 2015.
Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Exploration Packages
If you’re a safari buff on the search for unparalleled flexibility Celebrity Cruises is the line to choose. Since launching the program Celebrity’s destination based experiences have been a huge hit. The five night African Adventure is by far one of the most popular options, offering passengers the chance to enjoy a luxurious and up-close safari experience in captivating Kenya. From exploring the rugged wonders of Nairobi, traversing through Lake Nakuru National Park in a 4WD, sleeping under the milky way in a five star tent camp and hot air ballooning over of one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves, it’s the safari experience of a lifetime. African Adventures are included in a range of Celebrity Eclipse itineraries including the 14 night Mediterranean cruise setting sail on August 30, the 13 night Canaries and Azores Cruise departing on September 27 and the 11 night Spain and Canary Islands Cruise departing on October 21.
Cunard – Luxury Sydney to Cape Town – Cruise/Stay/Fly
If you really want to explore Africa in unmatched luxury this 27 night cruise is a fantastic choice. After soaking up the sights of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth the Queen Mary 2 sets her sights on the sun drenched former French colony of Mauritius. Three days at sea see the ship pull into the lively city of Durban before hitting up South Africa’s Port Elizabeth. Sprawled across the Eastern Cape’s scenic Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth offers passengers a chance to hit up the Shamwari Game Reserve and try their luck at spotting the Big Five.
Princess Cruises – Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey
While this cruise technically runs in 2016 you’ll have to get in this year if you want to reserve a spot as cabins are quickly filling up! Starting off close to home, passengers embark the Sun Princess in Perth’s historic port town of Fremantle. Six days at sea see the ship reach Singapore, then call at Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Seychelles and Mozambique before pulling into South Africa’s stunning Richards Bay. Home to some of the world’s finest game parks, guests will get a one in a lifetime chance to visit the famous KwaZulu-Natal region. Peppered with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos and more, KwaZulu-Natal’s game parks include a one of South Africa’s oldest reserves as well as a World Heritage Site. After spotting some of the rarest animals on the planet passengers head to Port Elizabeth, a charming coastal town renowned for its diverse game parks. From elephants and lions to zebras and giraffes, don’t forget to bring the binoculars! A quick trip to Durban gives passengers a taste of cosmopolitan South Africa before Reunion and Mauritius. A week at sea wraps up the trip and gives passengers a chance to relax and unwind before heading back to Fremantle.
MSC Cruises – MSC Grand Voyages
Setting sail on-board the ultra-luxurious MSC Opera, this 19 night cruise kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa. While the cruise does not include any safari shore excursions is a great opportunity for travellers add-on a Cruise 1st land tour package and spend a few days exploring South Africa’s game reserves before heading north to the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, Malta and Croatia.
Want to know more about all of the above cruises as well as additional deals on African safari cruise adventures? Check out the tailor made Cruise 1st Africa page which offers full details on how to safari in style.
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