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Coastal Treasures of Southwest Africa

Cape Town to Luanda - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Embark on a 12-day cruise along the southwest coast of Africa, from Cape Town to Luanda, aboard the SH Vega ship. This journey offers a captivating insight into a continent with diverse facets. Begin your adventure in the vibrant, culturally rich city of Cape Town and explore the Atlantic coastline of Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Continue to Angola, a post-colonial nation slowly recovering from the ravages of war. From the harsh conditions of the Namib Desert to the unspoiled Angolan coastlines, where you can spot flamingos, pelicans, whales, and dolphins, this cruise allows you to truly immerse yourself in these exquisite landscapes before concluding in the Portuguese-influenced city of Luanda.
A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.A herd of zebras quench their thirst at a watering hole.Sunset over Century City, CapetownStop in an abandoned mining town along the coast of Luderitz, NamibiaBlack rhino safariWatch elephants in the wildCape Town viewZebra herd drinking water
Highlights
  • Discover Kolmanskop, a ghost town near Luderitz in Namib Desert
  • Observe thousands of flamingos, pelicans at Pelican Point's shores
  • Explore Namibe Partial Reserve for rare lumbo trees & Welwitchia mirabilis
  • Uncover Angola's colonial and military history at Fortress of Sao Miguel
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2-3: Cape town | Embark

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Starting this epic journey with one of the most spectacular city sceneries in Africa. Dominated by Table Mountain, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of nearby splendid vineyards, wonderful harbor fronts, and surprising restaurants where one can indulge in delicious seafood.

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to the library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from the onboard professional photographers.

Day 5: Luderitz, Namibia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Between the weather-beaten South Atlantic coast and the unforgiving Namib Desert, Luderitz is a quaint harbor town with a uniquely West African-German culture. Lavish colonial-style mansions and churches in the German Art Nouveau style reflect a history deeply rooted in the diamond rush of the 1900s. Further afield, the barren Namib Desert stretches along the coast, home to Kolmanskop ghost town, wild horses, and incredible stories of survival in a harsh landscape.

Day 6-8: Walvis Bay, Namibia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The natural harbor of Walvis Bay - literally meaning Bay of Whales - offers a sheltered home to marine life like whales and dolphins, and flamingos and pelicans congregate here in the thousands. Opposite, at Pelican Point sand spit, a Cape fur seal colony hauls out. A wander around the town will introduce you to colonial architecture, local-style silver cob fish dishes and German cuisine. Inland, a dune safari will track desert animals such as lizards, geckos, chameleons and sidewinder adders.

Day 9: At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind, and do whatever you fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Day 10: Namibe, Angola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settled by the Portuguese in the 19th century, this port town sits at the gateway to the arid Namibia desert with large sand dunes. The draw for visitors is the Namibe Partial Reserve, where indigenous animals including black rhinos, oryx, elephants, ostrich, wildebeest, mountain zebra, and meerkats live. One of the world’s oldest living plants thrives in this harsh environment - the rare (and weird) tree lumbo or Welwitschia mirabilis. Along the sandy coast, keep an eye open for dolphins as we sail by.

Day 11: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

Day 12: Luanda, Angola | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As Angola emerges from years of colonial rule and a long Civil War, its capital Luanda is fast becoming a forward-looking city with a rich heritage. Delve into its colonial past at the Old City’s Portuguese-style buildings and the 16th-century Fortress of São Miguel. Museums across the city offer a glimpse of local culture through their exhibits of traditional art, hunting equipment, and masks. At Ilha do Cabo, chic seaside steak restaurants and bars showcase a modern side of the city.

Ship/Hotel

SH Vega

SH Vega
SH Vega Club Lounge
SH Vega Club Lounge

Cape Town - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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$14,030
Rates are subject to change without notice. Book early to get the best rate.
SH Vega Suite OceanViewOceanview
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Oceanview D4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
SH Vega Suite OceanViewOceanview
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Oceanview M4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
Balcony
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Balcony D5
28 m2, Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
Balcony
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Balcony M5
28 m2, Located at the center of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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Balcony D6
28 m2, Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
SH Vega SuitePremium suitePremium Suite
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Suite
44 m2, Our Suites features a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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Premium Suite
49 m2, Our grandest suites feature a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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