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Safaris of the Southwest Coast

Cape Town to Luanda - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Cruising the west coast of the southern region of Africa from Cape Town up to Luanda on a boutique expedition ship provides a fascinating insight into a continent with so many different aspects. You board the 10-night West Coast of Africa-South Africa to Angola cruise in the buzzing, cultural city of Cape Town. The journey explores the Atlantic coastline of Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, and Angola, a post-colonial country that is slowly emerging from the ravages of war. From the harsh conditions of the Namib desert to the unspoiled Angolan coastlines, spotting flamingos, pelicans, whales, and dolphins, you get to truly experience these exquisite landscapes before ending the cruise in the Portuguese-influenced city of Luanda.
Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South AfricaCape Town sunsetStop in an abandoned mining town along the coast of Luderitz, Namibia
Highlights
  • Explore the Kolmanskop ghost town in the barren Namib Desert near Luderitz
  • Spot flamingos and pelicans in their thousands at Pelican Point
  • Look for the rare tree or Welwitchia mirabilis in Namibe Partial Reserve
  • Learn more about Angola‚Äôs colonial and military history
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, relax, and spend the overnight in Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town or similar.

Day 2: Cape town | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Starting this epic journey with one of the most spectacular city sceneries in Africa. Domiated 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 on the delicious seafood

Day 3: At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your 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 4: Luderitz

  • 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 5-6: Walvis Bay

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 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 7: At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your 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 8: Namibe | Angola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settled by 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 rhino, 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 Welwitchia mirabilis. Along the sandy coast, keep an eye open for dolphins as you sail by.

Day 9: Lobito

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pretty port city of Lobito is known for its unique natural harbor - protected by a long sand spit. For many years it was one of Angola’s busiest ports, exporting material extracted from the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. The civil war between 1975 – 2002 slowed trade significantly, but business has since returned. A visit to the Fort of São Sebastião offers an intriguing insight into Angola’s trading past, and the Lobito Ethnography Museum explores the diversity of Angolan culture.

Day 10: Luanda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 on traditional art, hunting equipment, and masks. At Ilha do Cabo, chic seaside steak restaurants and bars showcase a modern side of the city.

Day 11: Luanda | 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 on traditional art, hunting equipment, and masks. At Ilha do Cabo, chic seaside steak restaurants and bars showcase a modern side of the city.

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SH Vega Club Lounge

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • 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.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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