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Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South Africa

Extraordinary South Africa

Maputo to Cape Town - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Set sail on this on this 9-day Extraordinary Southern Africa cruise from Maputo to Cape Town aboard SH Diana. Begin the cruise in Maputo, the former Portuguese colony in Mozambique, explore its culture, and enjoy pristine beaches. Discover South African shores, spot rare bird species like the cuckoo hawk and pygmy goose in the wetlands. Venture into game reserves to witness hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. The cruise ends in Cape Town, where you'll savor incredible food, meet locals, and discover the architecture influenced by the vibrant cultural heritage of the region. Come aboard and join this cruise of South Africa, and feel inspired by this incredible country.
Cape Town sunsetSunset over Century City, CapetownCape Town viewVilanculos MozambiqueScenic view of Table MountainTable Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South Africa
Highlights
  • Wander past Portuguese colonial and Soviet-style buildings in Maputo
  • Explore Mozambique’s uninhabited islands and try local specialities
  • Spot rare bird species along the Zululand Birding Route
  • Take a rickshaw ride along Durban’s wide seafront promenade
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Maputo

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

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Maputo | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Mozambique’s capital city has an intriguing mix of Portuguese colonial and Soviet-style buildings on broad boulevards lined with jacaranda and palm trees. Architectural standouts include the early-20th-century domed railway station, painted in green and white, and the Smiling Lion, a distinctive post-modernist apartment block designed by Pancho Guedes. Exploring Maputo is also simply about wandering the historic district of Baixa and taking in the vibrant street scene of bustling pavement cafes, live music, and busy markets.

Day 3: Portuguese Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kiosks dishing up local specialties. Umbrellas and loungers are available if you want to relax in the sun or join in an energetic game of beach volleyball or tennis. Hop on a traditional dhow boat for a tour along the shore, or head to the nearby island of Inhaca to visit its marine biology museum and lighthouse.

Day 4: Richards Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A busy port town with a deep natural harbor, Richards Bay is surrounded by extensive wetlands sheltering diverse birdlife. It’s part of the Zululand Birding Route, whose rare species include the cuckoo hawk and pygmy goose. You might also catch sight of hippos and crocodiles cooling off in the town’s large lagoon. Long stretches of sand include laid-back Alkantstrand Beach, where you can picnic in the shade, take a dip in the ocean, or watch surfers riding the waves.

Day 5: Durban

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Africa’s third-biggest city, Durban is friendly and cosmopolitan, with long sandy beaches and rickshaw rides along a wide seafront promenade. Beyond the beach, you can meander among aromatic curry houses and spice stalls in the Indian District, then take a stroll through the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens, renowned for its orchid and palm collections. A handful of small museums focus on local history, and nearby Umgeni River Bird Park is home to around 200 species in a lush former quarry.

Day 6: Day 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 your onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from your onboard professional photographers.

Day 7: Port Elizabeth

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Port Elizabeth is a coastal city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is known for its beautiful beaches and excellent water sports opportunities. The city also has several wildlife reserves and national parks, including Addo Elephant National Park, home to over 600 elephants.

Day 8: Mossel Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on a hillside overlooking a vast bay, this laid-back seaside town was the first place where Europeans made landfall in South Africa in 1488. You can trace the area’s history at the excellent Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, which contains maritime displays, 19th-century stone cottages, and a botanical garden. Afterward, stroll to nearby Santos Beach, a wide sandy stretch popular for swimming and water sports. Southern right whales calve in the bay’s calm waters between July and October.

Day 9: Cape Town | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Ending the epic transatlantic 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 the delicious seafood

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SH Diana Observation Lounge
SH Diana Swan Nest

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SH Diana Oceanview D4
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Oceanview D4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony M5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Balcony D6
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Balcony D6
Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Suite
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
SH Diana Premium Suite
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Premium Suite
SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 8 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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