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A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.

Coastal Treasures of Southwest Africa

Cape Town - Luanda - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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This 12-day Coastal Treasures of Southwest Africa Cruise from Cape Town to Luanda aboard SH Diana promises an unforgettable journey through captivating landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Begin in vibrant Cape Town, where Table Mountain offers panoramic views and Robben Island shares poignant history. Experience sea days filled with relaxation and enriching activities, from onboard lectures to photography workshops. Explore Lüderitz's unique blend of West African-German culture and Namibia's desolate Namib Desert with its haunting Kolmanskop ghost town. Walvis Bay teems with flamingos and Cape fur seals, while optional desert safaris unveil the region's rugged beauty. Discover the abandoned Ilha Baía dos Tigres and Namibe's diverse wildlife before concluding in Luanda's rich heritage.
Zebra herd drinking waterA 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 wildA herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.
  • Explore Cape Town's vibrant waterfront and attractions
  • 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
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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: 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: Cape town | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Between mountains and the ocean, Cape Town is a vibrant, multicultural city with a lively waterfront featuring seafood restaurants, shopping, and attractions. A cable car transports visitors to the distinctive Table Mountain with sweeping views. Boats head to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Nearby Boulders Beach is home to African penguins, and world-class Stellenbosch vineyards offer wine tastings amid Cape Dutch architecture.

Day 3: 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 our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Day 4: Lüderitz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lüderitz, with a unique West African-German culture, graces Namibia's coast on a windswept, rocky hillside beside the bay. Formerly a German colony, the town preserves colonial buildings in German Art Nouveau style, including the Goerke Haus mansion and the Felsenkirche Lutheran Church built into the rocks. Beyond the town, the desolate Namib Desert extends along the coast, home to Kolmanskop ghost town, wild horses, and tales of remarkable survival.

Day 5-7: Walvis Bay

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Walvis Bay offers shelter to thousands of flamingos in its natural tidal lagoon and protected wetlands. At the remote Pelican Point sand spit, a Cape fur seal colony hauls out, and marine wildlife like whales and dolphins swim by. Locally caught fish and German dishes are available in the harbour. Optional tours include desert dinners, dune jeep safaris, meeting the locals in Mondesa township, and flights or hot air balloons over the desert.

Day 8: 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 9: Ilha Baía dos Tigres (Tiger Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Far from the crowds, the abandoned Ilha Baía dos Tigres, or Tiger Island, in Angola off Namibe Province's coast offers a deserted island setting. Originally a peninsula, it became an island overnight when the ocean breached the isthmus and residents abandoned their homes. Nestled in clear blue waters, the island is a pristine oasis surrounded by secluded beaches, and vast dunes, renowned for desolate landscapes and eerie ghost towns.

Day 10: Namibe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settled by the Portuguese in the 19th century, this port town is the entrance to the arid Namib desert with large sand dunes. Namibe Partial Reserve is a sanctuary for black rhinos, oryx, elephants, ostrich, wildebeest, mountain zebras and meerkats. One of the world's oldest living plants thrives in this harsh territory: the rare (and weird) tree lumbo or welwitschia mirabilis, each over 2,000 years old and at risk from climate change.

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.


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$7,380 2-3 travelers
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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.
SH Diana Oceanview M4
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Oceanview M4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
SH Diana Balcony D5
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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.
SH Diana Balcony M5
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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.
SH Diana Suite
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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.
  • 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
  • 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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