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Explore the top-rated Africa small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Las Palmas, Tangier, Dakar, Tristan da Cunha, and La Digue, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Africa small ship cruises start at $1,550 for a trip of 5 to 43 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream Africa small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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View of the Great Nile in Aswan
$2,129
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Classic Egypt Tour

Luxor to Aswan - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Nile River Cruises
  • Discover pyramids and Sphinx
  • Visit the Museum and Temples
  • Walk around town of Esna
  • Sail the Nile river
Starts / Ends:
Cairo / Aswan
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land & Sea Exploration, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this classic tour of Egypt, explore the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Karnak Temple near Luxor, and the rarely-visited tombs of Seti I and Nefertari. Stay in the finest hotels, cruise the Nile aboard a luxurious riverboat, and travel with the best Egyptologist guides. You will learn about …
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A snorkeler walking along a white sandy beach.
$2,690
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Explore the island of Curieuse
  • Swim at Anse de Source d' Argent
  • Snorkel in the waters of St. Pierre
  • Visit the community of La Digue
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Pegasos in Port Victoria and begin your adventure sailing through the Seychelles Islands. Stop at several uninhabited islands, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, view large bird colonies, relax on sun-washed beaches, and take daily guided excursions. Enjoy 8 days on this relaxing cruisethat …
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The sun lights up this beautiful tropical forest.
$1,950
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Snorkel world-renowned beaches
  • Visit Cousin Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Explore the island of Curieuse
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise through the Seychelles Islands and discover the hidden gems of this unspoiled paradise. Spend 5 days snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, and birding. Visit a bird sanctuary that is home to a quarter million breeding birds, explore one of the world's most beautiful beaches, anddiscover …
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Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark.
$1,550
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 4 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Visit La Digue, a quaint community
  • Discover Anse Source D’ Argent
  • Snorkel through crystal clear water
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Seychelles Islands on this 4-day cruise onboard the Pegasus. Board in Praslin Baie St. Anne and set sail for Felicite, a pristine snorkeling destination. Enjoy opportunities to explore the quaint community of La Digue, and take a guided tour around Moyenne Island. Cruising from island …
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Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park
$8,150
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Zanzibar, Aldabra & the treasures of the Indian Ocean

13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Discover the islands in one cruise
  • Ride the Zodiac inflatables
  • Observe tortoises and bird species
  • Dive and snorkel with the guides
Starts / Ends:
Victoria Bay / Zanzibar
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on Le Bougainville for this special 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From Victoria on Mahé, the first sail is to La Digue, where a veritable picture postcard of Seychelles awaits. Further on, on the small islands of Astove,there is an opportunity to snorkel and dive among …
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$21,014
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South Atlantic Semi-Circumnavigation

Ushuaia-Cape Town - 23 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Learn about South Shetland Islands
  • Explore the wildlife of Antarctica
  • Explore Gough Island
  • Sail to Tristan da Cunha
Starts / Ends:
Buenos Aires / Cape Town
Activities:
Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 23-day South Atlantic Semi-Circumnavigation expedition cruise aboard SH Vega departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, and sails south to the icy wilderness of the South Shetland Islands. Along the way, see spectacular glaciers and icebergs, as well as wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. The …
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Beaches of Cape Verde Islands
$2,690
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Islands of Cape Verde Archipelago

8 Day Itinerary aboard Harmony G
  • Taste locally-made “grogue”
  • Visit the port of Mindelo
  • Explore the Fogo island
  • Try Chã das Caldeiras wine
Starts / Ends:
Palmeira / Palmeira
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the archipelago of Cape Verde with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and trade outpost, the Cape Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, …
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A snorkeler walking along a white sandy beach.
$5,490
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The Essential Seychelles

9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Tour Vallée de Mai nature reserve
  • Discover 8 Seychelles islands
  • View the Aride Island
  • See bare red earth in Curieuse
Starts / Ends:
Mahe / Mahe
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover eight islands with their iconic Seychelles scenery. The first port of call on your voyage is Sainte Anne Marine National Park, whose coral reefs are teeming with exotic species and ensure an outstanding snorkeling experience. Explore Curieuse Island, which is renowned for its red soil and …
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Explore the colorful canary islands
$7,085
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Take a Breather

Las Palmas Roundtrip - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud Spirit
  • Discover the Canary Islands
  • Discover Tenerife
  • Explore Garajonay National Park
  • Explore El Hierro
Starts / Ends:
Las Palmas / Las Palmas
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 9-day cruise on the Sea Cloud Spirit, sailing through the island landscapes of the Canaries with the trade winds. Embark in Las Palmas, a city rich in history and tradition with pristine beaches, a year-round warm climate, and a vibrant cultural scene. After several hours at sea, the …
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Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South Africa
$7,538
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Extraordinary South Africa

Maputo to Cape Town - 9 Day Itinerary aboard SH Diana
  • See Maputo's Soviet-style buildings
  • Explore Mozambique’s islands
  • Spot rare bird species
  • Take a rickshaw ride along Durban
Starts / Ends:
Maputo / Cape Town
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Zebra herd drinking water
$14,030
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Coastal Treasures of Southwest Africa

Cape Town to Luanda - 12 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Discover Kolmanskop, a ghost town
  • Observe thousands of flamingos
  • Explore Namibe Partial Reserve
  • Uncover Angola's colonial history
Starts / Ends:
Cape Town / Luanda
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Sunset in Praia
$2,150
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St. Helena to Cape Verde islands

St Helena - Praia - 11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
  • Explore Ascension island
  • Witness northbound spring migration
  • Visit Cidade Velha in Praia
Starts / Ends:
St. Helena Island / Praia
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Witness the northbound spring migration of birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas joining you in crossing the Equator ("the Line") on this 11-day cruise aboard MV Hondius. Your voyage starts with the unique flora and fauna of St. Helena. Sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the …
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Elmina Castle Kakum National Park
$17,801
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Crucibles of West Africa

15 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Visit British built Fort William
  • Tour the historic Elmina Castle
  • Immerse in Abidjan's arts and music
  • See Freetown's Krio architecture
Starts / Ends:
Tema / Dakar
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this15-day Crucibles of West Africa cruise from Ghana to Senegal aboard SH Vega. Immerse yourself in vibrant cultures, fascinating history, and wildlife as you cruise along the West African coast. Depart from Tema, with its busy streets and complex past, and visit colorful cities, …
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Tropical beach on Mahe in the Seychelles Islands.
$7,640
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Curious Islands from the Seychelles to Madagascar

Mahe - Nosy Be - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Discover Anse Source d’Argent
  • Uncover the treasure of Seychelles
  • Witness Curieuse Island's charm
  • Encounter Madagascar endemic flora
Starts / Ends:
Victoria Bay / Nosy Be
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 11-day cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, navigating from the Seychelles to Madagascar. Departing from Mahé's Victoria, marvel at La Digue's stunning scenery. Aride Island hosts a variety of birds, including unique species, while Curieuse Island boastsAldabragiant …
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Sunlight over the Aqaba skyline
$2,800
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Transiting The Suez Canal

Aqaba - Ashdod - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Harmony V
  • Discover Luxor
  • Experience Suez Canal
  • Explore Sharm el-Sheikh
  • Discover Cairo
Starts / Ends:
Aqaba / Ashdod
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this 8-day cruise aboard the Harmony V and experience the ancient wonders of Egypt and the modern marvels of Israel. The journey begins in Aqaba, Jordan, and includes an overnight sail to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, before reaching Hurghada. Explore Luxor and its famous attractions, such as …
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Rock of Gibraltar
$3,390
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Spain, Morocco & Portugal

Cannes - Lisbon - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • View Bonifacio's natural beauty
  • Explore luxurious Ibiza
  • Discover charming Motril
  • Visit Malaga to view architecture
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Lisbon
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy the charm of the Mediterranean on this 13-day unique sailing cruise aboard the Royal Clipper. Visit Puerto Banus, a beautiful Mediterranean playground of white-washed buildings and a marina filled with yachts. The marina was developed in 1970 and over the past four decades has become adored …
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Sao Tome
$17,801
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Unspoilt Wilds of Southwest Africa

15 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Savor traditional cuisine
  • Visit Conkouati Reserve
  • Visit Loango National Park
  • Visit world's oldest voodoo market
Starts / Ends:
Luanda / Tema
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 15-day Unspoilt Wilds of Southwest Africa cruise aboard SH Vega that departs from the Southern African country of Angola and sails up the Atlantic coast via the Central African countries of Congo and Sao Tome to West Africa’s Benin and Togo, finally arriving on the Gold Coast in …
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Dakar
$8,772
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West Africa Archipelago Cruise

Roundtrip Dakar - 14 Day Itinerary aboard MS Spitsbergen
  • See landscapes of lava on Fogo
  • Explore Santo Antão
  • Visit Boa Vista Sahara-like desert
  • Meet the Bijagós people
Starts / Ends:
Dakar / Dakar
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join MS Spitsbergen on this 14-day cruise Roundtrip Dakar to the West Africa Archipelago aboard MS Spitsbergen. Your adventure begins on the colorful streets of Dakar. Next, visit two island archipelagos, home to historical sites, contrasting cultures, and varied landscapes. Explore the volcanic …
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