A cruise along the Nile
Going to Egypt and not sailing up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan means missing out on one of life’s great travel experiences. By doing so, you can witness what life was like 3,000 years ago, not least by gazing upon its awe-inspiring pyramids.
When you imagine a cruise around Africa, you immediately think of sailing along the Nile, in Egypt, or the Chobe, between Namibia and Botswana. Another classic trip is sailing aboard the Bou el Mogdad along the Senegal River. However, you don’t need to renounce the luxury of an ocean liner, or bathing on idyllic beaches. Mediterranean cruises usually make a stopover in North Africa, for example in Tunisia or Morocco. Though if you want to fully immerse yourself in this fascinating continent, it’s far better to travel alone and discover the different African ports by yourself.
The South African cities of Cape Town and Durban welcome large numbers of cruise ships throughout the year; they are even the end destination for many ocean crossings or round-the-world journeys, giving travellers the chance to combine an ocean adventure with a safari in Kruger National Park. The most popular cruise, though, is the one that joins South Africa with Mombasa, in Kenya. You can stop over in Tanzania, Mozambique and some of the paradise islands found off the mainland. The busiest time of year is between November and May, although the islands in the Indian Ocean also receive a high number of visitors until July. Madagascar, Zanzíbar, Mauritius or the Seychelles are rightly synonymous with clean white beaches and crystal clear waters. A cruise round these islands is also a must if you love nature or scuba diving. Alternatively, the ships that sail up the west coast of Africa offer you a journey of contrasts, of jungles, deserts and beaches, passing Namibia, Ghana and Senegal until reaching the islands of Cape Verde, Madeira or the Canaries.