Silversea Cruise, Africa

Cape Town to Tema (Accra)

Fares from €11,250 per guest

Experience disparate cultures while travelling the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast. Follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator from the west coast of Africa into the Atlantic to see some of the least visited places on Earth. This is expedition cruising at its source — a unique blend of nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories.

Experience disparate cultures while travelling the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast. Follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator from the west coast of Africa into the Atlantic to see some of the least visited places on Earth. This is expedition cruising at its source — a unique blend of nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories.

Silver Cloud

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.  A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Guests: 200/254
Crew: 208
Length: 514.14 Feet / 156.7 Meters
Cape Town

Wednesday 21 March
Depart: 18:00

If you visit only one place in South Africa, make it Cape Town. Whether you’re partaking of the Capetonian inclination for alfresco fine dining (the so-called “Mother City” is home to many of the country’s best restaurants) or sipping wine atop Table Mountain, you sense—correctly—that this is South Africa’s most urbane, civilized city. Here elegant Cape Dutch buildings abut ornate Victorian architecture and imposing British monuments. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the call to prayer echoes through cobbled streets lined with houses painted in bright pastels, while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the air.

Day at Sea

Thursday 22 March

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Luderitz

Friday 23 March
Arrive: 07:00,  Depart: 14:00

The scorched desert that surrounds Luderitz means the city’s collection of German art nouveau architecture couldn’t look more unusually placed along the Namibian coastline. This quirkiness is what gives the destination its charm, however, alongside undeniably fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa. Take a boat tour across the waves, to drop in on Penguin Island and Seal Island – where friendly seals flop about, and bark out welcomes in your direction.

Walvis Bay

From Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 March
Arrive: 09:00,  Depart: 17:00

One of Southern Africa’s most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination with a number of pleasant lagoonfront guesthouses and several good restaurants—including one of Namibia’s best, Lyon des Sables. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis’s small waterfront area, and there’s an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay’s 3,000-year-old lagoon.

Day at Sea

Monday 26 March

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Namibe

Tuesday 27 March

Namibe is a coastal city of baroque architecture and stately churches in southwestern Angola. The city was founded in 1840 by the colonial Portuguese administration. Namibe is perched between the edge of the expansive Namib Desert and the cold waters of the Benguela Current flowing to the north offshore. Thanks to the blend of cool water and proximity to the desert, Namibe has a cool dry climate and desert vegetation. The most famous of these desert plants is the Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant found only in the Namibe Provence of South Angola and the Namib Desert.

Lobito

Wednesday 28 March
Arrive: 07:00,  Depart: 14:00

About equidistant from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia on Angola’s stunning coastline lies Lobito, a small town in the Benguala Province. Long under Portuguese colonisation, the city suffered somewhat — albeit it less than the country’s capital Luanda, during the long, drawn out civil war of 1975-2002. However, Lobito has begun the rehabilitation process (primarily through funding from both China – who are implementing a railway system throughout the country and Brazil) and the grass roots of restoration have very definitely started.

Luanda

Thursday 29 March
Arrive: 08:00,  Depart: 17:00

A study in contrasting economies, Luanda is a boisterous coastal city of haves and have-nots. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city, and since independence in 2002, everyone seems to be gunning for a piece of the post-civil war economy. Its renaissance offers a range of experiences, from cushy hotels to a restaurant-lined oceanfront promenade to locals hawking handmade goods at crowded public markets.

Day at Sea

From Friday 30 March to Sunday 01 April

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

St Helena

From Monday 02 to Tuesday 03 April
Arrive: 07:00,  Depart: 17:00

Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. Helena, a “green gem set in a ring of bronze”, as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf.

Day at Sea

From Wednesday 04 to Thursday 05 April

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Ascension Island

Friday 06 April
Arrive: 07:00,  Depart: 15:00

This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island. The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.

Day at Sea

From Saturday 07 to Sunday 08 April

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Abidjan

Monday 09 April
Arrive: 10:00,  Depart: 19:00

Three hours south of Yamoussoukro, nestled in between the canals and waterways, lies Abidjan the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. Considered the crossroads of West Africa both economically and culturally, Abidjan benefits from clement temperatures year round, reaching average highs of around 88˚ Fahrenheit, or 30˚ Celsius. Like much of West Africa, this city has cachet and soul, and enjoys a diversity of cultures, traditions and people, notably through the French influence (Abidjan is the largest French speaking country in West Africa), but also through the steady stream of tourists that make the city both vibrant and cosmopolitan.

Takoradi

Tuesday 10 April
Arrive: 07:00,  Depart: 19:00

Ghana’s fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial centre. People from around the world visit the shore, both for its beauty and to enjoy the fresh seafood served right on the sands. Frantic city life awaits a short distance inland, where an economy fuelled by Ghana’s oil industry is most apparent in the maze of vendors at Market Circle.

Tema (Accra)

Wednesday 11 March
Arrive: 07:00

From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area.In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day.

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