With its sweeping savannahs, exotic wildlife, golden beaches and popular safari parks, it's little wonder Southern Africa is such a popular destination for visitors. From big game to beautiful plains and plenty of southern African charm, countries like South Africa, Namibia and Botswana welcome countless awe-struck visitors each year.
Take advantage of all that Southern Africa has to offer by booking in a cruise to this fascinating destination today!
The sizeable Republic of South Africa is situated on the southernmost tip of Africa and welcomes the bulk of visitors to Southern Africa. Neighbouring countries include Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the north, Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and the landlocked enclave of Lesotho.
Boasting a dizzying array of cultures, languages and ethnicities, South Africa is multifaceted melting point in which an impressive 11 official languages are recognised. You'll only need a smattering of English to get around, however mixing it with the locals is one of the best ways to get to know a country which has been continuously inhabited since the prehistoric period.
Nearby neighbours such as Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique boast similarly colourful histories, and although the region is still developing, its well-established tourism industry affords visitors the chance to get up close to plenty of local wildlife and indulge in some once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.
- Currencies - South African Rand (ZAR), Namibian Dollar (NAD), Lesotho Loti (LSL), Botswana Pula (BWP) and others
- Population - Approx. 53 million
- Time Zones - UTC+2
Did you know..?
That South Africa has three capital cities in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria, while tiny Lesotho is the only country in the world lying entirely above an elevation of 1,000 metres.
Who goes there?
From November through to April, big-ship lines such as Costa Cruises and MSC, as well as a range of luxury cruise lines like Crystal Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silverseas, offer regular itineraries to ports in Southern Africa.
Cunard Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises also stop at South African ports throughout their world cruise itineraries during this period.
Best time to go?
South Africa tends to have two well-defined climatic seasons, wet and dry, with very little change in air temperature between each. As such, cruises tend to run between October and April to avoid the monsoonal wet season, with passengers enjoying cooler nights and less humid days.
With its sweeping plains, exotic wildlife and superb beaches, there's no shortage of things to see and do on a trip to Southern Africa.
- Get up close and personal with some of Southern Africa's most majestic wildlife on a safari tour of the breathtaking Kruger National Park
- Spend some time in Namibia's eclectic capital Windhoek, the starting point for trips to the nation's many national parks
- Hone your photographic skills in Botswana, one of Southern Africa's most popular destinations for photographic safaris on its abundant game reserves.