On board MS EUROPA from Cape Town to Mauritius

Africa – a dream destination

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The adventure begins at the foot of Table Mountain: explore South Africa’s cities and go on safari in the savannah and, with a bit of luck. you might see the “big five”. Madagascar is just as famous for its unique natural world, with lemurs inhabiting the rainforest and baobabs stretching like aerial roots up towards the sky. To end your cruise, enjoy some relaxation in the Indian Ocean on the beaches of Reunion and Mauritius.

from Cape Town to Mauritius

Cruise dates:from 02.11.2016 to 20.11.2016 (18 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1623

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

  • Extraordinary wildlife – safaris in South Africa’s reserves
  • The great unknown – Madagascar and Mozambique
  • Piton de la Fournaise* volcano on Reunion
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*


Wed, 02.11.2016

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Cape Town

Thu, 03.11.2016

Cape Town
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Overnight stay on board

Cape Town/South Africa
On a pre-cruise programme* go on safari in Singita’s private Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The majestic backdrop of Table Mountain will welcome you to Cape Town after your first night on board and accompany you on your visit. In good weather, you can easily reach the 1,086 m high plateau of Table Mountain by cable car* – the view over the city, the many beaches, the ocean and the striking peaks of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head are outstanding.

Fri, 04.11.2016

Cape Town/South Africa, departure 14.00 hrs

Sat, 05.11.2016

Mossel Bay, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Mossel Bay/South Africa
Bartholomeu Dias was the first European to set foot on South African soil in “mussel bay” in 1488. The beautiful Garden Rout” runs alongside the Outeniqua Mountains. The panoramic trip will take you along one of the most beautiful sections of the coast road to Knysna*. Learn plenty of interesting facts about the world’s largest living birds and their habits on a visit to an ostrich farm*.

Sun, 06.11.2016

Port Elizabeth, arrival 8.30 hrs

Port Elizabeth/South Africa
In the morning, the EUROPA arrives at one of the most popular beach resorts in Africa, where it will stay overnight. Devote yourself entirely to the wildlife: large mammals are the main attraction at the Addo Elephant Park*. Observe the elephants at their watering holes on a safari in open-top off-road vehicles and, with a little luck, you might also see some ostriches or African buffalo. There’s a good chance of seeing South Africa’s “big five” in the scrubland of the Kariega Game Reserve*. An overnight stay at the Pumba Game Reserve* is a truly unforgettable experience: set out in search of the wildlife before enjoying the exotic sounds of the wilderness at dusk.

Mon, 07.11.2016

Port Elizabeth, departure 13.00 hrs

Tue, 08.11.2016

Durban, arrival 18.00 hrs

Durban/South Africa
The city’s blend of Indian, European and African cultures is unique in South Africa. The three-lane Victoria Embankment seafront promenade lined with palm trees and the Esplanade with views of Port Natal are impressive. Stroll along busy Smith Street and see Durban’s sights*, such as the Old Station Building and the majestic City Hall.

Wed, 09.11.2016

Durban, departure 18.00 hrs

Thu, 10.11.2016

Richard’s Bay, arrival 5.00 hrs

Richard’s Bay/South Africa
Start your day with the pleasurable anticipation of some exiting encounters with South Africa’s famous wildlife. The tropical iSimangaliso Wetland Park* is a haven for birds such as egrets, pelicans and flamingos. On a boat trip on the lake, you will also have a good chance of seeing crocodiles and hippos. Africa’s oldest national park is the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve*. Here in the savannah, which has been protected since 1895, they have had great success with saving the rare white rhinoceros from extinction. A visit to the village of Eshowe* and Shakaland* will give you an insight into ancient Zulu customs.

Fri, 11.11.2016

Richard’s Bay, departure 16.00 hrs

Sat, 12.11.2016

Maputo/Mozambique, 11.00 – 19.00 hrs

The capital of Mozambique is rapidly becoming a modern city, yet it still has plenty of traditional charm. Set out on a journey of discovery* which will take you to see the station built by Gustave Eiffel, the bustling market and pretty architecture from the Portuguese colonial period.

Sun, 13.11.2016
- Mon, 14.11.2016

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 15.11.2016

Port d’Ehoala/Madagascar 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Port d’Ehoala/Madagascar
Madagascar lay isolated off the coast of Africa for millions of years, giving it a unique ecosystem. Rare orchids and carnivorous plants grow even on the outskirts of Taolanaro (Fort Dauphin) and the Nahampoana Reserve* is like paradise on earth. Amongst the palm trees and baobabs, you may be lucky enough to see the lemurs that are unique to Madagascar.

Wed, 16.11.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 17.11.2016

Le Port/Reunion/France, 7.00 – 17.30 hrs

Le Port/Reunion/France
The lush tropical vegetation on this mountainous island in the middle of the Indian Ocean provides a fascinating contrast with the bleak landscape of the active Piton de la Fournaise* volcano. Discover the best views for yourself from its slopes or stay at the foot of the volcano where you can devote yourself to relaxing on one of the idyllic beaches.

Fri, 18.11.2016

Port Louis/Mauritius, arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Port Louis/Mauritius
Famous for its legendary beaches, the Ile des Deux Cocos*, a colourful underwater world and the beautiful mountain backdrop – enjoy a relaxing end to your cruise on Mauritius. A visit to the indoor market in Port Louis is not to be missed. After one last night on board, start your journey home or stay a little longer in paradise on our post-cruise programme in Mauritius.

Sat, 19.11.2016

Port Louis
Transfer to scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Sun, 20.11.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:





Golf – golfing paradise under the African sun

Sat 5 Nov George, South Africa –Hyatt Regency Oubaii Resort & Golfclub
The Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort , this a pro signature golf course that was designed by SA golf legend Ernie Else. The signature hole is the three par 17th,played downhill to what in modern course design termed an “Infinity Green” with the sparkling Indian Ocean as a backdrop.

Sun 6 Nov Port Elizabeth – Humewood Golf Club
This links course in the dunes of Alogoa Bay, which opened in 1934, has a layout that fits in with the surrounding countryside. The natural fairways with dune hazards are reminiscent of the Scottish model. This very traditional form of the game provides a pleasant contrast with the other golf courses in South Africa and explains why the course has already hosted many international tournaments.

Wed 9 Nov Durban – Durban Country Club
Developed in 1922 amongst the dunes beside the Indian Ocean, this course is now in the middle of the city of Durban. The wide, often very undulating fairways along the ocean shore offer views of the city skyline and the club has hosted the South African Open several times.

Thu 10 Nov Richard’s Bay – Richard’s Bay Golf Club (Additional course)
This parkland course with its wide fairways presents a challenge of a different kind. It’s not a good idea to follow all your balls into the rough or the water hazards, as you never know what kind of native species might be lurking there. The water holes are famous for their crocodiles. After the sun goes down, the fairways also serve as the feeding grounds for hippos. So it’s hardly surprising that the local course rules include a “hippo rule”.

Thu 17 Nov Le Port, Reunion, France – Bassin Bleu golf and country club
This 18-hole course is on a high plateau (400 m) overlooking the Saint Gilles resort in the west of the island. From here, you can enjoy some magnificent views over the bay. The golf course also features beautiful eucalyptus trees.

Fri 18 Nov Port Louis, Mauritius – Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita
This course has a subtropical feel and is a dream not only for players – but for spectators, too. The layout is very reminiscent of American designs.

Golf – golfing paradise under the African sun