On board MS BREMEN from Cape Town to Mauritius

Expedition South Africa: At the Cape of the Wild Animals

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Legendary nature reserves, breathtaking beaches and primeval rainforests with an unimaginable wealth of fauna and flora. On your expedition with the BREMEN you will discover Africa as you have never seen it before. Set out into the wilderness on the trail of the “Big Five”, and look forward to fascinating moments at the southern tip of the Black Continent.


from Cape Town to Mauritius

Cruise dates:from 16.11.2013 to 02.12.2013 (17 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1321

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

Itinerary

Sat, 16.11.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Cape Town

Sun, 17.11.2013

Overnight stay on board

Cape of Good Views 
What a start to your cruise: With Cape Town you can explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world. For example, stroll in the evening through the historic harbour quarter along the Waterfront, and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the “City between the Oceans”.

Mon, 18.11.2013

Cape Town/South Africa, departure 9.00 hrs


Tue, 19.11.2013

Mossel Bay, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

Impressions full of a special atmosphere await you at Mossel Bay when you look out for dolphins or research in the Bartolomeu Diaz Museum into the history of the Portuguese sailor who reached the “bay full of mussels” in 1488.

Wed, 20.11.2013

Port Elizabeth, from 5.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs

Unforgettable encounters in South Africa 
Lion, buffalo, rhinoceros, elephant and leopard – merely the mention of the “Big Five” will make adventurers’ hearts leap for joy. On your expedition you will have several opportunities of watching Africa’s fascinating animals when you join exciting stalks through dense bush land and vast grass steppe. No one can never know what encounters nature has to offer. In fact, in the Kariega Game Reserve* near to Port Elizabeth more than 25 species of game and more than 200 types of birds live. Perhaps you will spot buffalos, giraffes or zebras at the waterholes while a pride of lions prowls well camouflaged through the undergrowth. The Addo Elephant Park* is totally devoted to the colossal pachyderms. Although the population was almost extinct when the park was founded in 1931, today more than 300 elephants live there.

Thu, 21.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 22.11.2013

Durban, from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

Today Durban will captivate you – the largest city in the province KwaZulu-Natal and a unique melting pot of Indian, European and African culture. When  Stalking in the Tala Game Reserve* you can explore the habitat of giraffes, rhinos and hippos. As an alternative you can experience breathtaking views during an Adventure Excursion over the Sani Pass* as far as the “Roof of South Africa“, with a pass height of almost 3,000 m, in the Drakensbergen on the border to Lesotho.

Sat, 23.11.2013

Richard’s Bay, arrival 5.00 hrs

There will be a continuation of these exciting expedition moments in Richard’s Bay. Sense the soul of Africa during a two-day visit to the Phinda Game Reserve*, which is one of the most impressive nature reserves in the country and at the same time incorporates seven different ecological systems. In case you have still not seen all the members of the “Big Five”, there will be a further chance for you here. A  Visit to the Zulu Village of Kwabhekithunga* will deeply move you when you are introduced to the proud traditions of this tribe. You will set out on a search for the rare, almost extinct white and black rhinoceroses in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve*, where, if you are lucky, you will also see lions and zebras. On the other hand crocodiles and hippos will impress you on a  Boat Trip across Lake St. Lucia* – the crowning glory of an abundance of intensive animal observations in South Africa.

Sun, 24.11.2013

Richard’s Bay, departure 17.00 hrs

Mon, 25.11.2013

Ilha dos Portugueses/Mozambique

Between superb beaches and huge volcanoes 
After unforgettable experiences at the tip of Africa, during the following days divine moments await you on the islands of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a relaxing day of sunbathing on the white beach of the Ilha dos Portugueses  before you immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of Madagascar.

Tue, 26.11.2013
- Wed, 27.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 28.11.2013

Port d’Ehoala (Taolanaro)/Madagascar, from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs

Starting out from Port d’Ehoala  you will hike through the Andohahela National Park*, where, with any luck, you may sight some shy lemurs. Alternatively, you are offered wonderful Impressions of Taolanaro*.

Fri, 29.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 30.11.2013

Le Port/Reunion, from 9.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs

Without any doubt the most paradisiacal side of France is the overseas territory of Reunion with its dense tropical forests, colourful plants and rugged volcanic ranges. During the Scenic Excursion to the Volcano Piton de la Fournaise* you will explore the second most active volcano on earth. Or, on a Helicopter Flight* spectacular perspectives will be revealed to you – a breathtaking finale to a unique expedition.

Sun, 01.12.2013

Port Louis/Mauritius, arrival 6.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Mauritius – Frankfurt

Mon, 02.12.2013

Arrival in Frankfurt

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are 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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CAPE TOWN – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL END OF THE WORLD


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: HIGHTLIGHTS OF NOTHERN NAMIBIA


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MAURITIUS – DREAM ISLAND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

Specialist in Biology in the Expert Team

The emphases of the lectures by Dr Lothar Staeck,

Professor of Biology as a Teaching Subject at the TU Berlin, are on the

botany and ecology of the tropics and their forests. The expert is able

to present complex facts in an easily comprehensible form and will thus

be able to arouse your enthusiasm for the natural treasures of South

Africa.