On board MS EUROPA 2 from Mauritius to Cape Town

In the kingdom of wild animals

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On the way from Mauritius to Reunion, you’ll be hot on the trail of lions, buffalo, rhinos, elephants and leopards. In Madagascar, Taolanaro is known as the “place of dreams”; it’s a breathtaking world of nature, biodiversity and deserted beaches. Alongside the “big five”, you’ll also have the chance to encounter crocodiles, hippopotamuses, ostriches and antelope in southern Africa’s various wildlife reserves and parks**. A visit to a Zulu village** is sure to be an experience to remember, as is a trip to Durban, the largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal province, before you arrive at Cape Town, the metropolis at the foot of Table Mountain.


from Mauritius to Cape Town

Cruise dates:from 05.12.2015 to 19.12.2015 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1535

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Highlights of this cruise

  • Rainforests and volcanic landscapes: fascinating Reunion.
  • Unknown Africa: Madagascar and Mozambique.
  • Discover the unique animal kingdom of South Africa on diverse safaris**.
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package**.

 

Itinerary

Sat, 05.12.2015

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Mauritius

Sun, 06.12.2015

Port Louis/Mauritius
Transfer to the embarkation point, departure 18.00 hrs

Port Louis/Mauritius
Your cruise starts in this stunning harbour town – or, alternatively, you can arrive earlier and indulge in one of our pre-cruise programmes* on Mauritius’s breathtaking beaches.

Mon, 07.12.2015

Le Port/Reunion/France , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Le Port/Reunion
Dense tropical rainforests and colourful plant life: the French overseas department of Reunion is a slice of paradise. Explore the fascinating mountain landscape on a scenic journey to the occasionally active Piton de la Fournaise** volcano. Or soar to great heights on a helicopter tour and discover hidden villages and spectacular waterfalls.

Tue, 08.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 09.12.2015

Taolanaro/Madagascar, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Taolanaro/Madagascar
Taolanaro means “place of dreams” – when you see the panoramic view from the peak of Saint Louis, you’ll understand why. A stroll through the Nature Reserve of Nahampoana** is the best way to experience Madagascar’s unique fauna and flora.

Thu, 10.12.2015
- Fri, 11.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 12.12.2015

Maputo/Mozambique, 6.00 – 17.00 hrs
Ilha dos Portugueses/Mozambique , 15.30 – 19.00 hrs

Maputo
Founded in the 16th century, Maputo has managed to preserve its wonderfully traditional charm. A city tour** will introduce you to various landmarks, including the train station planned and built by Gustave Eiffel.

Sun, 13.12.2015

Richard’s Bay/South Africa, arrival 11.00 hrs

Richard’s Bay
A two-day trip to the Phinda Private Game Reserve** showcases the seven different ecosystems that share this 15,000-hectare area. You might even see the “big five”. Alternatively you can take a boat trip on Lake St. Lucia** for a first-hand encounter with hippopotamuses and crocodiles, or visit a Zulu village** and be inspired by the ancient customs of South Africa’s largest ethnic group.

Mon, 14.12.2015

Richard’s Bay , departure 20.00 hrs

Tue, 15.12.2015

Durban/South Africa , 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Durban
The largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal province is a unique melting pot of Indian, European and African cultures. Head to the treetops for a canopy tour**, where you can take in gorgeous views of the jungle and surrounding area from a high ropes course. Singita** is the Rolls Royce of wildlife safari lodges. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve borders Kruger National Park and is awaiting you for a 2 days overland excursion.

Wed, 16.12.2015

Port Elizabeth/South Africa, arrival 19.00 hrs

Port Elizabeth
This sweeping coastal city entices visitors with pristine sandy beaches, and it’s the gateway to two ecologically diverse nature reserves. More than 25 kinds of game and over 200 bird species call the Kariega Game Reserve** home. The Addo Elephant National Park** is dedicated to the continent’s prestigious pachyderms and, with a bit of luck, you might also come face to face with ostriches and antelope, too.

Thu, 17.12.2015

Port Elizabeth , departure 18.00 hrs

Fri, 18.12.2015

Cape Town/South Africa, arrival 23.00 hrs

Cape Town
Your cruise will finish in the metropolis at the foot of the famous Table Mountain. However you’re welcome to stay on and explore Cape Town with our post-cruise programme – you can even go on safari, if you wish.

Sat, 19.12.2015

Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany
Arrival in Germany

* The pre- and post-cruise programmes listed are not included in the cruise price.
** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

= at anchor
= golf course

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:

EXCLUSIVE GOLF & PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME ON MAURITIUS


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MAURITIUS – PURE RELAXATION IN THE INDIAN OCEAN


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: MAURITIUS – A TROPICAL PARADISE IN THE INDIAN OCEAN


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CAPE TOWN – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: SAFARI THROUGH THE NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

talk2christiansen

Exclusive, renowned guests discuss contemporary issues

Sabine Christiansen, one of the most famous journalists in Germany, will invite renowned experts in the fields of finance, politics and society to discuss contemporary issues. At talk2christiansen presentations, discussion rounds and conversations, you will meet international politicians, Nobel Prize winners, entrepreneurs, experts, best-selling authors and figures from public life. In this exclusive format, you will come face-to-face with people who have something to say.  For example, previous guests who have participated in talk2christiansen include Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference; Frank Sieren, a leading specialist on Asia; Dirk “Mr DAX” Müller; and many others.


Golf cruise – exotic golfing pleasure on Africa’s coasts

Mon 07.12 – Le Port – Bassin Bleu GC
Enjoy golfing paradise 400 m above sea level in the heart of a majestic park and in the shade of eucalyptus trees.

Mon 14.12 – Richard’s Bay – Richard’s Bay GC

Gary Player was involved in the design of this par 71 course. This wonderful course, located on Lake Mzingazi, has some of its own rules – including for balls that land in hippopotamus tracks.

Tue 15.12 – Durban – Durban Country Club
Despite the competition in George and Sun City, the Durban Country Club golf course remains the best golf course in South Africa. No other course in the country has so frequently hosted the South African Open and other championships. The course is right next to the Indian Ocean and was masterfully formed from the dunes. The course was opened in 1922 and redesigned in 1959. Certain holes are extremely difficult. The 12th hole, with its elevated green, is also known as the “Prince of Wales”.

Thu 17.12 – Port Elizabeth – Humewood GC
This course runs along the coastline and is one of the most challenging in South Africa. Countless lapwings will follow your game on the rolling fairways and in the deep bunkers.