On board MS EUROPA 2 from Cape Town to Mauritius

South Africa’s diverse wildlife and breathtaking natural world

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Real adventurers will leap at this opportunity to see lions, buffalo, rhinos, elephants and leopards – the famous “big five”. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot them all during your cruise, which starts with South Africa’s fascinating wildlife and melting pot of cultures, before showcasing the indescribable natural beauty of Mozambique and Madagascar. Unwind on isolated beaches and explore Africa’s dense rainforests and stunning mountainous terrain.


from Cape Town to Mauritius

Cruise dates:from 02.01.2016 to 17.01.2016 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1601

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

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Highlights of this cruise

  • Discover the unique animal kingdom on safaris**.
  • Unknown Africa: Mozambique and Madagascar.
  • Rainforests and volcanic landscapes: fascinating Reunion.
  • On board: South Africa’s wine – interesting facts and tastings.

 

Itinerary

Sat, 02.01.2016

Scheduled flight from Germany to Cape Town

Sun, 03.01.2016

Cape Town/South Africa
Transfer to the embarkation point, departure 23.00 hrs

Cape Town
Arrive a few days earlier and explore Cape Town with our pre-cruise programme* – you can even go on safari, if you wish.

Mon, 04.01.2016

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 05.01.2016

Port Elizabeth/South Africa, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Port Elizabeth
This sweeping coastal city entices visitors with pristine sandy beaches, and it’s the gateway to two ecologically diverse nature reserves. During a two-day overland excursion to the Pumba Private Game Reserve**, you can try and track down the “big five”. 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.

Wed, 06.01.2016

Durban/South Africa, arrival 20.00 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.

Thu, 07.01.2016

Durban, departure 21.00 hrs

Fri, 08.01.2016

Richard’s Bay/South Africa, arrival 5.00 hrs

Richard’s Bay
During a visit to a Zulu village**, you will gain valuable insights into the proud traditions of this African tribe. Alternatively, you can take a boat trip on Lake St. Lucia** for a first-hand encounter with hippopotamuses and crocodiles. Or you can head to the Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve** – surrounded by the sounds of wild animals – for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sat, 09.01.2016

Richard’s Bay, departure 12.00 hrs

Sun, 10.01.2016

Maputo/Mozambique, 6.00 – 17.00 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.

Mon, 11.01.2016
- Tue, 12.01.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 13.01.2016

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. Take a walk through the Ravenala palm trees and baobabs of the Nature Reserve of Nahampoana** and you might even see some lemurs.

Thu, 14.01.2016

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 15.01.2016

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.

Sat, 16.01.2016

Port Louis/Mauritius, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Port Louis/Mauritius
The cruise finishes at Mauritius – however, you’re welcome to enjoy the charms of this island paradise a little while longer with our post-cruise programme*.

Sun, 17.01.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

* 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.

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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 PLACE IN THE WORLD


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


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


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