Day 1: Port Louis, Mauritius
Discover the charms of Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, which bears the name of a former French emperor and was historically a significant stopover for ships navigating around the Cape of Good Hope. Explore the renowned Champs de Mars race track, delve into the island's history and culture at the Blue Penny Museum, and take a leisurely walk amidst the lush greenery of Les Jardins De La Compagnie. Conclude your day with a relaxing promenade along the Caudan Waterfront, where you can explore shops, savor delicious cuisine, and admire the iconic Chinese Pagoda.
Day 2: Pointe Des Galets, Reunion
Pointe des Galets in Réunion, a tropical paradise graced with lush rainforests and pristine beaches surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, will leave you in awe of its natural beauty. This island in the Indian Ocean holds the distinction of being a French department and is renowned for its climbable active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, which soars to a height of 8,635 feet. When you're not exploring the Bélouve Forest or lounging on the shores of l'Hermitage beach, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of Réunion by visiting attractions like the Aquarium of Réunion or taking a stroll through the historic Jardin de l'Etat, a botanical garden that first opened its gates in 1773.
Day 3: Indian Ocean
Cruising at sea.
Day 4: Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), Madagascar
Located on Madagascar's southeastern coast, Fort Dauphin, or Taolagnaro, is a city steeped in history and culture, with its origins dating back to the 1500s when it was established by the French. Nestled on a picturesque peninsula, the area is celebrated for its stunning beaches and thriving wildlife, notably the coveted lobster, a key export. Offering a diverse range of activities, from hiking and surfing to exploring historical sites, this mountainous region, bordering a lush rainforest, promises a truly awe-inspiring destination.
Day 5: Indian Ocean
Cruising at sea.
Day 6: Pomene, Mozambique
Nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean along Africa's eastern coastline, Pomene in Mozambique emerges as an exciting new addition to the cruise itinerary. This untouched gem within Pomene Bay offers pristine sandy shores, captivating blue lagoons, a sanctuary of mangrove estuaries, vibrant coral reefs, and world-class diving opportunities. Embrace the tropical warmth, indulge in fresh seafood, engage with the welcoming local community, embark on marine escapades, and bask in the tranquil beauty of this untamed destination.
Day 7: Maputo, Mozambique
In the 18th century, this city was established as a township surrounding a Portuguese fortress and was initially known as Lourenço Marques until its official renaming to Maputo in 1976. Serving as Mozambique's capital and the largest port, Maputo stands as a multicultural hub, evident in its array of diverse dining establishments. Over the past decade, substantial revitalization efforts have transformed much of the city, introducing shaded sidewalk cafes, a thriving arts community, historical landmarks, and bustling markets that offer a window into the city's rich history and its dynamic, contemporary ambiance.
Day 8: Richards Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay, South Africa, boasts a prime location on the Southern Hemisphere's most profound natural harbor, offering an enticing blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration. Embark on a captivating journey through the Umlalazi Nature Reserve, where you may be fortunate enough to encounter the elusive Palm-Nut vulture, one of South Africa's rarest birds of prey. Alternatively, bask in the sun or ride the waves at Aklantstrand Beach, or delve into South African history and art at the Empangeni Museum for an enriching experience.
Day 10: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Port Elizabeth, also known as Gqeberha, stands as a prominent South African municipality, affectionately known as "The Friendly City." Unwind on the picturesque shores of King's Beach, embark on a wildlife adventure at the Kragga Kamma Game Park nature reserve, delve into the storied history of South Africa's Eastern Cape at the Donkin Reserve, and savor indigenous flavors like potjiekos, a traditional outdoor stew prepared in a cast-iron pot.
Day 11: Mossel Bay, South Africa
Nestled on the Southern Cape, Mossel Bay stands out as a beloved South African tourist hotspot. Enjoy the sun and sea at Santos Beach, hike up the trail to the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse to relish 19th-century architecture and breathtaking vistas. Gain insights into early human history at the Point of Human Origins archaeological site and delve into the region's more recent cultural heritage at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum.
Day 12: Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, a dynamic metropolis and the legislative capital of South Africa, offers an array of attractions. Ascend to the summit of Table Mountain to soak in panoramic vistas of the city and its harbor. Venture to Robben Island, where you can witness the historic site of the once-infamous prison that incarcerated Nelson Mandela. Wander through the well-tended lawns and lush forests of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and conclude your day with some shopping and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront.