Cruise to Africa

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Africa Cruises: Your guide to cruising this eclectic continent

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Frequently asked questions

Popular destinations for African Cruises include Cape Town, Durban, ports along the East African coast, and exotic islands like the Seychelles and Madagascar. Chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert for a range of itinerary options based on where you want to travel.

The best time for cruising around Africa depends on the region, with Southern Africa being ideal from November to March, and East Africa from June to September.

Cruising is a great way to learn more about a destination, with a broad range of cultural activities and immersions offered on board and during shore excursions. Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to join cultural tours to local villages and historical sites, plus workshops and talks that dive deeper into the history of each region.

Most cruises include meals on board, often featuring a mix of international and local African cuisines. Double check your unique itinerary and booking to confirm what meals and drinks are included in your package. 

Absolutely! Shore excursions often include visits to important historical and archaeological sites, showcasing Africa's rich history and culture.

African cruise durations can vary, with itineraries ranging from one to several weeks, exploring different regions of the African coast. If you’re heading over from Australia, don’t forget to account of the travel time, giving yourself a few days to adjust to the time differences before you depart.

What’s the point of venturing to Africa if you’re not going to catch a glimpse of the wildlife? Thankfully, most cruises will offer excursions to wildlife reserves where you can cross your fingers and keep an eye out for the likes of elephants, lions, giraffes and zebras in their natural habitats. Itineraries that head to the Seychelles will also offer chances to swim and snorkel – meaning you can chill with nemo and enjoy life under the sea.

It's advisable to pack light and comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather, along with sun protection and insect repellent. A good camera is also a great idea so you’re ready to capture epic pictures of lions sunbathing and a cheetah on the prowl.

Yes, there are luxury cruises available that offer upscale amenities, fine dining, and exclusive shore excursions throughout Africa. Chat with your Flight Centre cruise expert to find the luxe option for you.

Major departure ports like Cape Town and Durban are accessible via international flights, with good connectivity to the cruise terminals via private transfers and public transport.

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