Africa might conjure up images of grassy plains and dusty van rides, but did you know you can cruise around the continent too?
Cruising the coastline of Africa is a truly unique way to see the stunning natural landscapes and wildlife, beyond the usual game park drive. See animals and birds on the rivers and deltas of Senegal and Gambia that you wouldn’t find in many other places or perhaps you’re up for a spot of island-hopping through the Seychelles? These pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters will rival the most touristed tropical islands in the world and will allow you to relax without the crowds.
Cruises in Africa
Highlights of Africa cruises
Explore the Caves of Hercules
The Caves of Hercules in Morocco are rumoured to be the very place that Hercules slept in during his labours. You can access the caves from both land and sea, but the sea opening is actually an outline of the African continent itself, shaped by the ancient Phoenicians.
Taste Santo Antao's delicacies
The fiery flavours of Santo Antao will delight any foodie that visits. The cuisine is a mix of Portuguese, African and European influences, with fresh seafood, flavoursome stews and fresh fruits and vegetables aplenty. Don’t forget to try the local sugarcane rum known as grogue.
Relax on the world's most beautiful beach
If you like snorkelling, you absolutely must visit the Seychelles. While there isn’t a bad beach in the area, the Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful. Classic white sands and palm trees meet clear waters, full of colourful coral and schools of tropical fish.
Spot wildlife on the shore
Cruise close to the shore of River Gambia National Park and you might get lucky enough to spot hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and The Gambia’s famous birdlife. If you’re lucky, you may also see chimpanzees, who reside on the islands thanks to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project.
Why choose Intrepid
Small ships, small groups
With fewer than 50 passengers on every ship, our groups are the perfect size for really getting to know your fellow travellers. Smaller groups mean more personalised service, like one-on-one chats with your leader about history, culture and food, or your favourite beer handed to you by the bar manager at the end of the day.
We’re right there with you to ensure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons. Our expert local leaders facilitate incredible land experiences, while the ship’s friendly crew make sure you have everything you need – from a room that’s sparkling clean to a glass of sparkling wine – to enjoy your time on board.
Dining with a local twist
Whether it’s a barbecue on a deserted beach, the catch-of-the day cooked up by your onboard chef or the gourmet breakfast that’s served each morning, our culinary experiences are designed to complement your journey and help you create memories you’ll savour forever – both on and off the boat.
Cruise the seas less travelled
Our small ships give you access to those out-of-the-way spots the big ships can’t reach. We’ll show you the guidebook favourites from a new perspective, then cruise away from the crowds so you can stroll through seaside villages, swim in hidden coves, and get a real taste of what life is like for the locals.
A floating boutique hotel
Our ships combine all the comforts and personality of a boutique hotel with the freedom of the open water. Relax in your well-appointed cabin and wake to a different outlook each morning. Enjoy panoramic views from the sun deck, spend time in comfortable lounges and dining rooms, or dine al fresco under the stars.
Greener, more sustainable cruising
It’s no secret, traditional cruises (and the travelling hordes aboard) have an impact on our environment and the communities they visit. We use smaller vessels carrying up to 50 guests, and each departure is carbon offset by a range of renewable energy initiatives. We have a no single-use plastic rule and source 90% of meals from local producers.
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