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A fantastic range of South Africa cruises are currently available to travellers, voyaing to a number of great cities along the nation's coastline.
South Africa offers a contrast between contemporary major cities and rural locations, with many of the best places to visit located along the coast, which makes South Africa an excellent location for a cruise holiday.
The majority of South Africa cruises are dedicated primarily to the region, as it is significantly out of the way of many typical cruise routes, including those across the Mediterranean. However, it remains a popular destination and many Africa and Asia cruise itineraries available, sailing around the south of the continent.
These South Africa cruises are well suited to travellers who want a fun family break or a luxurious escape, and there are plenty of different options available with many of the top cruise lines. Various itineraries are on offer, depending on who you choose to sail with, so here we've highlighted some of the most popular ports in the region.
Cape Town is home to the country's parliament for half of the year and a gateway to some top attractions, primarily Table Mountain, accessible via cable car and offering stunning views across the city on the way up. It's part of the Table Mountain National Park which includes the Cape of Good Hope, another scenic spot great for photos.
Nearby you can also enjoy the wine region of Stellenbosch, a university town, or you can head to Robben Island, a World Heritage site with museums dedicated to its time as a political prison during apartheid.
On the East Cape is the city of East London, a region well known for its beaches. It is also home to the East London Museum, an extensive natural history museum with some interesting exhibits. For a unique experience you can take a guided tour of a replicated Xhosa village at Khaya La Bantu and sample local foods or witness traditional dance performances.
Or you can visit one of the game reserves in close proximity, where you can see amazing species of wildlife including lions, rhinos and more as well as interesting species of flora.
A similar city is Port Elizabeth, which also has some magnificent beaches and a city museum. You should also visit the aquarium if you have the chance, while the Addo Elephant Park game reserve is another great excursion. Home to over 300 Cape Elephants you will have the chance to get really close to them, as well as other species including birds, ostriches and rhino, while there's also a snake park you can visit here too - if you dare!
Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and a wonderful place to visit as part of a cruise holiday. It offers great beaches as well as contemporary attractions. Head to Seaworld to see dolphins or explore the major shopping areas and lively markets. As well as golf, surfing and diving, you can opt for a scenic rickshaw ride along the beach.
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