Arica is a continent that is rich with beautiful travel destinations. It is a continent that is beautiful and mesmerizing. From the magnificent wildlife to the captivating landscape, a tour to Africa is bound to inspire you and take your breath away.
Among the various kinds of tours that you can opt for to Africa, the best tour is an African cruise. There are many kinds of African cruises depending on the organization that conducts the cruises and also the various destinations that you can choose from. African cruises involve small luxury ships that take you to several places along coastal Africa. These tours are also combined with an overland tour of the coastal destinations that the cruise passes along.
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The African coast and the waters of the ocean are one of the most fascinating places you will ever visit. During the night, you will be able to bathe in the cool moonlight while in the daytime you can catch glimpses of wildlife on the land. Some of the most intriguing sights in these cruises include the ancient tombs of the pharaohs of Egypt, the Victoria Falls and the safaris on land.
These African cruises are designed to give a taste of the traditional African culture as well as the modern contemporary Africa to tourists. Thus, these cruises are educational as well as cultural and historical. The following article will elaborate on the various kinds of luxurious African cruises and the destinations that they will take you to.
The Different Kinds of African Cruises
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Different African cruises will take you around different destinations around the continent. The following are a few of these various kinds of cruises. On an average the prices for the cruises range from about 6000 dollars to 12000 dollars. The price of the cruises depends on the number of days in the cruise and the destinations that you will visit.
Cape Town To Cape Town
This is a luxury African cruise which begins From Cape Town and also ends at Cape Town. This cruise usually takes place in the winter season, in the month of January. This is because at this time of the year, South Africa is at its best and tourists can enjoy the cruise most at this time of the year. The cruise runs for the duration of ten days.
Among the destinations that this cruise follows, are Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Day at Sea, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, East London and back again at Cape Town. These cities and ports are beautiful and offer tourists with a wide range of activities. The cities and ports that are included in this cruise are modern and urbane and offer an insight into how these parts of Africa have evolved over the years into a prosperous and wealthy area.
Atlantic Islands and African Shores
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The Atlantic Islands and African Shores is another famous African cruise. This cruise begins from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and touches along the destinations of Canary Islands, Spain and ends at Accra. The cruise runs for a duration of 17 days and is usually organized in the month of September. During this time, western Africa remains extremely pleasant and is ideal for a cruise along the coastal waters.
As a tourist, you will find several things to do on this cruise. If you are an enthusiast of history, you can follow the trading routes taken by Henry when he was navigating these waters. These areas were also under European colonization for years and traces of which still remain. You can also visit the ancient forests of laurel trees and enjoy the mesmerizing wildlife of the continent including exotic birds, rare butterflies and wild monkeys.
Besides these, if you are adventurous, you can also take part in snorkeling and beachcombing. This cruise also involves a cruise of the Gambia River and the exploration of lagoons on ancient African boats known as ‘pirogue’.
Gold Coast to Skeleton Coast
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The third among luxurious African cruises is the Gold Coast to Skeleton Coast Cruise. This cruise takes place in the month of October and spans for a period of 18 days. The cruise begins at Accra and follows several destinations before finally stopping at Cape Town.
This cruise is a fascinating one both in terms of the history and culture that are experienced by tourists on this cruise. You can visit traditional African villages such as the Ewa and get an insight into how the slave trade was carried on in these parts during the time when Africa was colonized by the European countries. You can explore the cocoa and coffee plantations and learn about old whaling stations and diamond mining towns.
The coastal areas of this part of Africa are inhabited by the Tofinu people and you can learn fishing tricks from them. Besides these activities you will be able to watch giant frogs, gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants on the land along with tropical birds and rare butterflies.
The wildlife experience with this cruise is simply mesmerizing. Among other highlights of the cruise are the remnants colonial architecture and monuments, colorful salt works, a natural blowhole and desert plains of gravel. You can also enjoy the tricks of African penguins.
West Africa Cultural Adventure
The fourth cruise in the list of luxurious African cruises is the West Africa Cultural Adventure cruise. This cruise is also an extremely enjoyable one. The cruise takes place in the month of October when these parts experience pleasant weather. The cruise spans a period of 10 days.
Like some of the other cruises mentioned above, this cruise will also offer an insight into the colonial past of the continent including the sites of slave trade. If you love history, then you will enjoy a visit to the ancient Ewa village and meet the traditional Tofinu people who are known for their fishing skills.
Among the wildlife that you can sight during this cruise are exotic butterflies, wild monkeys, and exotic birds. You can also learn about voodoo culture from the people you meet during this cruise.