Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
Go

Safari Holidays and Cultural Voyages to Africa

Explore Africa on a fascinating cultural voyage with expert guest lecturers or enjoy a safari holiday with included game drives

  • Elephants on a game drive
  • Makalali Game Lodge, Kruger National Park
  • Zambezi Queen, Africa safari cruise

About Africa Cruises

Safari holidays

All of our safari holidays include a 4-night cruise along the Chobe River on board intimate ship Zambezi Queen and game drives in some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks, including the Kruger and Serengeti, home to a variety of wildlife.

With an exciting range of included excursions and game drives, plus all transfers and flights within Africa, these safari cruise holidays are a superb way of seeing the vast diversity of southern Africa.

Small ship cruising

Explore South Africa, the “Rainbow Nation” on a fascinating cultural voyage, with expert guest lecturers and a choice of superb shore excursions. Enjoy a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak, just south of Cape Town, see the magnificent neo-classical City Hall in Mozambique and experience the rich cultural heritage of Port Elizabeth.

View zebras on cruise safari in Africa

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019 / 2020

  • Rivers of West Africa

    7 Nights - Dakar (Senegal) and Back

    Harmony G Harmony G

    Journey along the waterways of Senegal and Gambia to observe the rich wildlife, meet the incredible Gambian people and explore colourful bustling market towns and traditional fishing villages of West Africa. This 7-night cruise with a difference includes return flights from the UK and transfers. 2019 - Jan, Feb Save 40% on cruise cost!

    Banjul Community Fly Cruise Package
    From £1268pp
    View Full Details

  • Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago

    8 Nights - Dakar and Back

    Le Dumont dUrville Le Dumont dUrville

    Discover exceptional biodiversity, admire the outstanding natural beauty and experience the traditions of the Bidyogo people on this 8-night cruise through the unspoiled Bissagos archipelago, a UNESCO Protected Biosphere Reserve. Includes Zodiac landings, expert guides and evening entertainment. 2020 - Apr Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Village life Cruise Only
    From £3664pp
    View Full Details

  • Southern Africa

    8 Nights - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

    African Dream African Dream

    Explore southern Africa on this unique holiday which includes a 3-night cruise through Zimbabwe and on the atmospheric Lake Kariba, a 3-night lodge stay in Namibia and hotel stays in Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Land and water safaris give up-close encounters with amazing wildlife and traditional villages. 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Victoria Falls Cruise Only
    From £4469pp
    Fly-Cruise Package
    From £5599pp
    View Full Details

  • Southern Africa and Cape Town

    11 Nights - Cape Town to Victoria Falls

    African Dream African Dream

    Spend 3 nights in Cape Town with an included cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, join African Dream on a 3-night cruise through Zimbabwe, enjoy a 3-night lodge stay in the Namibian wilderness and see magnificent Victoria Falls. Land and water safaris allow up-close encounters with exciting wildlife and authentic villages 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Cape Town Cruise Only
    From £6007pp
    Fly-Cruise Package
    From £7157pp
    View Full Details

  • Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean

    12 Nights - Mahe to Zanzibar

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Sail from the colourful islands of the Seychelles to the superb wildlife of Tanzania and exotic Zanzibar on this brand new luxury expedition cruise, with fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities 2020 - Feb Save up to 15% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    La Digue Cruise Only
    From £6448pp
    View Full Details

  • Scattered Islands and Seychelles

    15 Nights - Durban to Mahe

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Discover the pearls of the Indian Ocean, from the idyllic Scattered Islands to the diverse scenery of Madagascar and tranquil islets of the Seychelles, on this unique 15-night voyage on board Le Lyrial 2019 - Apr Save up to 5% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Seychelles Cruise Only
    From £6999pp
    View Full Details

  • From Antarctica to Africa

    21 Nights - Ushuaia to Cape Town

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Sail from Ushuaia to the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the volcanic British archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, before reaching Cape Town, on this luxury expedition voyage. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. 2019 - Mar Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Penguins in South Georgia Cruise Only
    From £7438pp
    View Full Details

  • Discover Africa

    9 Nights - Cape Town to Victoria Falls

    Zambezi Queen Zambezi Queen

    Enjoy a 3-night stay in picturesque Cape Town with an included cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, join Zambezi Queen on a 4-night cruise through Botswana with game drives in Chobe National Park and finally spend two nights at the spectacular Victoria Falls. Includes hotel stays and game drives 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Zebras Cruise Only
    From £7481pp
    View Full Details

  • Treasures of South Africa

    14 Nights - Cape Town and Back

    Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Discover beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife, fascinating history and natural wonders on this 14 -night cruise through South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Includes return flights from the UK, overseas transfers, up to 25 shore excursions and beverages throughout. 2020 - Dec FREE Pre-Cruise or Post-Cruise Land Programme

    Cape fur seal colony, Namibia Fly Cruise Package
    From £8979pp
    View Full Details

  • Golden Trails of East Africa

    16 Nights - Johannesburg to Arusha

    Zambezi Queen Zambezi Queen

    See some of Southern Africa's most spectacular areas including the Chobe, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks and explore Botswana along the Chobe River on Zambezi Queen on this unique 16-night cruise and land tour with hotel stays and game drives 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Sunset over Botswana Cruise Only
    From £9598pp
    View Full Details

  • Dreams of Africa

    14 Nights - Cape Town and Back

    Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    See spectacular scenery, sublime beaches and amazing wildlife on this luxury all-inclusive cruise along the coast of South Africa from Cape Town, visiting Durban, Mozambique and Namibia. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2020 - Dec FREE 3-Night Pre or Post-Cruise Land Programme!

    Cape Town Fly Cruise Package
    From £10049pp
    View Full Details

  • Rivers and Rails of Africa

    12 Nights - Cape Town to Johannesburg

    Zambezi Queen Zambezi Queen

    Explore South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe on this incredible tour which combines exciting river cruising and a luxury rail journey to highlight the very best of Africa. Includes hotel stays in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, a 3-night Rovos Rail trip, game drives and guided excursions. 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Victoria Falls Cruise Only
    From £10493pp
    View Full Details

  • Stars of South Africa

    14 Nights - Cape Town to Johannesburg

    Zambezi Queen Zambezi Queen

    See some of South Africa's big game on this 14-night cruise and land tour with a hotel stay in Cape Town before cruising through Botswana on Zambezi Queen, ending with a 2-night stay in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg and 3 nights at a safari lodge in the Kruger National Park. Includes guided excursions and game drives 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Elephant at sunset Cruise Only
    From £11090pp
    View Full Details

Africa Highlights

Cape Town

Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape. Table Mountain is the spectacular backdrop to the city, and the summit can be reached by Cableway. Cape Town's Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a popular area with shops, entertainment venues and over 80 restaurants. Trips may be offered to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during the apartheid era.

Cape Town (South Africa)

Durban

Durban is the busiest port in South Africa and is a popular tourist resort. It is famous for the Golden Mile, a long stretch of sandy beach ideal for surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, and bordered by uShaja Marine World, hotels and some of Durban's best Art Deco buildings. The city's Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding is a new and opulent temple which is open to visitors and has an underground restaurant.

Maputo

The capital of Mozambique is also known as the City of Acacias, and was once a Portuguese Colony. The railway station and the Iron House were built by Gustav Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower, and south of the city are several reserves and national parks, including the Maputo Elephant Reserve where visitors can also see flamingos, leopards, crocodiles and hippos. Locals sell wood carvings and batik cloth from stalls on the beach.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a green city with a number of parks and gardens, including the large and wildlife-rich Settler's Park. The Donkin Trail is a good way to see the city's sites, taking in the market Square and grand City Hall, the gothic library and old settler cottages. Beyond the city is the Big Five game reserve of Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park, where Cape Buffalo can also be seen.

Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

Richards Bay

This industrial port in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is the gateway to Zululand, the dunes, swamp, forests and wildlife of St Lucia Wetlands - hippos and crocodiles, pelicans, storks and flamingoes - and Hluhluwe Umfolosi Game Reserve. Other trips may be offered to the Shakaland Experience, a recreation of a Zulu homestead. Richards Bay has a new waterfront shopping mall, the Boardwalk.

Walvis Bay

This Namibian town is famous for the nearby sand dunes, the largest being Dune 7 offering wide-ranging views of the coast. Offshore is a large platform built to collect guano, now a major export, and an unusual and popular restaurant built on a raft. The area around Walvis Bay is an important wetland, a habitat for flamingos and the Damara tern. Trips may be offered to the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast - an inhospitable and arid terrain fronted by pounding surf and over a thousand shipwrecks - Swakopmund, Pelican Point seal colony and Sandwich Harbour.

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

The archipelago of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania has white sand beaches and a string of coral reefs. Its main industries are dhow building and the cultivation of cloves, cinnamon and ginger, both of which feature on tours. Stone Town is the old quarter of Zanzibar City, and a World Heritage Site with many interesting buildings built from coral rock. The Old Dispensary's four stories are decorated with wood-carved balconies and the House of Wonders with its tiers of pillars is now the Museum of History and Culture.