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

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

  • 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 30%!

    La Digue Cruise Only
    From £3445pp
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  • 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 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Zebras Cruise Only
    From £6946pp
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  • 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 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £2000pp!

    Sunset over Botswana Cruise Only
    From £9598pp
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  • 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 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Elephant at sunset Cruise Only
    From £10297pp
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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 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.


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.