Madagascar & South Africa
15 days with
DAY 1 – ZANZIBAR
Departure at 18H00.
Once a mythical post along the legendary Indian Ocean trade route, today a certain whiff of adventure still pervades in Zanzibar. Located off the coast of Tanzania, this place often referred to as “spice island” is brimming with natural treasures, such as Jozani Forest, the last remains of the huge primeval forest that once covered the island, home to a unique ecosystem. This port of call will also be the moment to discover ”Stone Town”, the historical centre of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A veritable labyrinth of narrow streets lined with houses made from coral stone, it is home to sumptuous buildings in a multitude of architectural styles, the result of the blending of African, European and Indian cultures.
DAY 2 – AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
DAY 3 – MUTSAMUDU, ANJOUAN
DAY 4 – MAMOUDZOU
DAY 5 – MAJUNGA
A lively and cosmopolitan town on the west coast of Madagascar, Majunga, also called Mahajanga, will be a port of call rich in discoveries. The former capital of the Sakalava kingdom, then a significant interchange due to its prime position between Africa and the Middle East, the city displays an interesting cultural patchwork. Also renowned for its outstanding natural sites, this port of call will provide you with the opportunity to discover Anakarafantsika National Park, home to many endemic animal and plant species, or the Cirque Rouge, immense red sandstone formations classified as national heritage.
DAY 6 – AT SEA
DAY 7 – MORONDAVA
DAYS 8-9 – AT SEA
DAY 10 – RICHARDS BAY
A simple fishing village in the past, Richards Bay is now South Africa’s second port. Despite the significant development of industrial activity, particularly in terms of mineral extraction, Richards Bay is one of the country’s cleanest and most environmentally responsible towns. Bordering the Indian Ocean, the town is a haunt for water sport enthusiasts. In the heart of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, nature lovers will be able to observe the wild fauna, made up of crocodiles, hippos and different bird species, as well as rich subtropical flora. Richards Bay is the departure point for many excursions heading off to discover Zulu country.
DAY 11 – DURBAN
As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you will be able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, you will be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture will be revealed to you and you will be treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.
DAY 12 – AT SEA
DAY 13 – PORT ELIZABETH
Discover Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s major cities. Located in the province of Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth is nicknamed “The Friendly City”, in reference to the hospitality of its inhabitants. Renowned for the beauty of its beaches, Port Elizabeth is also home to rich wild life, particularly in the Addo National Park, famous for its elephants. Another key site in the city, the Donkin reserve is a public space home to numerous historic monuments. Port Elizabeth also reflects an important aspect of South African history, through both its colonial heritage and its contemporary history marked by the end of apartheid.
DAY 14 – AT SEA
DAY 15 – CAPE TOWN
Disembarkation at 07H00.
Dynamic and peaceful, cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. We invite you to discover this incredible city, the South African capital of fashion, the art of living, and gastronomy. Further on, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve awaits you and is home to a wide variety of endemic fauna and flora.
All This Included
Embark with PONANT on a brand-new cruise from Zanzibar to South Africa visiting the Comoros, Mayotte and Madagascar. This 15-day itinerary aboard Le Jacques-Cartier will be an opportunity to discover the contrasting sides of these incredible countries, between breathtaking natural beauty and bustling metropolises.
From Zanzibar, a city with superb UNESCO-listed buildings, blending African, Arab, Indian and European influences over more than a millennium, you will sail to the Comoros, and then Mayotte. This small French archipelago protected by a double barrier reef is the refuge of an incredibly rich fauna: dolphins, rays, giant turtles, and the region’s last dugongs can be observed here.
Your ship will then set sail for Madagascar, the island continent. From Majunga you will be able to explore Ankarafantsika National Park, home to numerous species of birds and lemurs, and will also try to approach the tiny Microcebus ravelobensis, one of the smallest primate in the world.
Le Jacques-Cartier will head south to the red ochre lands and the baobabs of Morondava, before reaching the coasts of South Africa, “a world in one country”, melting pot of cultures, religions, and histories.
You will discover in particular Port Elizabeth, nicknamed "the friendly city" for its welcoming inhabitants, and Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain, your disembarkation port.
Port and safety charges
Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
24 hour room service (selected menu)
Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
Discover the natural and historical treasures of Zanzibar, the Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar and South Africa.
UNESCO World Heritage sites: Zanzibar’s Stone Town, iSimangaliso Wetland Park from Richards Bay, home to hippos and Nile crocodiles, the Cape of Good Hope and its cliffs plunging sharply into the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island, where the Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
Wildlife: a great variety of lemurs in Madagascar, the Comoros and Mayotte, the chance to see the emblematic species of the African continent during a safari in a reserve.
Phezulu Safari Park and the history of the traditional Zulu tribes.
Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Le Jacques Cartier
Cabin upgrades are available.
Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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