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South Africa & Namibia

9 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

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Departure at 20H30.
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.
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.
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.

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.


Disembarkation at 09H00.
On the wild coastlines of Namibia, you will feel the force of the encounter between the infinite dunes of the oldest desert in the world and the tempestuous waves of the Atlantic Ocean. A natural port in the curve of a bay formed by an old river delta, Walvis Bay is protected from the whims of the ocean by the natural barrier of Pelican Point. It is a real refuge for migratory birds, where thousands of pink flamingos and Cape cormorants mix with one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. On the Namibian coastline, the seals make the most of the Benguela Current, cold and full of fish, which comes up from the Antarctic.

All This Included

Discover a new PONANT itinerary that explores the essential towns and sites of South Africa's wild coast and the spectacular Natural Parks of the south of Namibia.

At the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, embark aboard Le Lyrial on a 9-day cruise between Durban, a cosmopolitan seaside city, and Walvis Bay, at the heart of the Namib desert.

Your ports of call in South Africa will allow you to discover Port Elizabeth, nicknamed "the friendly city" for its welcoming inhabitants, and Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain.

With its incredible melting pot of cultures, South Africa is often described as “a world in one country”. It is a land with an extraordinary rich cultural and natural heritage, home to three of the largest terrestrial mammals—the elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus—and its plant life alone represents one tenth of the world’s botanic heritage, with some 25.000 species.

Le Lyrial will then set sail for Lüderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, where you’ll be able to discover the stunning landscapes of dunes, lagoons, dried-out canyons and savannah of the Namib Desert, one of the largest and most ancient in Africa.

This coastal desert is home to thousands of birds, mountain zebras, springboks, giraffes, oryxes and leopards.

In the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the dunes of golden sand and red ochre are some of the tallest in the world.

Between their bustling metropolises and their breathtaking natural beauty, we invite you to discover the two contrasting sides of these incredible countries.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • 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)
  • A brand-new itinerary between South Africa and Namibia.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cape Florale Region Protected Area and Robben Island, where the Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
  • Discover Cape of Good Hope and its cliffs plunging sharply into the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the immense white sandy beaches.
  • Phezulu Safari Park and the history of the traditional Zulu tribes.
  • Splendid landscapes of the Namib coastal desert, one of the largest in Africa.
  • Fauna: the chance to see the emblematic species of the African continent during a safari in a reserve.
  • Before your cruise: opportunity of going on safari in the Kruger National Park, inside the largest game reserve in South Africa.
  • After your cruise: possibility of visiting the Etosha National Park or discovering the Namib Sand Sea in Sossusvlei.
Cruising: Cabin onbard Le lyrial
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
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