Africa Cruises

    The cradle of humanity, Africa is a destination with 1001 faces. This exceptional mosaic of colours and dialects is the foundation for the cultural richness of the world’s oldest inhabited continent. This wild and unchanging land also boasts an infinite variety of landscapes. Forested savannah, cosmopolitan cities, arid deserts, remote villages, majestic mountains and picture-postcard beaches form an authentic setting that is home to extraordinarily prolific wildlife. Ponant invites you to discover this ethnic and topographical diversity during its African cruises. Through the various itineraries on offer, you will steep yourself in the very unique atmosphere of the continent.

    Sailing towards the coast of West Africa you will fall under the spell of the most beautiful islands of Cape Verde. Far from the beaten track, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, you will witness firsthand how the islands offer a unique blend of the influences of these three continents.

    Further south, you will sail along the east coast and discover southern Africa, “a world in a single country”. This cruise in South Africa will take you from Cape Town to Durban, two cities rich in contrasts between modernity and tradition.

    You can also chart a course towards Victoria, capital of the Seychelles, at the heart of the Indian Ocean. As the cruise progresses, you will discover the beauty of the Scattered Islands, Madagascar, Aldabra, Alphonse and La Digue. Magical sites, truly paradises on earth, lying on a turquoise backdrop.

    A cruise in Africa with Ponant is the promise of a fascinating adventure and a total change of scenery.

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    1. Zanzibar & the Treasures of the Indian Ocean
      Expedition
      Diving

      Zanzibar & the Treasures of the Indian Ocean

      from 12 March 2021 to 24 March 2021

      Embark with PONANT for a 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. A chance to discover stunning natural environments, exceptional wildlife, and UNESCO World Heritage sites loaded with history.From Victoria on the island of Mahé, you will first sail to La Digue, where a veritable...
    2. Zanzibar & the Treasures of the Indian Ocean
      Expedition
      Diving

      Zanzibar & the Treasures of the Indian Ocean

      from 24 March 2021 to 5 April 2021

      Embark with PONANT for a 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. A chance to discover stunning natural environments, exceptional wildlife, and UNESCO World Heritage sites loaded with history.From Zanzibar, a city with superb UNESCO-listed buildings, blending African, Arab, Indian and European...
    3. Along the South-African Coastline
      Back to back offer
      No single supplement

      Along the South-African Coastline

      from 28 March 2021 to 5 April 2021

      • Cape Town - Durban
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 9 days / 8 nights
      Discover a PONANT itinerary that explores the essential towns and sites of South Africa's wild east coast.  At the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, embark aboard Le Lyrial on a 9-day cruise between Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain,...
    4. Jewels of the Indian Ocean
      Diving
      New itinerary

      Jewels of the Indian Ocean

      from 29 March 2021 to 12 April 2021

      PONANT invites you on a new itinerary in the Indian Ocean. From Mauritius to Zanzibar through Reunion Island and Madagascar, take a 15-day cruise aboard Le Jacques-Cartier to enjoy beaches, diving and nautical activities, and to discover endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking...
    5. The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic
      Expedition
      No single supplement

      The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic

      from 30 March 2021 to 7 April 2021

      In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.   Board L'Austral for a fabulous expedition cruise between Praia and Dakar. This 9-day adventure will enable you to discover Cape Verde and the Bijagos, two exceptional archipelagos including wild nature, cultural heritage and encounters with...
    6. The Scattered Islands & Madagascar
      Expedition
      Back to back offer

      The Scattered Islands & Madagascar

      from 5 April 2021 to 21 April 2021

      • Durban - Durban
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 17 days / 16 nights
      Embark with PONANT on an all-new expedition cruise from Durban to the Scattered Islands and Madagascar. This 17-day itinerary aboard Le Lyrial will be an opportunity to discover little-known places of breathtaking natural beauty, an original fauna and flora, as well as meet the locals. Surrender...
    7. Cape Verde and Canary Islands
      Art
      LITERATURE

      Cape Verde and Canary Islands

      from 7 April 2021 to 17 April 2021

      • Dakar - Lisbon
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • 11 days / 10 nights
      In partnership with the Mucem.  Sailing between Spain, Cape Verde and Portugal, PONANT offers you an itinerary at the crossroads of cultures and traditions.  You will set sail aboard L’Austral for an 11-day cruise leaving from Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal.  Your discovery...
    8. Madagascar & South Africa
      Back to back offer
      Diving

      Madagascar & South Africa

      from 12 April 2021 to 26 April 2021

      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...
    9. South Africa & Namibia
      Back to back offer
      New itinerary

      South Africa & Namibia

      from 21 April 2021 to 29 April 2021

      • Durban - Walvis Bay
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 9 days / 8 nights
      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...
    10. Napoleon Cruise
      New itinerary

      Napoleon Cruise

      from 26 April 2021 to 14 May 2021

      In partnership with the magazine Point de Vue, with the exceptional presence on board of Jean Tulard and Franck Ferrand. PONANT is organising an exceptional 19-day cruise to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte on 5 May 1821.Embark onboard Le Jacques-Cartier in South...
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