Did you know you can river cruise to Africa? In week three of Plan a Cruise Month, we shine the spotlight on this unexpected river holiday destination.
Where to river cruise in Africa
Often referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum, Luxor is an extraordinary Egyptian city that is said to contain around a third of the world’s most valuable monuments and antiquities. These historic relics make Luxor a real destination on Nile river cruises. Visit the Valley of the Kings (the burial site of Ancient Egypt’s great pharaohs), the temples, chapels and pylons of the Karnak temple complex, and the Mummification Museum: a fascinating insight into this ancient process.
Aswan is an intriguing city on many Nile river cruise itineraries. The river flows serenely by granite boulders and palm-studded islands; a fitting introduction to a city whose laid-back atmosphere is the perfect way to break up your sailing.
Visit the Nubian Museum (established in partnership with UNESCO) to admire the many treasures and the Tombs of the Nobles, or take an excursion to the island of Philae, which is home to the remains of the Temple of Isis.
Crowned by magnificent Table Mountain, Cape Town is an unconventional river cruise destination still largely unknown to travellers. Before taking advantage of the lack of traffic on the Chobe River, explore all the cultural and natural delights that Cape Town has to offer.
Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to witness unique flora, or simply stroll the stunning, brightly-coloured streets of the Bo-Kaap: Cape Town’s hidden architectural treasure. Venture out of the city and you will find vast Winelands where tastings are essential, and the town of Hermanus, a prime spot for whale watching and cage diving with sharks.
Chobe National Park is famed for having some of the world’s largest elephant herds. Sailing here from Cape Town, along the Chobe River, you will have the opportunity to get up close to some of the most breath-taking wildlife on Earth. Keep your eyes peeled for rare oribi antelope, powerful lions and towering giraffes on an unforgettable safari.
Unexpected river cruises
Whether you choose to sail on the Nile or the Chobe River, Africa river cruises will transport you to some of the most fascinating (and unexpected!) destinations on the continent. Take a look at the itineraries below and plan a truly memorable trip.