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. From Brazil to Africa
      Back to back offer
      No single supplement

      From Brazil to Africa

      from 18 March 2019 to 3 April 2019

      • Rio de Janeiro - Dakar
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • 17 days / 16 nights
      Sailing between two continents, PONANT offers you an itinerary rich in contrasts and cultural blending, to discover UNESCO World Heritage treasures. Aboard L’Austral, you will travel from Brazil to Senegal in 17 days, during an exceptional cruise combining cultural discoveries and remarkable...
    2. Along the South-African coastline
      Last staterooms
      Back to back offer
      Close departure

      Along the South-African coastline

      from 24 March 2019 to 1 April 2019

      • 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, and Durban,...
    3. Cape Verde and Canary Islands
      Back to back offer
      No single supplement

      Cape Verde and Canary Islands

      from 3 April 2019 to 13 April 2019

      • Dakar - Lisbon
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • 11 days / 10 nights
      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 of Cape Verde will start with a port of...
    4. Cape Verde and its islands
      Close departure
      Excursions included

      Cape Verde and its islands

      from 12 April 2019 to 19 April 2019

      At the crossroads of two continents, Europe and Africa, PONANT invites you to discover an itinerary rich in encounters at the heart of the Cape Verde Islands.  From Santiago, considered to be the most African of the islands, you will set sail aboard Le Ponant for an 8-day cruise far...
    5. From the Canary Islands to Valencia
      Excursions included
      New itinerary

      From the Canary Islands to Valencia

      from 24 April 2019 to 1 May 2019

      • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands - Valencia
      • LE PONANT
      • 8 days / 7 nights
      Embark on an exceptional cruise along the Spanish coasts with PONANT: an all new 8-day itinerary between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean aboard our yacht, Le Ponant.Your journey will begin in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Dominated by Spain’s tallest peak, Mount Teide, this volcanic island...
    6. Canary Islands and Cape Verde
      Last staterooms

      Canary Islands and Cape Verde

      from 28 September 2019 to 8 October 2019

      In partnership with PARIS MATCH.Sailing between Portugal, Spain and Cape Verde, PONANT offers you an itinerary at the crossroads of cultures and traditions.  You will set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an 11-day cruise leaving from Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, located on the...
    7. Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago
      New itinerary

      Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago

      from 8 October 2019 to 16 October 2019

      Unspoiled nature, encounters with populations respecting their ancestral traditions, observation of exceptional biodiversity: this is the programme that PONANT is proposing during an all-new 8-day circuit in the Bissagos Islands. You can experience this exceptional cruise, tinged with adventure,...
    8. The Bijagos Archipelago and Cape Verde - with National Geographic
      National Geographic

      The Bijagos Archipelago and Cape Verde - with National Geographic

      Flight Paris / Praia + transfer

      from 24 October 2019 to 4 November 2019

      In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.  Board Le Dumont-d’Urville for a fabulous expedition cruise between Praia and Dakar. This brand-new 12-day adventure will enable you to discover two exceptional archipelagos including wild nature, cultural heritage and encounters with the...
    9. Egypt and Israel
      New itinerary

      Egypt and Israel

      from 5 December 2019 to 14 December 2019

      • Antalya - Aqaba
      • LE PONANT
      • 10 days / 9 nights
      Set sail with PONANT in the footsteps of ancient civilisations with a 10-day cruise aboard our three-mast yacht, Le Ponant. This brand-new itinerary combines cultural discoveries and archaeological marvels and will take you from Turkey to Jordan via Egypt and Israel.  You will board your ship in...
    10. The Essential Seychelles

      The Essential Seychelles

      from 6 December 2019 to 14 December 2019

      On this brand-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the must-see jewels of the Seychelles. On Mahé, you will board Le Bougainville for a 9-day expedition cruise to the heart of this archipelago’s Inner Islands for a glimpse of paradise.  The first stop on your cruise: Sainte Anne...
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