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. The Essential Seychelles
      Expedition
      Flight credit

      The Essential Seychelles

      from 10 April 2020 to 18 April 2020

      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...
    2. Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago
      Expedition
      Flight credit

      Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago

      from 10 April 2020 to 18 April 2020

      Unspoiled nature, encounters with populations respecting their ancestral traditions, observation of exceptional biodiversity: this is the programme that PONANT is proposing during a 9-day circuit in the Bissagos Islands. You can experience this exceptional cruise, tinged with adventure, aboard Le...
    3. The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll
      Expedition
      Flight credit

      The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll

      from 18 April 2020 to 30 April 2020

      Set sail for a 13-day expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles. PONANT invites you to follow an unforgettable itinerary aboard Le Bougainville, against a backdrop of turquoise waters and coconut palms. Leaving from Victoria, the archipelago’s capital, fall...
    4. Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius
      Expedition
      Diving

      Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

      from 22 April 2020 to 5 May 2020

      • Port Louis - Victoria, Mahé
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 14 days / 13 nights
      PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From Mauritius to the Seychelles via Madagascar and Reunion Island, take a 14-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial to enjoy beaches, nautical activities, and discovering endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking natural...
    5. Canary Islands and Cape Verde
      Gastronomy

      Canary Islands and Cape Verde

      from 11 October 2020 to 21 October 2020

      In partnership with Relais & Châteaux  Sailing between Portugal, Spain and Cape Verde, PONANT offers you a gastronomic 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,...
    6. Cape Verde - with National Geographic
      Expedition
      Return flight included

      Cape Verde - with National Geographic

      Transfer + flight Praia/Paris

      from 21 October 2020 to 29 October 2020

      In partnership with National Geographic ExpeditionsBoard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a fabulous expedition cruise between Dakar and Praia. PONANT invites you to discover a 9-day itinerary rich in encounters at the heart of the Cape Verde Islands.You will call at the island of São Nicolau, which...
    7. The Bijagos Archipelago & Cape Verde - with National Geographic
      Expedition
      Outbound flight included

      The Bijagos Archipelago & Cape Verde - with National Geographic

      Flight Paris/Praia + transfer

      from 29 October 2020 to 9 November 2020

      In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.  Board Le Dumont-d’Urville for a fabulous expedition cruise between Praia and Dakar. This 12-day adventure will enable you to discover two exceptional archipelagos including wild nature, cultural heritage and encounters with the local...
    8. From Antarctica to Africa
      Expedition
      Outbound domestic flight included

      From Antarctica to Africa

      Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit

      from 7 March 2021 to 28 March 2021

      • Ushuaia - Cape Town
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 22 days / 21 nights
      PONANT invites you to sail from Tierra del Fuego to the Cape of Good Hope during a 22-day expedition cruise from one continent to the other. 
    9. 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...
    10. 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...
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