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At The Edge Of Africa | Zanzibar - Durban | 20 Nights

Experience a crossroads of cultures

20 nights | Departing Zanzibar 24 June 2022 | Arriving Durban

The eastern edge of Africa stands at the crossroads of African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures. Take a journey along the coastline of Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania over 20 exotic nights, where enchanting Malagasy and Creole culture emanate from colourful street-side markets, wild landscapes rise above sparkling seas, lush rainforests hide native lemurs and ancient ruins hold rich history. From the comfort of Coral Geographer, explore remote lands that only hardy traders in search of ancient spices ventured to long ago.

Walk the streets of fabled Zanzibar, and discover the palm-fringed beaches, bazaars, dhow-crowded harbour and elaborately carved doors of Stone Town. Explore the ruins of the medieval sultanate of Kilwa Kisiwani, a 14th century city of grand proportions. Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest building, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, and walk the historic streets of the Island of Mozambique. Explore Madagascar’s extraordinary landscapes at a number of National Parks, and spot birds, lemurs and other endemic wildlife. Spot wildlife on forest walks at Kirindy Reserve, the best place to see the elusive fossa. Walk down the striking Avenue of the Baobabs, and marvel as you gaze up at the towering bottle-shaped trees. Meet the semi-nomadic Vezo people at Andavadoaka and Bel Sur Mer, who make their living from the sea. Be enthralled by Zulu cultural demonstrations of dancing and drumming at Shakaland before arriving into Durban.

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Zanzibar to Durban Cruise highlights

Expedition Highlights

  • Walk the streets of fabled Zanzibar, and discover the palm-fringed beaches, bazaars, dhow-crowded harbour and elaborately carved doors of Stone Town
  • Discover Madagascar’s extraordinary landscapes at a number of National Parks, and spot prolific birdlife, lemurs and other endemic wildlife
  • Meet the semi-nomadic Vezo people at Andavadoaka and Bel Sur Mer, who make their living from the sea
  • Encounter wildlife on forest walks at Kirindy Reserve, the best place to spot the elusive fossa and numerous lemurs
  • Walk down the striking Avenue of the Baobabs, and feel small as you gaze up at the towering bottle-shaped trees
  • Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest building, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, and wander the historic streets of the Island of Mozambique
  • Explore the ruins of the medieval sultanate of Kilwa Kisiwani, a 14th century city of grand proportions
  • Be enthralled by Zulu cultural demonstrations of dancing and drumming at Shakaland

 

Fares

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $29,500 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $23,300 $34,950
Promenade Deck $19,400 $29,100
Coral Deck $16,500 $24,750

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available. 

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Key Destinations

Embark: Board at Zanzibar Port at 3:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.
Disembark: Arrive at Durban at 7:00am to disembark at 9:00am.

Day 1: Depart Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Zanzibar Women

Board Coral Geographer at Zanzibar Port at 3:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 5:00pm departure. Join your fellow travellers and Expedition Team for a safety briefing as well as an overview of the voyage ahead.

Kilwa Kisiwani (Tanzania)

Kilwa Kisiwana Ruins

The UNESCO World Heritage Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, once a medieval sultanate and occupied from the ninth to the nineteenth century, was described as one of the most beautiful cities of the world in its fourteenth-century heyday.

There is an opportunity to wander around the magnificent ruins of Malindi Mosque and its adjacent cemetery, Fort Gereza, a former prison built atop the ruins of a Portuguese fort and tombs of Sultans. Husuni Kubwa, a fourteenth century sultans palace of grand proportions right down to its octagonal swimming pool, was similar in structure to those found in Syria, Turkey and the Persian Gulf.

Island Of Mozambique (Mozambique)

Island of Mozambique

Explore tiny Mozambique Island, a World Heritage site with a fascinating blend of African, Arab and European cultures. Go back in time as we stroll among colonial buildings and small traditional houses. The fortified city of Mozambique and former Portuguese trading post is significant for its 16th century architectural features. Connected to mainland Africa by a 3.4km long bridge, the island has two distinct types of dwellings: the stone and lime town of Swahili, Arab and European influence and Macuti town (city of roofed palm leaves) with African architecture.

Enjoy guided walking tours to discover the island’s diverse culture, it’s charming
people and fascinating history, Visit Stone Town and the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte.

Mahajanga & ANKARAFANTSIKA National Park (Madagascar)

Banded Kestrel Mahajanga

Enjoy a full day exploring the park on guided walks to spot birds, chameleons and lemurs like the adorably photogenic Coquerel’s Sifaka. The park is home to the Microcebus, or mouse lemur, the world’s smallest primate, as well 120 nesting bird species like the Madagascan fish eagle and banded kestrel. We may visit Durrell Wildlife Park’s breeding program for the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise, the most threatened tortoise on the planet.

Morondava (Madagascar)

Boababs

A forest walk at Kirindy Reserve is an opportunity to spot lemurs and perhaps the elusive fossa. Later, we visit the otherworldly Avenue of the Baobabs, ‘the most beautiful road in Madagascar’.
The avenue is at the centre of a local conservation campaign aiming to protect it as Madagascar’s first natural monument.

Belo Sur Mer (Madagascar)

Boat on the beach

At the village Belo Sur Mer we again enjoy the company of the semi-nomadic Vezo people who travel the ocean in timber boats and oversized canoes powered by paddle or rudimentary rectangular sails. The ethnic Sakalava people, to which the Vezo belong, traditionally inhabit the coastal strip on the west coast of Madagascar and use outrigger canoes for fishing. The village sits on the shores of a turquoise lagoon with inviting white-sand beaches shaded by palm trees.

This coastal region of Madagascar is well-known for the traditional timber fishing boats, known as pirogues, built on the beach. When a vessel is launched, there is a festival-like atmosphere and we may be lucky enough to time our visit during such an occasion.

Andavadoaka & Hosy Hao (Madagascar)

Snorkelling from the Xplorer tender over coral

The small fishing village of Andavadoaka sits on the edge of a tranquil lagoon protected by coral reefs and is home to semi-nomadic Vezo people who rely upon the ocean for their livelihood. The coral reefs of southwest Madagascar are some of the most diverse in the Indian Ocean biodiversity studies identifying many hundreds of marine species.

We will learn about community projects promoting sustainable marine management before enjoying a leisurely afternoon of beach activities, swimming and snorkelling at Nosy Hao.

ISALO N.P. & ZOMBITSE-VOHIBASIA N.P.

Journey inland to the Zombitse-Vohibasia and Isalo National Parks, to see a variety of beautiful habitats and look for the White Sifaka Lemur. Stay overnight at a local hotel, and in the morning, hike to the Piscine Naturelle pool for a swim, or spot lemurs in the lush forest.

BAZARUTO ISLAND

Xplorer Landing

Off the coast of southern Mozambique, Bazaruto National Park encompasses the Bazaruto Archipelago. These islands are known for their white beaches and clear waters, filled with colourful fish and reef sharks. Traditional dhow vessels run small ferry services between the islands. Here, we will have a full day to enjoy the pristine reef, and potentially spot moray eels and large pelagic fish such as marlin. Later, there may be an option to visit the village.

MAPUTO

Mozambique beach games

Arrive at Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to explore this cosmopolitan city of East Africa. Photography opportunities abound, and you will have the chance to interact with the locals as you discover the heart of Maputo’s historical neighbourhoods and preserved Portuguese architecture with a guided walking tour.

RICHARD’S BAY

SHAKALAND ZULU CULTURAL VILLAGE

Enter South Africa today at the beautiful beach side Richard’s Bay. From here, we travel to learn about the Zulu culture and lifestyle at nearby Shakaland. Be enthralled by demonstrations of traditional dancing and drumming, and have the opportunity to speak with the villagers who keep the Zulu spirit alive.

Image credit: Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village

DAY 21: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Durban Beach, South Africa

Arrive in Durban at 7:00am to disembark at 9:00am.

This itinerary includes 5 sea days. The above itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. This trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. For shore excursions, our hydraulic lowering Xplorer tenders permit easy boarding without climbing any stairs. Where possible we split groups to suit easy and moderate walkers. Guests are welcome to opt-out of any excursion and relax onboard.  As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

June 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 June 2022 24 Jun 2022 14 July 2022 14 Jul 2022 From $16,500 From $16,500 Coral Geographer Call Us Contact Us

July 2022

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24 June 2022 24 Jun 2022 14 July 2022 14 Jul 2022 From $16,500 From $16,500 Coral Geographer Call Us Contact Us

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • Pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours in tender vessels
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Charter flights
  • Post-cruise accommodation
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

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Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.

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