Azamara Scheduled to Return to South Africa This Winter

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Boutique cruise line Azamara has announced that it is returning to South Africa this winter as the country reopens to international cruising.

Azamara Pursuit will sail there from January to March 2022, with six back-to-back voyages — five of which are Country-Intensive itineraries. The line will also be resuming pre and post-cruise land explorations in South Africa with leading safari operator Micato Safaris.

“A trip to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the kind of travel Azamara is known for, which is why I am so pleased to confirm our guests are now welcome back to South Africa following the reopening of its ports to international cruising,” said Azamara President Carol Cabezas. “Once again Micato Safaris will deliver unrivaled pre-and post-cruise land programs, as they share Azamara’s love of travel, exploration and value of creating one-of-a-kind experiences for travelers.”

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Azamara Pursuit (Photo courtesy of Azamara)

Micato Highlights

Greater Kruger National Park Safari & Winelands

Five nights pre-cruise, five nights post-cruise

Azamara travelers will be introduced to two very different sides of South Africa — first exploring the Kapama Game Reserve, home to over 40 mammal species including Africa’s Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and Cape buffalo.

Then, guests visit the Western Cape — a region with the perfect climate for making world-class wines — to explore the country’s wine region and sip local vintages.

Victoria Falls & Chobe Game Park Safari

Five nights pre-cruise, five nights post-cruise

Guests will travel through Zimbabwe to Botswana, experiencing one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Victoria Falls, along the way. Then the journey continues to Botswana to enjoy both dawn and evening game drives through the country’s Chobe National Park to scout out wildlife like Cape buffalo, lions, elephants, and more.

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Victoria Falls (Photo courtesy of Pixabay/fietzfotos)

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Cruise Highlights

PerryGolf Sailing

Azamara’s South African voyages will feature a 12-night Golf Voyage through the line’s partnership with PerryGolf.

Providing a seamless golf cruise program, the cruise will include five rounds, beginning with Humewood Golf Club, a true links course in Port Elizabeth which has hosted numerous PGA events, and is one of South Africa’s top rated golf clubs. Other golf stops will include East London, Zimbali, Durban Country Club, and Pearl Valley.

Immersive Destination Programming

During the cruises, one excursion option includes visiting Thula Thula, one of the oldest private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Join rangers aboard an open-top 4×4 vehicle for a drive through the African bushveld, while watching for elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, birds, and more. The day ends with a buffet featuring local African cuisine.

On board, passengers will be treated to a District Six themed Cabaret Show as part of Azamara’s Destination Celebration — a new program that brings the culture and heritage of the destination to life onboard.

The show will take guests on a journey into the heart of District Six for an evening designed to both entertain and educate through the popular musical production inspired by the history of Cape Town’s oppressive past that tried to destroy its community and spirit.

Azamara Pursuit‘s South Africa voyages will offer 16 late-night port stays and 11 overnights throughout its winter season.

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