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Southern Africa

Discover the Rainbow Nation

Peerless wildlife, brilliant beaches and scenery as spectacular as you’ll find anywhere in the world.

The beaches of the Indian Ocean on one side, deserts stretching towards the Atlantic on the other.

A land of contrasts, the southernmost part of Africa offers a travel experience which is one of a kind, where nature reigns with breath-taking landscapes, from volcanoes to giant reefs of smooth, dark granite rock and soft skies and lagoons suspended in time. This is the background to life in this great and multifaceted continent.

A journey on an MSC cruise will take you on a discovery of locations deep in wild and luxuriant natural settings. After the cruise, you will be overcome on your return home by a subtle nostalgia and a desire to return to those lands.

This feeling is known as mal d’Afrique, and there is good reason for it. Discover places such as Cape Town in South Africa, Maputo in Mozambique, Fort Dauphin in Madagascar and Lüderitz in Namibia.

Africa has never been so close!

Durban

Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa.

From adrenaline-fueled adventures to family-orientated activities, or simply a relaxed holiday on the beach, Durban offers something for everyone. Due to its mild climate, Durban has laid-back outdoor lifestyle, providing fun-filled activities ranging from mountain-biking and diving, to deep-sea fishing, game viewing, or historical battlefield tours.

For those looking for a relaxed beach holiday, Durban’s long stretches of coastline provide a multitude of golden beaches that will leave visitors spoiled for choice. Hiking or visits to cultural villages? Just a half an hour’s drive out of the city will have visitors where they want to be!

Discover the richness of South Africa all in one place. Discover the culture and heritage, warm sandy beaches, great food and places to stay, nightlife, and outdoor adventure. With shopping, year-round events and sport and wildlife on your doorstep, there’s always more to Durban.

Portuguese Island

A spectacular uninhabited island

Set between the African coast and the Indian Ocean, Portuguese Island is a small, uninhabited island: one of the enchanting destinations of an MSC cruise to Southern Africa. It is located at the external limit of Maputo Bay, host to the capital of Mozambique, under the cover of Inhaca Island, the chosen location for some of the most luxurious resorts of the entire continent.

During your holiday, take some time between dips in the warm, crystalline ocean waters to stroll around this island. It is six kilometres long, about an hour walk on sand that caresses the soles of your feet (during the central hours of the day, it is best to wear open sandals because the sand becomes very hot), with only the blue of the water and the green of the low vegetation for company.

The mild effort involved will be repaid in kiosks serving refreshing beverages and local food. If you like rum, try the Tipo Tinto, which is distilled from local sugar cane. There is also no lack of beach activities: in addition to all the services available for those who just want to lay in the sun undisturbed, such as beach umbrellas, deckchairs and sunbeds, there is equipment for playing beach volleyball and beach tennis. 

Pomene

One of the most picturesque sites in Mozambique. The lagoon that protects this extraordinary bay, set between the blue Indian Ocean and the waters where the mangroves grow – these extraordinary plants appear to float on the surface of the water, like a forest in a fairy tale – is part of the Pomene Nature Reserve, a protected marine area that has managed to preserve its authentic and wild beauty thanks to its remote location. 

A MSC Cruises excursion to this sun-kissed place offers you the opportunity to relax with long walks or horseback riding on the beach, to explore the surrounding nature with the help of a guide, immersing yourself in lush leafy vegetation, with an abundance of different species, or watch the sunset while lying on the fine sand of Pomene Bay. Your MSC cruise ship will take you to an African paradise that is also famous for diving and snorkelling, perfect for lovers of the underwater world. Mozambique is a land full of natural beauty spots that never cease to surprise and amaze.

JOHANNESBURG

City of Gold

Johannesburg in South Africa is the second largest city in Africa. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!

Ranked the world’s top city by Rough Guides in 2015, Johannesburg is going places. It’s breaking free of its reputation problem, and emerging as a seriously good alternative to Cape Town with galleries, shops, museums and markets to rival any in the world.