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Cape Town To The Seychelles

Join us in Cape Town and cruise along the stunningly beautiful coastline of South Africa. Discover amazing wildlife and landscapes from the ports of Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay before we head out towards the islands of Mayotte, Madagascar and Mahe in the Seychelles. We’ll go in search of South Africa’s most iconic wildlife and unspoilt natural landscapes and explore the culturally diverse islands on foot, with time to relax on the white sand beaches and in the crystal waters of Mayotte, Mada

From£4,225

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Grade 3

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.

You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Cape Town - Boulders Beach, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Addo National Elephant Park - a 4x4 adventure!
  • Take a boat trip on the largest lagoon in the Indian Ocean
  • Discover the wildlife, flora and fauna of Madagascar
On this 17-night cruise we travel along the stunningly beautiful coastline of South Africa. Beginning with an overnight hotel stay in the spectacular setting of Cape Town, we sail to Port Elizabeth and Durban, before heading out towards the islands of Mayotte, Madagascar and Victoria in the Seychelles. We use nature guides in most ports for our walks and excursions. So whether we are on a hike to the Cave of the Bats near Hluhluwe, Richards Bay or on safari in the Addo National Park, Port Elizabeth you can rest assured that you’ll truly get to know this country’s most iconic wildlife and unspoilt natural landscapes. From the UK we fly overnight directly to Cape Town and have a day to relax after taking a short orientation tour of the city. Our first night is spent at the Sunsquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel and the following day, before boarding Fred. Olsen ship Boudicca, we explore the southernmost tip of the African continent on a hike around Cape Point. We continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the South Western tip the next morning and visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach before joining Boudicca for another 14 days. A day at sea will give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, allowing time to familiarise yourself with the ship and get to know your fellow guests as we sail to Port Elizabeth, where we take a 4 x 4 adventure safari through the Addo National Elephant Park. Heading east coast we arrive in Durban, well known as a ‘bay/lagoon’ a multicultural city of the New 7Wonders Cities on the Indian Ocean coast, surrounded by a warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, where we go on a private full day Durban city Tour. Three days are spent relaxing at sea as we head north east across the Indian Ocean to the tiny islands of Mayotte where a day is spent exploring the ecology of the island. Our penultimate port of call is at Andoany, on the north west tip of Madagascar, before we arrive in Victoria, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. We have a full day to explore Victoria before our farewell night on board Boudicca. After early disembarkation the next morning, we take a coach transfer to the airport for our mid morning return flight to the UK via Abu Dhabi with the most exhilarating memories of our last 17 nights. This is primarily an easy walking & activity holiday, interspersed with sightseeing in the major towns of South Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. We will experience some wonderful excursions & sights. And at the end of each day we return to Boudicca for an excellent dinner & the chance to talk over the adventures of the day.
  • Outbound economy class flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town, returning with British Airways from Seychelles International
  • One hotel night in Cape Town
  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship.
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 2

Fly to Cape Town

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We depart from London Heathrow and take an overnight flight direct to Cape Town. On arrival mid-morning we will take a short city tour with a local guide, where we visit the Castle of Good Hope and the Malay Quarter, before transferring by coach to the hotel near the waterfront for one night and the opportunity to relax in the afternoon. We will stay at the Sunsquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel, the stylish and new hotel, located in the city centre. Dinner this evening will be taken at the Sunsquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel, the stylish and new hotel, located in the centre.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing from Cape Town

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After checking out of our hotel we have a full day excursion to Cape Point & Boulders Beach, including a 2 hour hike around the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes. We take the The Flying Dutchman funicular to admire the spectacular scenery around Cape Point before we visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We then drive through the historic naval base town of Simon’s Town to board Boudicca, our home for the next 14 nights.

Day 4

Exploring Cape Town

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and spend some time walking on the top. Later we visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to take a tour across the gardens, including the Treetop Canopy Walkway.

Note: The itineraries for days 3 and 4 may be switched depending upon weather and the operation of the Table Mountain cable car.

Day 5

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 6

Safari & Sightseeing from Port Elizabeth

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a full day in Port Elizabeth & take a 4 x 4 excursion & safari to the Addo National Elephant Park to see elephants, Cape Buffalo and much more in their natural habitat. There may be some free time in the late afternoon before re-boarding Boudicca and cruising on to our next destination.

Day 7

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A further day at sea as we sail north along the east coast towards Durban.

Day 8

Private Full Day Durban City Tour

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we arrive in Durban, a multicultural city shaped by a complex collaborative history involving the early colonial settlers, the indigenous Zulu population, and the Indian community who arrived as indentured laborers in the 19th century. We walk along the Golden Mile, the wild stretch of golden sands, beachfront promenade and view the majestic City Hall. We drive past sugar terminals and enjoy views from the University of Natal, Durban Campus, followed by a visit at the African and Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle. Later on, we visit the Kwamuhle Museum and discover what life was like in and around Durban during and leading up to the apartheid era.

Day 9 to 11

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Three days at sea as Boudicca heads away from the coast of South Africa towards the Comoros Islands and Madagascar. Time to relax and take in the warm sun as we reflect on our experiences over the last 8 days. Don’t expect Boudicca to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea there will be a range of activities available on board Balmoral – you may choose to join a fitness class, visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a Singapore Sling and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 12

Mayotte, Comoros Islands Fred Olsen Excursion

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After our days at sea, we arrive in Mamoudzou, the capital of Mayotte, located on Grand Terre, the main island of the Comoros Islands archipelago. Today we join a private Fred Olsen excursion, and spend time exploring the spice and scent filled botanical gardens. Here we stroll across the Island, starting on the east coast, where we will stop at the Musical Plage to admire the biggest Baobab tree of the island, known as the ‘tree of life’ Baobab. It has the largest trunk circumference on record, a whopping 47 meters. We will head along the Choungui Pass where we will admire the Choungui Peak is featuring stunning volcanic landscapes. Heading back up the west coast, a stop will be made in Tahiti Plage to enjoy the view before we will head across the island and stop at the botanical gardens, with a chance to taste some local fresh juices and exotic fruits accompanied by a local singing and dancing.

Day 13

Andoany, Madagascar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Next up is the island of Hell Ville, situated off the north west coast of Madagascar, where we visit the quaintly named areas of Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely. Home to lemurs, chameleons, geckos and snakes, we take a hike in a private & the community park to discover the wildlife, flora and fauna. We will meet the Sakalava women with their unique hairstyles, make-up and traditional clothes. After lunch beside the coconut trees we have some time to relax, possibly swimming amongst the coral reefs before our return boat transfer.

Day 14

Antsiranana, Madagascar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our next port of call is Antsiranana, from where we take a 1 hour drive to The Montagne d’Ambre National Park, famous for its calm, its abundant biodiversity and its moderate climate. A dense tropical forest, breath-taking water falls and crater lakes, will give us the opportunity to uncover the majestic wildlife, fauna and flora of this beautiful reserve. We drive back to Diego with visits on the way to the villages surrounding Joffreville, where we will have some for free time for shopping before boarding the Boudicca in the afternoon.

Day 15

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A further day at sea as we sail north along the east coast towards Victoria in the Seychelles.

Day 16

Walking & Sightseeing in Victoria, Mahe

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend our time on the largest island in the archipelago on an Indian Ocean walking along the Anse Major Trail in Mahe, considered to be one of the most spectacular walks in the Island. The walk is located in the north of the island, with two wonderful white coral beaches and a freshwater lagoon. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. It lies along the contour of the land, with only short ascents and descents with ascents up to 200m high. The hike ends back to the main road from where we depart Belombre to Marie-Antoinette restaurant on the out skirt of Victoria for a typical Creole lunch. We tour the capital, Victoria, with a local guide in the afternoon and before returning for our final night aboard Boudicca.

Day 17

Victoria, Mahe & Return Flight Arrive UK

Meals

Breakfast

We will be leaving the ship at 07.00, coach will take us to the airport for our mid morning return direct flight the UK. The return flight is from Victoria, Mahe in The Seychelles by British Airways. We are scheduled to arrive back at London Heathrow at 16:40.

From (GBP)£4,225

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st Dec 2020 - 17th Dec 2020 (16 Nights)

Travel Details


Flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Cape Town, returning with Etihad Airways from Mahé, Seychelles via Abu Dhabi.
Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

This cruise begins with an overnight hotel stay in Cape Town, South Africa.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl

We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information. 

Boudicca (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory. If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade.

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Currency in South Africa

The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR).

Tipping

Fred. Olsen operates a system whereby the recommended level of gratuities will be automatically added to guests’ onboard accounts at the end of the cruise. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays include the tips for the dining room waiters but £2.50 per guest per day will be added to all onboard accounts for cabin stewards. Anyone wishing to vary the amount given can do so via reception and guests are free to remove the charge from their onboard account and tip the relevant staff in the traditional ‘envelope & cash’ method if they prefer.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Fred Olsen Holiday and Passport Info

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from the date you return from the cruise and have enough spare pages to accept immigration stamps/visas. Ramblers Walking Holidays will not be held responsible for any guest refused entry to a country/countries for non-compliance with the above, and passage will be refused to any guest at point of embarkation with insufficient passport validity. We would suggest a minimum of four clear pages excluding pages required for any visas you are required to apply for in advance of sailing. It is also a requirement of all immigration authorities that your passport is not damaged in any way or has no missing pages - we strongly recommend you check the condition of your passport prior to travel.

Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as Black Watch has two small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

The voltage on board is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. If for any reason you are yet to do so, please contact Ramblers Walking Holidays.

We do not insist that you insure with us, but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. Please see our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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South Africa

  • Capital

    Pretoria; Cape Town;

  • Currency

    Rand

  • Language

    Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • June

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • July

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • August

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • December

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

Madagascar

  • Capital

    Antananarivo

  • Currency

    Malagasy Ariary

  • Language

    Malagasy, French, English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 305mm

  • February

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 276mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 232mm

  • April

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • May

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • October

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • November

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 130mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 245mm

Seychelles

  • Capital

    Victoria

  • Currency

    Seychellois Rupee

  • Language

    Seychellois Creole

  • Time Difference

    UTC +04:00

  • Flight duration

    10hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 383mm

  • February

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 270mm

  • March

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 202mm

  • April

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 181mm

  • May

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 77mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 129mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 178mm

  • November

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 219mm

  • December

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 311mm

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