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Cape Town to the Seychelles

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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, Madagascar and Mahé.


 Cape Town - From The Castle of Good Hope, we walk along Bo-Kaap, Whale, Choappini and Shortmarket Streets. We spend a day exploring the stunning scenery at Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulders Beach. Weather permitting, we take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and walk down into Kirstenbosch Gardens.

 Port Elizabeth - Today we have a 4x4 adventure through Addo National Elephant Park to observe elephants, Cape buffalo and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

 Richards Bay - Set within Zululand, we get some unique insights into the traditional culture and customs of this nation, marvel at the energy and rhythm of the Zulu dancers and sample some traditional Zulu beer.

 Durban - We begin with a guided tour of the city, followed by a visit to The Kwa Mashu Apartheid Museum and take lunch at a local restaurant.

 Mayotte, Comoros - We'll join the Fred. Olsen excursion and stroll through the Musical Plage and admire the biggest Baobab tree on the island, head along the Choungui Peak and stop at the botanical gardens.

 Antsiranana, Madagascar - In the Montagne d'Ambre National Park, to explore the dense tropical forest and its vast biodiversity, before driving back to Diego for some free time and shopping in the local village.

 Hell-Ville Nosy Be, Madagascar - We visit the quaintly named areas of Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely, followed by a hike in a private and community park to discover the wildlife, flora and fauna.

 Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles - Accompanied by a local guide we hike through the Morne Seychellois Seychelles National Park to the summit of Morne Blanc at 667m, offering breathtaking views of Mahé's western coast.

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
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 3/SS/P

  1. Day 1 to 2

    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 hotel.

  2. Day 3

    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.

  3. Day 4

    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.

  4. Day 5

    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.

  5. Day 6

    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.

  6. Day 7

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

  7. Day 8

    Arriving at the northernmost port on the South African part of our cruise, we take transport to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for a safari trip in one of the most magnificent areas in KwaZulu Natal, a 96,000 hectare paradise, with the chance to see white rhino, buffalo, elephants, wildebeest and many more.

  8. Day 9 to 11

    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.

  9. Day 12

    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.

  10. Day 13

    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.

  11. Day 14 to 15

    A final two days at sea as Boudicca continues her journey towards our final destination – the Seychelles. Time to reflect on our experiences over the last 14 days and maybe treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a cocktail.

  12. Day 16

    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 outskirt 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.

  13. Day 17

    Our final day in the Seychelles is a free day, allowing you to explore the town independently for some last minute retail therapy, before our early evening return flight to the UK with Etihad Airways, via Abu Dhabi. We will be leaving the ship at around 09.00 with our luggage which will be looked after by our local agent until we are at the airport.

  14. Day 18

    We are scheduled to arrive back at London Heathrow at 6.40am.

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.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.


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.

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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.