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Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Richards Bay, South Africa
Full day
Formerly known as Hluhluwe–Umfolozi, the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi wildlife park extends across 96,000 hectares of African bushland and is particularly well known for its small population of rare white rhino.

Formerly known as Hluhluwe–Umfolozi, the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi wildlife park extends across 96,000 hectares of African bushland and is particularly well known for its small population of rare white rhino. Proclaimed a game reserve in 1895, over the last century Hluhluwe has remained home to a spectacular variety of bird and animal life, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog.

Located about a one and a half hour drive from Richards Bay in one of the most fascinating parts of Africa, Hluhluwe preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand, but also some of the indefinable charm and traditions of its natural surroundings. As part of your day exploring this amazing landscape, you will get to enjoy a buffet lunch at the Hilltop Restaurant to the backdrop of some stunning scenery, before departing on another exciting game drive in the afternoon.

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Leopard Mountain Overland

Richards Bay, South Africa
overnight
This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

On arrival a light-lunch will be served, followed by a chance to unpack in one of nine well-appointed stone and thatch chalets overlooking the river. All accommodation has a private plunge pool on its own balcony with spectacular views across Zululand to the distant Lebombo Mountains, while inside you will find a mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, mosquito nets and an en-suite bathroom.

After settling in, you will be transported into the bush by an expert ranger and tracker in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive. No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and blesbok, along with the shy Nyala, which are particularly endemic to the region.

After dusk falls, return to the lodge and enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as Maputaland comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

St Lucia Boat Cruise & Drive

Richards Bay, South Africa
Extended Half Day
The beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site runs along the shore of the Indian Ocean for over 130 miles encompassing five distinct ecosystems that are filled with some of the most spectacular flora and fauna on the African continent.

The beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site runs along the shore of the Indian Ocean for over 130 miles encompassing five distinct ecosystems that are filled with some of the most spectacular flora and fauna on the African continent.

Enjoy a relaxing trail-walk with the chance to see some antelope and birdlife, before boarding a covered boat for a leisurely two-hour cruise along the estuary shoreline to Lake St Lucia, where you are guaranteed a close-up encounter with some of its famous concentration of hippos. The lake has some eight hundred in total, the largest amount in South Africa, and is also home to over five hundred species of birds, including the popular African Fish Eagle and Mangrove Kingfisher, as well as approximately two thousand Nile crocodiles, the largest freshwater predator in Africa.

Throughout your trip the experienced captain will ensure you have plenty of opportunity to capture some stunning wildlife photographs, and explain more about the mangrove swamps and the various ecosystems that your route will take.

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Pietermaritzburg & Museum

Durban, South Africa
Half Day
A provincial capital nestled in the hills of KwaZulu-Natal, filled with old world charm and beautiful Victorian architecture, Pietermaritzburg is also a modern South African town that is home to over 600,000 people.

A provincial capital nestled in the hills of KwaZulu-Natal, filled with old world charm and beautiful Victorian architecture, Pietermaritzburg is also a modern South African town that is home to over 600,000 people.

Your guided tour begins at the Natal Museum, one of five national museums in South Africa, housing artefacts relating to indigenous wildlife, geology, palaeontology and ethnology, such as a replica of a bushman cave, alongside weaponry salvaged from a Portuguese shipwreck on the Wild Coast.

The historic city centre is Church Street, where Pietermaritzburg City Hall is believed to be the largest red brick building in the southern hemisphere. In 1893 Mahatma Ghandi was travelling to Pretoria when he was removed from a train in Pietermaritzburg following a complaint by a white man, despite having a first class ticket. The incident inspired the Mahatma to stay in South Africa for over twenty years in order to fight racial discrimination, during which he developed his technique of nonviolent resistance that became known as Satyagraha. Ghandi’s momentous achievements are celebrated today by a bronze statue of the “Great Soul”, located near the Assembly Building and Supreme Court.

Ghandi spent the night in the waiting room of Pietermaritzburg railway station and after visiting this historic building your panoramic tour continues past the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds and some quaint Victorian country shops. Then leave the city for the some magnificent views of the mountainous surrounds, which first captured the hearts of Voortrekkers and early settlers in the 19th century.

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Sharks Board

Durban, South Africa
Half Day
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board was founded in 1962 to maintain coastal shark nets and drum lines on thirty-eight beaches along 320 km of coastline. Its central mandate is to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks, but the Sharks Board is also a global leader in minimizing the environmental impact on the sharks themselves and their habitat, offering the perfect opportunity to learn more about these often misunderstood predators.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board was founded in 1962 to maintain coastal shark nets and drum lines on thirty-eight beaches along 320 km of coastline. Its central mandate is to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks, but the Sharks Board is also a global leader in minimizing the environmental impact on the sharks themselves and their habitat, offering the perfect opportunity to learn more about these often misunderstood predators.

A panoramic drive along Durban’s beachfront promenade brings you to this unique maritime centre, where you will enjoy a specialist presentation and shark dissection, followed by a guided tour of the display hall which features a large variety of lifelike replicas of fish, rays and sharks, including a magnificent 892kg Great White. Some free time will then be available to browse the shop for sharkskin leather goods and other curios, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Durban.

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Lalibela Private Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Overnight Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

Lentaba, the “Lodge on the Hillside”, has eight beautifully secluded thatched chalets overlooking magnificent indigenous gardens that seamlessly merge with the bush. Every en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley. The main lodge is decorated in a traditional African safari style and boasts a large lounge, observation deck and swimming pool.

On arrival a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the 18,500 acres of bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope.

After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the bushveld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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Private Safari

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Full Day
Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

Both Lalibela and Pumba span five ecosystems and offer the same huge range of flora and fauna to spot across thousands of acres of beautiful terrain. Upon arrival you will be greeted by an expert ranger and tracker, before being driven out into the bush in an open 4X4 for a thrilling big game drive.

No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and numerous antelope such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. There’s also the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax to keep an eye out for, alongside a wide variety of birdlife.

Following the drive, a buffet lunch will be served before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Port Elizabeth.

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Port Elizabeth City

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Half Day
Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. Even before disembarking Aegean Odyssey you will be able to see the fifty-two metre high Campanile at the entrance to the harbour, which was erected in 1923 to commemorate the first British settlers who landed here in 1820.

Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. Even before disembarking Aegean Odyssey you will be able to see the fifty-two metre high Campanile at the entrance to the harbour, which was erected in 1923 to commemorate the first British settlers who landed here in 1820.

Arriving at Shark Rock Pier, a stop will be made to admire the waterfront from a different perspective, before the tour continues through the popular beachfront area of Summerstrand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Campus, to the unique Bayworld Museum, which combines cultural history with a herpetological section and an Oceanarium filled with African penguins, Cape fur seals and other marine life.

The pyramidal Donkin Memorial was erected in memory of the city’s founder, Elizabeth. Then see the British built Fort Frederick, commissioned by the Duke of York in 1799 to protect the city during the Napoleonic Wars. Other notable buildings include Nelson Mandela Stadium, the Horse Memorial, St George’s Cricket Ground, the Feather Market, the Library, the Post Office and the City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977 resulting in a major restoration.

Market Square is built on the site of the original landing beach and contains an exact replica of the last Diaz Cross planted by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, during his first rounding of the Cape of Good Hope by a European. The replica was donated to the city by the Portuguese government and is made from sandstone sourced in the same region as the original three crosses, the last of which was planted not far from Port Elizabeth.

 

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Top of Table Mountain

Cape Town, South Africa
Half Day
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent.

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Table Mountain gets its name from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheatre that encloses the city centre and some of the older suburbs.

From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the South African National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations of endemic plant and animal species in any area of its size, containing a staggering 2,285 plant species – more than the entire UK.

On your way back to the ship you’ll enjoy a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town, including the colourful and historic houses of the Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter), the Convention Centre, Adderley Street with statues of Jan van Riebeeck and Bartholomeu Diaz, the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall in Darling Street, the Dutch Reformed Church, Slave Lodge, St George’s Cathedral and the Cape Provincial government buildings in Wale Street.

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Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

Cape Town, South Africa
Half Day
This tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience the history, architecture and, of course, world-famous wines of Stellenbosch. Leave Cape Town by road for the scenic drive to Stellenbosch. This broad, fertile valley on the Eerste River was named after Simon van der Stel who became the region’s first governor in 1680.

This tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience the history, architecture and, of course, world-famous wines of Stellenbosch. Leave Cape Town by road for the scenic drive to Stellenbosch. This broad, fertile valley on the Eerste River was named after Simon van der Stel who became the region’s first governor in 1680.

Today, Stellenbosch is a major university town characterised by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined by aged oak trees, some of which have been declared national monuments. After an orientation drive through the town, you will visit the Stellenbosch Museum, which is comprised of four different houses each from a different era of the town’s history. After this you are free to continue to explore this quaint and charming town. Then it is onwards to one of the great wine estates, where you will enjoy a tasting session and learn about the wine making process, before returning to Cape Town and Aegean Odyssey.

Note: Moderate walking through wine estate, not suitable for pax with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.

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Cape Peninsula

Cape Town, South Africa
Full Day
This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

From Hout Bay, continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive (provided the road is open) passing through the seaside suburb of Scarborough en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and their differing ecosystems meet. The reserve occupies 7,750 hectacres of indigenous flora and fauna, and Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa - is the main attraction in the reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views. From here, continue to a scenically situated restaurant for a seafood lunch.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before travelling through the naval base of Simon’s Town to Fish Hoek. From here, continue to the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, and along Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. On the way back to the ship you’ll pass the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert's Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

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Cape Winelands Discovery

Cape Town, South Africa
Full day
North-east of Cape Town is Paarl (or “Pearl”, as it translates) a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

North-east of Cape Town is Paarl (or “Pearl”, as it translates) a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

From here the tour continues to a local wine estate, where a stop will be made to taste some local vintages on the way to the village of Franschhoek, or “French Quarter”, where the rich tradition and history of viniculture dates back to 1688.

The Huguenot Monument, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, was completed in 1948 to commemorate the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. After which the adjoining Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the first Huguenots families to arrive during the 17th and 18th-centuries.

A second wine tasting will be followed by a picnic lunch at a local wine estate, before the tour continues to Stellenbosch, a university town and the second oldest in South Africa after Cape Town.

Renowned as the “Town of Oaks”, many of Stellenbosch’s impressive trees have been proclaimed national monuments. The town is also highly regarded for its traditional Cape Dutch-style architecture, which can be seen along the main thoroughfare of Dorp Street.

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cape Town, South Africa
Half day
It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. With over 8,500 species of local plants and 36 hectares of cultivated terrain within a huge protected reserve on the mountainside, this bona fide national treasure has earned its place as one of the most famous public gardens in the country.

The route from Cape Town to Kirstenbosch skirts the slopes of Devil’s Peak, allowing for some wonderful views over the city. Strolling around these beautiful surroundings, displays are carefully arranged, making it easy for visitors to find their favourite species. The “Fragrance Garden” is an olfactory marvel that is full of sweet and unusual scents, while the ‘Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway’ offers a magnificent bird’s-eye view across the garden. For art lovers, the Mambo Stone Sculpture Garden features locally crafted figures and there will also be some time available for browsing in the well-stocked curio shop.

After Kirstenbosch, the tour passes through the attractive suburb of Bishopscourt to reach Constantia, where South Africa’s wine industry began over three centuries ago, for some wine tasting at a local estate. The scenic drive then continues to Constantia Nek, Hout Bay, the Atlantic seaboard suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay, before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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Cheetah Outreach project and Olive Tasting

Cape Town, South Africa
Half day
The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

Cheetahs have been man’s hunting partners and royal companions for centuries. Ancient Egyptians deified them and the pharaohs kept them as close personal companions, believing they had the power to carry human souls into the afterlife. Sadly, however, these nimble beasts are on the brink of extinction.

This guided tour takes you face to face with these majestic cats to learn more about their lives, habits and the dangers that face them. The project’s cheetahs are very friendly, so you will have a chance to stroke an adult, before meeting a pack of Turkish Anatolian Shepard dogs, which are bred on the premises. These brave dogs are sent to rural farms to protect livestock against predators, as well as the cheetahs from the farmers.

Not far from the Cheetah project is the Morgenster Estate, which produces Bordeaux-style red wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In 2005 their oil was ranked one of the fifteen best in the world and has won a number of prizes, including the coveted L’Orciolo d'Oro. Visitors to the Estate’s stylish tasting room, designed by Revel Fox, will be able to enjoy a unique South African wine tasting experience, before returning to Aegean Odyssey in Cape Town.

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Pumba Private Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1 night overland
Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

On arrival, a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope endemic to the region.

After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the veld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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Cape Peninsula Tour

Cape Town, South Africa
Full Day
This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

From Hout Bay, continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive (provided the road is open) passing through the seaside suburb of Scarborough en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and their differing ecosystems meet. The reserve occupies 7,750 hectacres of indigenous flora and fauna, and Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa - is the main attraction in the reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views. From here, continue to a scenically situated restaurant for a seafood lunch.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before travelling through the naval base of Simon’s Town to Fish Hoek. From here, continue to the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, and along Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. On the way back to the ship you’ll pass the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert's Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

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