African West Coast, Gorillas and the Mara

African West Coast, Gorillas and the Mara

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This is Explorer's Africa.

Cruise the west coast of Africa to see some of the least visited places on Earth with Silver Cloud Expedition, re-launching in November 2017. 

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you set off gorilla trekking in Rwanda. The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience.

Witness rare beauty of Africa's Great Rift Valley from Angama Mara, as you admire views that stretch for miles across the Maasai Mara 300 meters below. 

Early Bird Offer: includes a 2-night stopover at Raffles Dubai with Business Class upgrades from only $3,899*. Offer ends 30 Oct or until sold. 

For sale until: 25 March 2019

Destinations: Africa

Commencing: Cape Town, South Africa

Duration: 32 nights

Departure Date: 23 March 2019

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 20 guests 
  • Land tour fully hosted by an English-speaking local guide 

Dubai

  • 2 night stopover at Raffles Dubai with Raffles Club Lounge access 

Cape Town 

  • 3 nights at the One&Only Cape Town, in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 
  • Explore the "Fair Cape" taking in the spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point 
  • Visit to Table Mountain, one of Africa's natural wonders
  • Wine tasting and lunch while visiting the Winelands regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek 

Silver Cloud Expedition Highlights

  • 18 nights on board Silver Cloud Expedition, re-launching in November 2017
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Go off-roading in 4×4 vehicles and see colourful salt works, gravel desert plains and spectacular rock formations
  • Identify pelicans, flamingos, herons, kingfishers, waders, cormorants, sandpipers, plovers and many rare endemic birds including the endangered Damara Tern
  • Tour an abandoned diamond-mining town and contemplate the solemn history of slave trade sites
  • Visit a stilt village, local school, and see how coffee is produced

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda: The Luxury Gorilla Experience in Rwanda 

  • 3 nights at the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.
  • 2 full days of scheduled gorilla trekking (inclusive of gorilla trekking permits
  • Opportunity to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favorite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas 
  • Full board accommodation including all soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages 
  • Complimentary daily massage for every guest 
  • Complimentary laundry service (allow 48 hour turnaround) 

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya: Between Heaven and Earth 

  • 5 nights in the Mara Triangle overlooking the vast plains of the Maasai Mara 
  • Unrivalled exclusivity with a private airfield and a track directly down into the Reserve 
  • Admire the 700 hectare site directly bordering the Mara Triangle, with 1.2 km of Rift Valley frontage
  • All guided safaris in the Mara Triangle in open vehicles
  • Guided walking safaris on the Rift Valley escarpment
  • Full board accommodation including all meals and most beverages  
  • Fitness Room with Techno-gym equipment and floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the Mara
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Saturday 23 Mar 2019

    - / Dubai, UAE

    Welcome to Dubai! On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, Raffles delivers impeccable service and sophisticated style.

    Raffles Dubai 

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    Day 02

    Sunday 24 Mar 2019

    Dubai, UAE

    Enjoy exclusive Raffles Club Lounge benefits including afternoon tea, evening canapés and cocktails at the Lounge. Spend the day at leisure. 

    Raffles Dubai (B/-/-) 

  • Cape Town

    Day 03

    Monday 25 Mar 2019

    Cape Town, South Africa

    At scheduled time we transfer to the airport for onward flight to Cape Town! On arrival, you will be assisted to the coach for a 25 minute transfer to One&Only Hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.

    One&Only Cape Town (B/-/D)

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 26 Mar 2019

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Today, you may join a full day Cape Peninsula Tour including a visit to Table Mountain or spend the day at leisure. 

    One&Only Cape Town (B/L/-) 

  • Cape Winelands

    Day 05

    Wednesday 27 Mar 2019

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Today you will head out to the majestic Cape Winelands. Exit the city and enter the Winelands regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek for a leisurely exploration of these historic Wine Route towns. Wine tasting is included followed by lunch. 

    One&Only Cape Town (B/L/-) 

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    Day 06

    Thursday 28 Mar 2019

    Cape Town, South Africa (Embark)

    Enjoy breakfast followed by check out and transfer to the Cape Town Harbour. Embark Silver Cloud for your 18-night cruise. Onboard, meet your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the ship’s luxurious amenities.

    Embark Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 07

    Friday 29 Mar 2019

    At Sea

    Knowledgeable team members would like you to gather in the Theatre Lounge to enjoy the first in a series of informative lectures presented during the voyage. Tonight, you're invited to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where the Captain will introduce his senior officers.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Luderits

    Day 08

    Saturday 30 Mar 2019

    Luderitz, Namibia

    From the small town of Lüderitz, wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard, visit the abandoned diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Walvis Bay

    Day 09

    Sunday 31 Mar 2019

    Walvis Bay, Namibia

    Passing endless waves of sand dunes at Namib Naukluft Park, you will finally enter the Welwitschia Drive, where the landscape is dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia mirabilis. Unique to the Namibe Desert, this prehistoric plant has adapted to its harsh habitat. It only produces two leaves in its lifetime which can be over 500 years.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Monday 01 Apr 2019

    Walvis Bay, Namibia

    Another excursion in Walvis Bay will be an early morning boat cruise in the protected outer lagoon area where the water is calm and abundant with birdlife. Enjoy wonderful photographic opportunities as playful Heaviside’s and bottlenose dolphins frolic around the boat and pelicans fly low overhead.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Tuesday 02 Apr 2019

    At Sea

    Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Angola. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Namibe

    Day 12

    Wednesday 03 Apr 2019

    Namibe, Angola

    Today, head out to the Namibe Desert looking for Welwitschia mirabilis, an endemic plant found only in the Namibe Province of South Angola and the Namib Desert. Before returning to the ship, visit the little town of Namibe to visit the old city with its baroque architecture, old stadium and churches. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Lobito Angola

    Day 13

    Thursday 04 Apr 2019

    Lobito, Angola

    The city of Benguela was founded in 1617 around Sao Filipe Fortress and was one of the bases for Portuguese expansion in Africa. We will drive through the city to the most famous church in Benguela. Once back at the pier there will be a festival with traditional dances and singing. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Luanda

    Day 14

    Friday 05 Apr 2019

    Luanda, Angola

    Luanda is the capital of Angola, and home to more than four million, making it one of the largest Portuguese speaking cities in the world. We will drive to Cidade Alta, or “Uptown” – a pleasant, airy and calm suburb with several pink colonial buildings and then head to the Baixa, or “Downtown”, to view the Houses of Parliament – both new and old. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • At Sea

    Day 15

    Saturday 06 Apr 2019

    At Sea

    Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Let our onboard Ornithologist give you a glimpse of the fascinating birds of Sao Tome and Principe. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 16

    Sunday 07 Apr 2019

    At Sea

    Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendour of the vast sea and at night see if you can already notice the stars and constellations of the northern hemisphere’s sky. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Sao-Tome

    Day 17

    Monday 08 Apr 2019

    Sao Tome

    Silver Cloud drops anchor this morning off the island of São Tomé. We plan to use our Zodiacs to go ashore and start our tours of Sao Tome, the capital city to the islands of Sao Tome and Principe and the surroundings. One of the stops will be at the impressive São Nicolãu waterfall, which not only invites to have a swim in its pool, but also is surrounded by mossy rocks, covered in liverworts, ferns, wild raspberries and impatiens that will delight botany lovers. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Bom Bom Island

    Day 18

    Tuesday 09 Apr 2019

    Bom Bom Island

    The two West African islands of São Tomé & Principe form the smallest nation in Africa. This morning we will go ashore at Bom Bom Island to either enjoy the beaches and the facilities of the Bom Bom Resort, or to walk towards Santo Antonio, Principe’s main town.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Cameroon-Limbe

    Day 19

    Wednesday 10 Apr 2019

    Limbe, Cameroon

    We start our tour after taking the Zodiacs ashore to visit Limbe in the northern region at the foot of Mt. Cameroon. Our first stop is the Limbe Botanical Gardens founded by Germans in 1892. We will also visit the “Jungle Village” for a cultural presentation of various dances from all over Cameroon.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 20

    Thursday 11 Apr 2019

    At Sea

    This leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team. Perhaps a wine seminar or teatime’s Team Trivia will call your attention.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Cotonou Benin

    Day 21

    Friday 12 Apr 2019

    Cotonou, Benin

    Silver Cloud will dock this morning at Cotonou, Benin, referred to by many as the ‘Latin Quarter of Africa’. Head out on tour to Ouidah and Lake Nokoue. The town of Ouidah is known as the religious capital of the country due to the numerous festivals with singing, chanting, drumming and dances that take place here.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

  • Lome

    Day 22

    Saturday 13 Apr 2019

    Lomé, Togo

    Silver Cloud will dock early in the morning and we will head out for tours of Togo’s hinterland. Drive through the old colonial town with its modern-looking independence square before reaching one of the many museums and one of the markets for a look at the old and modern life of Togo. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 23

    Sunday 14 Apr 2019

    Lomé, Togo

    Another of the tours will head for Ewe village, where we will be welcomed by traditional dancers and the local school children. This will be one of the best opportunities to learn about village life in Togo. You will also have the unique opportunity to partake in a voodoo ceremony – or at least to have a look at how these ceremonies take place when we are invited in one of the suburbs to see this practice. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B/L/D)

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    Day 24

    Monday 15 Apr 2019

    Accra, Ghana (Disembark)

    Following breakfast on board, disembark Silver Cloud in Tema, Ghana’s largest seaport and Accra’s harbour. Transfer to Accra Airport for your flight to Kigali. Rwanda’s capital and biggest city is built across an undulating series of lush hills surrounded by higher mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1,850 metres above sea level. 

    Disembark. Serena Kigali Hotel (B/-/-) 

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    Day 25

    Tuesday 16 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    After breakfast, we set off for Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. You will be greeted with a warm Rwanda welcome as you settle in for a light lunch. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D) 

  • Gorila Tracking Briefing

    Day 26

    Wednesday 17 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    Time to go Gorilla Trekking! It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. Transfer to Volcanos Park for a short briefing, before you head off into the Mountains. The hike can range from 2-6 hours depending on the Gorilla Family you're tracking. Porters will assist during the hike. After spending time with these gentle apes, you'll return to base in time for a late lunch. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D)

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    Day 27

    Thursday 18 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    Second day for a Gorilla Trekking. The Virunga Mountains is home to around 480 mountain gorillas, more than half of the world's entire population. Gorilla tracking requires some agility and fitness. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D)

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    Day 28

    Friday 19 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    There will be an early morning wake up call with packed breakfast boxes for your transfer back to Kigali International Airport for your flight to Nairobi. A short charter flight from Nairobi will take you to Angama Mara's private airfield. A group of Maasai warriors await your arrival with a warm Kenyan welcome. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 29

    Saturday 20 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Early morning we're heading down to the lovely Mara Triangle for a game drive with a safari breakfast. Spend the afternoon at leisure by the pool or take a gentle afternoon walk up the Out of Africa kopje where many of the scenes from the movie were filmed. Meet for early drinks where two Maasai naturalists share insights into their culture. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 30

    Sunday 21 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Enjoy an early morning game drive. After lunch, visit the local Maasai school where the learners will delight you with songs of their culture. The afternoon is free to enjoy an in-room massage or afternoon walking safari.

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 31

    Monday 22 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Early morning wake up call is followed by a walk along the escarpment with one of Maasai naturalists. This walk is filled with Maasai culture and offers great birding along the way. Learn more about how the Maasai live and shop at the local market with a visit to a traditional Maasai Village. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 32

    Tuesday 23 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Today's full day safari takes you down to the Tanzanian border with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the middle of nowhere. This is one of the loveliest game drives of all – you probably won’t see another soul. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 33

    Wednesday 24 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    After one last early morning safari in the Mara, farewell the Angama Mara family before heading back to the airfield and onward flight back to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and assisted through immigration to check in for your international flight home.

    Check-out of Angama Mara (B/-/-) 

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Inclusions

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01. FLIGHTS

Inclusive of:

  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • Upgrade to Business or First Class (subject to availability) 
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02. ACCOMMODATION

Inclusive of: 

  • Raffles, Dubai (2 nights) 
  • One&Only, Cape Town (3 nights) 
  • Silver Cloud Expedition (18 nights) 
  • Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali (1 night) 
  • Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park (3 nights) 
  • Angama Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve (5 nights) 
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03. RAFFLES DUBAI

Raffles Club Lounge Privileges:

  • Personalised check-in and check-out at the Raffles Club Lounge
  • Daily continental breakfast at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.30am-10.30am)
  • Afternoon Tea at the Raffles Club Lounge (3.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Evening canapés and cocktails at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.00pm-8.00pm)
  • Pressing up to two clothing items per stay
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04. ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN

Nestled within a natural amphitheatre shaped by the vertical cliffs of Devil's Peak and Lion's Head sits Cape Town in all of its coastal glory. Here, commanding an enviable spot in the city's fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is One&Only Cape Town, overlooking the marina with panoramic views of Table Mountain. Stay in Island Superior Rooms surrounding the resort's spectacular infinity-edge pool, located on a beautifully secluded and lushly landscaped island. 

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05. SILVER CLOUD EXPEDITION

  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Daily multiple shore excursions in small groups of no more than 14 people
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites 
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship (conditions apply)
  • Onboard gratuities
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06. ANGAMA MARA

Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara. With tented suites, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, you will find tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome.

  • Each tented suite is over 100 sqm
  • All guided safaris in the Mara Triangle in open vehicles
  • Guided walking safaris on the Rift Valley escarpment
  • All meals and drinks (excluding French Champagne)
  • In-room WiFi 
  • Same-day laundry service
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance 
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07. VIRUNGA LODGE

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. 

  • Full board accommodation including soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages
  • All rooms complete with en-suite bathrooms
  • Complimentary laundry service (allow 48h hour turn-around) 
 
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from $39,260.00 per person

General: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise. All prices and itineraries are current at time of publishing and subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking and may vary until full payment is received. The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated in the itinerary are approximate, provided for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final travel documents at approximately 21 days prior to departure. You will then receive a Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments. ^Transfer offer: Australian address must be within 60 km radius of each capital city airport, additional charges may apply otherwise. *Flight upgrades: Premium Economy, Business and First Class flights are based on using the most direct route from Sydney, and may be priced on mixed carriers. Upgrade pricing is an approximate only and is subject to availability, seasonality and ticket validity. Wi-Fi onboard Silver Cloud: One hour free WIFI per day for all guests. Unlimited free WIFI for guests sailing on select suite categories). Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Conditions apply.