Africa

    The cradle of humanity, Africa is a destination with 1001 faces. This exceptional mosaic of colours and dialects is the foundation for the cultural richness of the world’s oldest inhabited continent. This wild and unchanging land also boasts an infinite variety of landscapes. Forested savannah, cosmopolitan cities, arid deserts, remote villages, majestic mountains and picture-postcard beaches form an authentic setting that is home to extraordinarily prolific wildlife. Ponant invites you to discover this ethnic and topographical diversity during its African cruises. Through the various itineraries on offer, you will steep yourself in the very unique atmosphere of the continent.

    Sailing towards the coast of West Africa you will fall under the spell of the most beautiful islands of Cape Verde. Far from the beaten track, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, you will witness firsthand how the islands offer a unique blend of the influences of these three continents.

    Further south, you will sail along the east coast and discover southern Africa, “a world in a single country”. This cruise in South Africa will take you from Cape Town to Durban, two cities rich in contrasts between modernity and tradition.

    You can also chart a course towards Victoria, capital of the Seychelles, at the heart of the Indian Ocean. As the cruise progresses, you will discover the beauty of the Scattered Islands, Madagascar, Aldabra, Alphonse and La Digue. Magical sites, truly paradises on earth, lying on a turquoise backdrop.

    A cruise in Africa with Ponant is the promise of a fascinating adventure and a total change of scenery.

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    1. The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles
      Expedition
      Back to back offer

      The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles

      from 25 March 2020 to 9 April 2020

      • Durban - Victoria, Mahé
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 16 days / 15 nights
      Discover a PONANT itinerary sailing from Durban, a cosmopolitan city in South Africa, to Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles in the heart of the Indian Ocean.Join us for a 16-day expedition cruise aboard Le Lyrial to experience the exceptional environment of these faraway islands.From one port...
    2. The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll
      Expedition
      Diving

      The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll

      from 29 March 2020 to 10 April 2020

      Set sail for a 13-day expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles. PONANT invites you to follow an unforgettable itinerary aboard Le Bougainville, against a backdrop of turquoise waters and coconut palms.  Leaving from Victoria, the archipelago’s capital, fall...
    3. Egypt and Israel
      New itinerary

      Egypt and Israel

      from 31 March 2020 to 9 April 2020

      • Aqaba - Antalya
      • LE PONANT
      • 10 days / 9 nights
      Set sail with PONANT in the footsteps of ancient civilisations with a 10-day cruise aboard our three-mast yacht, Le Ponant. This brand-new itinerary combines cultural discoveries and archaeological marvels and will take you from Jordan to Turkey via Egypt and Israel.  After you join the ship at...
    4. Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius
      Expedition
      Back to back offer

      Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

      from 9 April 2020 to 22 April 2020

      • Victoria, Mahé - Port Louis
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 14 days / 13 nights
      PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From the Seychelles to Mauritius via Madagascar and Reunion Island, take a 14-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial to enjoy beaches, nautical activities, and discovering endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking natural...
    5. The Essential Seychelles
      Expedition
      Diving

      The Essential Seychelles

      from 10 April 2020 to 18 April 2020

      On this brand-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the must-see jewels of the Seychelles. On Mahé, you will board Le Bougainville for a 9-day expedition cruise to the heart of this archipelago’s Inner Islands for a glimpse of paradise.  The first stop on your cruise: Sainte Anne...
    6. The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll
      Expedition
      Diving

      The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll

      from 18 April 2020 to 30 April 2020

      Set sail for a 13-day expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles. PONANT invites you to follow an unforgettable itinerary aboard Le Bougainville, against a backdrop of turquoise waters and coconut palms.  Leaving from Victoria, the archipelago’s capital, fall...
    7. Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius
      Expedition
      Diving

      Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

      from 22 April 2020 to 5 May 2020

      • Port Louis - Victoria, Mahé
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 14 days / 13 nights
      PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From Mauritius to the Seychelles via Madagascar and Reunion Island, take a 14-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial to enjoy beaches, nautical activities, and discovering endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking natural...
    8. Canary Islands and Cape Verde

      Canary Islands and Cape Verde

      from 11 October 2020 to 21 October 2020

      Sailing between Portugal, Spain and Cape Verde, PONANT offers you a gastronomic itinerary at the crossroads of cultures and traditions.You will set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an 11-day cruise leaving from Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, located on the banks of the Tagus.Discover...
    9. From Antarctica to Africa
      Expedition
      Outbound domestic flight included

      From Antarctica to Africa

      Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit

      from 7 March 2021 to 28 March 2021

      • Ushuaia - Cape Town
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 22 days / 21 nights
      PONANT invites you to sail from Tierra del Fuego to the Cape of Good Hope during a 22-day expedition cruise from one continent to the other. 
    10. Cruise Napoleon
      New itinerary

      Cruise Napoleon

      from 29 April 2021 to 14 May 2021

      • Walvis Bay - Dakar
      • LE LYRIAL
      • 16 days / 15 nights
      In partnership with the magazine Point de VuePONANT is organising an exceptional 16-day cruise to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte on 5 May 1821.You will board Le Lyrial in Namibia then chart a course towards the island of Saint Helena to arrive on the day of the...
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