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AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN expedition cruise Silver Cloud

Portuguese sailors called it the "Gates of Hell." Namibia's Bushmen speak of the land God made in anger. We call it the Skeleton Coast and believe that it is the most pristine stretch of coastline left on the planet. This seminal voyage is expedition cruising at its source — a unique blend of beauty, nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories.
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Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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If you visit only one place in South Africa, make it Cape Town. Whether you're partaking of the Capetonian inclination for alfresco fine dining (the so-called "Mother City" is home to many of the country's best restaurants) or sipping wine atop Table Mountain, you sense—correctly—that this is South Africa's most urbane, civilized city. Here elegant Cape Dutch buildings abut ornate Victorian architecture and imposing British monuments.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
The scorched desert that surrounds Luderitz means the city’s collection of German art nouveau architecture couldn't look more unusually placed along the Namibian coastline. This quirkiness is what gives the destination its charm, however, alongside undeniably fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa.

One of Southern Africa's most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination with a number of pleasant lagoonfront guesthouses and several good restaurants—including one of Namibia's best, Lyon des Sables. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis's small waterfront area, and there's an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay's 3,000-year-old lagoon.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Namibe is a coastal city of baroque architecture and stately churches in southwestern Angola. The city was founded in 1840 by the colonial Portuguese administration. Namibe is perched between the edge of the expansive Namib Desert and the cold waters of the Benguela Current flowing to the north offshore. Thanks to the blend of cool water and proximity to the desert, Namibe has a cool dry climate and desert vegetation. The most famous of these desert plants is the Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant found only in the Namibe Provence of South Angola and the Namib Desert.
About equidistant from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia on Angola’s stunning coastline lies Lobito, a small town in the Benguala Province. Long under Portuguese colonisation, the city suffered somewhat — albeit it less than the country’s capital Luanda, during the long, drawn out civil war of 1975-2002. However, Lobito has begun the rehabilitation process (primarily through funding from both China – who are implementing a railway system throughout the country and Brazil) and the grass roots of restoration have very definitely started.

A study in contrasting economies, Luanda is a boisterous coastal city of haves and have-nots. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city, and since independence in 2002, everyone seems to be gunning for a piece of the post-civil war economy. Its renaissance offers a range of experiences, from cushy hotels to a restaurant-lined oceanfront promenade to locals hawking handmade goods at crowded public markets.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
São Tomé seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxury and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation. São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. It consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 87 miles (140 kilometres) apart and about 155 and 140 miles (250 and 225 kilometres), respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon.

The two West African islands of São Tomé & Principe form the smallest nation in Africa and are probably the least known country in the world. Located in the Gulf of Guinea and straddling the equator, the islands cover an area of 386 square miles (1,000 km sq), roughly five times the size of Washington, D.C. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands’ sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century – all grown with plantation slave labor, a practice that continued into the 20th century.
Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Cameroon is world famous for its tea and agriculture production, and Limbe is the centre of its oil industry. Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is on the southwest coast of the Republic of Cameroon between West and Central Africa. Victoria was founded by Alfred Saker (Baptist Missionary Society of London) in 1858 during his missionary work to Cameroon. Colonised by Germany in 1884, and then divided into French and British zones after World War I, Cameroon became a republic in 1972.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Tucked between Nigeria and Togo in Benin is the busy trading port of Cotonou. Named a “market town” for its coastal placement and lucrative palm oil and textile trades, Cotonou is a sprawling amorphous city, swaddled between the Atlantic coast and Lake Nakoué. Because of its especial geographical situation, Cotonou is bursting with life — visitors disembarking here will find a colourful port, alive with economic activity and very much the capital (although not in name, the official capital is Porto-Novo to the east) of the trading industry.

If you're sick of the usual beach resorts, then zesty Lomé will welcome you to a coastal destination that oozes with inimitable character. The former 'Jewel of West Africa' offers some wonderful beaches, and exports its delicious bounty of cocoa, coffee and pine kernels far and wide. A disorientating place, where stuttering engines and whizzing motorbikes add a chaotic essence to the city's streets, you’ll see vendors strolling with supplies balanced improbably on their heads, along with a healthy supply of intrigue, adventure and buzzing markets.

From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area.In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

From US$ 46,260 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

From US$ 41,400 with early booking bonus
Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96 m² including veranda

From US$ 36,630 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

From US$ 24,300 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

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Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 15,480 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 13,320 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22 m²

From US$ 11,520 with early booking bonus
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Silver Cloud

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

From US$ 46,260 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

From US$ 41,400 with early booking bonus
Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96 m² including veranda

From US$ 36,630 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

From US$ 24,300 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

Waitlist
Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 15,480 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 13,320 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22 m²

From US$ 11,520 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us on a voyage up the West Coast of Africa. From dry desserts and lunar landscape to lush mountains, from abandoned towns to thriving communities, from small villages to capitals of several countries, you will be amazed by the dramatic scenery and the variety of impressions during the visits ashore.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

• Optional Excursion: Fly low over the famous Sossusvlei Dunes

 

Voyage Highlights:

Lüderitz, Namibia
We will visit the abandoned diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop, a ghost town where the stately homes, abandoned decades ago, are gradually becoming sand-covered. Some of the iconic houses and its three most important landmarks, the Goerke Haus, Felsenkirche and the Lüderitz Museum will be seen during a walking tour of Lüderitz.

Walvis Bay, Namibia
In the Namib Naukluft Park you will be passing endless waves of sand dunes, the scene that comes to mind when you think of African deserts, to reach the Welwitschia Drive, where the landscape is dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia mirabilis. Another option in Walvis Bay will be a boat cruise in the protected outer lagoon area where the water is calm and abundant with birdlife and playful Heaviside’s and bottlenose dolphins around the boat. A shuttle service to Swakopmund, located 19 miles north of Walvis Bay at the mouth of the Swakop River will permit to explore this quaint town, a beach resort area and a fine example of German colonial architecture on one’s own.

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. The Fortress of Sao Miguel de Luanda, dating back to 1575, sits atop this bustling city. Cidade Alta, or “Uptown” – a pleasant, airy and calm suburb with several pink colonial buildings - and Baixa, or “Downtown” –with the old and new Houses of Parliament – are just some of the different facets this city has to offer. Another ‘outstanding’ structure is the mausoleum for Angola’s first president, Agostinho Neto. The anthropology museum houses an array of traditional masks along with art, sculptures, tools, and weaponry, as well as jewellery, clothing and musical instruments. At the Benfica market one will see several similar items for barter and sale.

Sao Tome and Principe
One of Sao Tome’s impressive sites is the 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. A drive into the mountains will show coffee plantations, with the possibility of a tour of the coffee processing facilities and obviously tasting some of the local coffee as well. Sao Tome’s city centre with its colonial architecture, including the pink and white presidential palace, the 16th century Cathedral de São Tome, as well as Faro São Sebastião, now the São Tome National Museum, show the Portuguese influence.

Limbe, Cameroon
The Limbe Botanical Gardens was founded by Germans in 1892. It served as a trials and acclimatisation centre for the introduction of exotic crop species such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, banana, teak and sugarcane for distribution within "Kamerun" and other German colonies. In its heyday it was said to be one of the most important tropical botanic gardens in the world. The Limbe Wildlife Centre is home to some critically endangered wildlife species and a variety of primate species including Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, drill monkeys, western lowland and Cross River gorillas, plus several species of long-tailed monkeys such as the locally endemic Preuss’s guenon are being looked after.

Lomé, Togo
Lomé, capital of Togo, is the starting point to head inland and reach Ewe village. This will be one of the best opportunities to learn about village life in Togo. One can also see how fascinating fabrics are prepared locally. Togo is also known for voodoo ceremonies, a practice that is still widespread.

Cultural Highlights:

• Meet several small communities and attend a Voodoo ceremony

Wildlife Watch List:

• Cape fur seals
• Heaviside’s and bottlenose dolphins
• Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, drill monkeys, western lowland and Cross River gorillas, Preuss’s guenon and other species of long-tailed monkeys (not in the wild)
• Birds: Ruddy Turnstones, Damara Terns, Whiskered Terns, Great White Pelicans, Lesser Flamingos, Greater Flamingos, Reef Egrets, Little Egrets, sunbirds, White-browed Coucal, African Grey Parrot, Golden Weavers, Yellow-billed Kites, Purple Rollers, tropicbirds, Pied Kingfishers, Grey-headed Kingfisher
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

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restaurants & public areas

Your time on board will be time well-spent. Discover the dining options where you'll savour culinary excellence, and the exciting venues where you'll mingle with international travellers while enjoying our all-inclusive lifestyle.