Durban To Maputo

AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

Profound, mysterious, exotic and spiritual, Africa is a dazzling journey of discoveries. Tradition triumph over technology here, the pace is slow, the welcomes, like the weather, are gloriously warm. A gigantic continent, this bite sized journey offers you a window of the colours of South Africa and Mozambique, through which you will definitely want to climb through. REQUEST A QUOTE
Voyage 9828A

Book and pay in full by 30 June, 2018 and save 10%*

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Cruise itinerary

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Durban has the pulse, the look, and the complex face of Africa. If you wander into the Indian District or drive through the Warwick Triangle—an area away from the sea around Julius Nyerere (Warwick) Avenue—the pulsating city rises up to meet you. Traditional healers tout animal organs, vegetable and spice vendors crowd the sidewalks, and minibus taxis hoot incessantly as they trawl for business. It is by turns colorful, stimulating, and hypnotic. It's also a place steeped in history and culture. Gandhi lived and practiced law here, and Winston Churchill visited as a young man.

Founded in the 1880s, during the Anglo-Zulu colonial wars, Richards Bay was named after British Rear Admiral Sir Frederick William Richards, who landed a naval force here. An early claim to fame came in 1891, when colonial adventurer John Dunn killed a 22-foot crocodile in the estuary still one of the largest ever documented but the town remained a backwater with a population of less than 200 people until as recently as 1968. Today, Richards Bay is the major port in the region and is adjacent to significant mineral deposits, which have contributed to the town's massive growth.

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.
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.
Maputo, formerly Portuguese-ruled Lourenço Marques, is the laid-back capital, an incongruous mix of palm-lined streets, an elegant promenade with ritzy villas, and once-grand colonial buildings—which often sit side-by-side with shanties and concrete, Soviet-style buildings dating back to the 1950s, when Russia and Cuba had a finger in the political pie here. An economic upturn since the end of the civil war in the late '90s has brought new investment in infrastructure, and buildings are rising at a fast pace, especially near the port.


Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

From US$ 9,540 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

From US$ 7,650 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

From US$ 7,200 with early booking bonus
View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 6,120 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 4,950 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.

Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.


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.


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.

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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

Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit a Zulu community
  • Search for the “Big Five”   
  • Watch for the largest dugong population along East Africa’s shores
  • Look for birds such as flamingos, Long-tailed Cormorants, Greater Crested Terns, Sombre Bulbuls, Collared Sunbirds and the Black-backed Puffback
  • Enjoy beaches and dunes in Mozambique

Day 1 — Durban, South Africa
Embark Silver Discoverer this afternoon and depart on your exciting 6-day voyage – East African Expedition -From Zulus to Dugongs. After a mandatory safety drill, head out to the Pool Deck for a ‘Sail Away’ party, leaving Durban behind. During the afternoon, the Expedition Team and important crew members will be introduced.
In the evening, enjoy the first of many fine dining experiences in The Restaurant and relax in one of the lounges or on the open deck.

Day 2 — Richards Bay, South Africa
Depart from the quayside in Richards Bay and journey to an authentic Zulu cultural village located around the St Lucia Wetlands. On arrival at Khula Village we will be met at a traditional Zulu "Kraal" (Central meeting place). There you will gain insight into the life of a Zulu as you are taken through customs and rites of passage, to the solemnity of gender roles, marriage rites, courting rituals, lobola (the bartering for the bride’s hand in marriage), the family structure and Zulu spirituality.
A Sangoma (witch doctor) will introduce us to her herbal and magical medicine, while a tour of the surrounding area also portrays modern Zulu life, as several of the local people will open their homes to us showing off their beautiful beadwork, various crafts and the looms that produce the much sought-after mats that often form the basis of their livelihood.
The Umakweyane and other musical instruments will be played by traditional musicians. With the African bushveld as a stage, Zulu dancers will appear, their bodies pulsating to drums. Following this performance, you will have the chance to taste traditional Zulu beer and have some time for independent exploration of the village and the handicrafts stalls.

We continue our journey to Hluhluwe Game Reserve. A scrumptious light snack on arrival will be followed by an open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in all of Africa. Set in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, the park offers an array of waterholes that guarantee wildlife spotting at close range. The park extends itself over 96,000 ha, has an immense variety of flora and fauna, more than 300 bird species recorded and is not only interesting for its "Big Five”, but has the largest population of white rhinos, apart from hundreds of black rhinos.

Following the game drive we will transfer back to join Silver Discoverer again.

Day 3 — Inhaca Island, Mozambique
While Silver Discoverer heads north along the coast of Southern Mozambique and the Reserva de Maputo our lecture staff will keep you informed about Mozambique’s special natural history.
Around noon, Silver Discoverer will have rounded Ilha dos Portugueses and entered Maputo Bay.
Inhaca is an island that shelters Maputo Bay from the Indian Ocean. A few small villages exit, and although cultivated fields can be found in the central area it is still partly covered in subtropical evergreen forest and windswept dunes on the eastern side. Because of the extensive beaches that attract loggerhead and leatherback turtles, much of the shore is a nature reserve.
Silver Discoverer will anchor on the protected side of Inhaca, south of Ilha dos Portugueses. Inhaca, Santa Maria and Ilha dos Portugueses all have beautiful beaches and there are a number of great snorkelling sites. A few kilometres south of the main settlement Inhaca is the Marine Biology Station and Museum, run by the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique’s largest and oldest university.
Bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins frequent Inhaca’s waters, as well as some dugong.
Our Marine Biologists will look for the best snorkelling spots, while birders will be looking for Long-tailed Cormorants, Greater Crested Terns, Black-backed Puffbacks and Collared Sunbirds.

Day 4 — At Sea
Our day at sea will be a good opportunity to attend a seminar, join our experts in the Discoverer or Explorer Lounge for talks or lectures and learn about the culinary specialties our Chef might want to present.
Other onboard activities might be a soothing massage or a vigorous workout in the Gym. Our Bar Team will likely offer exotic cocktails, can prepare special coffees and will be at hand for Team Trivia at teatime.

Day 5 — Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
The Bazaruto Archipelago is characterized by its wildlife, the azure waters, huge dunes and unbelievable beaches. The whole archipelago and its surrounding waters –a total of 1,430 square kilometres- were declared a national park in 1971. It is the only marine park in Mozambique and has been created to protect the dolphins, turtles and dugongs in its waters. The park can claim to have the largest concentration of dugong in the Western Indian Ocean.
Bazaruto itself is the largest and most important of the islands. Stunning coral reefs surround the island, all the more surprising, if one considers the closeness to mainland Mozambique. Huge sand dunes cover the eastern part, and the southern coastal plains have numerous small lakes. We will venture ashore for exploratory walks and will enjoy the beaches. Snorkelers might see stingrays, devil rays, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles, apart from the many colourful reef fish found among the coral. Some of the islands’ lakes have crocodiles and flamingos –exploration ashore will be quite special. 

Day 6 — At Sea
Silver Discoverer will be sailing southward and our lecture staff will be on hand to enhance some of the things seen in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Attend informative talks or join our naturalists on the outer decks looking for cetaceans and seabirds.
The Spa and Gym offer alternative activities, and relaxing on the Pool or Sun Deck will certainly keep stress away.
During the afternoon, our onboard Photographer/Videographer will present the Voyage-DVD.

Day 7 — Maputo, Mozambique
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.


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