Silversea Luxury Cruises A East London

East London

The gateway to the Wild Coast, East London was built around the mouth of the Buffalo River, which forms South Africa's only river port. Although fairly urban, East London is still close to the rural heartland, so it retains a pleasantly small-town air. There's a great museum here, and you can take a half-day city tour, an escorted visit to a local township, or a full-day tour of a rural village. View more

Although the beaches on the outskirts of the city are wonderful, those within the central business district are crowded and not very pleasant.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursions depuis East London

Canoeing on the Nahoone River

Get an up-close look at nature surrounding East London during this fluid kayak adventure.


Depart the quayside and proceed to East London's city centre. Drive along Oxford Street, passing the City Hall, built in 1897, in the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign. Today, the City Hall is graced with a statue of the martyred activist, Stephen Biko.


In 1836, the British established East London as a military post, which they used as a base during the Xhosa wars. The arrival of German settlers, who had been serving as mercenaries in the British-German Legion, gave the place at the mouth of the Buffalo River an economic boost - and in 1873 East London was given town rights.


Continue past the East London Museum, which was established in 1921. It is home to a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago.


Your canoeing adventure will take place on the Nahoon River and takes approximately 2 hours. There will be a qualified lifeguard on each canoe trail and lifejackets will be worn by all participants. Fluid kayaks will be used which are very stable and take two people each with a maximum carrying capacity of 485 pounds (220 kilograms/ 35 stone). It is a tidal estuary and there is abundant birdlife including kingfishers, cormorants, herons (a large nesting colony) darters, wooly necked stalk, sacred ibis, Egyptian geese, blacksmith plover, egret, occasional fish eagle, osprey and goliath heron sightings. Dassies are frequently seen and some mullet can be seen jumping out of the water to escape predatory fish, and if you are really lucky you may encounter an otter or sea lion in the river. There are some beautiful riverside properties to be seen as well as some small uninhabited islands. The total distance covered will be 1-3 miles (3-6 kilometres) depending on weather conditions and the fitness of the group.


Thereafter, return to the quayside, passing the residential suburbs of East London, as well as Orient & Eastern beaches en-route.


Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times while on the water. Guests should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, water shoes and ample sun protection. Kayaks are 2-person style with a maximum capacity of 485 pounds (220 kilograms / 35 stone). A waiver is required to be signed in order to participate in this tour. If you are pregnant, have had a recent operation or have a medical condition that may be deemed unsafe to paddle (if unsure please ask us), for safety reasons you may not be able to paddle. Guests are required to sign an indemnity form. This tour is weather permitting - may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions. A moderate amount of fitness is required as a distance of 1-3 miles (3-6 kilometres) will be covered, depending on the overall fitness of the entire group.

Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

Experience the thrill of a game drive on this half-day search for animals including rhino, giraffe and indigenous birds.


Depart the pier and drive through East London, passing Orient and Eastern Beaches en route. Travel along the national highway toward the former homeland, known as the Transkei, enjoying views of rolling hills, farmland and traditional Xhosa villages.


On arrival at Inkwenkwezi, you are welcomed by a group of Xhosa singers and dancers. Sip a welcome drink before boarding the 4x4 open-air canvas-topped vehicles.


Enjoy a two-hour game drive in search of a variety of game, including rhino, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, zebra, springbok, impala, gemsbok and the rare Eastern Cape kudu. The bird life includes gracious crested crane, secretary bird, ground hornbill and ostrich.


Following your game drive return to the main lodge for a comfort stop before re-boarding your coach for the transfer back to East London


Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Although little walking is required (656 feet / 200 metres) on this tour, it is suggested only for those guests able to tolerate the rough ride of an open-air vehicle traveling on unpaved surfaces. The roads in the game reserve are gravel, with some inclines; parts of the game-drive are bumpy. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for guests with back or neck problems. It could be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties or hip/knee problems to get in and out of the open vehicles. For safety reasons, children under the age of six (6) may not participate. The spotting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Wear light clothing, including flat, comfortable walking shoes, and protection from the sun; binoculars are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, smoke, speak loudly, or stand up in the vehicle on or during the game drives, as this will disturb the animals. Thank you for your understanding. Small gifts can be purchased at the local souvenir shop. Local currency or credit cards are accepted.

Khaya La Bantu - Xhosa Cultural Experience

Experience a taste of the Xhosa culture on this half-day memorable excursion to Khaya La Bantu.


Depart the quayside and drive through East London, passing Orient and Eastern Beaches en-route. Travel along the national highway toward the former homeland, known as the Transkei, enjoying views of rolling hills, farmland and traditional Xhosa villages en route to Khaya La Bantu, an open-air, Xhosa cultural museum.


On arrival at this reproduction of a traditional village, you will be welcomed by the local villagers and invited to join them at the community centre, which the villagers built by hand using mud for the walls and thatch for the roof. Wooden benches provide seating. Please ask the locals for premission to take pictures of them.


At the community centre, listen as one of the representatives introduces you to the various Xhosa customs and traditions and a performance of traditional dance and song.


You are then invited to join your guide for a walk through the village. See the traditional kraal, a round building of interwoven branches that houses cattle, pigs, goats and chickens. The friendly villagers invite you to look into their huts as they explain the techniques used to build them.


Complimentary refreshments will be served at the community centre and you will have the opportunity to taste a variety of traditional Xhosa foods, including samp(de-hulled dried corn) & beans, wild spinach with maize-rice, and pot-breads.


During your visit, a variety of handicrafts including beadwork and clothing will be on display and are available for purchase.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the harbour and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking outdoors for approximately 985 feet (300 metres) and it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or for those with limited mobility. The terrain at Khaya La Bantu is mainly grass and uneven ground and it can get slightly muddy after heavy rain. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and a warm jacket. Khaya La Bantu in not an authentic village; it is an open-air museum with cultural entertainment. Guests should have small denominations of local currency (South African Rand) if they wish to make any purchases. The price of this tour is adversely affected by the cost of conducting business in this high-cost infrastructure area. Guides and adequate transportation need to be sourced from a distance.

Natural History Adventure

Depart the pier and proceed to East London's city centre. Drive along Oxford Street, passing the City Hall, built in 1897, in the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign. Today, the City Hall is graced with a statue of the martyred activist, Stephen Biko.


In 1836, the British established East London as a military post, which they used as a base during the Xhosa wars. The arrival of German settlers, who had been serving as mercenaries in the British-German Legion, gave the place at the mouth of the Buffalo River an economic boost - and in 1873 East London was given town rights.


Continue to the East London Museum, which was established in 1921. It is home to a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago.


Other notable exhibits include a reconstruction of the extinct dodo of Mauritius along with the only known dodo egg in the world, as well as an extensive collection of beadwork relating to the Xhosa-speaking people, and the Nahoon Footprints.


In 1964, some construction workers at Bats Cave on the Nahoon Bluff corner noticed some strange shapes in the bedrock and on further investigation recognized them to be the fossilized footprints of a child, belonging to the archaic hominid period. 200,000 years ago, the conditions would have been perfect for the child to have been able to create these tracks and they then lay undisturbed for eons, fossilizing over time. Large slabs of sandstone that contained the tracks have been removed and can now be seen at the Museum.


Following this visit, proceed via the national highway through rural countryside en-route to the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve.


Enjoy refreshments at the Footprints Café, which is situated in a building which also houses the Mercedes-Benz Coastal Education & Visitor Centre. The centre provides an informative eco-tourism facility to educate visitors to the area, with boards, photographs and touchscreens mounted on the walls, explaining the unique aspects of East London's coastal environment, the archaeological wealth of Nahoon including the Nahoon Footprints, the history of surfing at the Nahoon Reef, and the importance of environmental stewardship.


Take a short stroll along the wooden boardwalk that skirts the edge of the coastal dunes, to the site where the Fossil Footprints were found. Thereafter, return to the pier, passing the residential suburbs of East London en-route.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1640 feet (500 metres) and it is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or for those with limited mobility however guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via the bus steps. We recommend guests wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun hat & glasses, sunblock and windbreaker. Souvenir shops accept local currency and credit cards only. The order of sites seen may vary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore East London at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights with your driver and your English-speaking driver/guide.


Depart the pier in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore East London at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights with an English-speaking driver/guide.


Depart the pier in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore East London at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights with your driver and English-speaking driver/guide.


Depart the pier in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore East london at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights with an English-speaking driver/guide.


Depart the pier in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis East London

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Shamwari Eco-Friendly Safari Spectacular

One of South Africa's most successful private conservation initiatives, the Shamwari Private Game Reserve couples responsible tourism with the most luxurious means of experiencing an authentic African safari adventure. Your relaxing stay in private, elegant and inviting luxury tents with lush vegetation and African bush views is highlighted by scenic and exciting bush drives in search of the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes), and many other diverse wildlife, bird and reptile species. Following a drive from East London to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve, proceed for check-in and afternoon tea, then board open-air, 4WD safari vehicles for your first game-drive. At the conclusion of your game-drive, sundowners and light snacks are served at a clearing in the bush, with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species. After a boma dinner and overnight stay at the Bayethe Tented Camp, take an early-morning game-drive followed by breakfast and free time at your leisure. Following lunch and afternoon tea, taken afternoon game-drive, the best time of day to see many of the animals at their most active, then return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. On the last morning of your visit, take a final game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast before check-out, then depart for an orientation tour of Port Elizabeth with lunch. After lunch, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with a scheduled flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, and a transfer to Cape Town Harbour. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


02MIDELS-A: Shamwari Eco-Friendly Safari Spectacular

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Departs from: East London

Re-join ship: Cape Town

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA and VACCINATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and vaccination requirements. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas and vaccinations before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the South African Rand; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted at most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).


Experience the spectacular wildlife of South Africa at one of the most successful private conservation initiatives during this exclusive, two-night safari to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve.


DAY ONE - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - East London/Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Scenic drive along the eastern Cape to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve

After lunch on board, depart East London Harbour for the scenic, approximately three-hour drive to the eastern Cape, then head to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's most successful private conservation initiatives, the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve couples responsible tourism with the most luxurious means of experiencing an authentic African safari adventure.


Private, elegant and inviting luxury tents with lush vegetation and African bush views

'Byyeti' ('I salute you'), is the warm African greeting carried on the fresh valley wind at this tented paradise. Allow nature to blanket you in the intimate tented accommodations of the Bayethe Lodge. The refined tents are shrouded by rich vegetation, thereby ensuring your privacy and splendid panoramic views of the African bush. The tents have indoor baths, and either an indoor-or-outdoor shower. In addition, all suites have their own plunge pool and a private minibar.

Check-in at the Bayethe Tented Camp, afternoon tea and a game-drive

Upon arrival at the Bayethe Tented Camp, proceed for check-in, then gather for afternoon tea. Afterward and time-permitting, depart in open-air, 4WD safari vehicles for a game-drive in search of awe-inspiring encounters with Africa's Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes), and countless other fascinating wildlife, bird and reptile species found along the eastern Cape.


Sundowners and light snacks in the bush

Following your game-drive, sundowners and light snacks are served at a clearing in the bush, with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species before returning to the Bayethe Tented Camp.


Boma dinner under the stars

Upon arrival, some free time is made available to freshen up before a boma dinner (weather-dependent).


Overnight accommodations in a Luxury Tent at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve.


DAY TWO - Monday, April 15, 2019 - Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Early-morning game-drive

Depart the lodge aboard open-air, 4WD safari vehicles for an early-morning game-drive. Along the way, search for awe-inspiring encounters with Africa's Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes), and countless other fascinating wildlife, bird and reptile species found along the eastern Cape.


Breakfast and time at your leisure

Following your game-drive, return to the Bayethe Tented Camp for breakfast. After breakfast, the remainder of the morning is at your leisure to relax and enjoy your surrounds.


Lunch, afternoon tea and game-drive

After lunch, gather for afternoon tea before departing in open-air, 4WD safari vehicles for an afternoon game-drive, the best time to see many of the animals at their most active. Following your game-drive, return to the Bayethe Tented Camp to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner and overnight accommodations in a Luxury Tent at the Bayethe Tented Camp.






DAY THREE - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Shamwari Private Game Reserve/Port Elizabeth/Cape Town

Final, early-morning game-drive

Embark on a final, early-morning game-drive in search of awe-inspiring encounters with Africa's Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes), and countless other fascinating wildlife, bird and reptile species found along the eastern Cape.


Breakfast, check-out and a tour of Port Elizabeth with lunch

Following your game-drive, return to the Bayethe Tented Camp for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, some free time is made available to gather your belongings. After check-out, depart for the approximately 1.5-hour drive to Port Elizabeth, known by locals as the 'friendly and windy city'. Upon arrival, begin your guided orientation tour of Port Elizabeth, then proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.


Scheduled flight to Cape Town and a transfer to your ship

After lunch, transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your scheduled, approximately 1.75-hour flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Cape Town Harbour. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves an extensive amount of off-road driving and a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy, slippery and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and open-air, 4WD safari vehicles, and at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a light jacket, camera, and any necessary medication from the ship; a light jacket is recommended for early-morning game-drives. Guests must carry their passports. The open-air, 4WD safari vehicles utilised on this tour are not covered, and guests are therefore exposed to the elements. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed. Due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Game Reserve, the programme contents and sequence are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

- Two-night stay at the Bayethe Camp - Shamwari Private Game Reserve

- Scheduled flights: East London/Shamwari Private Game Reserve/Port Elizabeth/Cape Town (Economy-Class). Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating

- Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

- Guide services

- Afternoon tea

- Boma dinner (weather-permitting)

- Sundowners and light snacks in the bush (weather-permitting)

- Morning and afternoon game drives in open-air, 4WD safari vehicles

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.