Silversea Expedition Cruises To Durban

Durban

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. View more

Gandhi lived and practiced law here, and Winston Churchill visited as a young man. It's home to the largest number of Indians outside India; the massive Indian townships of Phoenix and Chatsworth stand as testimony to the harsh treatment Indians received during apartheid, though now thousands of Indians are professionals and businesspeople in Durban. Street names have all been updated, but the old ones remain in brackets as some maps and locals still refer to streets by the old names. By no means should you plan an entire vacation around Durban, because there is so much more to see beyond the city. Nevertheless, it's definitely worth a stopover. To get the most from your visit, get ready to explore the Central Business District (CBD), which includes the Indian District; the Beachfront; and Berea and Morningside.

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Zanzibar To Durban
  • Africa and Indian Ocean
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    Nov 27, 2018
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Durban To Maputo
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    Dec 13, 2018
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Excursions in Durban

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

Explore Durban 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 Durban 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.

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

Explore Durban 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 Durban 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 - Scenic Durban by Helicopter

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Durban from up above on this Silver Shore Privato helicopter adventure tour.


Depart the pier via private vehicle for the approximate 45 minute drive to the helipad at the Virginia Airport. Upon arrival you will view a safety briefing before boarding the JetRanger helicopter.


Your 1-hour long flight includes flying over the port, beachfront, city centre, valley of a 1000 hills, and returning via the North Coast over Balito.


After this truly special experience, return to the airport for the transfer back to the pier in Durban


Please Note: This Silver Shore Privato tour requires a minimal amount of activity however guests must be able to step in and out of the helicopter with minimal assistance. This tour is on a private basis and based on a maximum of four (4) guests participating. Please request one ticket only for your party; you do not need a ticket per each guest. Charges may be split between suites on-board. A signed waiver is required for each guest to participate. This tour is not suitable for guests who are wheelchair bound, or those who suffer from a fear of heights. We strongly recommend guests wear flat, comfortable shoes, light weight clothing and sunglasses as strong glares may be expected during the flight. Operation of the tour is weather dependent. Please contact ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com to confirm this program. This tour is subject to availability at the time of the request.

SOS Children's Village

Take this opportunity to learn more about the important contribution this organization is making internationally, during this half-day outing to 'Give Back'.


Depart from the quayside in Durban and drive by coach to SOS Children's Village.


This Village was developed in response to a call for help from a city pediatrician, who was concerned at the high number of orphans abandoned at government hospitals. The Village houses 152 children, as well as reaching 962 children in the highly successful Family Strengthening Programs.


In 1992, the Natal Emergency Help Program was launched to provide temporary accommodation in rented houses for orphans living in very poor conditions in government hospitals. Once suitable land was found, a Village was built consisting of 15 family homes and an SOS Kindergarten.


The SOS Kindergarten caters for 125 children in 5 classrooms. Children in the nearby informal settlement who could normally not afford to attend pre-school are offered a scholarship to come to the Kindergarten. The teachers are also committed to building the capacity of teachers in community crèche's, by conducting holiday skills training sessions.


The Family Strengthening Program operates in the informal settlement called France, situated close to the Village. A hydroponics vegetable project has been established with the support of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal's wife, Mrs. Ndebele. Nine women from France grow and market tomatoes and mushrooms, thus generating income for their own families. Another successful project is the self-help groups which involve poor women in small-scale savings and income generation.


On arrival at the village proceed to visit the Family Strengthening Program, a community project next to the village where the homes are headed by children. Here you will visit two or three homes and then continue to the 'White House', where everything is coordinated for the project e.g. Distribution of food parcels, bereavement programs, South Africa Department of Home Affairs help with Birth certificates and Identity Documents. You will also visit the knitting, sewing or gardening projects in the community with a presentation from your coordinator.


Return to the village which caters for the little ones as well as children from the nearby community. Proceed on a tour of the village and a presentation. After the presentation and tour, spend some time at the 'house of the week'. The Village has a few different houses with a House Mother and each week a house has the opportunity to be 'house of the week', during the presentation this will be discussed in more detail.


Return to the quayside in Durban.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. It is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility due to the nature of the terrain. Some sites visited on this tour are in extreme poverty, but with the aid of the government and NGO's the communities are busy being uplifted, making it a place of hope. One needs to be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a "no frills experience". If guests wish to donate directly to the school or community project i.e. stationery, canned foods or money, it will be most welcomed; however we suggest that this is done directly to the SOS representative to ensure equitable distribution. The more we can help the better. Please visit the following website for more information on how you can help: http://www.soschildrensvillages.org/Where-we-help/Africa/South-Africa/Pietermaritzburg/Pages/default.aspx


All proceeds of this tour will be donated on behalf of the guests by Silversea Cruises to the SOS Children's Village.

Sights & Segway

Glide effortlessly by Segway within the Moses Mabhida Stadium grounds on this 3-hour tour and learn about historic victories and interesting facts about the stadium with its unique engineering arch. The stadium was host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is the current home ground of Premier Soccer League team, AmaZulu.


Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the beachfront, also known as the Golden Mile, where Zulus, resplendent in their colourful regalia, transport visitors via rickshaws. The scenic drive will pause at the famous Moses Mahdiba Stadium. Moses Mabhida was a remarkable man who played an important part in the development of the South African Congress of Trade Unions in the 1950's. Due to his fighting spirit the stadium was named after him. The stadium is situated in the heart of Durban, and has attained the status as Durban's jewel. It is a wondrous landmark to see.


At the conclusion of the tour re-board the vehicle past Currie Hill for panoramic views and photo opportunities overlooking the city before reaching the pier.


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. signed waiver is required for each guest to participate. The minimum age permitted is 10 years old. Comfortable closed toes shoes, sunscreen and hat are recommended.

Midlands Zip-Lining Canopy Tour

Pump up your adrenaline with this unique eco-experience that takes you on a 2-hour adventure through the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forest.


The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 98 feet (30 metres) above the forest floor. The tour comprises seven platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a pristine forested valley. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the tour. The slides are up to 574 feet (175 metres) long and provide unforgettable rides and spectacular views over the forest canopy.


Depart the quayside and drive via Pietermaritzburg to the Karkloof indigenous forest, which is located in the heart of the Natal Midlands.


The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a 'kitting up' session where full body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is put on and safety-checked. A short scenic drive to the top of the Karkloof valley and it is time to monkey around! Construction of the Karkloof Canopy Tour has been done in accordance with strict civil engineering standards. A full environment impact study was undertaken to ensure that the forest ecology would not be harmed in any way.


From the start on the launch platform a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable from platform to platform. Spend a couple of minutes relaxing on the platforms while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest - pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns way below. The bird life is incredible. This includes the opportunity of spotting Emerald Cuckoos, Knysna Loeries, a wide variety of raptors and if you are lucky, the elusive Narina Trogon or endangered Cape Parrots.


Once back safely on the ground a light snack will be enjoyed before boarding your awaiting coach to head back to Durban and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Guests participating in this tour must sign a liability waiver to participate. Participants must be at least 7 years of age, have a waist size of less than 51 inches (130 centimeters) and a maximum thigh size of 35 inches (90 centimeters) to fit the harness. Participants must be in good physical condition without a fear of heights or a history of vertigo. Guests should dress in seasonal sportswear with shorts or long pants, closed-toe, laced-up footwear, sun protection and insect repellent. This tour is weather permitting and may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions. If you are pregnant, have had a recent operation or have a medical condition that may be deemed unsafe to participate (if unsure please ask us), for safety reasons you may not participate in this programme. Guests participating in this programme will return to the ship too late to enjoy lunch in La Terrazza or The Restaurant. Room service or the Pool Bar & Grill are available for late lunch options. A photo CD can be purchased on site. Local currency and credit cards are accepted.

Valley of a Thousand Hills

Meet modern and olden day African tribal culture in the traditional and spectacular homeland of the Zulu on this half-day exploration of the 'Valley of a Thousand Hills'.


Depart the pier aboard your coach and drive via the national road for approximately one hour towards the Phezulu Safari Park. In this geographically wondrous part of the world shaped first by the windings of the great Mgeni River, then by the culture of the Zulu tribes and finally by the coming of European man, the hills still beat to the Zulu drum.


As you journey into the valley, learn how historically these tranquil rolling hills belie the blood-soaked drama that unfolded almost two centuries ago. It was then when the Zulu King Shaka, known to historians as the 'Black Napoleon', subjugated the tribes that today make up the Kingdom of the Zulu.


Your visit to Phezulu (an open-air museum) creates the opportunity to discover first-hand the intricacies, ethnic customs and beliefs of the Zulu people. Here Zulu tales and history are depicted in energetic, costumed song and dance by the renowned Gasa clan, who have been performing unique plays for over 40 years. Dances of courtship and betrothal, of the throwing of the Sangoma's (witch doctor) bones, of war and of birth, set to the mesmerising beat of the Zulu drum, take you into another world.


Afterwards, explore the Zulu cultural village on your own with its traditional beehive huts and fascinating glimpses into African tribal culture. Learn what the different coloured beads that adorn the skirts actually represent and how the women make bread and beer. Venture into Phezulu's impressive reptile park, taking home vivid images of some of Africa's most renowned snakes and learning about the crocodiles. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served during the course of the tour and there is time to browse through a wealth of ethnic home crafts on sale in the well-stocked curio shop, ranging from pottery, Zulu fabric art, woodcarving, beadwork and curios.


Following your visit, commence the return back to the pier in Durban via the national highway.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and sun hats are strongly recommended. There are paved pathways and some uneven, sandy terrain, where the show will be held. The ground can be muddy after heavy rainfall. There is a wooden boardwalk, with a few steps, through the snake & crocodile enclosure. The villagers at this open-air museum are actors educating guests with the ways of the traditional Zulu people. It is Zulu tradition for young, unmarried women to go topless. There is a local curio shop to purchase souvenirs, local currency or credit cards accepted.

Tala Private Game Reserve

Located in the KwaZulu-Natal hills is the wildlife conservancy of Tala Private Game Reserve, an area of indigenous acacia thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetland that provides an exceptional environment in which to game and bird watch.


Tala provides visitors with superb game viewing experiences in open game vehicles with highly knowledgeable and experienced rangers and a tracker who will not fail to impress you with his bush skills. At Tala the aim is to get you close to nature, interacting with the environment and animals, and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.


The reserve, that spans nearly 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) and incorporates many diverse natural environments, features well over 300 bird species, with big game that includes rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope. Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are also found on Tala.The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make for wonderful vivid memories.


Upon your arrival at the Tala Game Reserve Lodge, enjoy refreshments followed by your exciting two-hour open vehicle game drive in addition to. Have your camera ready for this exhilarating look at Tala's wildlife.


Please note: The roads in the game reserve are gravel, there are inclines and certain parts of the game-drive are bumpy. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for guests with back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones on or during the game drives. Guests are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game-drives. For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 are not allowed in the open vehicles. The spotting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Comfortable clothing, a windbreaker, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. There is a small Curio Shop at Tala. Please note that cash is not accepted on the premises. Guests may only pay for purchases with a credit card. Tala Private Game Reserve is amidst an area that is populated and may not feel as though it is deep within the African Bush. This is not a big 5 destination. Guests participating in this programme will return to the ship too late to enjoy lunch in La Terrazza or The Restaurant. Room service or the Pool Bar & Grill are available for late lunch options.

Scenes of Durban

Diverse cultural influences from Asia, Africa, and Europe have each contributed to Durban's development and unique character. Take in the scenes of this sub-tropical city from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach during this half-day orientation.


Depart the pier and begin with a drive along the palm tree-lined Victoria Embankment, passing the Vasco Da Gama Clock, the Dick King Statue, the imposing Durban Club, and the Yacht Club. Continue to the viewpoint on Currie Road for a brief photo stop and opportunity to take in the panoramic views of the city. From here, it is a short drive to the Durban Botanical Gardens.


Durban Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens, which besides housing a wide variety of local flora, are also very well-known for their orchid house and rare collection of cycads, a plant that dates back to prehistoric times.


After this visit, continue past the Old Market Square, which represents the City Hall in Belfast and houses Durban's municipal offices. Catch a glimpse the Natural History Museum and Post Office before continuing passed the Old Inland Revenue Building and Reserve Bank.


Victoria Market Street

Disembark your coach at the Victoria Street Market, commonly known as the Indian Market, to browse among glorious arrays of delicately fashioned ebony and ivory ornaments and other exotic finds. Eastern and African aromas envelop you, as you wander past herb and spice stalls or sort through baskets of delightful wooden carvings. The offerings are endless and you will have a brief time to shop and explore on your own.


Following your visit, drive along the 'Golden Mile' (beachfront), where Zulus, resplendent in their colourful regalia, transport visitors in their colourful rickshaws.


Before returning to the pier, pass by the Juma Mosque, which is reputedly the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and is famous for its massive golden dome and turrets.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for about .75 miles (1 kilometre) to explore all the sites; some of which is at each guest's discretion. The pathways at the botanical gardens are paved and there are steps to climb at the Victoria Street market. There are no lift/elevators at the venues. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. We recommend guests wear protection from the sun, bring a bottle of water from the ship and your camera. Order of sites may vary. Most of the shops at the Victoria Street Market are closed on Saturday afternoons; and all day on Sundays. As an alternative, the tour will do a photo stop at the Moses Mabida Stadium and spend more time at the botanical gardens if operated over a weekend. For the call on December 31st, 2017 on voyage 5734 please note the Golden Mile & Victoria Street will be closed.

Land programmes in Durban

2Nt Post-Cruise: Durban's Historic Statesmen

The region around Durban has played a pivotal role in the lives of two of the 20th-century's most revered statesmen - Mohandas Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. Ghandi arrived as a young lawyer in 1893 and his experience here fighting injustice shaped him and earned him the appellation Mahatma (meaning Great Soul). Mandela's capture in 1952 ultimately led to the complete upheaval of apartheid.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


All flights should be scheduled for departure from Durban's King Shaka International Airport


DAY 1 - DISEMBARK IN DURBAN

Meet your guide at the pier following disembarkation. They will introduce you to the area via a comprehensive city tour.


Follow the palm tree-lined Victoria Embankment, passing the Dick King Statue, the imposing Durban Manor, the Yacht Club and Juma Mosque en-route to the Victoria Street Market.

As you step out of the vehicle, your every sense will be arrested with vivid stimuli; an experience unlike any other. Breathe in the heady mix of spices, listen to the ringing sounds of people calling friends, bargaining, selling their wares and bantering. The Street Market is no place for tasteful beige and mild mannered pastels - rich jewel colours draw your eyes and beckon you to appreciate textures of fine silks and hard calicos. At the market, you guide will teach you all about Indian spices - the Durban way!

Drive into the City Centre and past the Post Office (Durban's century old City Hall), Old Market Square, City Hall and Local History Museum.

Continue to the Currie Rd View Site, stopping briefly to take in the panoramic views of the City.

Depart for the Durban Botanical Gardens to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens, which house a wide variety of local flora, before driving to the Moses Mabhida Stadium for a photo stop.

Drive along the Golden Mile beachfront, where Zulu Rickshaw pullers, resplendent in their colourful regalia, transport visitors in their decorated rickshaws.


Following lunch at a local restaurant, head out of town toward the Phoenix settlement, a community founded on a communal way of life where the value of labor for the common good and self-reliance were stressed. The cottage in which Gandhi lived with his family was called Sarvodaya, meaning 'well-being for all'. Although it was burnt down in the political upheaval of the mid-1980s prior to the abolition of apartheid, it has been rebuilt as a museum.


Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon and enjoy dinner on your own.


Overnight at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharini Hotel - Durban, S. Africa


DAY 2 - DURBAN

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for a drive toward the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. The drive itself is filled with stunning sites and scenery. The route you'll take is known as the 'arts and crafts route'. There are weavers, potters, woodcrafters, leather workers, artists, metalworkers, box makers, herb growers, cheese makers, beer brewers and so much more. The villages are set in picturesque landscapes offering magnificent views.


One of the highlights of the day is a stop at Ardmore Ceramics. Known worldwide for their exquisite items, each piece is a collaboration of three different artisans, each with their own specialty. While some pieces are very contemporary and others more traditional, the common thread that binds them is that each tells a story. The stories encompass a variety of subject including social issues, daily life and of course Africa's rich flora and fauna.


Vist a spot where nature competes with the beauty of the local artisans at Howick Falls. The other name for this spot is KwaNogqaza, the 'place of the tall one', for obvious reasons - the waterfall is a 95 metre cascade into a boiling, restless pool. It is regarded by the local Zulus with grave superstition, and said to be the place of the spirits of ancestors.


Nearby is a site that changed South Africa forever - the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. This cultural and historical exhibition is situated at the site where Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts in August,1952. Mr Mandela had been travelling in disguise as the chauffeur of a car. Apartheid police had been pursuing him for 17 months and, as he passed along this stretch of road, they were finally able to capture and arrest him. From the time of his incarceration, Nelson Mandela made great strides in awakening the consciousness of South Africans, and the world, to the inequalities and unfair treatment that was carrying on within the borders of this great land.


Return to Durban at the end of the afternoon. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharini Hotel


DAY 3 - DURBAN

After breakfast this morning, check-out and transfer along the scenic route to the King Shaka International Airport for your homeward-bound flight.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharini Hotel - Standard View Room

Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches

All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary


Luggage Information:

Your luggage will accompany you throughout the program. Please note that any charges for luggage imposed by airlines are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise. All visitors are required to have at least 2 blank pages in their passport, and the passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of your departure from South Africa.


Accessibility:

This program is not suitable for mobility-impaired guests. There is quite a bit of walking involved at several of the major sites visited.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Gorah Elephant Camp Two Nights

The incomparable thrill of observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams - and an everyday occurrence at exclusive Gorah, a member of Relais & Chateaux. Capture the romantic mystique of an authentic safari at the only private concession and camp in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park.    


02MIDDUR-G Gorah Elephant Camp

Departure: Durban

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: Port Elizabeth

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise  


This Mid-Voyage 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 and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Experience an authentic safari adventure during your stay at the exclusive Gorah Elephant Camp. A private concession within the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, Gorah is a member of the Relais & Châteaux group. The park is a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa's wildlife, but notably for over 450 elephants which today roam the bush freely thanks to a finely tuned ecosystem. When the original elephant section was proclaimed in 1931, only eleven elephants were left. With an additional 280 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a range of antelope species and the flightless dung beetle, Addo Elephant Park is a perfect destination for adventurous outdoor and nature lovers.


Gorah's exclusive safari lodge provides comfort and luxury in solar-powered tents, and the opportunity to join game drives, or quietly observe a passing herd of elephants whilst having tea on the veranda. Dinner served by candle light in the dining room of the elegant Manor House adds further to create the ultimate safari experience.


DAY ONE - Durban/Port Elizabeth/Gorah Elephant Camp

Departing the ship in Durban, you are met by a local guide and transferred to the Durban airport for a scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth.  A light, lunch snack will be provided on the plane.


Upon arrival at the Port Elizabeth airport, a local guide will accompany you on the 1.5-hour, transfer to Gorah Elephant Camp. The first concession in a National Park, Gorah is a premier lodge set in the heart of Addo National Park. It is home to the densest elephant population on earth, providing arguably the best elephant viewing in South Africa whilst also being the domain of a wealth of other wildlife and bird species.


Arriving at the Gorah Manor House, you are greeted by an attentive staff. Check in and proceed to your luxurious tented suite. Its romantic ambiance recalls the golden era of safari in the early 1900s, yet with the comfort and meticulous service associated with Africa's finest game lodges.


In the late afternoon, meet for afternoon tea before departing on a game drive, ending with sundowner drinks in the bush.


Following your return, enjoy dining by candle light in the elegant dining room, or on the veranda overlooking the waterhole. The sounds of the bush create a magical air of peace and tranquility, broken only by the splashing of water as the animals arrive to drink under the cover of darkness.


Overnight at Gorah Elephant Camp - Addo National Park.


DAY TWO - Gorah Elephant Camp (Full Day)  

Depart on your early morning of 2-2.5 hours in open vehicles, tracking elephants and wildlife in the cool of the morning. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch is served in the Manor House.


In the late afternoon, gather for tea time before departing on yet another game drive, followed by sundowners and dinner back at the lodge.


Overnight at Gorah Elephant Camp - Addo National Park.


DAY THREE - Gorah Elephant Camp/Port Elizabeth

This morning, enjoy another game drive. Then return to the lodge for breakfast.  After breakfast, prepare to check out and commence your journey to Port Elizabeth, accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.


On arrival at Port Elizabeth, proceed to the pier where the ship awaits your return.


Please Note: The contents and activities of this programme are subject to flight schedules and the discretion of the Gorah Elephant Camp management. The latter may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or movement of dangerous wildlife in the reserve. During the day, it can be very hot. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. Gorah is in a malaria-free area. Guests are restricted to one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg). Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Gorah Elephant Camp luxury tents (or similar) - Addo National Park

·        Scheduled flight: Durban/Port Elizabeth - Economy Class

·         Two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners (2 drinks per person included with lunch and dinner ie. Mineral water, soft drink, house wine, local beer or locak brand spirits)

·        Local English-speaking guide to accompany guests on all road transfers

·        All game drives and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  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.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Two-Night Phinda Private Game Reserve

This pristine reserve covers 56,800 acres (23,000 hectares) of prime conservation land. With abundance of wildlife, including Africa's Big Five and over 380 bird species, an overnight stay at its Forest Lodge offers an exciting wildlife experience.


02MIDDUR-C Phinda Private Game Reserve

Departure: Durban

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Richards Bay

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise


This Mid-Voyage 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 and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43240 acres (17500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Exciting game drives allow freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals. Phinda is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.


DAY ONE - Durban / Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship upon arrival in Durban and travel by luxury coach for about 4 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. A comfort stop will be made en route. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the Phinda Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) There is time to freshen up, unwind in the lodge's sparkling rim flow swimming pool, or relax in the Lodge sitting areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains.


Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in four-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.


Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and a sumptuous dinner with the group.


Overnight in Phinda Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve


DAY TWO - Phinda Private Game Reserve

Awaken just before sunrise to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.

In the late afternoon, after tea is served, join your ranger and tracker on another game drive, including drinks and snacks in the bush. Then return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight in Phinda Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve


DAY THREE- Phinda / Richards Bay

Today begins with an early wake-up call and a final game drive. Return to the Lodge for breakfast, Check out is scheduled for 09.30. Thereafter, board the safari vehicles for the drive to the main gate. Board the waiting motorcoach for the 2.5 hour drive to Richards Bay.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night at Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve

· Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid Voyage Land Adventure: Two-Night Pumba Private Game Reserve

Embark on a safari to Pumba Game Reserve - a malaria free game reserve situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape and home to the Big Five, as well as giraffe and the elusive leopard. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and dense bushveld environment is favoured by elephants. The five-star game lodge offers the ultimate essence of Africa's luxury and style.



02MIDDUR-B Pumba Private Game Reserve & Water Lodge

Departure: Durban

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Port Elizabeth

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Indulge in a two-night stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Water Lodge as you escape to this privately owned property in the Eastern Cape. Nestled in the midst of a malaria-free reserve of 6,500 hectares, Pumba, with its five star game lodge luxury, offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the essence of an African safari experience. Explore bush and grasslands, looking for the formidable Big Five, plus the endangered and elusive white lion. The reserve covers four of the seven South African vegetation biomes, resulting in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Luxury accommodation and fine dining add to the magic of your safari experience.


DAY ONE - Durban/Pumba Private Game Reserve

After the ship has arrived in Durban and clearance is given to go ashore, sit back and relax for a one hour transfer to the Durban's King Shaka International Airport. After an almost two hour flight you will arrive in Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival meet your English Speaking guide who will accompany you on the one and a half hour transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve & Water lodge. Upon arrival check-in and enjoy the lodge for a short time before your experienced ranger will join you as you climb into the open Land Rover and begin your late afternoon/evening game drive.


Be on the lookout for the 'Big Five', as well as white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, antelopes and various bird species. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and the dense bushveld environment is also favoured by elephants. Cap your game drive experience with drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner. Five-star chefs will tempt your palate with an array of gourmet safari cuisine served in the restaurant overlooking the water hole.


After dinner, enjoy a night cap around the central fire, recalling the excitement of the earlier game drive.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.


DAY TWO - Full Day Pumba Game Experience

Just before sunrise you are woken to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares awaking to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.


In the late afternoon you gather for tea time before departing on another game drive. Dinner this evening is served at the lodge, once again offering the ideal setting to share in your day's highlights.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.


DAY THREE - Pumba Private Game Reserve/Port Elizabeth

Don't miss the opportunity for another early morning game drive. Meet for hot beverages before heading out with the rising sun. End your last game drive with a sumptuous breakfast back at the lodge followed by check out. At mid-day, depart Pumba together with your local English-speaking guide who will accompany you on your one-hour drive to the harbour in Port Elizabeth.


Re-join the ship with fond memories of an intimate and thrilling African safari experience.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Pumba is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only. The programme at Pumba Private Game reserve is solely handled by the camp management and arrangements are at their discretion. Pumba Private Game Reserve's Curio Shop does not accept foreign currency and guests need to bring local Rand currency.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at Pumba Water Lodge (or similar) - Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

· Two breakfasts, two lunchs, and two dinners (lunch and dinner include coffee, tea, water and local alcoholic drinks, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

· Scheduled flight (economy-class): Durban/Port Elizabeth

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Professional local guides will accompany guests on all transfers but will not stay at the Game Reserve.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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