Discover a new PONANT itinerary that explores the essential towns and sites of South Africa’s wild coast and the spectacular Natural Parks of the south of Namibia.
At the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, embark aboard Le Lyrial on a 9-day cruise between Durban, a cosmopolitan seaside city, and Walvis Bay, at the heart of the Namib desert.
Your ports of call in South Africa will allow you to discover Port Elizabeth, nicknamed “the friendly city” for its welcoming inhabitants, and Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain.
With its incredible melting pot of cultures, South Africa is often described as “a world in one country”. It is a land with an extraordinary rich cultural and natural heritage, home to three of the largest terrestrial mammals—the elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus—and its plant life alone represents one tenth of the world’s botanic heritage, with some 25.000 species.
Le Lyrial will then set sail for Lüderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, where you’ll be able to discover the stunning landscapes of dunes, lagoons, dried-out canyons and savannah of the Namib Desert, one of the largest and most ancient in Africa.
This coastal desert is home to thousands of birds, mountain zebras, springboks, giraffes, oryxes and leopards.
In the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the dunes of golden sand and red ochre are some of the tallest in the world.
Between their bustling metropolises and their breathtaking natural beauty, we invite you to discover the two contrasting sides of these incredible countries.