MIAMI, October 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Azamara – the boutique destination immersion cruise line – is proud to announce its return South Africa this winter as the country reopens international cruises in South African waters and ports. Azamara Pursuit® will set sail from January to March 2022 with six consecutive voyages – five of which are country-intensive itineraries – and will continue pre-cruise and post-cruise land explorations with leading luxury safari operator Micato Safaris, recently named the world’s # 1 best safari outfitter by Travel + Leisure Time for unprecedented 10th time.
“A trip to Africa is a once in a lifetime experience, the kind of travel Azamara is known for, which is why I am delighted to announce that our guests are now welcome again South Africa after reopening its ports for international cruises, “says the President of Azamara, Carol Cabezas. “Micato Safaris will again offer unrivaled pre- and post-cruise land programs as they share Azamara’s love for travel, exploration and the value of creating unique experiences for travelers.”
“Along with Carol Cabezas and her team, we’ve developed a number of unique, custom programs that take the best of the South Africa for the discerning passengers of Azamara “, says Micato managing director, Dennis Pinto.
Highlights from Azamara’s immersive pre- and post-land programs with Micato include:
Greater Kruger National Park Safari & Winelands (five nights before the cruise, five nights after the cruise):
Azamara travelers are introduced to two very different pages from South Africa – First explore the Kapama Game Reserve, which is home to more than 40 species of mammals, including Africa Big Five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo. Then visit the Western Cape, blessed with the perfect climate for world-class wine production, to explore the country’s wine region and sip local vintages from wineries like the Vergere Estate, followed by a gourmet meal at Tokara Restaurant .
the Victoria Falls & Chobe Game Park Safari (five nights before the cruise, five nights after the cruise):
Guests travel through Zimbabwe to Botswana: Experience Victoria Falls – one of the seven wonders of the world. Then continue to Botswana to enjoy both morning and evening game drives Botswana Chobe National Park to see wildlife like Cape buffalo, lions, elephants, and more.
Azamara’s travels in South Africa offers 16 nights and 11 overnight stays during the winter season as well as five special country intensive routes that allow guests to travel deeper and visit more ports in a country.
Highlights of the trips are:
Azamara’s South Africa trips will also include a 12-night golf trip through its continued partnership with PerryGolf, the leading provider of international luxury golf vacations. The trip offers a seamless and truly integrated golf cruise program and includes five rounds starting with the Humewood Golf Club, a true links course in Port Elizabeth that has hosted numerous PGA events and one of South Africa Top rated gold clubs and play in reputable clubs along the coast including East london, Simbali, Durban Country Club and Pearl Valley.
Immersive target programming:
Ashore, take a shore excursion in Azamara operated by the cruise division of Abercrombie & Kent, Akorn. experience Thula Thula, one of the oldest private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Accompany rangers aboard an open 4×4 vehicle for a drive through the African bushland while on the lookout for elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, birds and more. The day ends with a delicious buffet of local African cuisine.
On board Azamara’s Destination Celebration, guests will be pampered with a District Six-themed cabaret show – a new program that brings the destination’s culture and heritage to life with onboard health and safety in mind. The show – with international award winner and recognized veteran of SA entertainment, Alistair Izobell, and a special guest Sasha Lee Davids – takes guests on a journey into the heart of District Six for an evening of not only entertainment but also education through the popular music production that draws from the rich history of. was inspired Cape Town oppressive past that tried to destroy their living community and spirit.
For more information on Azamara 2022 South African itineraries, please visit: www.azamara.com
Azamara is an upscale cruise line and a leader in Destination Immersion® experiences. Currently with three medium-sized ships heading for all seven continents of the world and a further fourth ship to be added to the fleet in 2022. The boutique-style ships allow them to reach marquee ports around the world and into smaller, less-visited hidden gems. Azamara’s commitment to creating immersive experiences enables guests to travel deeper with longer stays, more overnight stays, and nightly tours. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with amenities such as tips, select beverages, exclusive cultural events, and more. More information is available at www.azamara.com.