As we seek to connect more closely with the natural world, safari cruises are becoming one of the hottest travel trends. Nick Dalton selects some of the most enticing itineraries
Nick Dalton

High Five

For many, a safari means Africa and the Big Five – lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalo. Big one for the Big Five is the 74-day Grand Africa Voyage from Holland America Line, which circles the continent. Its own Big Three are 1) A day in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park with its red elephants (tinted by the area’s reddish earth), zebras, giraffes, buffalo, gazelles, impala, baboons and maybe even lions and leopards ($549); 2) A light plane to Amboseli National Park, also Kenya, in a dramatic setting below Mount Kilimanjaro, renowned for its 900 elephants and huge herds of wildebeest, bird-filled wetlands and lions, zebras, hyenas and giraffes ($1,599); and 3) A two-night safari lodge stay in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (while the ship sails from Mozambique to Durban), home to the Big Five plus plenty more ($3,999). Departs Fort Lauderdale on 8 October 2020 on 1,380-passenger MS Amsterdam, from £15,549,including flights (0344 338 8605, hollandamerica.com).

Trunk Call

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve, is the place for elephants, up to 600 of them, with herds gathering at the Hapoor Dam alongside the rest of the Big Five, in the dense valley of South Africa’s Sundays River. The tree-covered Zuurberg mountains provide a stunning backdrop to game drives from dawn to dusk. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 14-day Cape Town round trip offers a day trip from Port Elizabeth (about £100) or an overnight adventure (price to be set), rejoining posh MS Europa 2 in Durban. Departs 29 March 2021, from £8,541, cruise only (040 3070 30 555, hl-cruises.com).

Finding Nemo


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