Discover a PONANT itinerary that explores the essential towns and sites of South Africa's wild east coast. At the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, embark aboard Le Lyrial on 8 nights cruise between Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain, and Durban, a cosmopolitan seaside city. 

The highlights includes:

  • The visit to Robben Island, a tiny UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
  • Cape of Good Hope and its cliffs plunging sharply into the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the immense white sandy beaches.
  • The chance to see the emblematic species of the African continent during a safari in a reserve.
  • Phezulu Safari Park and the history of the traditional Zulu tribes.
  • Day 1

    Cape Town, South Africa (Embarkation)

    Embark Le Lyrial at Cape Town.

  • Day 02

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Dynamic and peaceful, cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. We invite you to discover this incredible city, the South African capital of fashion, the art of living, and gastronomy. Further on, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve awaits you and is home to a wide variety of endemic fauna and flora.

    Choice of Port of Call & Excursions are "Walk Table Mountain", "Robben Island", "Kirstenbosch & Constantia", and "The Cape Peninsula". 

  • Day 03

    Cruising at Sea 

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing.Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre.This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  • Day 04

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Discover Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s major cities. Located in the province of Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth is nicknamed “The Friendly City”, in reference to the hospitality of its inhabitants. Another key site in the city, the Donkin reserve is a public space home to numerous historic monuments.

    Choice of Port of Call & Excursions are "Pumba Game Reserve" and "Addo Elephant Park by FWD Vehicle". 

  • Day 05

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Renowned for the beauty of its beaches, Port Elizabeth is also home to rich wild life, particularly in the Addo National Park, famous for its elephants. Port Elizabeth also reflects an important aspect of South African history, through both its colonial heritage and its contemporary history marked by the end of apartheid.

    Choice of Port of Call & Excursions are "Pumba Game Reserve" and "Addo Elephant Park by FWD Vehicle". 

  • Day 06

    Cruising at Sea 

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing.Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre.This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  • Day 07

    Richards Bay, South Africa 

    A simple fishing village in the past, Richards Bay is now South Africa’s second port. Despite the significant development of industrial activity, particularly in terms of mineral extraction, Richards Bay is one of the country’s cleanest and most environmentally responsible towns. Bordering the Indian Ocean, the town is a haunt for water sport enthusiasts. In the heart of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, nature lovers will be able to observe the wild fauna, made up of crocodiles, hippos and different bird species, as well as rich subtropical flora. Richards Bay is the departure point for many excursions heading off to discover Zulu country.

    Choice of Port of Call & Excursions are "Shakaland", "Hluhluwe Game Reserve", and "St. Lucia". 

  • Day 08

    Durban, South Africa 

    As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you will be able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, you will be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture will be revealed to you and you will be treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.

    Choice of Port of Call & Excursions are "Pietermaritzburg & Botanical Gardens", "Scenes of Durban", and "Zulu Culture & Reptiles". 

  • Day 09

    Durban, South Africa (Disembark)

    You have experienced the best of South African coastline from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and Durban, but now the journey comes to a close and it is time to disembark the ship. 

    Your cruise adventure may be over, but we know you will enjoy the memories you have made for years to come. 

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Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Cruise ship: Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
Crew: 140
Guests: 260
Built: 2015
Passenger Decks: 6

Route details
From Cape Town to Durban

Dates (8 nights)
2019 departures are available from April

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