The Indian Ocean Islands, isolated as they are, offer a variety of indigenous bird and marine life unreplicated anywhere else on earth. The major tourist destinations of Mahe and Mauritius are but a gateway to an extraordinary natural world, and as you travel to the remote islands of the Comores, Seychelles and Mascarenes, you will view endangered species as well as animals, birds and marine life which can only be found in these locations.
This region is a biodiversity hotspot, fascinating to anyone with an interest in the natural world. Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is home to species such as the lemur, a group not replicated on the African continent despite its relative proximity.
Lovers of snorkeling or diving will be captivated by the life in the crystalline turquoise waters around these islands.
Day 1 - Fly London to Mauritius
Day 2 - Port Louis, Mauritius. Embark Hanseatic
Day 3 - At Sea
Day 4 - Maroantsetra (Nosy Mangabe), Madagascar. Encounter lemurs in the rainforest during a hike in Masoala National Park on the offshore island of Nosy Mangabe. If you look carefully, you may even discover the world's smallest chameleon
Day 5 - At Sea
Day 6-10 - Madagascar. Set out to discover Nosy Be, Nosy Lakandava, Nosy Hara, Mahajanga, Morondava, Nosy Ve and Toliara in Madagascar; exploring beautiful bays and magnificent rock formations in this truly unique part of the world
Day 11 - At Sea
Day 12 - Ilha dos Portugueses, Mozambique. Mozambique welcomes you to the small coral island of Ilha dos Portugueses. Visit the stately governor's palace, the cathedral or the old fort
Day 13-14 - At Sea
Day 15 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Here you have the opportunity to safari in the gamelands of South Africa and see one of the 'Big Five' in the wild
Day 16 - At Sea
Day 17 - Cape Town, South Africa. Disembark Hanseatic. Fly Cape Town to London
Day 18 - Arrive London
The best time to visit is between September and November as it won’t be too hot. The cyclone season is between February and March and you will find that during the coldest months of June and August many animals are at their least active.
Light cotton clothing, sun cream and a sun hat are essential along with comfortable footwear.