Ever thought of combining a safari with a cruise holiday? Here’s a taste of what’s on offer for Africa in 2014

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Elephant playing in Tsavo National Park

East Africa

Who wouldn’t want to go on safari in the land where nature intended us to see giraffes, lions, zebras, baboons and more, amid open plains and acacia bush?

Safaris are an increasingly popular addition to cruise packages with destinations such as Nairobi National Park very easy to get to.

You can visit the Elephant Orphanage there, meet the Maasai people in Amboseli National Park, with a dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and go on game drives in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.

Voyages to Antiquity’s Aegean Odyssey goes to East Africa, South-East Asia and India from November 2014 until March on 12 cruises including three-day safaris during inaugural visits to East Africa. Brochure prices start from £3,150pp for an 18-day cruise tour, including scheduled flights and transfers (voyagestoantiquity.com).

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Table Mountain viewed from Bloubergstrand

South Africa

Year-round beach weather makes South Africa an ideal destination at any time. There’s some fascinating architecture and first-class museums but it’s the great outdoors that drives most people here.

From the city of Cape Town, venture up the famous Table Mountain, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or take the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.

Down the coast, Port Elizabeth has stunning sandy beaches and malaria-free outdoor attractions like game reserves and Xhosa cultural centres on the history of the region’s indigenous people.

MSC Cruises has a three-night round trip on MSC Sinfonia from Cape Town, calling at Mossel Bay from £229pp cruise only on 7 March (msccruises.co.uk).

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