Thinking of taking an African cruise but not sure where to go or who to travel with? Julie Peasgood, TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International provides some sound advice…

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Having just taken a cruise around South Africa, and found it one of the most exciting, diverse and spectacular places I’ve ever visited, I would encourage you to book your cruise asap.

There is so much to see on an African cruise, but my top tips would be to take in the craft markets in Cape Town, and to go on excursions to the nearby award-winning vineyards and The Garden Route. (Best of all, treat yourselves to an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the vineyards if you can).

I would also pick an African cruise that stops at Walvis Bay in Namibia – from here you can fly inland to Omguma and experience a magical safari which isn’t commercialised. Many African cruises also take in Madagascar and Mauritius, both blessed with beautiful beaches. It’s also a very favourable time for us to visit currency-wise: a glass of wine costs around £1.25, and main meals are between £5 and £7.

Fred. Olsen, Regent, Crystal, Holland America, Cunard and P&O all offer African cruises – so you’re spoilt for choice for what to do and who to travel with.

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