You can embrace your inner Attenborough on a cruise to the South African coast, visiting wildlife reserves to spot many of the Big Five: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. From Richards Bay, cruisers can visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the St Lucia Wetlands Park, now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with more than 500 species of bird including pelicans and waders, plus the biggest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa. Port Elizabeth is close to the Addo Elephant Park, the country’s third-largest national park that is home to more than 600 elephants, plus hyenas, leopards and zebras.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers a 14-night Cape Town Cruise Safari, roundtrip from Cape Town departing 11 January 2018, from £1,699pp, excluding flights (fredolsencruises.com).