A journey of a thousand souls

The beaches of the Indian Ocean on one side, the deserts stretching towards the Atlantic on the other.

A land of contrasts, the southernmost part of Africa offers a travel experience which is one of a kind, where nature reigns with its breath-taking landscapes, from volcanoes to giant reefs of smooth, dark granite rock, soft skies and soft skies and lagoons suspended in time. This is the background to life in this great and multifaceted continent. 

A journey on an MSC cruise will take you on the discovery of locations deep in wild and luxuriant natural settings. 

Visitors to the African Continent, will be overcome, on their return home, by a subtle nostalgia and a desire to return to those lands. This feeling is known as "mal d'Afrique", and there is a good reason for it. So don't hesitate to be seduced by the fascinating tours to places such as  Cape Town, Durban, Mossel bay and Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Ilha de MozambiqueMaputo in Mozambique, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, La Possession Reunion Island, Port Louis Mauritius

Africa has never been so close.

PORTUGUESE ISLAND South Africa's Favourite Playground

A visit to Mozambique’s  Portuguese Island  offers the ideal island escape that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and revitalised.

The most popular cruise destination in southern Africa, Portuguese Island, is an uninhabited nature reserve with pristine beaches, dense vegetation, pleasant lagoons and small patches of mangrove. To make this island retreat more comfortable for visitors, MSC Cruises has invested in making upgrades to the island’s facilities in time for the 2016-17 season. Improvements will be made to the entertainment area, the dining area will be expanded, and the excursion centre, and VIP area will receive a makeover.

A substantial amount of new infrastructure will also be built, including a new furnished entertainment area, dining deck, a fully equipped excursion centre, additional storage and the beach kitchen will be enlarged. Adding to the comfort and luxury of the space, a cooler spray system will be installed, along with extra shade sails and indigenous palm trees for added shade and maximum visual appeal.

As always, all the new infrastructure development commissioned by MSC will be strictly focused on preserving the ecological environment on Portuguese Island. MSC continues to work in conjunction with experts in the field of environmental sustainability and green building practices to ensure that the developments made have a minimal impact on the island’s ecosystem, ensuring that the environmental integrity of this nature reserve is maintained.


Start the day with an exhilarating transfer aboard one of the four new 80-seater MSC Zodiac ship-to-shore vessels. When you arrive on the pristine Portuguese Island beach, you will find the Portuguese Origins Market selling local wares, shaded beach areas, the Fun Zone which hosts various sporting tournaments, the renewed Beach Bar, Kids Zone, extended and shaded deck with live music and dining area. The complimentary buffet is open from 12pm to 2pm and passengers can enjoy a beach barbeque with all the trimmings. An exclusive Beach Lounge is available for guests looking for something a little quieter, offering sun beds, umbrellas and a dedicated bar service. For the more adventurous, visit the new excursion centre to book one of our excursions, which includes a visit to Inhaca Island, snorkelling at Santa Maria, sea kayaking, dhow cruises, dolphin watching or fun water sports such as the Snipe Tube and Family 

Ports in South Africa