Fly from London to Salvador and spend your first few days on the Bahia Coast enjoying this remote part of Brazil's coastline, relaxing in the spa or swimming in the cool waters. The soul of Brazil is said to be in the state of Bahia and the capital Salvador beats to the rhythm beat of African drums. The birthplace of samba and capoeira, Bahia is a refreshing alternative to the crowded beaches of Rio.
Enjoy a coastal drive to the airport for your short flight south to Kiaroa, an eco-resort set on the beautiful Marau Peninsula. Take a tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site combining a wealth of colonial architecture with a vibrant African influence. Fly north to the state of Bahia and enjoy two nights at Convento do Carmo, a converted monastery located in central Salvador, one of Brazil's most vibrant cities.
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, home to one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Visit the towering Corcovado Mountain to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and then discover Tijuca, the world's largest urban rainforest. You'll take a ride in a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, offering spectacular views of the city and Guanabara Bay. You may also like an optional helicopter trip over this incredible landscape. Then board the Seabourn Sojourn for your 19-day cruise to Cape Town.
Relax into your luxurious suite and enjoy the amenities onboard the Seabourn Sojourn including six outdoor whirlpools and two outdoor swimming pools, a card room, 9-hole putting course, the boutique and spa. Arrive in Paraty, a small town framed by mountains on Brazil's Costa Verde between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The Portuguese colonial centre has cobbled streets and 18th-century buildings dating to its time as a port during the Brazilian Gold Rush. Capela de Santa Rita, a whitewashed church built in 1722, is one of its most notable landmarks.
Continue your voyage with two more days at sea before arriving at Tristan da Cunha in Saint Helena. Situated 2,800km from the nearest mainland Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Tristan rises out of the ocean, its volcanic peak crowned with an almost permanent cap of white cloud. The surrounding seas are rich in fish, providing Tristan da Cunha with one of its main sources of revenue – crawfish. Nearby Inaccessible Island, an uninhabited volcanic island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nightingale is the oldest of the three main islands at Tristan de Cunha, with recorded volcanic rocks from 18 million years to 360,000 years old. The island group is only a small remnant of a much larger active cone. Nightingale is home to rare land birds and the only Tristan island tree, Phylica Arborea, grows in thickets in this central area to give shelter and food to these birds.
Walvis Bay is situated at a wide lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and flamingos. On a clear day you can see the black-and-white lighthouse at the tip of the promontory. Lüderitz is a coastal town in southwestern Namibia known for its German colonial buildings, including Goerke Haus. Built into the rock face on Diamond Hill, this mansion features colourful stained-glass windows. Nearby, Felsenkirche is a hilltop church with panoramic bay views.
Cruise on to Cape Town where you'll disembark the Seabourn Sojourn and spend three nights exploring the city. Sail out to Robben Island, to see where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Hike on the fynbos cloaked flanks of Table Mountain or ride a cable car to the top. Watch penguins waddling on Boulders Beach, or take a wild trip out to the dramatic Cape of Good Hope. Hop in a car and enjoy the ever-changing scenery all the way to Hermanus, self-proclaimed whale watching capital of the world.
Follow the Garden Route as it veers inland, traversing mighty mountains and endless forests to reach Plettenberg. Your hideaway here is a Relais & Chateaux hotel that teeters on a rocky headland overlooking the distant peaks and Plettenberg Bay's miles of golden sand. Order a cocktail at the Sand Bar and watch the sun sink into the ocean. Plettenberg offers endless opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding.
Swap the wild coast for the even wilder river-riddled savannah of Sabi Sands Game Reserve. One of Africa's best safari spots, this pristine wilderness is packed with wildlife. Lion Sands Lodge is the only part of the reserve to have substantial access to the perennial Sabie River. With the help of the lodge's expert rangers, you'll experience world-class game-viewing and have opportunities to enjoy thrilling walking safaris, bush breakfasts and visits to local villages. After biding farewell to Sabi Sands, you'll return to Johannesburg airport for your flight home.