New Year in Botswana & Cape Town – with a Wildlife Photographer

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Why Travel With Us?

  • All meals included, all 100% plant-based. Here's your chance to try local favorites!
  • Hand-picked tours & activities specifically catered by vegans, for vegans
  • Emphasis on wildlife with visits to sanctuaries, refuges & shelters
  • Deluxe accommodation with a focus on location and comfort
  • Two tour leaders per trip for ultimate attention & service during your adventure
  • Travel the world with fellow vegans and create life-lasting friendships

Getting Started With World Vegan Travel

  • Trip Length:10 days / 9 nights
  • Trip Dates:28 Dec. 2021 - 6 Jan. 2022
  • Start Location:Cape Town, South Africa
  • Trip Price:USD 9250$/person
  • End Location:Cape Town, South Africa
  • Single Supplement:USD 500$
  • Group Size:21 travelers
  • Sign Up Fee:USD 1000$/person
Welcoming the New Year amongst the elephants, giraffes, zebras, leopards, lions, hippos, birds and a hundred other animals, out-of-this world deluxe & remote bush camps, safari on both land & water, and finishing it all up in a quaint South African town for a trip to a vineyard and farm sanctuary.
CPG Curated Trips
We're Off To Botswana and Cape Town!

For many, a safari holiday is one of those trips we start dreaming about in our childhood. And then to have a 100% vegan safari trip, well, that’s just a pipe dream…

Dream no more!

We’re off to Africa to celebrate the New Year with us and the animals in a remote deluxe safari lodge.  With 2 amazing camps in Botswana and a winery and farm sanctuary visit in South Africa, this is the trip you’ve been dreaming of!

On top of it all, we have our very own wildlife photographer, Jennifer Hadley, with us at all times.  She’ll take some great photos for you to keep, give 2 talks on photography, helm a photography-focused vehicle during our safari days, and answer any questions you may have to make your photos that much better.  

Our trip starts in gorgeous Cape Town, with a welcome dinner/feast to remember. We recommend arriving a few days early to not only take care of jet-lag, but also to take in the wonderful sights on offer in this world-class city.

Next up, we fly into Botswana, an absolute animal-lover’s paradise. We’ll visit with lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, birds, the list goes on — all doing their own thing in their natural habitat.  Botswana focuses on a quality-over-quantity approach to tourism, which means we won’t be encountering the crowds and zoo-like atmosphere of other safari destinations.

We’re taking over 2 luxurious and remote camps, and getting there by small bush-planes. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

You’ll be spending your mornings and afternoon on blissful safaris, returning each time to our deluxe camps for 100% vegan meals and snacks, with plenty of free time to relax with a book and a glass of wine and maybe even a swim, while elephants gather by the local watering hole nearby. Your nights will start with a drink by the campfire before going to sleep amongst the sounds of nighttime animal activity. We’ve opted to stay 3 nights in each camp to ensure you have enough time to enjoy the surroundings and not constantly rush from one activity to the other.

After 6 nights on safari, we’ll celebrate the fact we saw lions (!!) with a 2-night stay in South Africa’s quaint town of Greyton. Here we’ll explore the charming one-street town, visit an extraordinary farm sanctuary, and toast to our adventures at a local winery. Tough life!

So lace up those hiking boots, charge those camera batteries, order the best binoculars you can afford, dust off that safari hat you’ve always wanted to wear, and join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to one of the best wildlife spotting place on earth. Botswana, Cape Town, here we come! ​

Why You'll Love This Trip
  • stay at our own private luxurious and out-of-this world safari lodges in Botswana
  • 100% plant-based meals and snacks, including local specialties
  • welcome the new year with a New Year's eve party in the Botswana bush!
  • spot an incredible variety of birds, including many rare and secretive species
  • see elephants, hippos, giraffes, lions, zebras, gazelles, birds (the list goes on and on and on), all in their natural habitat!
  • several driving safaris in world famous Chobe National Park, home to one of Africa's greatest concentration of animals
  • lace up your boots and go on a walking safari!
  • visit with rescued pigs, goats and more at an amazing SA farm sanctuary
  • get close to hippos and crocs on water-based excursions in the Moremi Game Reserve
  • sample South African wine right from the source in Greyton, one of the Western Cape's most charming town
  • your very own wildlife photographer to take photos and help you with your own
  • experience it all with 20 new friends that share your lifestyle and ethics
  • Gift bag with some travel essentials
  • lots of surprises and spoiling along the way!
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 9250$/person

Single Supplement

USD 500$/person – due to our new COVID19 policy, there is no shared-room option for single travelers.​​

Type Of Tour

This is a CPG CURATED TRIP, which means that, while Colleen will not be present during this trip, she was heavily involved in the planning of the trip’s itinerary, its activities, accommodation and meals, and the trip is up to her high standards of quality and value.

Trip Photographer

Jennifer Hadley    learn more!

Group Size

21

Meeting Location

Cape Town, South Africa

End Location

Cape Town, South Africa

Trip Confirmation Deadline

this trip is 100% confirmed!

Price Includes

  • all meals, from breakfast to dinner, all 100% plant-based, all delicious!
  • pickup and transfer from Cape Town International Airport
  • all general drinks (water, juice, coffee, tea, wine, beer) during included meals
  • live Q&A before the trip to ask your questions to the tour leaders
  • in Botswana: all safari activities each day, including 4x4 safari drives and motorized boat excursions
  • collection of photos and photography talks by our wildlife photographer, plus all the help and tips you need for your own photos
  • professional & knowledgeable safari drivers and guides
  • 2 private & remote deluxe safari camps in Botswana
  • 4-star deluxe hotels in Cape Town and Greyton, South Africa
  • visit to a Greyton winery and farm sanctuary in South Africa
  • New Year's Eve party at Camp Moremi, complete with a feast and bubbly
  • return international flight to/from Cape Town to Maun (Botswana)
  • all tips to guides, drivers and camp staff on all included activities
  • all ground transportation for included activities
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders
  • laundry at Botswana camp/lodge
  • 3 domestic bush plane flights in Botswana
  • games, treats and surprises​
  • amenities bag with some travel essentials

Price Excludes

  • transportation (ie flights, train) to our meeting and end point
  • optional activities outside of what we've planned (see itinerary for more detail)
  • medical travel insurance (mandatory)
  • premium brand alcoholic drinks
  • extra snacks, drinks, alcoholic beverages and meals outside of what's included (see itinerary)
  • tips for guides/drivers on non-included activities, or to hotel staff (completely optional)
Booking Terms & Conditions
Single Travelers
How To Join
Payment Schedule
Payment Methods & Fees
Cancellation Policy
Important Notes
Luggage Restrictions

As part of our COVID-19 precautions, we will not be offering shared-rooms.  As such, all singles will have their own room.  The single supplement incurs an extra cost of USD 500$/person.

We have limited availability for single rooms, and they are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and they are subject to our single supplement fee.

Once all single rooms are booked, single travelers will go on the waiting list.   If someone cancels and a room becomes available we will offer the spot to the next person on the list.

We  expect this trip to sell out quickly so ensure your spot on the trip and sign up early by paying the sign-up fee (1000$/person).    

This trip is 100% confirmed, and as such the sign-up fee and subsequent payments are non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy section below for more information.

In order to sign up, fill in the form on this page.  Any problems or questions?  Email us!

If you are signing up as a single, do so quickly!  We have limited single rooms.  Please read our single travelers section for more information and the single supplement cost.

Following the sign-up fee, you will need to pay 50% of the trip’s cost within a month, with the final payment coming 3 months before the trip’s date: September 28th, 2021.

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Following the sign-up fee, the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:

  • 1 month after the sign-up fee: 50% of remaining balance
  • September 28th, 2021: final balance.   This is non-negotiable.  If you do not pay the balance for your trip, your place will be given to another individual and your payments until then will be forfeited.

We can work with you on a payment plan:  pay your trip in the usual 2 installments, or opt for several.   Contact us to discuss what works best for you!

PAYMENT METHODS
We currently accept US DOMESTIC BANK TRANSFERSINTERNATIONAL WIRE TRANSFERS and CREDIT CARDS PAYMENTS.  Once you sign-up, we will send you the necessary information for you to make your payment.

EXTRA PAYMENT FEES
Online Bank Payment – US only: also called eCheck or ACH, we do not charge a fee for this, although your bank may do so.   Please inquire with them directly.

International Wire Transfer: for those outside of the US.  We do not charge any fees for this method, although your bank most likely will.  Please inquire with them directly, and do mention that our bank is located in Mauritius, so they can give you the correct fees amount.

Credit card payment​: the following fees will be added to the total:

  • 2.9% for Visa and MasterCard
  • 3.9% for American Express

Since our trips are highly catered and made of activities that need a lot of planning and organization, all payments (the initial sign-up fee, 50% deposit and final payment) are all non-refundable.     This is because we must forward payments for accommodation, transportation, suppliers, etc. very early on, in order to privatize our accommodation, activities and our meals.

The Covid-19 pandemic has arguably introduced some degree of anxiety and incertitude regarding international travel.   Our policy is that, should there be a need to cancel the trip (ie covid19 reasons, natural disaster, human conflict, etc) before the trip’s deadline, then the sign-up fee (only) will be refunded, minus processing fees (ie bank, transfer, etc).   These are usually small amounts.

If the trip needs to be canceled once we have started to accept the post-signup fee payments (50% deposit and final remaining balance), we will strive to refund as much as possible or offer a voucher for future CPG Vegan Trips, whichever we can best negotiate with our on-the-ground partners and suppliers.    We will really try our best! 

Please note that the refund of your sign-up fee will only apply if we cancel the trip.  Our policy is to not run a trip if Covid-19 imposes too many restrictions for the enjoyment of the trip, such as: 

  • border closings/lock-downs
  • flight limitations
  • mandatory quarantine on arrival and/or upon return to home country
  • substantial spike in local cases
  • local restrictions imposed on our activities, restaurants, hotels, etc., that make it unfeasible for us to provide you with a trip of a lifetime! 

If the trip does go ahead (ie none of the above apply) and you are unable to attend the trip for any personal reasons, even related to covid-19 (ie your own country changes its travel/quarantine policy, you contract the virus, etc), there is unfortunately no refund.  The trip needs to be canceled by us, if we believe it can not run in accordance with our high standards of quality. 

Should you still need to cancel for any reason once you have signed up, we will offer your spot to the first person(s) on the waiting list.  If we are able to fill your spot, we will refund all payments made, minus processing fees.    Having said that, do note that there is no guarantee we will be able to fill up your spot.  For this reason, again, it is a good idea to get solid trip insurance when you first sign up.

​​Arriving late or leaving a trip in progress will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portion of the trip. 

TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE​ – MANDATORY

This is both a World Vegan Travel and a Botswana requirement. You will need to provide a policy and emergency contact number in order to join the trip. This can be done just prior to the trip’s date.

Trip Insurance (ie. covering your flight tickets, luggage, etc.) is definitely recommended as well, but not mandatory.

ITINERARY
​The itinerary is therefore subject to change, especially if we find an experience that we believe would make the trip even better. 

DIET RESTRICTION & ALLERGIES
​We do try to accommodate everyone’s food restrictions, especially allergies.   We can only do so if you let us know of any requirements when you sign up.  We begin working with all our hotels and restaurants a long time in advance, and meals are usually locked several months before the trip.  At this point, it is often no longer possible to change menus.   

​In other words: it is your responsibility to alert us of any dietary requirements, restrictions, allergies and needs, when you sign up.

While in Botswana, we will be taking small planes in order to reach our remote bush accommodation. As such, the following luggage restrictions are strictly enforced:

20kg / 44lbs per person (total weight inclusive of luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment)
soft sided luggage, non-rigid bag
max dimensions: 25cm wide x 45cm high x 62cm long (10 inches wide x 18 inches high x 24 inches long)
if your luggage has wheels, please ensure that the frame supporting the wheels at the back is not a rigid/solid frame

If your bags are bigger/heavier than this, they may be left behind in our partner’s Maun office. You’ll be able to retrieve them later, when we’re flying back to Cape Town on day 8.

Botswana luggage restrictions

Our Botswana Safari Camps

To ensure that our vegan safaris are as vegan as can be, we’re taking over two entire deluxe lodges and turning them into Vegan Central!

Our first destination is Camp Moremi in the Moremi Game Reserve.   Situated on the fringe of the watery Okavango Delta, Moremi is home to some of Africa’s densest population of wildlife.   And we’re not kidding: the kitchen is often raided by baboons and on a recent visit there by the World Vegan Travel team, a resident hippo named Oscar had started taken afternoon naps on the property!!

Our second home is Savute Safari camp, located in the Savute marsh region, renowned for its intense predator encounters and exceptional animal viewing.  The camp is located right by a watering hole, where many animals — including elephants!!!! — come for a drink. Perhaps some will join us for sun-downers?

In both camps, the rooms are big with private terraces, while the public spaces are amazing.  Expect a dining area with a view, a campfire spot to meet up after a day of wildlife spotting and even a pool!

We’ve worked very hard with the chefs to create an amazing menu comprising of veganized local dishes and specialties, as well as some of your favorites.  Come hungry!

Check out two camps videos below, and start dreaming!

CAMP MOREMI

Moremi Game Reserve

SAVUTE CAMP

Chobe National Park
Itinerary

Do note that the itinerary below is subject to change. Some activities, times and even days may get switched around, but once you sign up you will be kept updated. Please rest assured that if anything does change, it will be for the best and make the trip even better. We’re hoping that the itinerary below should, at the very least, whet your appetite — pun definitely intended!

World Vegan Travel

DAY 1

Arrival in Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! ​ Our adventure begins in beautiful Cape Town. Your trip includes an airport pickup, regardless of what day or what time you arrive. If you arrive one or more days before the trip and decide to stay in your own accommodation, no worries — we’ll drive you there too!

There are no planned activities during the day, up until our first meeting (at around 3pm), where you’ll first get to meet your tour leaders and fellow travelers. A few glasses of bubbly and all-around introductions later, and we’re off to our first dinner.

It’s a World Vegan Travel and CPG Vegan Trips tradition by now that our first meal together is often an event in itself. You shouldn’t expect anything less this time around. Oh, and make sure to come hungry ;)

Once we’re all fed, we’ll head back to our hotel for an “early” night. We’re off on an adventure tomorrow!

Accommodation: Welgelegen Boutique Hotel

Included:

  • airport pickup
  • welcome drinks
  • dinner

Excluded:

  • breakfast & lunch

DAY 2

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Today is a day of travel.  After our vegan breakfast, we’ll pack up our bags and head to Cape Town airport for our 2h45 flight to Maun, Botswana.  

Of important note: while in Botswana, we will be taking small planes in order to reach our remote bush accommodation.  As such, the following luggage restrictions are strictly enforced:

  • 20kg / 44lbs per person (total weight inclusive of luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment)
  • soft sided luggage, non-rigid bag
  • max dimensions: 25cm wide x 45cm high x 62cm long   (10 inches wide x 18 inches high x 24 inches long)
  • if your luggage has wheels, please ensure that the frame supporting the wheels at the back is not a rigid/solid frame


If your bag is bigger/heavier than this, it may be left behind in our partner’s Maun office.  You’ll be able to retrieve them later, when we’re flying back to Cape Town on day 8. 

Back to our trip: once in Maun, we’ll transfer over to our small planes which will take us to our 1st camp.  The flight time will be around 20 minutes.    Depending on the day, we may be on an 8 or 13-person plane.   We will therefore need a few planes, and the group as a whole will therefore get to the camps at slightly different times.

Our first camp is located in the Moremi Game Reserve.  Situated on the fringe of the watery Okavango Delta, Moremi is home to some of Africa’s densest population of wildlife.   The habitats here range from woodland and thorn scrub to dry savannah, grassland and floodplain.  There are also permanent waterways, lagoons and islands.   Since the reintroduction of rhinos, it’s now home to the big five, and notably Africa’s largest population of lechwe.    The reserve also protects one of the largest remaining population of endangered African wild dogs.   If you’re a bird enthusiast, you’ll find yourself in heaven.   Birding here is incredibly varied and rich, and it’s arguably the best place in Africa to view the rare and secretive Pel’s fishing owl. 

Our home for the next 3 nights is the Camp Moremi, a wonderful introduction to Botswana safari life.   One of the area’s oldest permanent camp, it was completely rebuilt in early 2019.    It now features amazingly comfortable and deluxe rooms, and incredible public areas such as a swimming pool and campfire pit.   Wildlife is at its doorstep.  In fact, on a recent visit to the camps by the World Vegan Travel team, there was a hippo (affectionately named Oscar by the staff) who visited daily, and an army of baboons constantly keeping the staff busy by trying to raid the kitchen! 

Depending on our time of arrival today — which is only confirmed a few weeks before our arrival as it’s tied to the bush plane schedules — we may have time for a safari drive before dinner.    We also have 2 more full days to explore this awesome region, so settle in, unpack your bags, grab a cold beer, enjoy a sunset by the campfire and get hungry for our first vegan dinner surrounded by the sounds of the African bush!   

Seriously: can life get any better than this?  

Accommodation: Camp Moremi: luxurious tented camp with full en-suite bathrooms, fans, indoor/outdoor dining, campfire area, swimming pool, private and public viewing decks and a fully stocked bar

Included Activities:

  • Safari Drive from the airfield to the camp
  • possible evening safari drive (depending on our time of arrival at the camp)

Included:

  • international flight from Cape Town (South Africa) to Maun (Botswana):  duration 2h45
  • private charter from Maun to Camp Moremi:  duration 20 minutes
  • all meals & drinks
  • safari excursion upon arrival
  • laundry once at our Botswana camp

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 3

Safari in Moremi Game Reserve

Waking up in the heart of Africa is something that can only be experienced.   And experienced early! 

We set off at the crack of dawn.   That’s when the animals are at their most active!   Following a light vegan breakfast, you’ll head off on your first safari activity.  This could be either boarding your 4×4 vehicles and heading out into the bush, or boarding the camp’s motorized boat for a journey down waterways and lagoons.   Whatever you choose, you’ll be taken along by our expert local guides who can truly answer any questions you may come up with.  Seriously, we’ve never been able to stump them!   They are a walking Wikipedia/Google page!

If you prefer to sleep in, no worries at all!   We have 2 full days at this location and you can build your own adventure.  Your tour leaders will be on-hand to help out with any decision-making tips. 

The morning activity will lead to lunch and an afternoon rest period where you can enjoy your room or go for a swim in the camp’s own swimming pool! 

Once the midday heat subsides a bit, the animals will start getting active again, and so we’re off on another safari activity.   This is the perfect time to sit back and watch some lions nap or stroll about with a glass of wine in-hand. 

We’ll be back at the lodge in time for sun-downer drinks, maybe a campfire if the weather cooperates, and a dinner under the stars.

Below is an example of a daily schedule, though please note that it serves only as an example.  The daily program is flexible based on the guests’ interests, travel times and availability of activities.  ​

  • 05:00: Early morning wake-up call
  • 05:30: Light continental breakfast served in the dining area.
  • 06:00: Leave for morning activity, (approximately 3 – 4 hours).
  • 11:00: Brunch is served at the dining area.
  • REST TIME​: Relax and enjoy the lodge facilities and surroundings.
  • 15:30: ​Afternoon tea is served on the open air patio.
  • 16:00: ​Depart for afternoon activity (approximately 3 hours).
  • 19:00: ​Arrive back at the lodge.
  • 20:00: ​Dinner is served at the dining area.

Accommodation: Camp Moremi

Included Activities:

  • Game Drives: morning and afternoon game drives to explore the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer.
  • Motorised boat safaris: Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, in hard-bottom aluminum boats. The boats are equipped with comfortable seats, a foldaway canvas roof and life jackets.

Included:

  • all meals & drinks
  • laundry

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 4

Safari in Moremi Game Reserve

While it’s easy to say that today is just more of the same — we’re off on safari activities again —  the truth is that no 2 safaris are ever the same.   Some animals are more elusive than  others, and the odds to spot them increase with every outing.  

Of course you are free to join a morning or afternoon activity, or both, or simply stay back at the camp and enjoy your surroundings.  Our camp has a great viewing deck, and so does your room!   It’s the perfect place to sit back with a book and some tea and try to spot animals right from your own private veranda!

This is our last night in the Moremi Game Reserve, and the very last night of 2021!   Tonight is party time, as we welcome the new year in style, as we eat, dance and toast to a very happy new year indeed! 

Accommodation: Camp Moremi

Included Activities:

  • option of morning and afternoon game drives
  • option of Motorised boat safaris

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all safari activities
  • New Year’s Eve party! 
  • tips for the guides and camp staff

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 5

To Savute Camp

Chobe National Park

Today we leave the Moremi Game Reserve behind and board our small plane for the 25-minute flight to our next home for the next 3 nights.

Savute Safari Lodge is located in Chobe National Park,  Botswana’s first national park and also the most biologically diverse.  Located in the north of the country, it is Botswana’s third largest park and has one of the greatest concentrations of animals in all of Africa.  The park is widely known for its large elephant population, estimated to be around 50,000.   Elephants living here are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. They are characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks.      If this wasn’t spectacular enough, the park is also noted for having a population of lions which has been known to actually prey on African elephants, mostly juveniles or sub-adults, but occasionally fully-grown adults!

Our camp is located in the Savute marsh region, renowned for its intense predator encounters and exceptional animal viewing.   The camp is located right by a watering hole, where many animals — including elephants!!!! — come for a drink.  Perhaps some will join us for sun-downers?

Depending on our time of arrival today, we may only have time for a safari drive on the way to the lodge, and perhaps a short one before dinner.    No worries — we have 2 more full days to explore this awesome region, so settle in, unpack your bags, grab a cold beer, enjoy a sunset by the campfire and get hungry for our first vegan dinner surrounded by the sounds of the African bush!   

Accommodation: Savute Safari Lodge: luxurious chalets with full en-suite bathrooms, fans, indoor/outdoor dining, campfire area, swimming pool, private and public viewing decks and a fully stocked bar

Included Activities:

  • Moremi Safari Drive from the airfield to the camp
  • Savute safari in the afternoon

Included:

  • private charter from Camp Moremi to Savute Safari Lodge: duration 25 minutes
  • all meals & drinks
  • laundry

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 6

Safari in Chobe National Park

Good morning!   How about some coffee/tea/orange juice… and a game drive to start the day? 

Savute is all about game drives.  Its flat, wildlife=packed expanses and rocky outcrops make it one of the most rewarding safari destination on the continent.  It’s especially teeming with lions so — fingers crossed — it won’t take too long before spotting a pride!

As we’ll be visiting during the rainy season, zebras and other grazing animals will have migrated over, rendering the scenery awash with animals of all sorts… including the following predators! 

We’ll be back at the lodge for brunch and a rest before setting out again in mid-afternoon.  

Accommodation: Savute Safari Lodge

Included Activities:

  • Safari Drives to Savute region in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  Many excursions will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh to give you a chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a backdrop of teeming wildlife.
  • you can also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

Included:

  • all meals & drinks
  • laundry

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 7

Safari in Chobe National Park

Today is more game drives, and our guides will make sure to take you to different areas.  Don’t forget to rest and enjoy the lodge and a good book! 

Accommodation: Savute Safari Lodge

Included Activities:

  • Safari Drives to Savute region in open 4×4 safari vehicles

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all safari activities
  • tips for the guides and camp staff

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 8

To Greyton, South Africa

After our last breakfast in the bush, we’re off to the airfield (once again, expect to see animals along the way!!) to catch our 40-minute bush-plane flight to the small city of Maun, where we’ll transfer over to our international flight back to Cape Town (2h45).

Once back in South Africa, we’re boarding our coach right away for an absolutely stunning 1.5 hrs drive to our home for the next 2 nights.  Quaint Greyton is a two-street town filled with shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants.  Our hotel, The Post House, is situated right smack in the middle of it all, and includes elegant rooms, a private garden & lawn area, and a swimming pool.   

​After a quick check-in, we’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel. 

Accommodation: The Post House, Greyton

Included Activities:

  • Morning safari Drive

Included:

  • private charter from Savuti Safari Lodge to Maun:  duration  40 minutes
  • international flight from Maun to Cape Town (South Africa):  duration 2h45
  • all tips for Savuti Safari Lodge guides and camp staff
  • all transportation
  • all meals
  • all drinks during included meals

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 9

Farm Sanctuary & Winery

We begin our morning with yet another delicious breakfast.  You will also have a bit of time to walk around town and explore some of its shops and galleries. 

We’re then off on a 15-minute drive to the amazing Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary.   Situated over 40 hectares of private farm, the sanctuary was founded by Nicola Vernon in 2014, and is now the forever home to some 90 pigs, 30 sheeps, and a few goats, geese, chickens, dogs, cats and even a duck!   

Our lunch today will be at a nearby winery, where we’ll also indulge in some wine tasting and some walks around the gorgeous property.   This is a great way to enjoy our last day together in Africa.

Our last dinner, back on the beautiful grounds of our hotel, will be the chance to say goodbye to each other, share some photos, friending ourselves on Facebook, and toast to a successful trip.. and hopefully to the next one! 

Accommodation: The Post House, Greyton

Included Activities:

  • visit at the farm sanctuary
  • winery visit and wine tasting

Included:

  • all transportation
  • all meals
  • all drinks during included meals
  • ​winery tour and wine tasting

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 10

Departure Day

All good things must come to an end, and so after breakfast we’re back on the bus for our final journey together.   We will provide transfer to both Cape Town Airport, or if you choose to spend a few more nights in Cape Town, we’ll drive you to your next hotel.   Please do not book any ongoing flights until after around 4pm or so. 

If you choose to extend your holiday, you’re spoiled for choice.  South Africa has plenty to see and do, including more safari possibilities.   Or why not head over to neighboring Namibia for a completely different style of safari in some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa.

If this was your first time in Africa, it probably won’t be your last.  The continent has a way to seep into your soul and steal your heart.  It becomes an addiction, one that you are more than happy to satisfy.  It’s a huge place with so much more to see… so here’s to next time! 

Included:

  • breakfast
  • transfer to Cape Town airport or your next Cape Town hotel

Excluded:

  • lunch & dinner​
  • accommodation
  • any other transportation options other than what’s included
Your Journey

FAQ

​TOUR PRICE REASONING

We do realize that this is quite an expensive trip.   However, when compared to many other tours to the region, we are actually comparatively priced when you take into accounts that our trips include all meals (and vegan to boot!) and drinks, all the tips for drivers, guides and camp staff (this does add up!), extras like a gift/essentials bag and free laundry (in Botswana), the support of 2 full time tour leaders (most tours have only one), and, finally, the chance to travel with a wildlife photographer who will provide us with professional-like photos of the animals we see, and assist us with our photography via a few talks and constant tips, hints and answering any photography questions you may have.  This is great value! 

Still, there are a few more important reasons to point out on why the cost is high:

  • Botswana has opted for a high-price, low numbers formula, in part as a conservation strategy.   This means it limits its number of remote lodges and camps, as well as the actual amount of rooms in each accommodation.   While this helps enormously in limiting the number of vehicles driving around and potentially bothering the animals (which is a good thing!!), the small numbers do translate to exclusivity, which in turn translates to a higher overall cost for accommodation , meals, and so on. 
  • The remoteness of our camps means we have to take a series of domestic chartered bush-planes… which come with a cost!
  • We realize that for many, this will be their first trip to Africa, and/or their first safari.   It’s something most of us have dreamt about all our lives.  As such, we’ve constructed an itinerary that truly makes this the adventure of a lifetime in regards to our accommodation (deluxe) and choice of activities.   
  • This may well be the only vegan tour to both countries, and our cost does factor in the lengthy and hard work done with all our camps, hotels and restaurants in preparing for our visit (meals, advocacy, toiletries, etc), which is far beyond any tasks that other tour companies are faced with.

WHAT ARE CPG CURATED TRIPS?

CPG Curated Trips are real CPG VEGAN TRIPS but without Colleen Patrick-Goudreau there herself.   Colleen has helped organize and set up this trip, and experienced it along with a full group beforehand, and therefore ensures that all these trips are 100% up to her (very!!!) high standards.   They are all 100% CPG-approved!   Furthermore, most (if not all) of the other travelers in your group will be Colleen’s followers & fans.

CAN I SIGN UP AS A SINGLE TRAVELER?

Absolutely!   We have many people on our trip that sign up as singles.   ​However, due to our new COVID-19 policy and the limited space at our Dordogne villa, we only have a few single rooms available.   Please see our COST & SIGN-UP section for more information.  

Should you still be on the waiting list when the trip closes and gets confirmed, we may be able to offer you a single room (depending on availability).

​FLIGHTS, VISAS & VACCINATION

FLIGHTS
You are in charge of your own flights to and from our starting city.   We ask that you try and arrive early on the first day, as our first meeting tends to be around 3pm.  This exact time will be confirmed at a later date.

Even better is arriving one or more days before.  This would provide you with a chance to take care of jet-lag and visit the town.  Once the trip starts.      We can book your a room in our trip’s hotel if you’d like.  We will be sending out the cost for this once the trip is confirmed.

Regardless of your arrival date, we will provide an airport pickup

Please note that check-ins at our hotel are not guaranteed BEFORE 3PM.  We will try and have the hotel accommodate early arrivals, but it’s possible you will be asked to wait until a room becomes available.  We are situated right downtown, so worst case it’s nice and exciting to go and explore the neighborhood!

VISAS
For most citizens of European and western countries (ie USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc), no visas are necessary for South Africa and Botswana.

VACCINATIONS
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for South Africa and Botswana, and the final decision is entirely up to you.  Please inquire directly with your doctor when making your decision.

Having said that, and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the following vaccinations are recommended for Botswana: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid, and boosters for tetanus, diphteria and measles.    Yellow Fever is not a risk in the region, but the certificate is an entry requirement if you’re coming from an infected region.

Botswana is a malaria risk area, and you may choose to take anti-malaria medication.  Once again, please consult your doctor in this regard.  

Our included stay in South Africa includes Cape Town and Greyton, both somewhat urban areas, and therefore very little risk is posed in terms of disease and malaria/dengue.  If you plan on extending your holidays and visit more rural areas, or a National Park, it could be a good idea to get proper vaccination.

​DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Yes, you will need medical travel insurance.  This is not only a requirement from World Vegan Travel, but also from Botswana.  The camps need to know that you are fully covered in the event of a medical emergency, including repatriation.  You will need to send us your policy detail and emergency contact number before the trip’s start date.

WILL IT BE SAFE TO TRAVEL IN 2021?

While of course we cannot predict the future (2020 sure emphasized that point!!) many things are pointing to a yes.   Airlines and some medical and travel experts do believe that things look good in terms of returning to some kind of normal by early-to-mid 2021. As our trip is in December, we sure hope that this is enough time for the pandemic to subside somewhat, and even hopefully for a vaccine and/or testing to become widely available.

We will also mostly be traveling as a group, which means we will not be taking any public transportation (we have our own coach) other than the international flights to/from Botswana.  We are privatizing all hotels as well.

Overall our time in South Africa and Botswana will be somewhat contained, as much as one can when traveling (compared to solo traveling, where you stay in a different hotel each night, etc). Many experts have predict that group travel may be the first style of travel to open up, and definitely the safest way to travel in the post covid-19 days.

You can read more about our COVID-19-related policies and precautions here.

CAN YOU HELP WITH BOOKING OUR FLIGHTS AND ONGOING TRAVEL?

As we are not a travel agency or booking agents, we can’t book any flights or ongoing travel (ie hotels, transportation, etc) for you. However we can surely help with recommendations, suggestions and tips as you look into flights, or extending your holiday. It never hurts to ask, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries whatsoever!

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Being in the southern hemisphere, December means it’s summer in both Botswana and Cape Town. 

In Botswana, this also means we’re in the rainy season, though this usually translates to only a few scattered showers and for a short time each.   The rains do mean that temperatures can cool down a bit, but you should expect days in the mid 30°C (85-95°F), often dropping to to around 20°C  (65°F) at night.   The parks do tend to be lush, and the watering holes are usually well frequented 😉   The clear atmosphere and rain clouds make for excellent photographs, and as vegetation starts to recover and grazing land becoming more plentiful, this translates to new-born calves… and intensified predator activity.

In Cape Town, you can expect the average high temperature to hit 25°C (77°F) in the daytime, and the average overall temperature to be a pleasant 20°C (68°F).   December marks the beginning of the summer season, and the days should be glorious with little precipitation and plenty of bright sunlight.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

First and foremost, please be aware that due to our taking small bush-planes in Botswana, there is a strict luggage restriction in place.  

  • 20kg / 44lbs per person (total weight inclusive of luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment)
  • soft sided luggage, non-rigid bag
  • max dimensions: 25cm wide x 45cm high x 62cm long   (10 inches wide x 18 inches high x 24 inches long)
  • if your luggage has wheels, please ensure that the frame supporting the wheels at the back is not a rigid/solid frame

Botswana luggage restrictions

You should view this as a good chance to practice minimal packing, and please note that laundry is included at our Botswana camps, so you should focus on bringing 2 sets of clothes and rotate them each day.   Wear one set as the other gets cleaned! 

In terms of clothing, it’s a good idea to bring some summer garb, such as shorts, t-shirts, etc.  And a swimsuit, as we will have swimming pools at our accommodation.

On safari, long and light cotton pants and shirts are a good idea, to block both the sun and (hopefully!) pesky mosquito.    A hat is a good idea to block off the sun… and it looks cool in photos 😉

Do bring some comfortable, but sturdy, shoes, especially if you intend on taking a guided bush walk.  Overall we’re not going on any big hikes, so there’s no need to bring your best pair of hiking boots.   Bring something comfortable to wear in the evening, both in terms of clothing and footwear, as we relax at our camps, either by the campfire or on the decks with a cocktail in hand. 

Sunglasses are a must, and it’s highly recommended to bring some good binoculars.   Both the camps and your tour leaders will carry spear binoculars, but it’s always nice to have your own. 

Other essentials should include:

  • Cameras and plenty of batteries and storage cards is a must.  This trip is a good excuse to get a nice zoom-lens!  
  • sunscreen lotion
  • insect and mosquito repellent

We will be sending an info packet several weeks before the trip that will include, amongst other bits of information, a packing list.

WHAT IF I REALLY NEED TO BRING MORE THINGS THAN WILL FIT IN THE LIMITED LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

We are working on a few options and will let you know a couple of months before the trip.   Basically it should be fine, though you will need to be able to separate your belongings into 2 bags: one that comes with you to Botswana, and the other to stay behind until we return to South Africa.

​WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE TRIP?

In Botswana:  due to the remoteness, there is no WIFI.     Internet access will be limited to using the camp’s computer in the public area/library.    Do note that usually there is only 1-2 computers to be shared amongst the entire group, so please be mindful of this and use the computer in short sessions only.  Also note that the internet speeds will be quite slow, so you should use the computers to check email and social media, but certainly not for any kind of streaming, or posting large-sized photos, etc.  

In South Africa, we will have full WIFI internet at our accommodation as well as on our busses.  

​HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?

Overall, this is an all-inclusive trip and you shouldn’t need a huge amount of extra funds.  In Botswana, the only possible extra expenses would be for any premium alcoholic drinks and souvenirs at our camps’ curio shops.   They do accept credit cards if you prefer to not carry any cash.   If you would like to give extra tips to the guides and camp staff, do bring some small denomination currency, though please note that we have included tips already in the tour costs. 

In South Africa, you will need to cater for yourself on day 1 until we meet in the afternoon, and again on our last day, especially if you choose to stay in Africa for a longer time.   Franschhoek is a great place to pick up souvenirs, but credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find.

Overall it’s a good idea to have some emergency cash (preferably in euros or US dollars) but otherwise you should be fine with using only credit cards and bank cards.

​I HAVE A DIETARY RESTRICTION (ALLERGIES, GLUTEN-FREE, ETC)

This is generally not a problem, but we do need to be informed at the time of booking so we may prepare the meals accordingly. Please be as precise and detailed as possible. Once on the trip, it is difficult and/or not possible to change our meal plans.

HOW MUCH FREE TIME WILL I HAVE?

In Botswana, each day is made up of 1 morning activity, and one late afternoon activity.   You can choose to join the activities or remain behind and enjoy your room.  That’s entirely up to you! 

In South Africa: we will have the afternoon of day 9 free, so you can choose to explore the town, go for a hike in the hills or hang out at the hotel’s beautiful grounds and pool. 

HOW MUCH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN I EXPECT?

In terms of included activities, very little is physical.  This truly is a relaxing trip!  We do have a guided bush walk at Camp Okavango, but this is very easy, on flat ground, and entirely optional so you can opt out if you wish.    Otherwise we’re mostly being driven around by 4×4 or boat and as long as you don’t get motion sickness, you should be fine! 

We are taking a total of 5 flights so you should be able to carry your luggage to/from the plane/bus, etc.  The luggage restriction does help in this matter, ensuring your bag will be small-ish and no heavier than 20kg.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO JOIN THE TRIP?

Youth above 16 years young are welcome.    We are currently not accepting any younger children. ​

There’s no upper age limit, though do note that there is a fair amount of walking on this trip. 

HOW SAFE ARE SOUTH AFRICA AND BOTSWANA?

Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa, though this really is only of concern in cities, which we will not be visiting.  We will be staying in the heart of the country, surrounded by all kinds of animals, big and small, including a large amount of predators.  However our camps are very safe and secure, with small fences around and a very knowledgeable staff, who do patrol and make sure that no animals come too close.   While on safari, there’s a good chance you will get quite close to lions and other predators, but overall they seem completely uninterested in us humans… which is a good thing!     Your guides will try to stay somewhat at a longer distance to larger mammals such as elephants, buffalos and hippos.    They are the expert and emphasize safety over anything else.  They will never take unnecessary risks.

South Africa has its fair amount of crime but the downtown area of Cape Town where we will be staying, as well as Greyton and surrounding area, are all quite safe.  In Cape Town, using common sense and sticking to well trafficked areas will ensure you have a very safe trip.   On the tour, we will be visiting as a large group of ~24 or so, with safety at the top of our list, so there is nothing to worry about.

WHAT LANGUAGES DO THEY SPEAK IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BOTSWANA?

South Africa has 11 (!!!) official languages, with some spoken more than others.  While English is recognized as the language of commerce and science, it’s actually ranked fourth and the first language of only 9.6% of South Africans!   Still, it remains the de facto lingua franca of the nation, and you should have no problem getting yourself understood in Cape Town and Franshhoek.

In Botswana, English is an official language as well, which means all our guides and camp staff will speak it perfectly.   The other official language is Setswana, which is widely spoken across the country.   There are several other prevalent languages spoken by minority groups.

LGBTQ TRAVELLERS

In Bostwana: ​While there are technically laws against homosexuality, they are unenforced and Botswana is among the most tolerant of African nations for the LGBTQ community.  You should still refrain from too much public display of affection, but as we will be in our own remote camps, and the staff are used to hosting many travelers from around the world, you don’t need to be completely reserved.

South Africa is the first and only African nation where the government recognizes same-sex relationships and homosexual marriages are recognized by law.    Displays of affection may generate unwelcome attention though they should be tolerated and respected, especially in the areas we will visit (Cape Town and Greyton).