SIGN UP FEE: USD 1000$/person.
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!
USD 500$/person – due to our new COVID19 policy, there is no shared-room option for single travelers.
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.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
this trip is 100% confirmed!
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.
Following the sign-up fee, the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:
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!
We currently accept US DOMESTIC BANK TRANSFERS, INTERNATIONAL 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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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).
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!
For most citizens of European and western countries (ie USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc), no visas are necessary for South Africa and Botswana.
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 include Cape Town and Franschhoek, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
First and foremost, please be aware that due to our taking small bush-planes in Botswana, there is a strict luggage restriction in place.
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:
We will be sending an info packet several weeks before the trip that will include, amongst other bits of information, a packing list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).