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South Africa’s Garden Route – 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:11 days / 10 nights
  • Trip Dates:19-29 September, 2021
  • Start Location:Cape Town
  • Trip Price:USD 9450$/person
  • End Location:Port Elizabeth
  • Single Supplement:USD 750$
  • Group Size:16-22 travelers
  • Sign Up Fee:USD 1000$/person
Visiting elephants, giraffes, zebras, leopards, lions, hippos, birds and more in 2 different safari camps, staying at deluxe lodges, wine-tasting at a vineyard, stopping by a farm sanctuary and penguin colony, whale watching, and, of course, 100% plant-based cuisine throughout… this trip has it all, including your very own professional wildlife photographer!
We're Off To South Africa!

Come join us on an epic road trip across South Africa’s Garden Route, on an itinerary that will see us starting in beautiful Cape Town with a town walking tour and a visit with a penguin colony, before heading out to sea for some whale watching in Walker Bay, wine tasting and a farm sanctuary visit in Greyton, a river boat in Plettenberg, a 2-night safari stay in Amakhala Game Reserve, followed by another two nights at gorgeous Kwandwe Reserve.    Whew!

Throughout we’ll indulge in delicious food, including local South African cuisine, all rendered 100% plant-based.  Come hungry!

This might be the trip you’ve been dreaming of all your life!

All together, we have 4 full days of safari, with a total of 8 safari activities!    Most will be game drives, gawking at the big 5 — elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and Rhinos — plus zebras, kudus, and more.   At Kwandwe, we will also have the chance to head out on a walking safari!  Accompanied by the local rangers and tracker team, this is a great opportunity to see white and black rhinos up close, as well as elephants, lions, and more!

If all of the above wasn’t enough, we also have our very own professional photographer, Jennifer Hadley, accompanying us on the entire trip!   She’ll not only be taking amazing pictures of the animals for you to keep, but also be available to help you with your own photos with tips and tricks.

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 most beautiful region on earth: South Africa’s Garden Route! ​

Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Two wildlife reserves and 8 safari activities to see elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, zebras, buffaloes (and so much more!!) in their natural habitat
  • travel with your very own personal wildlife photographer, Jennifer Hadley, who will help with tips, hints, talks and provide photos for you to keep!
  • enjoy a talk on the Southern Right Whales before heading out on a marine cruise to see them up close
  • deluxe accommodation throughout the trip, including quaint inns, treetop villas and luxurious lodges
  • visit with rescued pigs, goats and more at an amazing farm sanctuary
  • 100% plant-based meals, including local cuisine
  • walking tour of Cape Town
  • afternoon river cruise in Plettenberg Bay
  • sample South African wine right from the source in Greyton, one of the Western Cape's most charming town
  • plenty of surprises and spoiling along the way!
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 8895$/person – early-bird special, discounted from USD 9450$!

Single Supplement

USD 750$/person – due to our new COVID19 policy, there is no shared-room option for single travelers.​​

Trip Photographer

Jennifer Hadley    learn more!

Group Size

16-22 travelers

Meeting Location

Cape Town, South Africa

End Location

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Trip Confirmation Deadline

March 31st, 2021

Price Includes

  • all meals from the official start of the trip until the end, all 100% vegan, all delicious!
  • airport pickup from Cape Town International airport
  • all drinks during meals, including non-premium alcoholic beverages
  • live Q&A before the trip to ask your questions to the tour leaders
  • amazing accommodation, including cozy boutique hotels, a gorgeous 5-star luxury lodge & two incredible deluxe safari camps
  • collection of wildlife photos by wildlife photographer Jennifer Hadley for you to keep
  • two talks on photography from our wildlife photographer Jennifer Hadley
  • visit 2 wildlife refuges with 8 safari activities, including game drives and a walking safari
  • conservancy talk and whale-watching in Walker Bay
  • visit to a farm sanctuary (including donation)
  • visit to a penguins colony
  • wine-tasting at a Greyton winery
  • ​guided walking tour in Cape Town
  • all ground transportation
  • all tips for local guides and drivers during our included activities
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders plus local guides
  • one complimentary laundry day
  • 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

As part of our COVID-19 precautions, we are not allowing any strangers to share rooms, as such all singles will have their own room.

​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 the single rooms are booked, single travelers will go on the waiting list. If someone cancels and a room becomes available we will go down the waiting 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). 

The sign-up fee is non-refundable under any conditions UNLESS the trip is not confirmed by the deadline of March 31st, 2021.     Please carefully read our cancellation policy section for more information, especially in relation with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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.

Please note that signing up before the deadline of March 31st, 2021 does not guarantee the trip will run as this depends on having the necessary minimum of participants.  

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

  • April 10th, 2021: 50% of remaining balance
  • July 18th, 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 500$ 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 requirement to join a World Vegan Travel trip.   We need to know you are covered for any medical situation, including evacuation, in case of emergency.    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.

Our Photographer
Jennifer Hadley

We are so very excited to announce that amazing wildlife photographer Jennifer Hadley will be joining us on the trip!   This brings incredible value to a trip already packed with one memorable activity after another.

And now we have someone to document it all!

​Jennifer was actually a client on a previous trip to Rwanda, and blew us all away with her skills and talent, and we just had to get her on-board for this animal-focused trip!

The following is included in the trip’s cost:

  • a collection of professional wildlife photos at the end of the trip, for you to use as you wish!
  • 2 talks on photography: learn some valuable tricks of the trade, whether you’re an amateur or intermediate!
  • a photography-focused vehicle on all game drives, led by Jennifer. This will allow photographers to take their time with each animal to get that perfect shot!
  • get one-on-one help and personal tips ​to increase your photography skills and take better pictures!
  • one personal safari photo of yourself (with your partner/friend) to make your friends jealous 🙂
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

Today is the start of our trip.  How exciting!

We’ll be meeting at our Cape Town hotel in the afternoon.   It’s highly recommended to arrive a day or more before the trip so you be well rested for our adventures, plus visit a few more of the town and surrounding area (full of interesting towns and famous wineries).  

At our first meeting we’ll toast to our upcoming adventure and introduce each other.  We’ll all be close friends by the week’s end, so obviously this needs to be celebrated with some bubbly :)

We’ll then have a surprise activity followed by our first dinner feast together.  Come hungry!!!

Accommodation: Welgelegen Boutique Guest House, Cape Town

Included Activities:

  • surprise welcome afternoon activity

Included:

  • welcome drink
  • dinner

Excluded:

  • breakfast and lunch
  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 2

Cape Town

… and penguins!

After a hearty vegan breakfast, we’re off to explore Cape Town! 

Our local guide will take us through historical parts of the city, listening to stories and hopping from place to place to taste various vegan foods and drinks tied in with Cape culture (approximately 7 stops).  

Once we’re done with the tour, we’ll board our coach and head out to visit with penguins!

We’ll head back to the hotel in late afternoon for a well deserve rest and dinner.

Accommodation: Welgelegen Boutique Guest House, Cape Town

Included Activities:

  • guided walking tour of Cape Town
  • transportation to/from the penguin colony

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 3

Whale Watching

… and onwards to Greyton

This morning we pack up our bags, load them on to the coach and start our road trip!

Our first stop is 2.5hrs away, to the town of Gansbaai, where an expert will give us a talk on the Southern Right Whales followed by a 2-3 hours marine cruise to see them up close (hopefully!).  

After lunch, we’re back on the coach for the 1.5hrs drive to Greyton and our home for the next 2 nights, The Post House.  

The Post House is a recently renovated historical building in the heart of charming Greyton.  Built in 1860, it was used as a trading post and a place of lodging for tired travelers.  Hey, that’s us! 

We’ll have dinner here tonight, in the beautiful grounds of the hotel.

Accommodation: The Post House, Greyton

Included Activities:

  • conservancy talk on the Southern Right Whales
  • whale watching marine cruise

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 4

Farm Sanctuary & Winery

After breakfast, we’ll head over to the beautiful Greyton Farm Sanctuary, about 7km outside the village.  It’s in a beautiful setting, overlooking hills and valleys, and home to over 100 pigs as well as sheep, goats, cows, geese, chicken, duck, cats and dogs.  

The sanctuary was founded by Nicola Vernon, who will tell us about the sanctuary and take us to meet the resident animals.

Lunch will be at a nearby winery, where we’ll enjoy some tapas with wine pairing and tasting.

Afternoon is free for you to explore the village of Greyton.  Although very small, it has a very good selection of artisan shops, quirky galleries and cafes, and is a joy to stroll aimlessly around.  Don’t worry, you can’t get lost even if you try!

Dinner is back at the hotel once again.

Accommodation: The Post House, Greyton

Included Activities:

  • visit to the Greyton farm sanctuary
  • wine tasting

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • donation at the farm sanctuary (although more is certainly welcomed!)
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 5

Plettenberg Bay

… and afternoon river cruise

This morning we bid farewell to the quaint town of Greyton and head out eastward to the small coastal resort town of Plettenberg Bay.    It’s a long drive but it will go by quick with a few breaks and the amazing scenery along the way, plus our destination is more than worth the trip!

Once we arrive, we’ll check-into our home for the next 2 nights, the absolutely jaw-dropping Tsala Treetop Lodge.  Enjoy the luxurious amenities and lush surroundings as the hotel is set amidst the treetops of an old indigenous forest.  

After freshening up, we’ll head on an afternoon river boat cruise, complete with sparkling wine and snacks, before returning to our lodge for dinner amongst the trees.

Accommodation: Tsala Treetop Lodge

Included Activities:

  • afternoon river cruise

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 6

Plettenberg Bay

Today is mostly a free day, for you to explore Plettenberg Bay, do some shopping, check out the beach, or simply hang back in our amazing hotel with a book and wine in-hand.  

Your tour leaders will organize a few options so you can build your own day, and transportation will be included.

Whatever you end up doing, we’ll meet up for lunch at a local vegan restaurant.   You can then choose another activity in the afternoon, or again, simply stay back at the hotel and relax.

Dinner will be at a nearby resort overlooking a river. 

Accommodation: Tsala Treetop Lodge

Included Activities:

  • various options, from shopping to going to the beach

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation for organized optional activities

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 7

Amakhala Game Reserve

This morning we leave early and head over to our first safari camp, the Hlosi Lodge in Amakhala Game Reserve.  We’ll arrive just in time for lunch.

This is a beautiful deluxe camp with tented rooms, giving us a real safari feeling while maintaining a high level of amenities and service.  This is “glamping” at its finest!

In the afternoon, we’re off on our first 3-hrs 4×4 game drive.  Expect to see lots of amazing wildlife, including the Big 5, Black Wildebeest, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and numerous other antelope.

Don’t forget to pack binoculars!!

Dinner is back at the camp, where we all get to show off our photos and dream of tomorrow’s safari!

Accommodation: Hlosi Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve

Included Activities:

  • afternoon safari

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 8

Amakhala Game Reserve

We’ll start the morning with some quick snacks and tea/coffee and an early sunrise game drive.  This is when the animals are at their busiest and we definitely want to be in the thick of things! 

Back at the lodge, we’ll have a hearty breakfast followed by a Rhino conservation talk from the local Rangers. 

In the afternoon, we get the chance to find the rhinos — and many other animals — on our afternoon game drive.   

Sundowner and dinner are back at the lodge.

Accommodation: Hlosi Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve

Included Activities:

  • morning and afternoon safari
  • conservancy talk

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 9

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Let’s hope you’re not tired of safaris, because we have more in store for you! 

This morning we’ll have an early-morning game drive at Amakhala before breakfast, and then we check out and head off on a 1.5hrs drive to our new home, Kwandwe.

Our lodge is luxury at its finest, with spacious suites, cozy lounge areas, sumptuous dining hall and a pool, all in an amazing location offering majestic views of the reserve.

After lunch, we’ll head out to explore the reserve in a 4×4 game drive.

Accommodation: Kwandwe Game Reserve

Included Activities:

  • morning and afternoon safari

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 10

Kwandwe Game Reserve

This morning we once again set off before breakfast, but this time on a morning game walk!  This is a big game walking safari, where we’ll track white rhinos, black rhinos, elephants and buffalos on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team.

Lunch will be back at the lodge, with plenty of time to rest or hang out at the pool, before heading out on our afternoon game drive.

Dinner is under the stars back at the lodge.  As this is our last dinner (booo!!!), expect a feast as we toast to new friends, our amazing adventure, and to future ones! 

Accommodation: Kwandwe Game Reserve

Included Activities:

  • morning walking safari
  • afternoon game drive

Included:

  • all meals and drinks
  • all transportation

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 11

Departure Day

This is our final day, but not without squeezing in one last game drive

After breakfast, we’ll pack up our bags and board our coach for the last time, heading to Port Elizabeth airport.    Do make sure to book your return flight out of this airport. 

We hope you will have had the trip of a lifetime, and hopefully we can start planning the next one!

Accommodation: Kwandwe Game Reserve

Included Activities:

  • morning game drive

Included:

  • breakfast
  • transportation to Port Elizabeth airport

Excluded:

  • lunch & dinner
  • flight out of Port Elizabeth
Your Journey

FAQ

​TOUR PRICE REASONING

We do realize our prices seem high.   However, when compared to many other tours to the region, we are actually comparatively priced when you take into account that our trips include all meals (and vegan to boot!) and drinks, all the tips for drivers and local guides, and many other extras like a amenities/essentials bag, a free laundry day, and the support of 2 full time tour leaders (most tours have only one).

Furthermore, 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.

Finally, this may well be the only vegan tour to South Africa, and our cost does factor in the lengthy and hard work done with all our hotels, restaurants and activity partners in preparing for our visit (meals, advocacy, toiletries, etc), which is far beyond any tasks that other tour companies are faced with.

WHAT IS THIS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER ALL ABOUT?

We’re been very lucky in acquiring the services of an amazing wildlife photographer, Jennifer Hadley, who will accompany the group during the entire trip. This adds immense value as she will be offering the group a selection of photos taken during our journey, for you to keep as a memento. Hopefully this may also help you to sometimes put the camera aside and simply relax and take in your surroundings!

Besides the collection of photos, Jennifer will also hold 2 talks on photography, lead photography-focused safari activities (ie more time spent with animals in order to get the perfect shot) and be accessible to help with any photography-related questions you may have, whether it be composition, camera settings, you name it.

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 we are no longer offering shared-room options and therefore only a few single rooms are available, which also incur a single supplement fee. Please see our COST & SIGN-UP section for more information.

​FLIGHTS, VISAS & INSURANCE

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 2pm-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.

VACCINATIONS
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for South Africa, 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 South Africa: hepatitis A and typhoid for most traveler, as well as hepatitis B, rabies, 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.

South Africa is a malaria risk area, though the area we will be visiting has mostly eradicated this disease.  Still, it is entirely up to you if you choose to take anti-malaria medication.  Again, please consult your doctor in this regard.  

INSURANCE
You will need medical travel insurance.  This is a requirement of joining a trip with World Vegan Travel.   We 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.   Many countries around the world are starting to reopen for domestic travel with an eye to once again welcome international traveler in early 2021.   

Airlines and some medical and travel experts do believe that things look good in terms of returning to some kind of normal by early 2021.     As our trip is in September, 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 be traveling as a group, which means we will not be taking any public transportation (we have our own coach) and our meals will be taken in private settings.  We will also privatized most of our accommodation.   While we’ll be visiting lots of places, we’ll be privatizing our activities, with no person outside of our group joining us.  Our time in South Africa 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?

The Garden Route is gorgeous all year round, with September being spring time.  It’s one of the best time to travel to South Africa, just before the summer tourist crowds.    

You should expect temperatures averaging between 15°C-25°C (60°F-77°F), with little to no rain and mostly sunny, dry days.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

The Garden Route is gorgeous all year round, with September being spring time.  It’s one of the best time to travel to South Africa, just before the summer tourist crowds.    

You should expect temperatures averaging between 15°C-25°C (60°F-77°F), with little to no rain and mostly sunny, dry days.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

In terms of clothing, light cotton garb is best.  A mix of long-sleeve and t-shirts is a good idea, as is long pants and shorts (in case it does get hot).   A swimsuit is a good idea as we will have swimming pools at some of our accommodations.

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 walking safari.  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.

IS THERE A LUGGAGE LIMITATION/ALLOWANCE?

We will not be taking any small bush planes, so feel free to bring all the luggage you want.  However, do note that you will need to carry your own luggage a few times, mostly from the hotel to the bus and into the next hotel.  Distances are never big, but you are in charge of your own belongings, so it’s better to carry less than too much! 

​WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE TRIP?

Yes, we will have full WIFI internet at our accommodation as well as on our bus.  

​HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?

Overall, this is an all-inclusive trip and you shouldn’t need a huge amount of extra funds.  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.   You can probably make do with using a credit card for all extra purchases and souvenirs, though it’s a good idea to have a few hundred dollars in local currency, just in case.   It is best to withdraw cash once you are in South Africa, not before, in order to get better exchange rates. 

​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?

We have a few full days, where we have activities planned the entire time, and a few days where we’ll do an activity on the morning or afternoon and allow you some free time for half the day.      Most activities can be skipped should you feel tired, etc.  Just talk to your tour leader so they can accommodate you.

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 one of our safari destinations, as well as a walking tour in Cape Town, but they are not overly difficult.    You can always opt out if you wish.    Otherwise we’re mostly being driven around by bus and 4×4 jeeps, and as long as you don’t get motion sickness, you should be fine.

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 IS SOUTH AFRICA?

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.   The Garden Route is a heavily trafficked area and therefore quite safe to travel along.  

Do remember that on the trip, we will be visiting as a large group of ~20 people or more, with safety at the top of our list, so there is nothing to worry about.  

WHAT LANGUAGES DO THEY SPEAK IN SOUTH AFRICA?

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 the Garden Route.

LGBTQ TRAVELLERS

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.