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, and, of course, 4 days on safari!
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 will experience 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. 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!
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!
We are aiming for this all-inclusive trip to be in-line with most of our African offerings, so around 9450$/person.
There will be a single supplement for solo travelers in their own single room. Cost will be announced when the trip opens up for bookings.
Cape Town / Port Elizabeth
We usually release a new trip about 9-10 months before the departure date, so in this case that would be around January-March 2022.
Do note that the itinerary below is subject to change. Some activities, times and days may get switched around, and even hotels and safari lodges might change. We will have a more definite itinerary posted when the trip opens up for bookings.
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.
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.
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!
For most citizens of European and western countries (ie USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc), no visas are necessary for South Africa. For other nationalities, please check with your local South Africa embassy/consulate for the latest requirements.
At the time of writing, South Africa demands a PCR test with results within 72hrs of departure. We will of course update you several weeks before the trip with the latest requirements and ensure you have all the information necessary for a successful and safe trip.
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.
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.
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!
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.
November is high-season and you can expect warmer weather as the country transitions to its summer.
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:
We will be sending an info packet several weeks before the trip that will include, amongst other bits of information, a packing list.
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!
Yes, we will have WIFI internet at our accommodation as well as on our bus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.