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ALL-INCLUSIVE 8-DAYS ROADTRIP ON SOUTH AFRICA’S GARDEN ROUTE – December 2022

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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:8 days / 7 nights
  • Trip Dates:18-25 December, 2022
  • Start Location:Cape Town
  • Trip Price:USD 5495$/person
  • End Location:Cape Town
  • Single Supplement:USD 1150$
  • Group Size:12-20 travelers
  • Sign Up Fee:USD 1500$/person
Road-trip up the famous Garden Route to see elephants, giraffes, lions and more on a 2-day safari, visit a rhino conservation project, go on river boat cruise, tour a primate and bird sanctuary, attend a cooking demo by an upcoming South African vegan chef, swim with penguins, taste wine from the source at a local winery, and, of course, enjoy one gourmet 100% plant-based meal after another!
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 spend 2 nights in the vibrant city of Cape Town cooking up an African feast with an up- and -coming local vegan chef, visit an African penguin colony for a swim, and travel around the Cape Peninsula where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at the spectacular tip of Cape Point. 

We then head up the famous Garden Route, acclaimed as the “emerald jewel of South Africa’s coast” with its wild beaches, warm lagoons and ancient forests.  We’ll spend time visiting a primate and bird sanctuary, take a boat trip through up a magical river surrounded by forests, spend 2 days on safari in a game reserve where rhinos are protected and eat delicious 100% plant-based food throughout. On our drive back  to Cape Town we’ll stop at a beautiful wine farm for a tasting and lunch, before arriving back to where we started for our last night’s dinner which just happens to be a special Christmas Eve dinner!

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! ​

Our Safari Lodge
We spend 2 days here, visiting with elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and so much more!
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • see elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras and so much more, all in their natural habitat on a 2-day safari
  • lean about a Rhino conservation project before heading out and see rhinos in the wild
  • deluxe accommodation throughout the trip, including quaint inns and luxurious safari lodges
  • spend the afternoon with a vegan African chef to learn cooking and traditional African foods and culture
  • guided walk through a forested primate sanctuary
  • 100% plant-based meals, including local South African cuisine
  • afternoon cruise up a forest river filled with birds and monkeys
  • visit the largest aviary in the southern hemisphere
  • visit a penguins colony and go for a swim
  • wine tasting at a beautiful local winery
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 5495$/person 

Single Supplement

USD 1150$/person

Group Size

12-20 travelers

Meeting Location

Cape Town, South Africa

End Location

Cape Town, South Africa

Trip Status

Trip 100% confirmed!

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: cozy boutique hotels & deluxe safari lodge
  • 2 days on safari at a wildlife refuges, with a total of 4 safari activities
  • Rhino conservancy talk followed by rhino tracking
  • visit to a primates sanctuary and a birds aviary
  • visit to a penguins colony
  • wine-tasting at a local winery
  • cooking demo and talk from a vegan South African chef
  • all tips for local guides and drivers during our included activities
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders plus local guides
  • boat trip up a river filled with birds and monkeys
  • all ground transportation
  • 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)
  • any Covid19-related tests before, during and after the trip
Booking Terms & Conditions
Solo travelers
How To Join
Payment Schedule
Payment Methods & Fees
Cancellation Policy
Important Notes

Solo Travelers can choose to:

  • get their own private room by paying the single supplement of USD 1150$
  • share a room with another solo travelers of the same gender at no extra cost (please terms see below)

SHARING ROOM WITH ANOTHER SOLO TRAVELER: please note that sharing a room may not be possible if COVID19 is still an issue in South Africa.  We don’t foresee this will be the case in late 2022, but if it should arise that we can no longer offer a single room, then solo travelers will need to pay the single supplement (1100$).  Signing up as a solo traveler means that you agree to pay the single supplement should we no longer be able or allowed to offer shared rooms to our solo travelers. 

We  expect this trip to sell out quickly so ensure your spot on the trip and sign up early by paying the 50% deposit.

Payments are non-refundable as this trip is now 100% confirmed to run.  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.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Following the deposit the remaining balance will be due in:

  • October 18th, 2022: 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 1500$ sign-up fee (when applicable), 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.

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!

DAY 1: Cape Town- First meeting & cooking demo

Arrival in Cape Town at our guest house by 2pm for check in. We then transfer to the nearby V&A Waterfront where we will be spending the afternoon with an African chef, having fun cooking and learning about traditional African foods and culture. In the evening we get to taste the dishes we have created for dinner at our guest house.

Accommodation:

Welgelegen Boutique Guest House (4-star)

Included:

welcome meeting & drinks

cooking demo & dinner

non-premium drinks during dinner

all transportation once the trip begins

Excluded:

breakfast & lunch

premium drinks

DAY 2: Cape Town- penguins & Cape of Good Hope

Today is an exciting exploration of Cape Town’s peninsula, starting with a drive along the Indian Ocean coastline to Boulders Beach, where we get to spend time with a colony of African penguins (pack your bathing suits for a swim!).

We continue on to the Cape of Good Hope Reserve, home to the smallest yet richest plant Kingdom in the world where you can spot birds and antelope and visit the SW tip of the African continent and Cape Point, the traditional meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Our route back to the city follows the Atlantic coastline and traverses the spectacular cliff hugging Chapman Peak drive.

Accommodation:

Welgelegen Boutique Guest House (4-star)

Included:

all meals & drinks

all transportation 

Excluded:

premium drinks

 

DAY 3: Gondwana Game Reserve- safari

After breakfast we depart Cape Town for Gondwana Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch followed by check in to our modern African style suites at 2pm.

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation plays a key role in conserving endangered wildlife and natural vegetation. During our stay we will learn about their rhino conservation project and enjoy a botanical walk with an expert guide.

On our first afternoon we will have an introductory game drive in the reserve, where our private guide and tracker can help us spot the Big Five amongst many other animals and birds. There will be a stop at a scenic viewpoint for traditional safari snacks and drinks whilst watching the sunset.

In the evening we enjoy dinner back at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Gondwana Game Reserve

Included:

all meals & drinks

all safari activities: game drives

tips to guides & camp staff (you are more than welcomed to add to this, of course)

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 4: Gondwana Game Reserve- rhino talk and tracking

Early morning wake -up for tea/coffee and biscuits before our morning botanical Fynbos walk through the 1200 hectare Protected Endangered Species area of the reserve which is fenced from dangerous animals. Fynbos is one of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms and critically endangered. Our guide will introduce us to the wild flowers, endemic birds and animals of this ever -changing landscape.

We return to the lodge for a well -deserved breakfast and some time to relax before enjoying a talk on rhino conservation and the breeding and anti -poaching training program at Gondwana.

After lunch and leisure time at the pool or just soaking up the magnificent views from our accommodation. We have high tea again before heading out on our afternoon game drive with an emphasis on spending time ( hopefully as they are wild and the reserve is large) with the rhinos. There will be a stop at a scenic viewpoint for traditional safari snacks and drinks whilst watching the sunset. In the evening we enjoy dinner back at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Gondwana Game Reserve

Included:

all meals & drinks

all safari activities: game drives

tips to guides & camp staff (you are more than welcomed to add to this, of course)

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 5: Plettenberg Bay Garden Route- river cruise

In the morning wake up early again for a last morning game drive before breakfast. We then depart Gondwana and travel into the famous Garden Route region passing the beautiful Wilderness and Sedgefield Lake regions to arrive at Keurbooms Nature for our boat trip up the river.

As we glide along the river with the sound of birds calling in the ancient forests, look out for monkeys and colourful birds such as the Knysna Turaco, giant Kingfisher and sunbirds. We stop at a secluded sandy beach spot for a picnic lunch (pack your swim suits for a swim!).

In the afternoon we check in to our nearby Bali-inspired guest house located on a hill with spectacular views. There is time to relax by the pool or take one of the complimentary canoes for a paddle along the water channels in front of the lodge.

Late afternoon we gather for a fun evening of cocktails, candlelight and pizzas home made from the pizza oven at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Emily Moon River Lodge

Included:

all meals & drinks

morning game drive

river boat cruise 

tips to guides & camp staff (you are more than welcomed to add to this, of course)

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 6: Plettenberg Bay Garden Route- primate sanctuary and birds aviary

We spend the morning visiting two ethical sanctuaries located on the Garden Route. At Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary we will have a guided walk through the forest with a local guide learning about the rescued primates and the work involved in caring for them.

At Birds of Eden there is time to walk through the aviary (the largest of it kind in the Southern  hemisphere) at your leisure.

We reconvene for a picnic lunch in the forest and then in the afternoon there is time to enjoy the beach at Plettenberg Bay and some shopping before a magical 4 course candlelit dinner at Emily Moon Restaurant.

Accommodation:

Emily Moon River Lodge

Included:

all meals & drinks

visit to the primate sanctuary and birds aviary

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 7: Cape Town- winery & Christmas Eve dinner

After breakfast this morning we make our way back to Cape Town stopping at a beautiful wine farm for wine tasting and lunch to break up the 6 hour journey.

We check back into our guest house at Welgelegen in Cape Town end of the afternoon.

This evening we will enjoy a special Christmas Eve meal at one of Cape Town’s restaurants.

Accommodation:

Welgelegen Boutique Guest House (4-star)

Included:

all meals & drinks

wine tasting

Excluded:

premium drinks

DAY 8: South Africa- Departure day

All good things must come to an end, and so after breakfast it’s time to check out and say our goodbyes.

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 and downtown Cape Town

Excluded:

lunch & dinner

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.

CAN I SIGN UP AS A SOLO TRAVELER?

Absolutely! We have many people on our trip that sign up as solo travelers. ​However, there is a single supplement.  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.  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.

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?

The Garden Route is gorgeous all year round, and with December being summer, it’s one of the best time to travel to South Africa. 

Temperatures rarely dip below 18°C (64°F) and are usually pleasant at an average of 24°C-30°C (75°F-86°F) .  This is a coastal climate so there may be a bit of rain here and there, though rarely lasting more than a few minutes to an hour.

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 and the chance to visit beaches and other watering holes.

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 at the primate sanctuary, 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.

World Vegan Travel aims to be a safe place for all LGBTQ travelers. We have a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort.

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