ALL-INCLUSIVE 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:8 days / 7 nights
  • Trip Dates:16-23 March, 2023
  • 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 a river boat cruise, tour a primate and bird sanctuary, attend a cooking demo from a South African vegan chef, visit a penguins colony, taste wine from the source at a local winery, and 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 inhabited by monkeys and birds, 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 and a toast to future adventures!

We also have our very own wildlife photographer on the trip with us, who will provide us with a collection of photos for you to keep, plus offer hints and tips to improve your own photos throughout the trip.  What great value!!

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! ​

ADD 7 MORE DAYS IN BOTSWANA (5 days on safari!)

addon - Botswana March 2023

If 2 days of safari isn’t enough, how about adding 7 more days in nearby Botswana (total 5 more days on safari)!  With 10 safari activities on both land & water, this is the perfect companion to the Garden Route.   You even get a few extras and a discount!   LEARN MORE HERE

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
  • travel with your very own personal wildlife photographer, Jennifer Hadley, who will help with tips, hints, talks and provide photos for you to keep!
Our Safari Lodge
We spend 2 days here, visiting with elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and so much more!
Trip Info

Trip Price

USD 5495$/person 

Single Supplement

USD 1150$/person

Trip Photographer

Jennifer Hadley    learn more!

Group Size

12-20 travelers

Meeting & End Location

Cape Town, South Africa

Trip Status

This trip is confirmed for departure! 

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
  • services of a wildlife photographer, plus a collection of her photos for you to keep!
  • 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
... want more Africa?
Add our 7-day trip to Botswana (24-30 March, 2023)!
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Couples & Friends: 1200$ off the total of both trips!
Solo Traveler: 1200$ off the total of both trips!

Couples & Friends

shared room with 1 or 2 beds

Add our trip to Botswana from 24-30 March 2023 and receive a total of 1200$ off for both trips!
  • a USD700 discount for the South Africa Garden Route trip: Pay USD4795 instead of USD5495!
  • a USD500 discount for the Botswana trip: Pay USD7195 instead of USD7695!
  • PLUS: receive a free night's accommodation at our Cape Town hotel on the 23rd March, in between the 2 trips!

How to book: simply choose the required (Garden Route + Botswana: Shared room) package when making your booking.

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Solo Traveler

in your own private room

Add our trip to Botswana from 24-30 March 2023 and receive a total of 1200$ off for both trips!
  • a USD700 discount for the South Africa Garden Route trip: Pay USD5945 instead of USD6645!
  • a USD500 discount for the Botswana trip: Pay USD8845 instead of USD9045!
  • PLUS: receive a free night's accommodation at our Cape Town hotel on the 23rd March, in between the 2 trips!

How to book: simply choose the required (Garden Route + Botswana: Single room) package when making your booking.

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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 🙂

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.


Cape Town 4 star hotel – hotel TBC upon sign-up


welcome meeting & drinks

cooking demo & dinner

non-premium drinks during dinner

all transportation once the trip begins


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.


Cape Town 4 star hotel – hotel TBC upon sign-up


all meals & drinks

all transportation 


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.


Gondwana Game Reserve


all meals & drinks

all safari activities: game drives

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


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.


Gondwana Game Reserve


all meals & drinks

all safari activities: game drives

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


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.


Emily Moon River Lodge


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)


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.


Emily Moon River Lodge


all meals & drinks

visit to the primate sanctuary and birds aviary


premium drinks

DAY 7: Cape Town- wine tasting at local winery

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 our final dinner feast at one of Cape Town’s restaurants.


Cape Town 4 star hotel – hotel TBC upon sign-up


all meals & drinks

wine tasting


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! 



transfer to Cape Town airport and downtown Cape Town


lunch & dinner

Your Journey

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 sign-up fee (1500$/person). 

The sign-up fee is non-refundable as this trip is 100% confirmed. 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 October 20th, 2022 does not guarantee the trip will run as this depends on having the necessary minimum of participants.  

Following the sign-up fee (PAYMENT #1), the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:

  • 1 month after the trip has been confirmed OR immediately if the trip is already confirmed: 50% of remaining balance (PAYMENT #2)
  • 3 months before the trip’s start date: final balance (PAYMENT #3).   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!


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.

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, 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.

To see our booking terms and conditions you can click here. You will find the cancellation policy in section 9 and 10.

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. 

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

​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.



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.


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.


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.


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!

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

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, and with March being autumn, it’s one of the best time to travel to the region.  The evenings will be cooler, but the days will be very pleasantly warm in the gentle autumn sunshine, with limited chance of rain (although a reminder that we will be in a coastal area and weather can change quickly). 

Temperatures rarely dip below 16.2°C (61.2°F) and are usually pleasant at an average of 27°C (80°F).


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.


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 full 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 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.


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.

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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