Discover 5 companies that won PETA’s Animal-Friendly African Safari Awards

PETA has just announced the recipients of its first ever Animal-Friendly African Safaris Award. The awards recognize safari companies that offer wildlife viewing on protected reserves or in national parks and, among other things, keep a respectful distance from wild animals and guide small groups at specific times of the day to minimize stress to the animals. All winning companies offer exclusively vegan menus, cruelty-free toiletries and bedding, and no exposure to trophy hunting.

“These safari companies are winners because they offer cruelty-free experiences that respect animals enough to let them live in peace, and they make sure their guests’ food and toiletry choices are animal-friendly,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages travelers to do their research and choose safaris that respect animals and never allow harmful, hands-on encounters.”

Studies show that a quarter of safari guests are now either vegetarian or vegan, and safaris that allow observation of animals in their natural habitat – rather than forced interactions – are on the rise.

Here are the winners of PETA’s Animal-Friendly African Safaris Award:

Alluring Africa

has partnered with Vegans, Baby CEO and founder Diana Edelman, who has designed a luxury journey that introduces guests to diverse vegan cuisine and conservation-focused experiences. One of the company’s safari camps operates on the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve – a former hunting reserve – which boasts a thriving wildlife population. The area is home to large prides of lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs, and guests keep a safe distance to observe the animals as they enjoy life in their natural home.

World Vegan Travel

World Vegan Travel’s tours offer a wide selection of destinations, and activities are run by vegans, for vegans. Tours include guided wildlife walks through a forested primate reserve, an afternoon river cruise to observe birds and monkeys, a tour of the largest aviary in the southern hemisphere and lessons in rhino conservation. Guests are also invited to learn how to prepare traditional African plant-based food, courtesy of a local vegan chef.

King’s Camp

Kings Camp offers a luxury safari experience with a certified vegan hospitality consultant to ensure guests’ every need is met. The camp is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, facing an open savannah plain with an active waterhole frequented by a wide range of wildlife. Guests are invited to visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a sanctuary for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife, including lions, rhinos and leopards.

Vegan safari Africa

One of the featured lodges on this safari, Deception Valley Lodge, was once a collection of eight cattle ranches that were disturbed by removing the fence and creating corridors for migration, naturalizing waterholes and allowing the roads to be overgrown so that the wildlife could thrive again. Vegan Helene Forward visits all the safari lodges to ensure they are vegan-friendly and personally trains the chefs for the mobile camping safaris.

Air Safaris 269

Vegan owner and pilot JC De Klerk personally ensures that his tours are 100% vegan, including vegan versions of traditional meals such as braai (South African BBQ) and melktert (custard). Travelers can choose from 14 packages that allow them to see animals in their natural habitats by air and on land, visit a rehabilitation center for formerly captive African big cats, and learn about research into African wild dog populations.

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