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In Botswana, travellers will get up close to one of National Geographic’s important initiatives on a visit to a field camp of the Okavango Wilderness Project.
National Geographic Journeys’ repertoire of African safaris now also stretches to spectacular, lesser-known parks of Southern Tanzania, where expert guides will discuss wildlife conservation in areas including Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve—places that harbour some of the greatest concentrations of lions in the world.
“These tours combine travelling for fun with travelling for good, and they have a strong appeal as people become increasingly conscious about the impact of their holiday choices,” says Nancy Schumacher, head of travel and tour operations at National Geographic.
“We’ve collaborated closely with G Adventures to design enhanced experiences and capture National Geographic’s long history of exploration and discovery. When travellers go on our trips, they help support the work of our explorers and scientists, as a portion of our proceeds go directly to the nonprofit National Geographic Society.”
The National Geographic Journeys programme, launched in January 2016, offers hands-on exploration with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good.
“Travel agents and customers alike have been enthusiastic about our National Geographic Journeys trips this past year, using words like ‘amazing,’ ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘fun’ to describe their adventures,” says Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures’ founder.
“That positive feedback, along with encouraging growth in our sales, are what inspired us to expand our offerings to these new destinations. We can’t wait to introduce people to even more life-changing experiences together in 2018.”
The new and updated tours for 2018 include the following. For a full list of the new trips please visit www.gadventures.co.uk/ngj18.
• Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari (10 days, from £3,699pp*) – Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure on a safari trip through some of the top wildlife reserves in southern Africa. Keep cameras at the ready for the lions and elephants in Hwange National Park. Fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta to meet with a researcher from National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch elephants drink along its banks.
• Southern Tanzania Safari (six days, from £2,699pp) – Get off the usual safari track for a whirlwind week of wildlife-viewing in the southern circuit of Tanzania. The national parks and reserves visited in this region, including Ruaha and Selous, are remote and much less frequented by travelers, offering exceptional exploration. Watch for herds of elephants, towers of giraffes and zeals of zebras on a safari experience that will feel like your group’s alone.