National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures continue to grow their joint travel line, National Geographic Journeys — and their partnership — with a collection of 83 tours for 2018, including eight new journeys in Africa and Asia.
The new and updated tours for 2018 include:
• Best of Borneo (12 days, from AUD $4,599)
• Discover Mongolia (14 days, from AUD $5,549)
• Southern Tanzania Safari (six days, from AUD $4,299)
• Wildlife Parks of Tanzania (12 days, from AUD $8,249)
• Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari (10 days, from AUD $6,299)
• Southern Africa Safari Experience (18 days, from AUD $9,069)
• The Great Southern Africa Safari (21 days, from AUD $10,269)
• Discover Bali and Java (15 days, from AUD $3,799)
The National Geographic Journeys line, launched in January 2016, offers hands-on exploration with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. These itineraries are designed for travellers who appreciate having flexibility and choices, but value the structure and security that come with group travel. Each trip is filled with opportunities to forge meaningful connections with local people and cultures and is led by a knowledgeable, local G Adventures guide known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and, whenever possible, travellers visit projects and community initiatives associated with National Geographic or G Adventures that improve local livelihoods and protect natural or cultural heritage.
In 2018, travellers will have the opportunity to spend time with a nomadic family in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and try out traditional archery, meet with Buddhist monks and yak farmers, and learn from park rangers about efforts to reintroduce native Takhi horses to the wild.
A new tour in Borneo will have travellers encountering orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and other unusual wildlife on excursions to nature reserves and a wildlife rehabilitation center.
National Geographic Journeys’ repertoire of African safaris now stretches to spectacular, though 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.
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.
“These tours combine travelling for fun with traveling for good, and they have a strong appeal as travellers become increasingly conscious about the impact of their vacation decisions,” said Nancy Schumacher, Head of Travel and Tour Operations at National Geographic.
“We’ve collaborated closely with G Adventures to design enhanced hands-on 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.”
“Travel agents and customers alike have been so enthusiastic about our National Geographic Journeys trips this past year, using words like ‘amazing,’ ‘organised,’ ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘fun’ to describe their adventures,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder and owner of G Adventures.
“That positive feedback, along with encouraging growth in our sales, are what inspired us to expand our offerings to these new destinations. We cannot wait to introduce travellers to even more life-changing experiences together in 2018.”
MAIN IMAGE: Sun Bear, Borneo © Coral Keegan