Jour­ney to the wild side

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NA­TIONAL Geo­graphic Ex­pe­di­tions and G Ad­ven­tures con­tinue to grow their joint travel line, Na­tional Geo­graphic Jour­neys and their part­ner­ship with more itin­er­ar­ies and ways to con­nect with the in­spir­ing com­mu­nity pro­grammes and field­work that each sup­ports.

Start­ing this year, the Na­tional Geo­graphic Jour­neys col­lec­tion of 83 tours will in­clude com­pelling des­ti­na­tions as well as less-trav­elled wildlife parks in Tanzania and Botswana.

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 trav­el­ling for good, and they have a strong ap­peal as trav­ellers be­come in­creas­ingly con­scious about the im­pact of their va­ca­tion de­ci­sions,” said Na­tional Geo­graphic Travel and Tour Op­er­a­tions head, Nancy Schu­macher.

“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 non-profit Na­tional Geo­graphic So­ci­ety.”

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.

“Travel agents and cus­tomers 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 G Ad­ven­tures founder and owner, Bruce Poon Tip.

“That pos­i­tive feed­back, along with en­cour­ag­ing growth in our sales, is what in­spired us to ex­pand our of­fer­ings to th­ese new des­ti­na­tions. We can­not wait to in­tro­duce trav­ellers to even more life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether this year.”

About G Ad­ven­tures

G Ad­ven­tures is an ad­ven­ture travel pi­o­neer and so­cial en­ter­prise of­fer­ing the widest se­lec­tion of af­ford­able small-group land, sea and river tours to more than 100 coun­tries on all seven con­ti­nents.

Founded by Cana­dian en­tre­pre­neur Bruce Poon Tip in 1990, G Ad­ven­tures of­fers award-win­ning trips that em­brace lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, cui­sine and trans­port and prom­ises 100% guar­an­teed de­par­tures.

With more than 700 dif­fer­ent itin­er­ar­ies and ex­pe­ri­ences that en­gage lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties all over the world, its ap­proach to small­group travel is in­ti­mate and sus­tain­able.

■ Be among the first to book Na­tional Geo­graphic Jour­neys with G Ad­ven­tures at Cor­po­rate In­for­ma­tion Travel Sdn Bhd (CIT) booths 1353-1372 (20 booths), at PWTC, Hall 1, to en­joy spe­cial sav­ings in con­junc­tion with MATTA Fair. For de­tails, call 03-2091 9988, e-mail travel@cit.travel or log on to www.cit.travel

The Na­tional Geo­graphic Jour­neys of­fers hands-on ex­plo­ration with an em­pha­sis on sto­ry­telling, lo­cal im­mer­sion and so­cial good.

Get ready for an un­for­get­table hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

En­joy a fun and ex­cit­ing get­away.

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