One of the biggest names in adventure travel is teaming up with one of the most iconic women in history to deliver a series of wildlife-centric itineraries that are specifically designed to provide unique experiences in a wide variety of destinations across the globe. Recently, G Adventures took the wraps off of its Jane Goodall Collection, which features 20 amazing trips that put amazing animals center stage.
G Adventures has always been at the forefront of eco-friendly and responsible travel, with animal welfare playing an important role in who the company partners with when creating its itineraries. In its recently revised Animal Welfare Policy, which is posted online here, the company states: "We believe that tourism can be a means for positive interactions between tourists and animals; however, where such interactions are not carefully managed or do not exhibit best practices there is potential to jeopardize animal welfare, the well-being of the local community, or the travellers’ experience."
Additionally, that same document asserts that G Adventures adheres to the Association of Birth s Travel Agents "Five Freedoms" in regards to animal welfare. Those freedoms include:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress
It was this commitment to animal safety and rights that led the travel company to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute. The two organizations are working together to create awareness of the plight of some animals species across the planet, and to empower local communities in developing regions to create travel opportunities that don't endanger the lives of the creatures they share their environment with. For more than 40 years Jane Goodall has studied apes, chimpanzees, and other primates, but her tireless effort to champion the cause of other types of wildlife has left a last impression on Africa and beyond.
So just what kind of trips will travelers find as part of the Jane Goodall Collection? As mentioned, there are 20 different itineraries to choose from across Africa, as well as North, Central, and South America. The trips will take G Adventure clients into lush jungles, up snowcapped mountains, and along beautiful beaches. A few of the trips even delve into the Arctic where they'll roam in the realm of the polar bear.
Just a few of the highlights include a nine-day camping adventure in the Galapagos Islands, which provides a very different experience from the traditional ship-based cruises that are common there. For a traditional safari experience, travelers will want to check out the Victoria Falls and Serengeti Adventure, which is 20 days in length and crosses through Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya. And of course, this wouldn't be a Jane Goodall-endorsed project if there wasn't some interaction with great apes. In Uganda and Rwanda, travelers will have an opportunity to go trekking with gorillas, something that is described as life altering by most who are lucky enough to experience it.
Other great options include a trip to Alaska, several departures to Costa Rica, an amazing riverboat experience on the Amazon, and a 14-day journey through Madagascar. And of course, as already mentioned, there are two opportunities to spot polar bears, including one in Canada and another in Norway.
Each of these trips already existed in the G Adventures catalog, but now they come with the official endorsement of Goodall herself. To designate which of the itineraries have earned this distinction, a special logo has been created that includes a graphic of the famed researcher's profile with the words "Jane Goodall Collection" underneath it. This will help customers to quickly identify which of the tours is part of this series moving forward.
In a statement announcing this collaboration Goodall said "I want to congratulate G Adventures on their animal welfare policy, which is so aligned with our values." She went on to add, "My vision is that one day people can live in harmony with nature. Travel can be a powerful way to learn about the natural world and our relationship with it."
You can learn more about the Jane Goodall Collection, as well as G Adventures' massive catalog of other itineraries, at GAdventures.com.