G Adventures Adds 12 Tours To Its ‘Jane Goodall Collection’

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

For the first time since it launched in 2016, G Adventures is updating its exclusive Dr. Jane Goodall-endorsed collection of wildlife-focused tours for 2020 with adventures in Indonesia, Botswana, Belize, the Northwest U.S., mainland Ecuador, the Arctic and Antarctic, and other diverse destinations around the globe. 

The update adds 12 new tours to the Jane Goodall Collection, each selected with the endorsement of the non-profit Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, and brings the full program of branded experiences to an even 20 trips in total.

All trips in the collection, which includes itineraries across several of G Adventures’ travel styles, are endorsed by the renowned U.N. Messenger of Peace, whose Institute protects endangered species through conservation strategies that incorporate the needs of local communities, with the understanding that helping people saves wildlife.

Since it launched, the Jane Goodall Collection of tours has welcomed close to 15,000 travellers from around the world. G Adventures hopes to grow that figure to 20,000 or more travellers over the next three years, explains G Adventures Brand Manager Amanda Dunning.

G Adventures’ animal welfare policy was and continues to be a key factor in Dr. Goodall’s support, explains Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s CEO, Andria Teather. 

“Partnering with companies who share our values is a priority for JGI. G Adventures is one of those companies that understands and appreciates our work and is prepared to support it. We are extremely grateful for G Adventures’ support,” she says.

The partnership between the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and G Adventures goes beyond commercial ties. To date, G Adventures has donated more than $100,000 in funds and travel assistance to support the conservation mission of Dr. Goodall’s non-profit institute, which has chapters around the world. 

In 2015, Dr. Goodall gave her support to the G Adventures Animal Welfare Policy, which governs the small group tour operator’s more than 750 trips in 120+ countries around the globe, ensuring the protection and freedom of all animals when travelling. That operational commitment, along with Goodall’s endorsement, paved the way for the first-of-its-kind partnership in the tourism industry: the Jane Goodall Collection.

G Adventures Vice President of Social Enterprise and Responsible Travel, Jamie Sweeting, explains the importance of partnerships in ensuring the tour operator’s best-in-class commitments around animals:

“For many years we have been committed to ensuring that no people or animals are harmed either intentionally or unintentionally by our tours. Jane Goodall’s recognition of our work to protect animals spurred us to take our work in this area to the next level. Together with World Animal Protection, the World Cetacean Alliance and the Jane Goodall Institute we have strengthened our protections even further. We strive to be the best we can be in this vital area of our business, and empower our travellers to do the same in their own adventures.”

G Adventures founder and owner Bruce Poon Tip, whose admiration of Jane Goodall first paved the way for the trailblazing collaboration, adds: “I am so proud of this partnership and these trips. Dr. Goodall has long been --and continues to be-- an inspiration to me as a traveller, a father, and a social entrepreneur. If we can spread some of her endless optimism and compassion for local communities and the planet’s wildlife among new generations of travellers and changemakers, we will spark a ripple effect that can do wonders for this world.”

Sample, eligible itineraries added to the Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures for 2020 display a special stamp in the company’s brochures and website, and include the following tours: 

Explore Belize -- Visit a community baboon sanctuary and see howler monkeys in the wild, go cave canoeing in an ancient Mayan waterway, go snorkelling above the Belize barrier reef to watch sharks and rays. 9 days, from $1,695.

Southern Tanzania Safari -- Explore less-crowded Ruaha National Park, sometimes described as Tanzania’s best-kept secret, and the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where guests can experience a walking safari.  6 days, from $4,300. 

Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari -- Observe the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local guide, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. 10 days, from $6,425. 

Indonesia: Flores & Komodo -- Gaze with wonder at the multi-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu, admire community-owned rice fields that look like they were spun by a spider, trek through the rainforest, jump into waterfall pools and scan for Komodo’s famed dragons from the safety of a boat.  9 days from $1,529. 

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights -- Overnight at a Buddhist monastery, explore Royal Chitwan National Park first by boat down river in search of birds & crocs, then by jeep safari in search of elephants, monkeys, leopards and rhinos. Meet a local tiger technician to learn about tracking and protection. 10 days, from $2,079.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica-- Board the G Expedition polar ship and get up close to a place that fascinated famed explorer Ernest Shackleton. Watch for penguins, whales and seals from deck or shore zodiac. 22 days from $14,599.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.