New destinations Borneo and Mongolia highlight G Adventures 2018 National Geographic Journeys line-up, which features small-group 83 tours including to less-travelled wildlife parks in Tanzania and Botswana.
 
With tour prices starting at $1,249, the National Geographic Journeys line offers hands-on exploration with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. For example, travellers will have the opportunity to spend time with a nomadic family in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and try 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.
 
“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,” says 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.”
 
Samples of the new and updated tours for 2018 include:

• Best of Borneo (12 days, from USD $3,499) – Connect with your wild side on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus, encounter the orangutans of Matang, set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants, and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.
 
• Discover Mongolia (14 days, from USD $4,199) – Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a new two-week adventure through Mongolia. Follow a Lama Buddhist monk through the Erdene Zhu monastery; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, where a treasure trove of dinosaur eggs and bones have been found; and spend time with a family of nomadic camel-herders, getting acquainted with their everyday life.
 
• Southern Tanzania Safari (six days, from USD $3,999) – 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.
 
 
 
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