Can you imagine what it’s like to spend the day at a mountain lake carved by glaciers? To gaze across one of the longest continually inhabited countries in the world? Or to explore the forest where Dr Jane Goodall redefined man?

The world is becoming more connected than ever, and because of that tourism is an ever-growing industry. We need to work to bring a greater awareness of how to travel in a way that not only doesn’t harm, but can even benefit animals, people and the environment.

Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures

Jane Goodall Institute and G Adventures are proud to announce a new partnership. It is hoped that this collaboration will raise awareness of the importance of wildlife-friendly tourism, curating a programme of 20 wildlife trips to form the Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures.

All trips in the collection are endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall and with the launch of the new programme G Adventures will be helping raise awareness for the Jane Goodall Institute.

Adventures include river safari in Borneo, walking the highlights of Madagascar, safari life in Kenya and island hopping the Galapagos.

With G Adventures offices in New Zealand JGI NZ will be updating supporters about opportunities to undertake life changing travel adventures.

Kilimanjaro Climb for Chimps with JGI Australia

Rising majestically from the rainforests of the East African plains, the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is a breathtaking sight. To stand at its summit is to literally stand on top of the world.

On this 12-day adventure, you will be pushed to your limits as you climb through five different climatic zones with the support of experienced guides.

Trekking from cultivated farmlands to lush rainforest, through alpine meadow and across a barren lunar-like landscape to the summit, you’ll witness the incredible view of the sun awakening the East African plains below.

With your challenge complete, you have the option to extend your Tanzanian adventure with a four day discovery tour of Gombe National Park. Although the country’s smallest national park—at just 52 square kilometres—Gombe is world renowned as the place that Dr Jane Goodall began studying wild chimpanzees 55 years ago.

Take the opportunity to learn more about this unique habitat and the incredible animals that call it home.

Details of adventure

Dates: 10-21 February 2017

Registration fee: $770 (non-refundable)

Fundraising target: $4,000 (excludes travel)

Travel cost: $6,500* including taxes. This does not include the cost for the optional Gombe National Park project visit.

Challenge duration: 7 days

Accommodation: 3 star hotels and comfortable camping

Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

Gombe Park Optional Extension: An additional and exciting feature of this incredible adventure is the option to extend your trip with a four day visit to Gombe National Park to witness some of the amazing work of the Jane Goodall Institute.

*The travel cost is subject to change

Register here

What will my impact be?

Did you know that we have lost 90% of wild chimpanzees over the past 20 years? Or that chimpanzees and humans share almost 99% of DNA? Biologically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas, yet the impact we are having on their environment means their future is uncertain.

Humans pose many threats to great apes. From habitat loss, owing to farming and mining, to the demand for bush meat and illegal pet trade, the chimpanzee is suffering due to lack of awareness and weak law enforcement. In addition, the communities surrounding the chimpanzees are often dealing with over population, poverty, conflict and corruption. To make a difference in these areas, as JGI does, requires a holistic approach, an approach that involves animals, people and the environment.

Chimpanzees are already an endangered species and are largely confined to the forests of Equatorial Africa as their last remaining stronghold. It was estimated there were 1 million apes in 1900. Today, there are estimated to be 170,000-300,000 chimpanzees left in Africa, and their population is decreasing rapidly. In fact the chimp population has decreased 90% in the past 20 years.

By taking part in this incredible adventure, you will be making it possible for the Jane Goodall Institute to help protect endangered chimpanzees and their habitat by working with communities in Africa to build better and more environmentally sustainable livelihoods.

The money you raise will go towards our programs in Africa, including the Gombe Stream Research Center, which works towards the ongoing preservation and restoration of chimpanzee communities within Gombe National Park, and supports the rangers who care for them.

Your participation will ensure that our Africa Programmes can continue to conserve, protect and restore chimpanzees’ habitats and surrounding communities in Africa. In addition, your support will help us maintain much needed sanctuaries, which provide a lifelong home for orphaned and injured chimpanzees.

Dr. Jane Goodall says, “what you do makes a difference,” and by joining us on this journey, you will be making a difference to the life and future of many.