|African Travel, Inc. is excited to announce it is partnering with TravelStore, the largest California-based retail travel agency, headquartered in Los Angeles, to create a very special Once-in-a-Lifetime Africa experience featuring world-famous primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, and 20-yearNational Geographic magazine contributing photographer, speaker, author and teacher Joel Sartore. This 22-day photo safari is scheduled to depart July 8, 2013, and is strictly limited to 20 people.Wildlife viewing in these regions of Africa, due to their remoteness, is unique and exclusive. This is an extraordinary opportunity to track and photograph gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates, in addition to the other spectacular and often-endangered species that live only in Africa. The tour will be highlighted by a luncheon talk by Dr. Goodall about the various projects her Institute is involved in to protect and preserve chimpanzees.
According to Jim Holden, president of African Travel, Inc., “This once-in-a-lifetime trip is just that, in that it showcases little-visited places in Africa. Participants will travel to see the lowland gorillas in Congo Brazzaville, the “other” Congo colonized by the French; the site of Jane Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee behavioral researching in Gombe, Tanzania; and the world’s largest game reserve, the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, named for the famous hunter and conservationist Frederic Courteney Selous, a close friend and guide to President Teddy Roosevelt on his safaris into the interior of Africa.”
“This is an unforgettable opportunity not only to experience more of Africa, but also to meet Dr. Jane Goodall,” said Jonathan Alder, co-creator of the program from TravelStore. “Mr. Sartore will also be speaking with the group about his adventures and providing photography advice to each member throughout the tour.”
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visitwww.janegoodall.org.
In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel Sartore has contributed toAudubon Magazine, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous books. Joel and his work have been the subject of several national broadcasts, including “National Geographic Explorer,” the “NBC Nightly News,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and an hour-long PBS documentary, “At Close Range.” He is also a contributor on the “CBS Sunday Morning Show” with Charles Osgood.
This once-in-a-lifetime photo safari includes Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a city of many archeological treasures, including the complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy; two different camps in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo; and very seldom-visited areas of Tanzania, including Kigoma, Gombe National Park, Katavi, and the Selous Game Reserve. Katavi National Park is the third largest national park in the country, yet one of the least visited, which means guests can look forward to having this huge wilderness virtually to themselves. Gombe National Park is on Lake Tanganyika, near the Burundi border, and was created to protect the residentchimpanzees. The park is set in the stunning Mahale Mountains and, among other things, is renowned for fantastic sunsets over Lake Tanganyika, which makes it an essential stop for the keen photographer.
Once in Africa, the flight from Addis to Brazzaville is in business class on Ethiopian Air. After that, all flights are exclusively by private planes, giving travelers the opportunity to experience all these diverse destinations in one journey. All 5-star or 4-star camps and lodges used are the best available in these remote locations. All offer flush toilets and hot running-water showers.
Once-in-a-Lifetime Africa is priced at $59,990 per person, based on double occupancy, and is inclusive of internal airfare within Africa, as well as a tax-deductible donation of $2,500 per person in support of the Jane Goodall Institute.
For reservations or more information about this trip, contact Jonathan Alder at TravelStore firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll free 800-850-3224, ext. 19170.
About African Travel, Inc.
African Travel, Inc. won distinction as a Top Safari Outfitter in Travel+Leisure’s 2012 ’World’s Best Awards, and was nominated by Travel Weekly in their Readers’ Choice Awards as a Top Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter. National Geographic includes African Travel in their list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and African Travel is listed as a Travel + Leisure Family Club Tour Partner. African Travel, Inc. is part of The Travel Corporation, which also includes in the United States Trafalgar, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Employee-owned TravelStore is a member of the prestigious Signature Travel Network. Established in 1975 by Wido Schaefer, TravelStore has grown into one of the nation’s top travel agencies, specializing in luxury travel, wildlife safaris and corporate travel management. TravelStore, with seven offices throughout the state of California, was recently awarded The Los Angeles Times’ 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for best travel service, and also is a four-time recipient of the Best Places to Work Award from Los Angeles Business Journal.