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national geographicNational Geographic and G Adventures have introduced 70 trips in the new National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures line. The two have joined forces to offer trips designed for travellers who appreciate having free time and choices, but want the safety and security that comes along with travelling with a group.

A key element of the trips is forging true human connections, with plenty of opportunities to get alongside locals and see how they live. This means activities such as spending time in a family home in Jaipur, India, or sharing a meal with a local author and her storytelling troupe in Botswana. Here’s a taste of the top four trips:

1. The 12-day Explore Southern Africa trip includes a game drive with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a visit to Hope Africa Children’s Day School and a walk through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a botanist.

2. Travel and Discover Patagonia for 14 days with a cruise across the Lago Todos Los Santos aboard a catamaran, a lecture by a local glacier expert in the scenic town of El Calafate and a local tango lesson.

3. Take a scenic train to Machu Picchu on the eight-day Explore Machu Picchu. Roam the Sacred Valley and take in the views of the Andes, visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo and hike the Inca Trail.

4. Track the big five across the Serengeti and Masai Mara, alongside naturalists on the 13-day Safari in Kenya & Tanzania. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs on the Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive, have a discussion about poaching and rhino conservation with a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service and meet some of the women of a Masai village.

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