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Jane Goodall’s Africa: 5 Places Where You Can Walk in the Environmental Icon’s Footsteps

On April 3, 2019, the world's most renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall, turns 85. To celebrate her remarkable life and legacy, we asked Toronto-based travel company G Adventures to share their picks for the best places to see some of the world's most fascinating animals.

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Jane GoodallPhoto: © Michelle Valberg

How to travel like Dr. Jane Goodall

Since 2016, Toronto-based travel company G Adventures and the Jane Goodall Institute have teamed up to curate a program of wildlife-friendly trips, all endorsed by the world-famous primatologist herself. Following the mission statement of Goodall’s institute, these small-group adventures give travellers unique opportunities to see some of the planet’s most fascinating animals, while at the same time, respecting their freedom and incorporating the needs of local communities. From the forests of Uganda to the beaches of Madagascar, these five destinations will introduce you to the world in ways you’ve never imagined.

Don’t miss our 2016 profile of Jane Goodall!

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Wildlife in MadagascarPhoto: © G Adventures, Inc.


Isolated from mainland Africa for millions of years, most of Madagascar’s plants, reptiles and primates are found nowhere else. Observe its famed lemurs, walk through ancient baobab forests in search of wild geckos, swim in hidden blue canyon pools, and spot migrating whales. You’ll learn about local life and still have time to relax at the beach!

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Elephant in BotswanaPhoto: © G Adventures, Inc.


Botswana showcases some of the best that Africa has to offer. Journey across the country and meet San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari. Meanwhile, the Okavango Delta—a vast inland delta located in the north of Botswana—makes for a once-in-a-lifetime canoe trip.

Check out more amazing places to see exotic animals.

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Kenya safariPhoto: Volodymyr Burdiak/Shutterstock


Looking for an introduction to safari life? Look no further than Kenya. Ride on wildlife safari drives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, be introduced to the Maasai way of life, and learn about elephant conservation from the Kenya Wildlife Service. With endless plains teeming with wildlife and dotted with acacia trees, you won’t want to blink.

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Tanzania safariPhoto: © G Adventures, Inc.


It doesn’t get more epic than Tanzania: search for the “big five” in scenic Lake Manyara, the wildlife-teeming Ngorongoro Crater, and the plains of the Serengeti. Explore the area around the Olduvai Gorge, which has been occupied by humans—and our earliest ancestors—for almost two million years!

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Gorilla in Uganda, AfricaPhoto: © G Adventures, Inc.


Spot chimps in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a bucket list opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Overland adventure vehicles are an affordable way to travel, while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action.

Next, check out more places you need to visit in 2019!