Travel/wildlife documentary maker Greg Grainger is launching a new adventure travel enterprise, in partnership with Adventure Associates.
Greg Grainger Adventures will initially offer three trips, to the Antarctic, the Arctic and the Galapagos.
These trips will be led by Greg Grainger, who will also be collecting footage for his TV documentaries, with Discovery Channel the likely international broadcaster.
Under the partnership, Greg Grainger will market and lead these expeditions, while Adventure Associates will arrange the trips and handle all bookings.
Adventure Associates has been owned these past 2 years by Everest summiteer and Aurora Expeditions founder Greg Mortimer, with his step-daughter Sue Werner now managing that company.
“We're delighted to be partnering with Greg Grainger. He has such a deep passion for these adventures and it will be a real thrill for his viewers to be able to travel with him.” says Sue Werner.
The first trip is this November, sailing from Ushuaia at the tip of the Tierra del Fuego down to the Weddell Sea in the Antarctic in search of a colony of Emperor Penguins.
“We're sailing on board the MV Ortelius, the same ice-strengthened vessel I sailed to Commonwealth Bay and Mawson's Hut several years ago” says Greg. “It carries two helicopters which allows passengers to be carried ashore for close encounters with penguins and seals.”
Trip 2 is next April to the Galapagos Islands. Travellers will first visit a centre for giant land tortoises, before boarding either the M/Ys Letty or Flamingo for a one week sail around the islands. “Every day, we'll be visiting a new island with new creatures… from Iguanas to Frigate Birds and penguins.” says Greg.
The third trip will take travellers to Svalbard, up towards the North Pole. This 14-day trip will take place in July next year from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land and back on board the M/S Sea Spirit. “I've had the absolute thrill of tracking polar bears in Svalbard before for a series of documentaries, and I can't wait to get back to see them close up again,” says Greg.
Greg Grainger Adventures will be officially launched this month, with a series of TV ads and an intensive social media campaign.
“I've been so lucky to have made a career out of visiting these remote and exotic locations, to observe wildlife ever so close” says Greg. “It will be a real pleasure to have like-minded adventurous travellers share these experiences with me.”
Greg Grainger has produced more than 300 documentaries for close to 100 international broadcasters, including National Geographic and Discovery Channels.
His weekly all-Australian travel show TRAVEL OZ is seen around the world, including on the Seven Network in Australia, while his series of travel, wildlife and adventure documentaries screens as GRAINGER'S WORLD.