Gov. Phil Murphy and his family will set off late next week for a 12-day vacation in Africa, the governor’s office confirmed.
The family is scheduled to spend Christmas in Tanzania, Murphy spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said. They won’t return until after the New Year.
The East African country is known for its vast open spaces and parks, including a portion of the Serengeti National Park. Tourists flock there each year for its safaris to catch a glimpse of the so-called big five game — elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos.
If the family does take part in any safaris it’ll only be to observe animals, according to a Murphy official who said the governor does not hunt.
“The governor and his family will be departing on a family vacation to Tanzania during the winter holidays, leaving on the evening of Friday Dec. 21 and returning on the