National Geographic travelers are inquisitive and engaged—they seek to explore a destination in a meaningful way and aren’t satisfied with just scratching the surface. Recognizing this, each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who book through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. These opportunities span the spectrum from a research outing with a resident scientist to intimate meals in memorable places—a mountaintop in Montana or a wine cellar in South Africa, for instance. No matter what the experience, all of our National Geographic Exclusives are designed to enrich your stay by helping you connect more deeply to the unique place you’re visiting.
Check out these unforgettable experiences and learn more about all of our lodges' unique National Geographic Exclusives.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
In the remote wilderness of the northern Serengeti, set out from your stunning tented suite at Sayari just after sunrise, soaking up the sights and sounds of the awakening savanna. At a spot with a sweeping vista, sit down to a delightful, catered breakfast with hot or cold options as well as champagne and orange juice. Enjoy your breakfast with a breathtaking view, and then continue on a private game drive, searching out lions, leopards, wildebeests, and much more.
PETIT ST. VINCENT, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Of all the tiny islands sprinkled across the Caribbean, Jean-Michel Cousteau—a leading ocean conservationist and son of National Geographic Explorer Jacques Cousteau—chose to establish his dive center on Petit St. Vincent. Enjoy a private snorkeling excursion with one of the stellar dive instructors from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre. Don your gear and head out from the shore for an up-close, insider’s view of corals, fish, and other marine wonders that surround the island.
CHOCÓ RAIN FOREST, ECUADOR
Nestled amid the trees in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, Mashpi Lodge is home to a staggering array of bird, frog, butterfly, and orchid species as well as monkeys, ocelots, and rare flora. Get an inside view of this flourishing ecosystem on a behind-the-scenes tour with the resident biologist. Learn firsthand about ongoing studies and recent discoveries, and then head out on a research outing for a scientist’s perspective on the rain forest.
WESTERN MONTANA WILDERNESS, UNITED STATES
Set out on a private excursion to one of the ranch’s highest peaks with the lodge’s facilities director. Hike or ride in a jeep up to Mary Beth’s Lookout, and enjoy a delicious picnic with incredible views of the Rockies. Hear the history of the ranch’s homesteaders and the surrounding area along the way.
LIMÓN PROVINCE, COSTA RICA
In the Talamanca Mountains, the indigenous Cabécar people cling to their ancient traditions and remain largely isolated from the modern world. The Zutkia, or shaman, is an important part of the culture, serving as priest, magician, metaphysician, and healer. You’ll have an exclusive chance to meet with the son of a local Cabécar shaman to learn about his culture.
TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Enjoy the exclusive opportunity to step behind the scenes on a private, guided visit of the Ecostation. Then sit down to a meal or go on a walk with one of the center’s researchers to get an insider’s perspective on ongoing projects such as introducing sustainable fishing initiatives and protecting green sea turtle populations.
THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA
Join the executive chef in the kitchen and gain insight into how native ingredients and stories from the Anangu Dreaming are incorporated into the lodge cuisine philosophy. Learn the recipe to the outback-inspired dukkah or quandong jam or the lodge’s signature bread, made with ground native grass seeds.
Take a guided architectural tour of the National Historic District of Tilting, a tiny waterside community where homes built in the island’s Irish-influenced vernacular are interspersed with cutting-edge contemporary architecture. Then meet one of the inn’s resident architects for a behind-the-scenes look at the design of the lodge, capped off with a rooftop champagne toast.
SABI SAND RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll be invited to enjoy a private dinner in the lodge’s wine cellar, tasting vintages from around South Africa and learning about the country's thriving viniculture with a wine expert.