Sustainability is not an afterthought here—each of the lodges in our collection is guided by a commitment to preserve the integrity of their surroundings. They incorporate innovative sustainability practices into their everyday operations, support natural and cultural heritage, and engage with the local community in tangible ways. They share the values that drive National Geographic: conserving wild places, celebrating the world’s breathtaking cultural diversity, and inspiring people to protect our planet.
Here are a few highlights. Learn more about these eco-friendly practices on each property's About the Lodge page.
OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
The founders of Lapa Rios were pioneers of sustainable tourism, and their efforts can be seen in tiny details—like drinking straws made of bamboo—as well as complex behind-the-scenes systems. Find out how a team of resident pigs provides cooking fuel that’s clean and green.
MACHU PICCU PUEBLO, PERU
The cloud forests of Peru are home to South America’s only bear species, the spectacled, or Andean, bear. Forest fragmentation has reduced their habitat and their numbers in the wild—and some have even been conscripted into circuses. Meet some of the bears being rehabilitated at the foot of Machu Picchu.
WESTERN MONTANA WILDERNESS, UNITED STATES
On Tuesday nights during the summer months, The Ranch at Rock Creek invites its guests to step into the world of rodeo, showing them first-hand how much the sport means to Western communities.
KALAHARI, SOUTH AFRICA
Tswalu Kalahari is one of the best places on the planet to spot—and study—the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal. By assisting researchers with genetic studies, as well as developing and implementing innovative conservation solutions, Tswalu Kalahari is doing its part to protect this threatened animal from extinction.
SELINDA RESERVE, BOTSWANA
Great Plains Conservation, the company behind Zarafa Camp, recently helped engineer the largest rhino airlift in history, funded in part by proceeds from the lodge. Follow the journey with National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the founders of Great Plains Conservation, as the endangered animals are moved away from poachers to safe havens in Botswana.
HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO
Kasbah Du Toubkal supports Education for All (EFA), a non-profit organization aimed at meeting the learning needs of children who don’t have access to education resources. Learn how EFA is providing girls living in the remote villages of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains with safe and comfortable places to learn in the region’s larger towns.
With the support of the Shorefast Foundation, the island charity behind Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland fishermen have started using environmentally responsible “cod pots” for a fresher catch. Read on to discover how these innovative fishing apparatuses are helping to keep ocean waters clean and local fishermen safe.