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 visit through a National Geographic Expedition or Custom Trip itinerary. 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.
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.
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.
Set out on a private excursion to one of the ranch’s highest peaks with the lodge’s ranch ambassador. 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.
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.
Guests who visit through a National Geographic Expedition itinerary are offered an inclusive, in-depth look at the compelling story of Fogo Island. Spend time with a Community Host who endured life on the island during the depletion of the cod population, which led to resettlement for many Fogo Island families. After hearing a firsthand account of this pivotal period in the island’s history, head to the lodge cinema with your host to watch a documentary on the resettlement. Then join a Community Host on a foraging hike, and return to the kitchen to help prepare a seasonal dish for lunch.
When you visit through a National Geographic Expedition itinerary, you’ll be invited to enjoy a private dinner in the lodge’s wine cellar, tasting vintages from around South Africa and gaining an introduction to the award-winning wines in Sabi Sabi's collection.