The National Geographic Mission

When You Travel with Us, You Make a Difference

For more than a century, National Geographic has been driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. In addition to our magazines and films, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 10,000 grants to researchers and explorers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants.

When you travel with us, you support this nonprofit work. A portion of the proceeds from all National Geographic Travel programs, including Unique Lodges of the World, help fund initiatives such as the Pristine Seas Project, which seeks to identify and preserve the last untouched areas in the ocean; the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive effort to protect endangered felines worldwide; and the Enduring Voices Project, which recently documented a language in India that had previously been unknown to linguists.

Our lodges are selected in part for their strong commitment to preserving the environmental and cultural integrity of their surroundings—an ethos that aligns with the values that drive National Geographic. They incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday operations, support natural and cultural heritage, and engage with the local community in tangible ways.

"National Geographic is an organization that really wants to promote the things that we do: saving the planet and looking after communities and cultures." — Michael Lutzeyer, Owner of Grootbos Private Nature Preserve  

Every time you stay at one of our lodges, you’re supporting a sustainability-focused business and contributing to the valuable work of National Geographic’s explorers, scientists, storytellers, and innovators to help bring their discoveries to the world.