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On Safari: Tanzania's Great Migration
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Meet Louise Leakey or Fidelis Masao for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis was discovered on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition.
  • Seek out the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, and spot spectacular wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • A renowned wildlife biologist accompanies each trip to interpret the flora and fauna we encounter on safari and to give fascinating lectures about animal behavior.
  • A Maasai chief invites us to witness a traditional ceremony and learn firsthand about the culture.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Itinerary

Go in search of the thundering herds of the legendary wildebeest migration on a wildlife safari in Tanzania. Experience the power of the migration up close in the vast savannas of the northern or southern Serengeti, depending on the season. Take in extraordinary vistas of the Great Rift Valley, and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, and more.

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

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Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its elephants, hippos, giraffes, flamingos, and tree-climbing lions. Set out on our first safari to discover East Africa’s legendary wildlife amid the stunning Rift Valley landscape.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

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On a morning game drive, observe the wildlife that congregates on the shores of Lake Manyara. Enjoy a guided walk around the lodge’s grounds and gardens before hiking to a nearby coffee plantation.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater

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After breakfast, travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands, where we will meet with Maasai community members. Far from the tourist circuit, enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. After lunch, descend 2,000 feet to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter almost 25,000 animals. Observe the interactions between predator and prey; spot colorful birdlife, from superb starlings to crowned cranes; and track elephants, rare black rhinos, cheetahs, and more.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

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Return to the crater floor for breakfast and a morning safari. Enjoy an afternoon to relax and watch the sun set over the crater from the lodge. Tonight, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Louise Leakey or Dr. Fidelis Masao, co-director of the Olduvai Landscape Paleoarchaeology Project, joins us for dinner and a discussion about the groundbreaking paleontological finds in the region.

Day 6: Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park

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Drive to the Olduvai Gorge, where, on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus. This morning, Louise (the Leakeys’ granddaughter) or Dr. Masao will discuss the family’s legacy and ongoing work at Olduvai Gorge. Then take a private tour of the site, or accompany Dr. Masao on a walk through the area where much of his life’s research has been conducted. This afternoon, drive to our lodge in the southern Serengeti, looking for lions, giraffes, and leopards along the way.

Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park

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Rise early for an optional hot-air balloon safari or a morning game drive before flying to the northern Serengeti. With luck, we will witness the dramatic river crossings of the wildebeest migration. Great herds of wildebeests and zebras eye predators warily as crocodile snouts break the surface of the Mara River. Take in the region’s spectacular array of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Meet with a conservationist from KopeLion to learn about National Geographic-funded work aimed at preventing human-lion conflict in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. KopeLion was founded by National Geographic grantee Ingela Jansson, a field biologist who has studied lions in northern Tanzania for more than 10 years. On our last evening, gather for a candlelit farewell dinner in the bush.

Day 9: Serengeti/Arusha

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After a final early-morning safari, fly back to Arusha. Relax at our hotel before connecting with your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Pre- or Post-trip, 6 Days

Travel to Rwanda on an optional pre- or post-trip extension for an incredible opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. From our base just outside Volcanoes National Park, track gorillas and hike to the original site of National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey\'s Karisoke Research Center.

Day 1: Tanzania/Kigali, Rwanda

Depart Tanzania on a flight to Kigali. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodations:Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Kigali

Journey into the lush hills that surround Kigali to visit a community supported by the Millennium Villages project—a development approach conceived by Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Project. Here, survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide live side by side in an effort to heal wounds and build a brighter future for the country. Listen to moving testimonies of village residents, and visit the health center and the primary school. Return to Kigali for dinner at the legendary Hotel des Mille Collines—featured in the film Hotel Rwanda—where more than a thousand Rwandans found safe haven during the genocide.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 3: Kigali/Parc National des Volcans

This morning, pay a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre, where a poignant exhibition recalls Rwanda's mid-1990s genocide and testifies to the country's remarkable resilience. Then travel north through the beautiful countryside to Volcanoes National Park.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 4: Parc National des Volcans

Spend the day tracking mountain gorillas in the forested hills of Volcanoes National Park. Follow local guides through thick undergrowth and dangling vines in search of gorilla families. Sit among these gentle giants and observe their interactions, listening to their distinctive grumbles and viewing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures from an awe-inspiring, up close perspective.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 5: Parc National des Volcans/Kigali

Trek to the original site of the Karisoke Research Center, where the late Dian Fossey, a National Geographic grantee, carried out research on mountain gorillas for 18 years. Or strike out into the lower reaches of the park to seek out golden monkeys, a distinct species of primate that can often be found in thick bamboo stands. For an additional cost, opt to return to Volcanoes National Park for a second day of gorilla tracking. In the afternoon, head back to Kigali.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 6: Kigali

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day.

Meals Included:Breakfast

What to Expect


This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Excursions include safari drives in open vehicles on dusty, bumpy roads; nature walks on uneven terrain; and sometimes climbing stairs without handrails.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located hotels, lodges, and luxury tented camps.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater. It boasts large, well-equipped rooms, all with views of the crater floor below. Each accommodation features a private game-viewing balcony, separate bath and shower, two queen-size beds, and a private solarium with comfortable rocking chairs and a writing desk. The bar and dining room are warmed by log fires in the evenings, and the hotel's luxurious swimming pool is set on the very edge of the crater itself.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater. It boasts large, well-equipped rooms, all with views of the crater floor below. Each accommodation features a private game-viewing balcony, separate bath and shower, two queen-size beds, and a private solarium with comfortable rocking chairs and a writing desk. The bar and dining room are warmed by log fires in the evenings, and the hotel's luxurious swimming pool is set on the very edge of the crater itself.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Dec 30, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,94,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,87,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/07 - 2020/01/12

Double Occupancy from ₹6,94,100per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,87,400 per person

  • date Jan 19-27, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,79,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,73,100 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/27 - 2020/02/01

Double Occupancy from ₹6,79,800per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,73,100 per person

  • date Feb 16-24, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,79,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,73,100 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/24 - 2020/02/29

Double Occupancy from ₹6,79,800per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,73,100 per person

  • date Jul 5-13, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,87,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,80,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/07/13 - 2020/07/18

Double Occupancy from ₹7,87,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹9,80,500 per person

  • date Jul 23-31, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,87,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,80,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/07/31 - 2020/08/05

Double Occupancy from ₹7,87,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹9,80,500 per person

  • date Aug 2-10, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,87,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,80,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/08/10 - 2020/08/15

Double Occupancy from ₹7,87,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹9,80,500 per person

  • date Sep 6-14, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,87,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,80,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/09/14 - 2020/09/19

Double Occupancy from ₹7,87,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹9,80,500 per person

  • date Oct 4-12, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,87,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,80,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/10/12 - 2020/10/17

Double Occupancy from ₹7,87,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹9,80,500 per person

  • date Dec 6-14, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,44,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,37,300 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 4, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,94,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,87,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/01/04 - 2021/01/09

Double Occupancy from ₹6,94,100per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,87,400 per person

  • date Jan 19-27, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,01,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,94,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/01/27 - 2021/02/01

Double Occupancy from ₹7,01,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,94,500 per person

  • date Feb 18-26, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 7,01,200 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,94,500 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2021/02/26 - 2021/03/03

Double Occupancy from ₹7,01,200per person

Single Occupancy from ₹8,94,500 per person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $450 per person between the months of December and March, and $775 per person between the months of June and October. Internal flights for the optional extension to Rwanda are $1100 per person. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
    • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Alcoholic beverages
David Bygott
Biologist
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Biologist and artist David Bygott first came to Tanzania in 1969 to work on Jane Goodall's National Geographic-funded team studying wild chimpanzees. While there, he visited Dian Fossey at her Rwandan research center and helped her sketch individual gorillas. David spent four years as a lion biologist in Tanzania and taught zoology to future wildlife managers at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has contributed illustrations to numerous East African guidebooks and to National Geographic magazine, and has led travelers on numerous safaris in East Africa. David and his wife lived in Tanzania for more than 25 years.

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  • Dec 30, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020
  • Jul 5-13, 2020
  • Jul 23-31, 2020
  • Dec 6-14, 2020
  • Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 4, 2021
Peter Houlihan
Biologist Filmmaker
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TROPICAL ECOLOGIST, FILMMAKER, and National Geographic Explorer Peter Houlihan specializes in coordinating and leading scientific expeditions into some of the planet's least accessible and most threatened tropical environments for conservation. Over the past 15 years, he has led more than 40 extensive research and media expeditions across four continents, operating in more than 20 countries. He is passionate about engaging and working with communities where he works and inspiring others to learn about our natural world. Represented by National Geographic Image Collection, Peter is a multilingual photographer, videographer, and producer fusing his conservation science with high-impact media to inform broad international audiences about our planet. Peter has received multiple grants from the National Geographic Society to conduct research and lead scientific expeditions. He lives and works throughout the tropics of Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia, where he conducts long term conservation work with NGOs in Borneo, Madagascar, and the Amazon, is a frequent visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and teaches a graduate level tropical ecology and conservation field course in the Congo Basin as an Adjunct Professor for Johns Hopkins University. In Tanzania, Peter has lived and worked in the northern parks, and with Masai communities, where his research has focused on community ecology of savanna ecosystems, as well as the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. Globally, Peter's research, conservation work, and science communication have helped lead to the establishment of new protected areas and the documentation of species new to science. On camera, Peter has appeared across National Geographic platforms, in an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, and alongside Sir David Attenborough for the BBC. A recent film about his team’s latest scientific discoveries in the Florida Everglades, called ‘Chasing Ghosts,’ is an Official Selection of the National Geographic Short Film Showcase. Peter is also an Explorers Club Fellow, a gear tester for Patagonia, and an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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  • Feb 16-24, 2020
Laly Lichtenfeld
Biologist Conservationist
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Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld began her work in East Africa as a Fulbright Scholar researching community-based conservation in 1996. She went on to co-found African People & Wildlife with her husband, and currently lives in Tanzania at their Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has supported Laly’s inspirational work to conserve lions, leopards, and cheetahs in partnership with rural people. An accomplished speaker, Laly earned her Ph.D. from Yale University.

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  • Jan 19-27, 2020
  • Aug 2-10, 2020
Hans Cosmas Ngoteya
Conservationist
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National Geographic Explorer Hans Cosmas Ngoteya is a conservationist from Tanzania with a passion for filming and photography. He is a co-founder of the Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization, which focuses on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods through sustainable environmental practices. Hans has a deep interest in creating awareness around conservation and developing resources for conservation education. For the past three years, he's designed and worked on a project called “Vijana na Mazingira,” which means “Youths and the Environment,” in a remote village in eastern Tanzania. The project’s location neighbors one of the country’s largest national parks, where he works with communities on sustainable environmental practices. His ultimate goal is to develop and explore practical solutions to solving emerging conservation challenges and help communities co-exist with wildlife. National Geographic has awarded a grant to Hans to promote human and wildlife co-existence in Tanzania. He was among the first group of grantees selected for National Geographic’s Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.

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  • Sep 6-14, 2020