4 Of The Long Run Members Are Part Of A Growing Collection

GER®s Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Segera Retreat and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, and Fellow Member Pacuare Lodge are recognised as National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. They are all part of a growing collection of lodges selected by National Geographic for representing its values and those of its travellers.

National Geographic on 13th September 2016 revealed that its collection had grown to 51 in total. The newest members to join reflect the diverse and singular experiences that the collection encompasses, ranging from a medieval European castle to a beachfront eco-lodge in the Galápagos, a press release said. Segera Retreat is a new member, while Grootbos, Lapa Rios and Pacuare were all recognised in 2015.


To be included in the Unique Lodges list, every lodge is thoroughly vetted for its commitment to sustainable tourism, authenticity, and excellence in service. Lodge experts spend time at each site, evaluating operations, and meeting with everyone from the general manager to the kitchen staff, ensuring that its standards were met.

“We share and appreciate the values and high quality standards of National Geographic,” said Michael Lutzeyer, part-owner and founder of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, when the lodge was selected in 2015. “We believe that by forming this partnership, we will reach the audiences that would appreciate what we have to offer and enable us to continue preserving this region’s unique and incredible biodiversity.”


Travellers are encouraged to look through the collection of lodges on the Unique Lodges’ website  and travel to these destinations in order to support the sustainability-focused lodges.


“Owning and operating an award winning luxury lodge in the middle of a jungle is an immensely rewarding and challenging labour of love,” says Roberto Fernandez, founder of the Pacuare Lodge. “We are honoured to be chosen as a founding member of National Geographic Society’s Unique Lodges of the World and we are looking forward to welcoming guests from all over the world who are seeking National Geographic experiences, which we feel we have been offering since we first opened our doors.”


Travelling to the collection of lodges also supports National Geographic’s own non profit work.


In addition to its magazines and films, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 10,000 grants to researchers and explorers around the globe working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants.


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.

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