A world-class team of experts will accompany this expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are the experts joining this trip.
Conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. A native of South Africa, Steve spent more than five years in the Okavango Delta doing fieldwork for his doctorate in zoology. He currently runs the Cape Parrot Project with support from National Geographic's Conservation Trust. His work takes him all over Africa, studying wildlife rehabilitation and biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, and planting thousands of trees in forest restoration projects. Steve is the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust. Steve recently completed a National Geographic-sponsored expedition across the Okavango Delta to promote broader protection for the watershed and its wildlife.
A 28-year veteran of the National Geographic Society, Rob Hernandez began as a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and later founded its International Publishing division, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 35 languages. Raised in Cuba and Spain, Rob spent his early career doing ecological field research and documenting the wildlife and culture of the world’s more remote places. He filmed a television special on lions in Namibia, explored the wilderness of New Guinea, journeyed to rarely visited corners of South America, and circumnavigated the Indian and Pacific Oceans in a small sailboat for 2 years. Rob has traveled extensively across the globe, and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge of and passion for the world's wildlife with National Geographic travelers.
Ami Vitale is a contract photographer, filmmaker, writer, and explorer with National Geographic. Ami’s journey has taken her to nearly 100 countries, focusing on some of today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. Vitale has documented wildlife and poaching in East Africa, covered human-elephant conflict, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild. She has garnered prestigious awards, such as Magazine Photographer of the Year from the National Press Photographer’s Association, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and Photographer of the Year International. Ami is also a six-time recipient of World Press Photo recognition, including 1st Prize for her 2017 National Geographic magazine story about elephants and 1st Prize the year before for her National Geographic work with giant pandas. She recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Vitale was the subject of the Mission Cover Shot series on the National Geographic Channel as well as another documentary series featuring Madagascar (Over the Islands of Africa). Ami is a Nikon Ambassador and a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face. She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.Departure Dates
Never miss a Nat Geo moment
Join our curious community and you'll have access to some great features!
Personalised content reflecting your interests on the site
Watch exclusive videos before anyone else
Favourite content that you like or want to check out later
Free SMS and Email reminders so you never miss a show
Get notified when content that interests you is published
Share your photos on Snap! that could appear on TV
Share your thoughts and opinions on various matters
Receive a monthly newsletter with loads of great content