National Geographic Experts


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.

David Bygott

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. David and his wife lived in Tanzania for more than 25 years.

Departure Dates
  • Jul 08 - 16, 2018
  • Jul 22 - 30, 2018
  • Aug 05 - 13, 2018
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019

Laly Lichtenfeld
Conservationist, Biologist

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 the African People & Wildlife Fund with her husband, and currently lives in Tanzania at their Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative supports Laly’s inspirational work to conserve lions, leopards, and cheetahs in partnership with rural people. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University, where she continues to act as a research affiliate.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 02 - 10, 2018
  • Jan 21 - 29, 2019
  • Feb 18 - 26, 2019