We are thrilled to announce that our Kenya: Hyenas to Humpbacks travel program has been named one of National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime" for 2014.
The competitive "50 Tours of a Lifetime" selection process seeks to identify 2014's most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours. In the words of Norie Quintos, executive editor ofNational Geographic Traveler magazine, "The tours we selected go beyond destination to add meaning and context. They open the mind to new possibilities, new connections, new ways of thinking—all critically important given the world's complex issues."
Oceanic Society's unique Kenya: Hyenas to Humpbacks travel program is a reinvention of the classic safari. The two-week program combines visits to areas of the densest wildlife concentrations in East Africa with snorkeling and whale watching along Kenya's coast. The tour's educational, conservation-focused itinerary also includes visits with community conservation leaders and artists—including members of the Ocean Sole program and of the mobile medical clinic, Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT)—giving tour participants an insider's look at unique ways to connect waste management and health care to modern conservation efforts in Kenya.
National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime" are featured in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, which will be available on newsstands on April 22. This is the fourth time an Oceanic Society expedition has been recognized as a "Tour of a Lifetime" since 2007.
Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1998. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.