In 2010, professional climber and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt was sent a photo of a granite rock face in northern Mozambique. Majka’s curiosity about what was behind and beyond that rock face ultimately led to a May 2014 expedition with an international team of biologists, climbers, conservation workers, and filmmakers who collaborated in an exploration of Mozambique’s second highest peak, Mount Namuli. The expedition spent a month conducting cliffside scientific and conservation research and fieldwork, using rock climbing to access previously unexplored habitats. The 2014 expedition and a 2011 reconnaissance expedition were the catalysts to develop Legado, a global venture that protects the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the people who call them home.  Today, in 2018, Legado works side-by-side mountain communities to create site-scale, local-leader driven programs to advance a thriving mountain people and their environment. Test Two

Our Journey


A world in which individual choices lead to a collective legacy of a thriving planet


We protect the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the people who call them home.

Legado currently has three significant initiatives to support its vision

Our flagship project on Mount Namuli, in northern Mozambique, engages world-renowned scientists, local community activists and conservation leaders to secure a vibrant future for the mountain and the people who depend on it.

Legado: Namuli

Scaling success and lessons learned from Mount Namuli across four other key inselbergs in Mozambique to protect some of the richest and most-underprotected biodiversity in the Eastern Afromontane ecoregion.

Sky Islands

The big conservation and development challenges in our world require strong future leaders. Through the Legado Fellows Program, we help train, equip, and empower young leaders from around the world.

The Legado Fellows

Why “Legado”?

At Legado, we believe that the source of all progressive, systemic, and lasting change, are people who are making a personal choice to take conscious actions towards the future they wish to be a part of, as individuals and as a collective.  This conscious future is what we refer to as “legacy”. (Note, Legado is legacy in Portuguese). “Legado” is also tied to Mount Namuli– the ancestral home to millions of people and a standing symbol of hope and prosperity for the future. 


Legado is supported by a variety of generous funders, corporate partners, and private donors.

Jane B Cook Memorial Trust
The Fraxinus Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Previous support from:

Namuli Thriving Futures is a Joint Program of

Photography Credit: Rob Frost (all)