All Micato safaris are designed for variety and richness of the unique gameviewing experience (almost invariably including the fabled Big Five: lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino, and grandly gamboling elephants), typically making a morning and afternoon game drive in comfortable, well-provisioned and expertly guided safari vehicles. You'll usually fly from one camp to another (in itself a splendid and timesaving experience). Depending on the camp or lodge, you can choose between a wide range of activities, from classic game drives, mountain biking, swimming, bush picnics, cultural exchanges, bush walks, and candlelight dinners to optional balloon rides, spa treatments, wine tasting, and, that rare luxury in modern life: deep, quiet, untroubled repose.
Each moment on a Micato safari is sublime, here are some experiences that stand out.
- Your First Glimpse of a Lion
- Meet An Elephant
- Soaring Over Kenya's Northern Frontier
- Sending a Child to School
- Encounters with Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
- Sleeping Under the Stars
- Hot Air Ballooning Over Africa
- Biking in the Cape Winelands
- Visiting Nelson Mandela's Prison
and so many more exceptional experiences ...
Explore Africa in Style on one of these Recommended Micato Safaris
The Stanley Wing Safari16 daysRoundtrip Nairobi
Kenya: Nairobi, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Mt. Kenya.
Tanzania: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
The Stanley Wing, named for the iconic 19th-century Africa explorer Henry Morton Stanley, may be Micato’s most comprehensive and popular safari. We range through East Africa widely and leisurely, from Nairobi into the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in southern Kenya and farther into Tanzania, with luxuriously long stays in some of the continent’s most treasured and exhilarating game parks. The Stanley Wing is a matchless introduction to the dreamt-of Africa; it’s also a marvelous way to experience that Africa yet again.
The Hemingway Wing Safari14 daysRoundtrip Nairobi
Kenya: Nairobi, Samburu, Maasai Mara.
Tanzania: the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
Such is Africa’s allure: that a bright fellow like Hemingway would lie in his tent, homesick before he’d even parted from a place that had come to seem more like home than home itself. We’re told these days to stick to the now, and the here, but Hemingway—like many of us lovers of Africa—knew that sometimes you can’t micromanage your passions. The Hemingway Wing Safari—a cherished favourite of Micato staff—is a tribute, not only to Africa’s tendency to grab hold of our hearts, but also to the old-fashioned and cozy safaris of Hemingway’s time, with three tented camps (a little more luxurious than in Ernest’s day, but he was never one to avoid intelligently offered luxury), good looks at East Africa’s most legendary game parks (and a couple of lesser-known gems), and five swooping flights that bring us into great intimacy with Africa’s landscapes.
The Heart of Kenya & Tanzania12 daysRoundtrip Nairobi
Kenya: Nairobi, Maasai Mara.
Tanzania: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti.
The names alone are magic: The Serengeti. Ngorongoro Crater. The Maasai Mara. We’re reminded that when we travel, we visit names as well as places—names with romantic heft, names that resound, names that may have captivated us for many years. Names like Ngorongoro. (Then again, if we’d never heard that sonorous name, and we made the exhilarating drive up the flank of the old volcano and reached its rim and suddenly beheld the green and animal-thronged crater far below, Ngorongoro would be just as utterly amazing.)
In less than two weeks, The Heart of Kenya and Tanzania introduces us—or re-introduces us—to places with famous names, but most of all, it brings us to fantastic places, fantastic in the sense that their like is to be found exactly nowhere else on earth.
Botswana's Timeless Wilderness12 daysRoundtrip Johannesburg
South Africa: Johannesburg.
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Gomoti Plains, Moremi.
Zambia: Victoria Falls.
If we had to pick the most miraculous African place of all, it might well be the Okavango Delta, where the 1,000-milelong Okavango River gives up on its search for an outlet to the sea and seeps lifegivingly into the sands of one of the world’s most uncompromising deserts, creating a vast and mesmerizing oasis. As Frans Lanting wrote in his elegiac book Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden, “The [Delta’s] very existence in the middle of the Kalahari Desert is nothing short of miraculous . . . like a dream.”
Botswana’s wilderness is expansive and—to our scurrying senses—timeless, and the Okavango isn’t its only dreamy place. Our under-two-week safari takes us to three others, right up near the top of African marvels: the lush and pacific Gomoti Plains Camp, the exemplary Moremi Game Reserve, quite close to another phenomenon of miraculous rarity, Victoria Falls.