On Grand Safari With Micato
15 December 2019
The grand, glamourous, unashamedly luxurious safaris favoured by princes and princesses, potentates, lutocrats, and ex-presidents (Teddy Roosevelt’s epic 1909 safari was one of the first of its sumptuous kind) are central to East Africa’s heritage as oneof the world’s most desired destinations. This Grand Safari is Micato’s homage to those old and romantic days, to their indulgent and exquisite grace.
The Micato Grand Safari’s six flights make travel between game reserves and luxury camps a seamless, time-saving joy. And our stays in places like the airy Tortilis Camp in Amboseli; Bateleur or Governors’ Il Moran camps in the Maasai Mara; the charmingly luxe Four Seasons Safari Lodge or the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp in the Serengeti; and the serene Lewa Safari Camp on the Laikipia Plateau bring us into close and comfortable contact with some of Africa’s richest game lands and most stirring landscapes.
Starting with a couple of nights at Hemingways in Kenya’s capital; this is the perfect place to relax after your flight from the UK. Your first full day will be packed full with visits to the National Museum and the Giraffe Centre before stopping off for lunch with Felix & Jane Pintos – the founders of Micato Safaris – at their gorgeous home in Lavington. Here you’ll learn all about the history of the company, as well as their extremely interesting lives before you embark on your safari.
Your first stop out of the city is to Amboseli National Park to stay in the gorgeous and airy Tortilis Camp, here you will visit a Maasai village and take many game drives to explore this incomparably animal rich kingdom. After two nights in Amboseli, you will fly north to the Lakipia Plateau where you’ll spend two nights at Lewa Safari Camp in the famous Lewa Conservancy. Lewa Conservancy has helped create the template for the successful conservancy model of wildlife and habitat preservation. It is the home to the world’s largest concentration of the Grevy’s zebra, as well as its 130 black and white rhinos. The camp itself is made up of 11 thatched roof tents which are extremely luxurious, each with a private veranda overlooking the most vibrant African landscapes.
Your next stop is the world famed Maasai Mara which you will reach after a short flight over the Grand Rift Valley. You will explore the Mara plains - unquestionably the earth’s greatest haven for large mammals - for the next two full days. The first day on land spending some quality time with the Maasai tribes as well as making side trips to the Mara river to spy on the hippos and crocodiles. Your second day you’ll get to experience Africa from the sky by taking a morning’s hot air balloon over the plains before landing to a champagne breakfast! Your lodgings here will either be at Bateleur Camp or Governor’s Il Moran Camp – both equally superb.
Another flight takes you further south in to Tanzania where you will set up home in the Serengeti amongst the three million or more mammals which live there. You will spend two nights in either the Four Seasons Safari Lodge or the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. From the Serengeti you will drive east to the Ngorongoro Crater for some more incredible game viewing (it is home to the tree climbing lions as well as the Big Five). Your final two nights will be spent at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge which is perched on the rain-forest edge – the landscape is renowned for being phenomenal.
After your final breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara and hop on a quick flight to Nairobi – you’ll have a day room at the Norfolk or Boma Hotels allowing you flexibility to enjoy your final day in Africa before taking your evening flight back to the UK.
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