The Micato Grand Safari
Cost: Starting $10,275 Land arrangements per person
About This Trip
We board ourflight and enjoy the anticipation ofAfrica.
Touching down in Nairobi, we are whisked to Fairmont
The Norfolk Hotel, the legendary starting point for grand
safarissince the days of the earliest explorers.
The name Nairobi alone conjures up images of dashing
characters and romantic adventurers, and today we feel the
intrigue that has seduced travellers for centuries. Of interest will be a talk by a Maasai warrior and an illuminating
visit to Kenya’s fascinating National Museum. The combination of personal interaction and cultural immersion will
begin to weave the remarkable tapestry of Africa, as will a
tour of author Karen Blixen’s home and a visit with endangered Rothschild giraffes.
The day’s highlight, however, is sharing a meal at the
home of Micato Africa’s founders, Felix and Jane Pinto. In
the midst of a busy day in foreign surroundings,the warmth
of their home will make you feel exceptionally welcome
and well taken care of—indeed, at home inAfrica.
Samburu National Reserve
This morning we travel by light aircraft to Kenya’s northern
frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful
with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro
River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and
home to species only found north of the equator, from the
reticulated giraffe to the Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx.
Larsens Tented Camp is ourluxurious hostelry,set beneath
a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river.
Samburu National Reserve
Dawn breaksin golden bands as we start our day in the bush
by scanning the river from our tent’s veranda with a cup of
steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is offthe grass, we’re
off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs
that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands.
And so the day isspent in alternating pursuits of exploration
in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp.
Day 6 – Day 7
Excitement and expectations build as we fly to the Maasai
Mara, with its myth-like stories of bountiful wildlife. And
we shan’t be disappointed. Our game drives are rousing
exploitsin the company of guides who regale us with bush
lore, educate us on conservation and entertain us with tall
tales. Here we also experience such adventures as a Maasai
village visit, so foreign and yet so welcoming, and a bush
walk to indulge all of our senses. The climax? Bush sundowners—a unique joy of safari life, where one savours
the exotic contradiction of a civilised cocktail party staged
in the untamed wildness of Africa. Our Fairmont Mara
Safari Club accommodations provide delightful nights
Day 8 – Day 9
Bush flights are a pleasure in themselves and we wing our
way to the Serengeti via Arusha and Nairobi, discovering
another legendary safarisetting where the vast ecosystem
plays host to the planet’s most awesome wildlife spectacle. So unique, in fact, that the Serengeti is a World
Heritage Site and listed as an International Biosphere
Reserve. Its arching landscapes embody quintessential
Africa…golden and endless. Long peaceful days at
Migration Camp bring the rewards of excellent game
viewing and uttertranquillity.
The Great Rift Valley is called the “Cradle of Mankind”
thanks in part to the discoveries of the Leakey family at
Olduvai Gorge, where human fossils date back almost two
million years. We explore thisremarkable site before continuing to the next, NgorongoroCrater. Unofficially the “eighth
wonder of the natural world,” this ancient amphitheatre
forms a unique haven for wildlife, with over 20,000 animals thriving in its near perfect conditions. We stay at the
Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge, a luxury log cabin retreat
nestled within Ngorongoro’s volcanic landscape.
Assunrise streaksthe early sky, we head into this magical
two-and-a-half-million-year-old caldera. With landscapes
unchanged since the dawn of time, the sheer number of
species here is incomparable. Elephants, hippos, cheetahs, lions, zebras—with every turn of the head, the
remarkable variety of wildlife here will astound us.
Returning to the serenity of Exploreans, we may relax by
a roaring fire and savour our breathtaking views of
Tanzania’s glorious highlands.
We make our way to the ancient lake of Manyara, where
game is plentiful and the birdwatching magnificent. It is
also one of the few places in Africa to see tree-climbing
lions, which we may declare our day’s quest. Lake
Manyara Escarpment Luxury Lodge, regally perched on
the edge of a cliff, yields our own chalets with private
decks, from which we can take in the beauty of the
majestic lake and gorge at ourleisure.
Day 13 – Day 14
Depart Nairobi – Arrive Home
We spend a last morning in the bush admiring unspoilt
Africa, preparing to return to civilization. Flying to
Nairobi in the afternoon, we enjoy day rooms at the
Norfolk before departing Africa in the evening, arriving home on Day 14.