Weight restrictions on bush planes dictate light packing. Micato makes this a nonissue with valet laundry service throughout trips and by loaning each guest Nikon binoculars. Weeks before departure, guests receive not only a packing list, but a hardy Marmot duffel bag – with wheels and a retractable handle – made exclusively for Micato.
editor-in-chief Elaine Srnka and a group of her family and friends recently spent nine days touring Kenya with Micato Safaris. “The luggage weight allowance may seem limiting at first, but you really don’t need to overpack, since laundry is included,” she says. “To avoid looking like you’re wearing the same outfit in every picture from your trip, pack a variety of scarves – they take up no space and serve as a bathing suit cover-up, a shawl for warmth or protection from wind and sun, or just a dash of style looped around your neck.”
Accommodations range from opulent lodges, such as the historic Fairmont The Norfolk
in Kenya, to the tented Somalisa Camp in Zimbabwe
. African dishes are available daily at every accommodation (think Arabic, Indian, and British culinary influences in eastern Africa; Dutch, French, and British in southern Africa). For the stretches of time between game drives, several lodges have swimming pools, and more-rural bush camps provide each traveler with a “gym in a bag” consisting of a yoga mat, jump rope, stretch bands, and weights. “Being a dyed-in-the-wool city girl, I was a little anxious about staying in a tent, but I wish all the hotels I stay in were as lovely and as comfortable,” Virtuoso advisor Kim Short says.