Micato Safaris

Luxury safaris in East, South and Southern Africa, featuring deluxe tented camps and bush lodges

Micato Safaris

The only nine-time #1 winner of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Safari Outfitter award, family-owned Micato Safaris has been offering luxurious and personalized safaris to sophisticated travelers since 1966, venturing to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls. In addition, Conde Nast Traveler has honored Micato and its nonprofit, AmericaShare, an unprecedented five times with its prestigious World Savers Award, recognizing such programs as the Micato One for One Commitment, ensuring that for every safari sold, Micato sends an African child to school.

Insider Tip

Africa is not unusually hot and is actually perfect as a year-round destination. East Africa is on the equator and at altitude, and South Africa is on the Tropic of Capricorn, so it's even cooler.

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By: PaulB


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

Micato was extraordinary in their execution, whether safari director or location selections. Overall a great adventure and experience for this novice safari traveller.

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2013

Micato Safaris. I highly recommend "Micato Safaris"! From the beginning to my return home, it has been an unforgettable experience worth every penny spent and than more------ MICATO is the Best! Jannie
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Greenan

The Best

By: Brittany22


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We chose carefully to find the best African Tour company that we believed would provide the best, stand behind its product and not offer lame excuses. Micato proved its excellence in every way, including acknowledging an error and standing behind its well earned reputation to make it right. Not all would do that, as we all know from experience. M did a remarkable job and worth the money.. Best personnel and logistics around. So.......the best, and proud to tell the world.
Travel Advisor:  Paul Sacks

The best

By: Glo


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We look forward to planning another trip with Micato in the future. Our trip was a life hanging experience for us and were very pleased with the way Micato handled all the details competently. Every need was anticipated and attended to with a smile. Thank you Micato!
Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

Tailor made safari

By: violet15


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2014

Micto has a reputation for extraordinary service which is well deserved. We chose the Grand Safari and secretly thought that it really wouldn't fully justify the name or the price but were pleasantly proved wrong. We were greeted by Jane and Felix Pinto, company founders at the start and end of the trip who made us feel a part of their family. Every effort was made to make the experience comfortable, luxurious and magical and all of our needs were anticipated. They even showed up with a birthday gift for me when I had forgotten all about the date! The guides are charming and knowledgable about animals, history, culture, politics - you name it. The drivers were magicians at anticipating animal behavior and getting us to just the right spot to see just the right animals. We've since met other Micto travelers whom we were pleased to note have had similar experiences. Don't go to Africa with anyone but Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Gruber

Outstanding personnel, outstanding service

By: Susie


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2017

Everything from the moment we were picked up in Capetown, to the end of our trip in Nairobi was top rate. The guides and drivers were exceptional, the hotels were fabulous. We really felt spoiled by the way we were treated. The only downside had to do with sending our bags home that we weren't going to use on the 18 day safari - one of the five bags never made it out of South Africa. DHL has no idea what happened to it.
Travel Advisor:  Donna Hall

Best trip ever

By: Simba


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2017

Couldn't have asked for better tour company. Took care of us from beginning to end. Lots of pleasant surprises along the way. Very caring of their clients.
Travel Advisor:  Leyna Huber

Top-Notch

By: Sally


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

Loved our trip to South Africa with Micato. No detail was overlooked. The hotel and restaurant selections were mostly outstanding, and the guides did an excellent job of introducing us to their communities.
Travel Advisor:  Cuca Bloom

Excellent

By: Zzz


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

Excellent... our 2nd trip with Micato and it was great
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Go Micato

By: Ricky P


Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2017

Great safari. Took care of our group. Really enjoyed the trip. Very professional.
Travel Advisor:  Elaine Clapp

The Best

By: CMet47


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

George our guide was incredible. We always felt safe and well equipped to see truly what Africa had to offer.
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

East Africa

By: kirkygd@gmail.cim


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

Excellent, very well organized, excellent employees. Choices of accommodations was as good as it gets.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

First Class Service

By: Rob and Joan


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

We recently completed our Micato Safari. We spent 13 days in Kenya and Tanzania. In short, the trip was perfect. Starting with our Nairobi Airport greeting by Micato (Salma). She raced us through customs where we were picked up in a Micato Land Cruiser and delivered to our hotel where we were met by Micato Concierge Virginia. She seamlessly checked us into our Nairobi hotel. Then we met Phillip, our Safari Guide. Phillip was top notch and made sure we had a fantastic time including a delicious lunch at the home of the Pintos (founders and owners of Micato). there is an incredible amount of detail that goes into the planning and execution of a African Safari. Phillip made it look easy (although we know he was working hard to make our experience perfect). If we decide to go back to Africa (or visit India), there is only one Safari company we'd use and that's Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

African Safari

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

Our trip exceeded expectations in all respects. Micato staff were gracious and very competent. Our guides, drives/animal viewing, lodging, and meals were all superb.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

East Africa

By: Mark


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

This company is absolutely outstanding. They thought or and took care of every detail. Once we landed in Kenya they took over with a team of advisors, guides and helpers. Tour was well planned and the so-called camp sites (really hotel-like) were top of the line. The people that work for Micato are incredibly nice, friendly and helpful. The tours guides are very knowledgeable. All speak excellent English. One detail to remember is that you travel with other people and they can enhance or be a negative. We were lucky we had a good group, but I could see how it would be a downer to travel with other types of people.
Travel Advisor:  Brooke Danza

Hemingway Africa Safari

By: Texas Steve


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

HIGHLY recommend Micato! Hands down the best trip we have ever taken. Our tour Director, Patrick was fabulous and was with us every step of the journey! the Pintos (owners of Micato) are there as well, even inviting you into their home for lunch! They truly care about your experience and it shows! No tipping anywhere - all inclusive, top drawer ride, Directors and ownership. Don't even think of going to Africa with anyone else! Steve & Marsha
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Botswana's Timeless Wilderness

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2018

Micato is a top notch tour operator. This was our second trip with them but the first where we took our family along with us. Managing seven people, three of whom were children, requires patience and perseverance. From the greeters at the various airports, to Sue who led us at Victoria Falls, and Hein who traveled with us throughout, our trip was wonderful. One suggestion would be to train the bartenders in the various camps how to make drinks and to have a more upgraded and better selection of wines and liquors. Other than that, not much to complain about. We were happy campers!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Safari company.

By: Linda Van


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Micato was wonderful. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an unforgettable trip to Africa.
Travel Advisor:  Janice Chieffo

A VERY HARD ACT TO FOLLOW

By: TANYA CANT


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2019

Our trip to Africa with Micato exceeded our expectations, which, given the detailed itinerary, were very high. I cannot speak highly enough of every aspect of our visit, from being met plane side in Jo'burg to make our connection to Cape Town, the wonderful and knowledgeable guides, drivers, concierges who really went out of their way to make our visit memorable. The attention to detail and the efficient way a medical emergency was dealt with was credit to the company. We are seasoned travellers, experienced in all levels of travel. Micato is the best company we have ever dealt with, expensive but truly value for money.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Micato Safaris

By: Gilla


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2018

There are vacations that inform and open the mind and even those that give joy. But the Micato Safari that we experienced touched the soul. It was a unique and once in a life time experience to observe the wildlife of Africa and we shall probably never experience anything like it again. What raised the experience to a much higher level was first the attention given to us by the Micato staff. Never have we experience such dedicated individuals to providing an incredible experience. The staff expressed how much they enjoyed their jobs and this was reflected time and time again in the service they provided. There are no words to describe them. It was also the quality of lodging each night and the service provided that helped after a full day of bouncing on paths that were roads in name only. Mr. and Mrs. Pinto, owners of Micato, were such delightful people. Many more words of praise could be said but the word count is limited.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Micato safaris review

By: Nan


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2018

This company goes over and beyond to make the experience of visiting India very special. The tour guide, accommodations, and itinerary were exceptional.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Patton

Micato African Tour

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2019

OUTSTANDING!! IMPECCABLE!! Perfect adventure with attention to detail. Staffing was stupendous! I really cannot state how marvelous this safari adventure was. It was truly remarkable. I will highly recommend it to anyone interested in travel to Africa!
Travel Advisor:  Judy Miron

Terrific

By: Zagorah


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

This was my third Safari. First Safari with Micato. Micato does everything to make it the best it can be.
Travel Advisor:  Leyna Huber

The best travel experience ever.

By: Judy & Fred


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2019

From start to finish, Micato is the best touring company we've encountered in 15 years of world travel. The Safari Director and guide (George Meyer) and vehicle drivers had a vast knowledge of both flora and fauna along with eagle eyes to spot items of interest. The arrangements for flights, lodging, sundowners, food, and incidentals was impeccably arranged. Micato Safaris also arranged for our travel and lodging to Livingston, Zambia, with special experiences at Victoria Falls, and further to Cape Town, South Africa, for few days of tours in the area. This was a trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Gayle Takashima

Maybe?

By: Kay


Reviewed on: 06 May 2019

We had excellent service in each place but the office communication was sloppy. They sent the wrong itinerary and we were constantly confused about what we were doing each day. Nothing disasterous happened but there was constant confusion. Very surprised at this since Micato has such a top notch reputation.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Barber

tanzania spectacular

By: jean


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2019

micato was first class
Travel Advisor:  Teresa Skeim

Micato Safari

By: Betty


Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2019

Yes, they are very detail orientated, friendly staff and you get your money's worth
Travel Advisor:  Cliff Morgan

Afarica safari

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2019

Micato Safaris is truly one of the best safari tour operators. This is second time I have taken Micato safaris to Kenya and Tanzania and loved every minute. The accommodations were great; drivers and guides were always knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. Additionally the Pinto Family was there to great us on arrival, provided us with a great lunch and bade us farewell upon departure. Lastly we saw all the ( close up) animals we wanted to see!
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Rooney

#1 Safari in the Whole World

By: Whims


Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2019

Micato is hands-down the best safari outlet in Africa!
Travel Advisor:  D'Arcy Lore

Grand Safari

By: Les3821


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2019

A lifetime experience! Superbly organized with outstanding guides who, in addition to being excellent wildlife experts, were also great communicators and individuals. John Kago, the Safari Director was just amazing, both from a knowledge standpoint and from a customer service standpoint. Just an amazing adventure and experience. This is a once-in-a lifetime experience, and Micato understands that, and delivers.
Travel Advisor:  Janelle Olinger

Africa with Micato

By: Jan


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2019

Can not say enough about the excellent experience we had during our trip to South and East Africa with Micato! Every detail was perfect and they really care about excellent customer service!
Travel Advisor:  Becky Robinson

Fabulous Safari Company

By: African Queen


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2019

This was our fourth time to Africa and our first trip with Micato Safaris. We were a party of 6 who took the Luxury Splendor Tour including South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Everyone from Micato was extremely professional, knowledgeable about their area of expertise, friendly, kept us fully informed and interested in making sure that we were having a good time and all was well getting to inter-continental flights to and from locations and driving us around. Any issues were taken care of immediately which were few and small. The accommodations all excellent and the employees there all friendly and accommodating. Our guides were excellent!!! We were also afforded the opportunity to meet the Pinto's who started the company and continue to be involved with their son and daughter-in-law. What a treat and they are a really gracious and engaging couple. I would not hesitate to take another Micato Tour!!
Travel Advisor:  Janet McLaughlin

The Best Travel Company in Africa

By: Swiss


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2019

We have just returned from a 3 week trip to South Africa and East Africa with Micato Safaris. Our travel Advisor recommended Micato and it was an Amazing Experience from start to finish. The guides truly cared about us, attended to all of our needs and nothing was ever a problem for them. We started planning our tour 18 months before it began and because of how complicated the Visa situation can be, they took us step by step through the process. We stayed in the finest places whether a six star hotel or a six star tented camp and everywhere we went we were “wowed”. I think it was also very important that the same guide Dennis Simi stayed with us on our entire trip because we got to know each other and he just really made us so comfortable. We were especially excited to meet Micato owners Felix and Jane Pinto, who went out of their way to meet us at an airport in Kenya just to say hi and see how we were enjoying our trip. India with Micato next year and of course it will be perfect!!!
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Patton

Africa

By: Cheryl


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2019

Great trip! Had high expectations and were exceeded
Travel Advisor:  Michele Vogel

Africa Experience

By: Janice


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

My trip with Micato Safaris was amazing - couldn't imagine it being any better. They are a special company and we had the incredible experience of being hosted at the home of Mrs. Pinto in Nairobi - truly special. They care about their clients and pulled out all of the stops to make it a most memorable experience. I highly recommend them!
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum

Safari 2019

By: Sally


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2019

Exceptional, Amazing, Steller! No stone was left unturned to ensure our experience was truly spectacular! And extra accolades to our guide , George Meyer... Knowledgeable, organized, always 2 steps ahead covering all the bases, EVERYTHING went smoothly for every travel transition and we never had to worry about anything which put our minds at ease for a relaxing memorable time.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schelling

Safari and Gorilla Trek

By: Bonita


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2019

Jane Pinto hosted us for lunch at her home the first day of our journey. A very nice, warm way to begin. The itinerary was perfect with each day filled with different sights and adventures. The Fairmont Norfolk, Fairmont Mara and Virunga Lodge were wonderful. Can’t say the same for the Sopa lodges. Tired, worn and not at all in keeping with a luxury safari. All went well until I was dropped at the wrong air terminal in Nairobi for my flight to Kigali at 3:00am. I managed to make my flight by running across the parking lot with my luggage to the correct terminal. Upon arrival in Kigali there was no one to meet me. Took about 45 minutes of my being alone in a strange airport to get someone to pick me up. Being a solo elderly female traveler in a foreign country, this was pretty disconcerting. I have no idea how that could have happened, as that is why I chose a reputable tour company. The tour director, Tim, did call and apologize. Great trip otherwise.
Travel Advisor:  Jen Mitchell

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