Multi-Day Tour

The Micato Grand Safari (15 days)

Micato Safaris

Depart Home To Arrive home

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Depart Home
N/a None
Your adventure begins today as you enplane for Africa.
Day 2
Nairobi, Kenya
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel None
A Micato Safaris representative will greet you on arrival in Nairobi and take you to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan capital city where graceful jacaranda and bougainvillea line the main streets, and parks and gardens occupy large areas in the centre. The city has undergone a dramatic expansion in its recent past. It's home to a thriving business centre, with the modern Kenyatta Conference Centre and Parliament Building, first-class restaurants and hotels. Traditional architecture still survives in colourful wooden buildings with tiled roofs, and arcades from the colonial era.
Day 3
Nairobi, Kenya
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You're off to visit the home and gardens of Karen von Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Continue to the Giraffe Centre, where you will have the rare treat of hand feeding these gentle giants, facing them eye-to-eye from an elevated viewing platform. You will then have lunch at the home of Micato's founders, Felix and Jane Pinto, where you will experience Kenyan hospitality at its best. Later you'll visit the National Museum, which illuminates Kenya's natural diversity, its cultural identity and how its history has helped to shape the country it is today. The knowledge you gain here will enhance the enjoyment of your safari.
Day 4
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Tortilis Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning view the beautiful Athi Plains from above as you wing your way to Amboseli National Park. Justly famous for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife, Amboseli National Park is dominated by snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Marshy areas form the heart of this ecosystem. The presence of permanent water guarantees an abundance of animals, including eland, kongoni, wildebeest, gazelle, oryx, and zebra. The sun will be setting as you return to camp, surrounding you and that magnificent mountain in a glow of pink and amber.
Day 5
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Tortilis Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awaken to the sights and sounds of big game country. This is the place to encounter large numbers of elephants. Observe their complex greeting rituals and the way all the adult females protect and instruct the young. The Amboseli elephant population is one of the few in Africa that has not been ravaged by poachers. It is also one of the longest studied and best researched. Elephants love the water, and they penetrate so deep into the swamps that they seem to be swimming. Morning and afternoon game drives will give you plenty of time to observe these amazing creatures.
Day 6
Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
Lewa Safari Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast fly via Nairobi to the magnificent Lewa Safari Camp, your home nestled high up on Kenya's Laikipia Plateau. Not incidentally, our camp is the jewel of the famed Lewa Conservancy, which has helped create the template for the successful conservancy model of wildlife and habitat preservation. Lewa's wide range of terrains support a full cast of predators and prey; it's home to the world's largest concentration of Grevy's zebra and its 130 happily roaming black and white rhinos are a testament to the Conservancy's resolute and ingenious conservation efforts.
Day 7
Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
Lewa Safari Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A day well spent includes taking the morning as well as the afternoon for game runs. In addition to our aforementioned zebra and rhino friends we might also encounter elephant, reticulated giraffe, warthog, impala, cape buffalo and bush buck. Lion, leopard and cheetah reside on the ranch as well, and the occasional sighting of the elusive greater kudu is a rare treat. Taking in the area's magnificent creatures will be delightfully comprehensive by safari vehicle, but we suggest you try other ways to see flora and fauna, perhaps during a bush walk with a professional tracker or hiking -perhaps even jogging - with a Maasai warrior! Or if you prefer, you can venture out into the African bush on horseback on a guided ride through the surrounding hills.
Day 8
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Bateleur Tented Camp Or Governor's Il Moran Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning fly across the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara. This is the Africa of your imagination. It is a country of rolling grasslands and groves of acacia woodland. Luxuriant forest grows along the banks of the Mara River, where hippos and crocodiles bask in the sun. The Mara is considered the finest game sanctuary in Kenya. Depending on the season, hundreds of thousands of migratory wildebeest, gazelle and zebra move back and forth between the Mara and the plains to the south. Enjoy lunch and some time to relax before your afternoon game run. There's no way to predict what you might see on your game drive, so keep your eyes open. The trees in the distance might turn out to be a family of giraffes, or that clump of bushes, a pride of lions.
Day 9
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Bateleur Tented Camp Or Governor's Il Moran Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you are going to see Africa from a new direction - from above. It is an exhilarating experience as you float above the herds for sixty glorious minutes before touching down for a champagne breakfast on the Mara Plains. After a relaxing repast, continue honing your game spotting skills on a game drive. This afternoon, meet with a Maasai Elder who will share his people's history and hopes for the future. Before your afternoon game drive visit a manyatta, or village, where tribes live as they have for centuries. As you return to the camp, high up on the hill, see a glowing campfire. There, under a beautiful big acacia tree with breathtaking views of the Mara plains, as the flaming African sun sinks slowly beneath the horizon, sunset cocktails are being served.
Day 10
Serengeti, Tanzania
Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning catch your flight to the Serengeti National Park via Nairobi and Arusha. With its vast rolling plains, flat-topped acacias, and huge herds of animals, it is just what you expect Africa to be. It is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles remaining on the planet, where herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle cover the plains from horizon to horizon. Your home in Serengeti National Park will be the Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge. When not enjoying the views from your private teak deck, you may wish to take a dip in the lodge's infinity pool, peruse the art gallery, or indulge in a visit to the spa. Delicious meals are created "theatre-style" in open kitchens, and you can enjoy food and wine pairings in the wine cellar or an al fresco experience in the boma.
Day 11
Serengeti, Tanzania
Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On morning and afternoon game runs explore the vast Serengeti in depth. The open woodland and plains are ideal places to observe large predators. Lions are plentiful, and cheetahs are regularly sighted pacing the plains. At dusk or dawn you stand the best chance of seeing nocturnal felines such as civet, serval, genet and African wildcat. The wealth and diversity of birds is just as staggering as the mammal population, so keep your eyes open for ostriches, vultures, eagles, kingfishers, and the exquisitely coloured lilac-breasted rollers.
Day 12
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After lunch set off for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where an awesome panorama unfolds before you - a collapsed volcano of 102 square miles containing lion, rhino, hippo, hyena, and elephant, as well as thousands of antelope. The drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area will be most interesting, with the potential for wildlife around each bend in the road. Your final destination today is the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, a magnificent homage to the bygone era, inspired in design by the Maasai manyatta. Each sumptuous suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and draw your bath.
Day 13
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey by four-wheel drive vehicle into one of the world's largest calderas to spend the day tracking animals. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area contains 30,000 mammals, including the last population of black rhino in northern Tanzania. The small forest patches on the crater floor are now home to the leopard, monkey, baboon, jackals, eland, spotted hyena, dark maned lion and antelopes. The most beautiful sight is of the salt-whitened shores of Lake Magadi turned pastel pink from thousands of flamingos looking for food in the soda lake. After a full day of adventure complete with a picnic lunch, return to your lodge to enjoy the peace and beauty of an unforgettable sunset at the crater.
Day 14
Nairobi, Kenya
Day Use Room Boma Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, take one last look at the Crater before heading to Lake Manyara to pick up your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport and on to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival and taken to The Boma where a day room has been reserved for you. Tonight after dinner you will be transferred to the International Airport to board your flight home. Bid farewell to East Africa knowing that this has been a journey you will remember for the rest of your life.
Day 15
Arrive home
N/a None
Arrive home.

Tour Features


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  • Wildlife & Nature


The grand, glamourous, unabashedly luxurious safaris favoured by princes and princesses, potentates, plutocrats, 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 one of 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.

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Scheduled Departures:

PAYMENTS - 20% deposit due at time of booking. Final payment due 90 days prior to departure.


- 90+ days prior to departure $500 per person

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- 59- 30 days prior to departure 50% penalty

- 29 days or less 100% penalty.

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Highly Recommended

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


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


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