Multi-Day Tour

The Hemingway Wing Safari (14 days)

Micato Safaris

Depart Home To Arrive home

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Depart Home
None None
We board our flight and enjoy the anticipation of 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
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 4
Nairobi, Kenya
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spend the day seeing Nairobi's most impressive sights. You're off to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage. From her home in Nairobi National Park, Mrs. Sheldrick operates Kenya's foremost animal orphanage and conservation foundation. 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 5
Nairobi
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spend the day seeing Nairobi's most impressive sights. You're off to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage. From her home in Nairobi National Park, Mrs. Sheldrick operates Kenya's foremost animal orphanage and conservation foundation. 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 6
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Larsens Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, fly to Samburu - a wild and little-visited region, well known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife not found in the south: reticulated giraffes, the gerenuk antelope standing on its hind legs to feed, and Somali ostriches with their distinctive blue legs. Begin your adventure with an afternoon game drive through this spectacular semi-arid landscape. The base for your adventure in Samburu is Larsens Camp, nestled amongst the acacia trees and doum palms on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. An unparalleled view of the animals coming to the river for their very source of life, can be seen from the private deck of your luxury tent.
Day 7
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Larsens Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today explore new areas of the reserve on early morning and afternoon game runs. The Uaso Nyiro River, where crocodiles sun themselves on the banks, cuts through the semi-arid landscape and provides an oasis for a variety of game. This lava plain includes a varied landscape of red dirt, thorn scrub, broken volcanic rock, dried riverbeds, steep hills and rocky outcroppings. Following the river's curves, a forest of doum palms, acacia, and tamarind is a magical contrast of cool green. Even around the camp wildlife is abundant. And you will have ample time to relax by the pool and take a swim.
Day 8
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Fairmont Mara Safari Club Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will fly from the Serengeti and then drive to The Manor at Ngorongoro. The comfortable Cape Dutch cottages at The Manor at Ngorongoro each have a private veranda and courtyard. The indoor and outdoor fireplaces create a cozy atmosphere for those cool mornings and evenings. The Manor also boasts a library, massage facilities, tennis courts, and horse stables.
Day 9
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Fairmont Mara Safari Club Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Begin your day with a game run in the morning. This is true big game country, where prides of more than twenty lions are not uncommon. Other inhabitants of the Mara include elephant, giraffe, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, hyena, topi, gazelle, black rhino, and hippos. These vast expanses are also the traditional home of the Maasai people. This afternoon, meet with a Maasai Elder who will share his people's history and their 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, divert from the true course, and high up on the hill, see a glowing campfire. There, under a beautiful big acacia tree with breathtaking views of the Mara plains, sunset cocktails are being served.
Day 10
Serengeti, Tanzania
Migration Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You shift base to Tanzania this morning. Upon arrival, you will explore this legendary landscape on a game drive en route from the airstrip to your lodge. The Serengeti is the first, largest, and most famous of Tanzania's national parks. An estimated three million large animals inhabit the 5,700 square miles of the Park. With its vast rolling plains, flat-topped acacias, and huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, Serengeti National Park is the greatest wildlife spectacle remaining on the planet. Your base in the Serengeti is the Migration Camp, situated on the main wildebeest migration route between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. Enjoy the experience of eating under the stars and sleeping under the canvas, with modern amenities to make it not only comfortable but also luxurious.
Day 11
Serengeti, Tanzania
Migration Camp 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 spotted hyenas even more so. Cheetahs are regularly sighted pacing the plains, and 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
The Manor At Ngorongoro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will fly from the Serengeti and then drive to The Manor at Ngorongoro. The comfortable Cape Dutch cottages at The Manor at Ngorongoro each have a private veranda and courtyard. The indoor and outdoor fireplaces create a cozy atmosphere for those cool mornings and evenings. The Manor also boasts a library, massage facilities, tennis courts, and horse stables.
Day 13
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
The Manor At Ngorongoro 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
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
The Manor At Ngorongoro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park. From soaring groundwater forests and a tranquil lake, to the mountain escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, the 125-square-mile Park boasts an incredible wealth of habitats and diverse African wildlife. Along the lakeshore, pelicans perch in the trees, and there are ducks, geese, waders, herons, and kingfishers. The open grassland supports huge herds of buffalo as well as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, bushbuck and waterbuck. At the edge of the grassland is a large hippo pool, where maribou and other storks gather.
Day 15
Nairobi, Kenya
N/a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will fly to Nairobi via Arusha. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Boma Hotel where a day room has been reserved for you. Tonight you will be transferred to the International Airport for your flight home.
Day 16
Nairobi
N/a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will fly to Nairobi via Arusha. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Boma Hotel where a day room has been reserved for you. Tonight you will be transferred to the International Airport for your flight home.
Day 17
Arrive home
N/a None
Return home knowing that this has been a journey you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Such is Africa's allure: that a bright fellow like Hemingway would lie in his tent, homesick before he'd even parted from a place that had come to seem more like home than home itself.

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

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- 59- 30 days prior to departure 50% penalty

- 29 days or less 100% penalty.

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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.

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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