BEAR WITNESS TO THE PRIDE OF KENYA
ON MICATO'S PHENOMENAL PREDATORS SAFARI
NEW YORK, NY (April 20, 2011) -- Africa's predatory cats command our wonder and awe like few other animals in the world. We are initially drawn to the lion, leopard and cheetah because they are at a glance so familiar to their more docile, domesticated relatives. The playful display between a mother and her cubs on film and television can warm our hearts. Yet, up close in the wild, the big cats of the African savannah are also striking, swift predators whose grace and beauty are equaled only by their cunning skill on the hunt. The lion, leopard and cheetah are some of the most desired animals to see on safari, and can sometimes be some of the most elusive. For those seeking the thrill of learning how to track these felines in their natural habitat, and, if they're lucky, witness the adrenaline-fueled power of a kill in the wild, Micato has created its Phenomenal Predators Safari.
Prior to departure, Micato guests will receive a complimentary copy of "The Micato Safaris Guide to Predators" by Mark C. Ross and David Reesor, a beautifully photographed treasure trove of information about life at the top of the food chain. In preparation for their journey, travellers will learn tips on how to track big cats, how to photograph them, and exercises to help them become more involved with the animals they seek.
The 8-day journey includes:
Day 1 The journey begins - travellers arrive in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with accommodations at the city's renowned luxury hotel, Fairmont The Norfolk.
Day 2 Spend the day in Nairobi learning about this fascinating, bustling metropolis.
After undergoing a major renovation in 2005, the Nairobi National Museum features three areas devoted to Kenyan natural history, culture, and heritage. Inside, examine the origins of humanity, as well as the diversity of animal life throughout the savannah. After lunch, travellers will have the unique opportunity to come face-to-face with the endangered Rothschild giraffe at the AFEW Giraffe Centre. This 60-acre preserve of bush and forest also provides a home to dozens of birds, warthogs, hyenas, and the occasional leopard.
Days 3-4 Travel by air to Chyulu Hills National Park, where guests will stay at Ol Donyo Lodge, a 20-room thatched-roof lodge with exclusive access to a quarter-million acres of pristine wilderness. This expanse of volcanic lava rock lies at one end of the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a vital migratory path for lions, cheetahs, and many other animals. Here, guest may ride horseback or mountain bike as they seek out leopards, elephants, and other wildlife in the area. This stunning park also provides the contrast of breathtaking views of the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro alongside the subterranean majesty of Leviathan, the world's longest lava tube.
Days 5-7 Perched on the bank of the Ntiakatek River, Mara Plains Camp will be home base in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. An impeccable location for game viewing, Mara Plains Camp's private setting provides a perfect launching point for an adventure with the reserve's Big Cats.
And now the hunt truly begins! The plains of the Maasai Mara are home to prides of more than twenty lions, including the majestic, black-maned male. During this journey through big game country, travellers' explorations may bring them to cheetah, leopards, and hyena along with elephant, giraffe, gazelle, and the black rhino, and they will find themselves immersed in one of the world's great natural habitats.
In addition to traditional game drives, travellers will enjoy activities like night game drives and guided bush walks through the conservancy. The search for cats stalking their prey is even more exciting after sunset, and bush walks allow for an intimate exploration of the nocturnal surroundings.
Day 8 Travellers return to Nairobi with memories to last a lifetime. And while the lure of the big cats may be what inspired them to take a safari, the people they will meet while on Micato's Lend a Helping Hand on Safari programme may just be the reason they come back. Lend a Helping Hand on Safari brings travellers to the heart of Mukuru, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi where Micato's non-profit arm, AmericaShare (www.americashare.org), is helping to make a difference in the lives of women and children living with HIV/AIDS through education.
Micato Safaris' Phenomenal Predators Safari is priced from $11,920 per person, based on double occupancy. (Rate excludes international airfare.) For more information, call 1-800-MICATO-1.
Micato Safaris' One for One Programme promises that for every safari sold, one African child will be provided a quality education.
About Micato Safaris
Micato Safaris is a luxury safari operator—offering adventures in East Africa, Southern Africa and India—that’s been setting the industry standard for luxury and service for more than three decades. Travellers have recognized Micato’s unsurpassed service by naming the company the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” a record seven times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. Micato’s accolades from industry peers include the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award. For nearly a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Micato furthered its philanthropic outreach in 2010 when the company introduced its revolutionary One for One Commitment, which places one impoverished child in school for every safari sold.