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Micato Safaris' East African Epicurean Safari
NEW YORK, NY - W.C. Fields once said, "Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water!" Fortunately, a new wave of gourmands have hit the shores -- and safari camps -- of Kenya these days, introducing fresh, sustainably-raised produce and meats, elegant food preparation, and new menus that incorporate locally-sourced ingredients and exciting flavor combinations. Micato Safaris' East Africa Epicurean Safari introduces visitors to the many delights of the Kenyan table... from the sophisticated international restaurants of Nairobi to a traditional five-course bush dinner served under the African moon - a wealth of options that would even satisfy Mr. Fields!!
The 7-day journey includes:
Day 1 Accommodations at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Chef's Table at Tatu, Fairmont The Norfolk's new steakhouse. An array of delectable, locally-sourced products grace the menu, including Iced Mombasa King Prawn with tomato horseradish and lemon-herb mayonnaise and Malindi Oysters shipped daily from the Kenyan Coast, plus Naivasha Crawfish Bisque, a variety of grilled steaks raised by specially-selected Kenyan ranchers and grilled "Nyama Choma"-style, Mombassa Lobster Tail, and Nile Perch flown in from Lake Victoria.
Day 2 Nairobi. This morning, explore the local city market with the head chef at the Fairmont the Norfolk. Guests will learn about the steps the chef takes to serve guests a 100-percent locally-sourced menu at Fairmont East Africa's three Kenyan properties. Next, no trip to Nairobi would be complete without lunch at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant, where guests dine on an endless supply of meat- beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat, and even ostrich and crocodile!
After spending an afternoon touring the former home of "Out of Africa" author Karen Von Blixen, and the site of her ill-fated coffee plantation and a visit to Kiambethu Farm, a lush and lovely tea estate in the Limuru Highlands, this evening you will visit Felix and Jane Pinto, founders of Micato Kenya, at their gracious home high atop Lavington Hill for cocktails and dinner. Their chef, with over twenty-five years in service with the family, is well known for his expertise in Continental, Indian and Kenyan cuisine.
Days 3-4 Travel by plane to Lewa Downs Wilderness Trails. One of Kenya's early cattle ranches, Lewa Downs has been in the Craig family since 1924. Lewa Downs is one of the very few private ranches in the world where one can see a remarkable variety of wildlife interact with each other, including elephant, rhino, dik dik, reticulated giraffe, eland, hartebeest, Cape buffalo, zebra, lions, leopard and cheetah.
At dinner, guests share meals around a long banquet table in the open-air dining room. Home-raised livestock and a five-acre organic garden are transformed by skilled chefs into healthy and delicious meals.
Explore Lewa Downs with morning and afternoon game drives (followed by sundowner cocktails, of course!), camel and horseback rides, and visits to Lewa's ancient archaeological site and the region's world-famous carpet weavers.
Days 5-6 Drive to the newly-refurbished Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, a luxurious resort on the equator that world leaders and celebrities, from Winston Churchill to Brooke Shields, have called their home while in East Africa. Activities at Mount Kenya Safari Club include fly fishing, horseback riding, tennis, golf, and swimming. Guests may also view chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, and bongos at the William Holden Wildlife Conservancy, located on-property.
Visit Mount Kenya Safari Club's Organic Chicken Farming Community Project, a partnership with the Kanyoni Youth Development and Environmental Project Association to develop an organic chicken supply to the Club with fresh, free range eggs while providing local youth with tools for empowerment, education and employment.
In the kitchens of the Mount Kenya Safari Club, chefs will teach guests to prepare traditional Kenyan dishes, including Ugali (a simple staple made from maize and water that is eaten with meats and vegetables), Kachumbari (a side dish of onion and cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, and spices), and Mandazi (a sweet fried dough, similar to a doughnut).
For dinner, guests will be treated to a lavish bush dinner, complete with lanterns, china, silver, performances by local Chukka dancers, and fresh, locally-inspired cuisine including Braised Beef Short Ribs with Guava Pumpkin and Tomato, traditional African Corn-Crusted Tilapia with Crawfish Tails and Skumawiki, and a signature Ostrich Carpaccio served alongside shaved fennel, capers, and Grana Padano.
Day 7 Dayroom at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. Depart for US.
For rate and booking information visit www.micato.com or call 1-800-Micato-1.
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 nearly five decades. Travellers have recognized Micato’s unsurpassed service by naming the company the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” a record nine times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. For more than a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.