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TOASTS IN TANZANIA, MERRIMENT IN THE MARA: MICATO SAFARIS INTRODUCES BESPOKE CELEBRATIONS

~Micato Brings Five-Star Luxury and Surprises Galore to Destination

Weddings, Honeymoons, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and More~

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - March 4, 2010 - In our busy world, taking time away to recognize life's big moments can be rare... but in award-winning Micato Safaris' (www.micato.com) Africa, it happens all the time. Africa's sweeping landscapes lend themselves to sweeping gestures, such as the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime safari to commemorate one of life's major milestones.

"About 35% of our trips are family safaris - multigenerational trips usually involving three generations of travellers - as compared to less than 10% in 2001," states Dennis Pinto, Managing Director, Micato Safaris.

"We found that many of these families were traveling together to celebrate important occasions - family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. That's why we're introducing Bespoke Celebrations, personalized safari itineraries designed with the sole purpose of creating special memories to last a lifetime."

Each custom-designed Bespoke Celebration itinerary bears the hallmark of a Micato safari: supreme luxury, unparalleled service, and the authentic, behind-the-scenes experiences that can only come from a company whose founders, The Pinto Family, are not only passionate about Africa, they are African. Micato's travel experts are intimately familiar with the very best places to celebrate life's precious moments -- from magical treehouses overlooking the savannahs where a honeymooning couple can share an alfresco dinner under the stars, to the perfect private bush home to accommodate an extended family reunion. Whatever the occasion, Micato promises to make it priceless.

 

Micato's Bespoke Celebrations include:

The African Anniversary Waltz: A 10th anniversary could be a second honeymoon or a renewal of vows under an Acacia tree. The 25th? Getting the family together before the children move out. Or bring generations to Africa for Mom and Dad's Golden Anniversary. The style of safari can range from an authentic mobile tented affair to an adrenaline-filled extravaganza, such as touring via helicopter with breakfast in the Maasai Mara, lunch on the slopes of Mount Kenya and dinner by Lake Victoria's shores.

 

 

An Uncommonly Divine Wedding in the Wild: Whether looking for a simple ceremony under a baobab tree or a lavish affair for a multitude of guests, Micato will turn a bride's dream into a breathtaking reality. Every detail will be unique: from Maasai ladies-in-waiting to a warrior honor guard for the groom, to a wedding feast in the bush, complete with china, crystal, and a serenade by an inspiring African choir. Every last aspect will be planned and executed to perfection; the bride and groom need only be in the moment and marvel at the splendour of their day.

 

The Milestone Birthday in the Bush: What can one do to mark a landmark birthday on safari? The options are endless: Turning 50? Go heli-fishing on a remote lake under the shadow of magnificent Mount Kenya. Fly in a hot-air balloon over a sun-kissed savannah. Pet a cheetah or track lions. Fete the special day with a candlelight dinner in the bush. Each day is a celebration, and in Micato's Africa, no luxury is overlooked.

 

Eternal Africa- An Everlasting Honeymoon: There's nothing like the romance of a safari, as evidenced in the classic film (25 years old in 2010!) Out of Africa. A swept-away, idyllic beach bungalow is also enormously romantic. But the combination of the two? That's called the most extraordinary honeymoon on earth, and it can only be found in Africa. Newlyweds can lounge together in a hammock along a dry riverbed, watching the elephants lumber by, cuddle by a bonfire under a canopy of a million stars, relax with a couples' massage in tents overlooking plains of exotic wildlife, and relax beachside at exquisite barefoot resorts hidden in enchanted Zanzibar and Lamu. Plus, brides and grooms may even sign up for their dream honeymoon on Micato's web site Gift Registry.

 

A Graduation Event in the Birthplace of Humanity: While a jaunt around Italy is delightful, an African safari offers the possibility of life-changing experiences. Africa, after all, is the birthplace of humanity, and the stage for the greatest wildlife on earth. A land of tribal peoples unchanged over ageless millennia. Powerful stuff for those on the brink of embracing the world. The pinnacle of this exciting sojourn is the chance to see the wonderous work being done by Micato Safaris' non-profit arm, AmericaShare, with women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi. Graduates may even meet their African counterparts in students sponsored through AmericaShare's School Sponsorship Program, which takes at-risk children off the streets and places them in reputable boarding schools. What better way to celebrate the momentous occasion of a graduation than with this remarkable experience?

 

Bespoke Celebrations begin at $9,800 per person, based on double occupancy. To book a celebration or more information call 1-800-MICATO-1 or visit www.micato.com.

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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 six times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. 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.