Micato Musings


Not All Safari Vehicles Have Wheels

If the only place you’ve been on safari is in your dreams, during your dreaming you’ve no doubt imagined yourself on a game drive in a safari vehicle. And what would your dream safari vehicle be like? Ours, we hope.

Close your eyes and conjure the image. An ultra-soft seat with a headrest. Roomy interior. Above-average suspension. All combining for a very comfortable ride across the African plains.

Now imagine something else. Not all safari vehicles have wheels, at least not in Micato’s Africa.

A favourite vehicle among our guests is a hot air balloon, particularly when it’s floating over the sweeping savannahs of the Maasai Mara. We’re happy to offer the balloon ride as an extension or as an inclusion in our Micato Grand Safari.

Two of our sweetest safari rides have hooves. Every chance we get we create opportunities for our guests to safari by horseback, such as the guided rides through the Grootbos Nature Reserve on our South African Sweeping Sojourn. And our bespoke safari guests heading for the far reaches of Kenya naturally want a more customized ride, and that often involves a camel who with coaxing will convey you across the acacia-dotted Nandanguru Plains.

All of our safari vehicles get proper care and feeding of one kind or another, but the ones we fuss over the most are our dear guests, especially those who prefer to safari on foot. Yes, we’re stretching our definition here, but if you’re hiking, that makes you the vehicle, doesn’t it? And when it comes to hiking, nothing quite matches the simple yet spectacular thrill of tracking gorillas in Rwanda.

Don't miss the nine lions lounging behind Dennis and Sasha!

Clowning on the savannah

Dramatic Mahali Mzuri

What a pool! Daytime temps warmed enough for a plunge.

Like oversized kitties, these young males played, crouched and pretended to hunt while we watched.

A hippo on an unusual daytime stroll with birds on his back.

The Mara teems with elephants of all sizes,

Ladylike giraffes browse at the tips of acacia trees.

Where else could this be but Africa?

We hope visions of these traditional and “alternative” vehicles fortify your dreams and that upon waking you’ll think of us, as we’re fairly certain we can make your dreams of safari come true.

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