Micato Musings


Jane Pinto Tells All…

Jane Pinto tells all…about hosting a U.S. First Family in Tanzania, judging the Table Tennis World Cup, shepherding the multi-generational Pinto brood through Namibia and Botswana, and so much more…and that was only last year!

In News From Jane Pinto, the annual round-up from “Mama” about all that’s new and noteworthy at Micato Safaris, Jane also opens the Pinto family archives to the outside world like never before.

Relish seldom shared gems like the photo of Jane and Mother Teresa (right) or the recipe for potato bhajias that Jane previously held so close to the vest that procuring it took us many, many attempts.

Jane also reveals the answer to what is perhaps the most commonly asked question on our safaris: What does “Micato” mean? Contrary to popular belief, it is not a Swahili word meaning “my wildcat” or “world-class luxury safari.” It is not Swahili for anything. To hear Jane tell it:

In 1966 [Felix and I] moved to Nairobi for bet­ter schooling options for our children, and in the same year, purchased a farm in the suburb of Karen and a small tour com­pany: Micato stood for Mini Cabs and Tours. We sold off the cabs and focused on the tours.

And, for the record, “Micato” is no longer an acronym for the cabs or the tours…or anything else. The name, much like the company that Jane and Felix created around it, is yet one more unique piece of family lore that will leave you wanting even more news from Jane Pinto…

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