Micato Safaris http://www.micato.com Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:37:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ballooning Over Jaipur’s Countryside http://www.micato.com/blog/ballooning-over-jaipur/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:38:28 +0000 http://www.micato.com/?p=8216 Tom Cole takes us on an electrifyingly serene early morning balloon flight over awakening villages and fields, topped off with a celebratory landing.

hot air balloon over jaipur, india

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Cultural Cape Town: 7 things that make the South African city-on-the-sea sparkle http://www.micato.com/blog/cultural-cape-town-south-africa/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:20:41 +0000 http://www.micato.com/?p=7996 Micato's General Manager Melissa Hordych, one of our resident Safari Specialists, recently spent some time exploring Cape Town. She shares seven of her top experiences from her stay in the city and surrounding area.

[caption id="attachment_8076" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Cape Town Markets Local artisanal goods on display in the many markets in Cape Town.[/caption]

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In Search of the Luminous Beast http://www.micato.com/blog/ranthambore-tigers/ Mon, 16 May 2016 23:34:00 +0000 http://www.micato.com/?p=7938 A short photo essay about a heart-spinning Micato safari in India’s Ranthambore National Park, on a peaceful quest to see “the most elegant and irreproachable creature ever” as I called Panthera tigris tigris—the Royal Bengal tiger—in my blog post about the new Jungle Book movie (and a bunch of other Indian and cosmic things).

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A Rambling but Recommendatory Review of The Jungle Book http://www.micato.com/blog/jungle-book-review/ Tue, 10 May 2016 00:40:46 +0000 http://www.micato.com/?p=7855 Perhaps you’re familiar with Arthur C. Clarke’s insight that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I feel simultaneously stuck-in-intellectual-mud and immensely lucky to experience just about any technology as indistinguishable from magic; I never sit down at the computer without thinking—with relief—about typewriting on those clanky old machines (though IBM Selectric's madly, magically accurate whirling print ball still blows my techno-peasant mind). I will expire long before I can make any real sense of Google’s ability to almost instantaneously rummage through much of human knowledge and pluck out that exact Clarke quote.

[caption id="attachment_7857" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Bengal tiger in India The "most elegant and irreproachable creature ever", suddenly seen by the writer at Ranthambore National Park[/caption]

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Micato Safaris Photo Contest Winners, Winter 2016 http://www.micato.com/blog/micato-safaris-photo-contest-winners-winter-2016/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:23:55 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7470 From a mischievous baby elephant to an elegant centenarian on safari, our Photo Contest winners capture some wonderful African moments. We’d like to expand our contest, open it up a little, make it more of a richly interactive part of our blog. So please deluge us with your best pictures, tell us the stories behind them (in not much more than 50 words, if you don’t mind).

[caption id="attachment_7536" align="alignleft" width="720"]baby elephant running from mom JANUARY HONOURABLE MENTION
Maribeth Venezia[/caption]

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The Wisdom of Clouds, in Africa and Elsewhere, Part 1 http://www.micato.com/blog/the-wisdom-of-clouds-in-africa-and-elsewhere-part-1/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:50:11 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7433 There’s a line in the Micato brochure about clouds on the Serengeti that “pile up in grandly crazy towers, looking like computer-generated special effects.” A colleague took mild issue with the last part of that description—the special effects part. “Too jarring,” she said. “It takes you away from the actual world.”

There may be some truth in that. But so digital is our world—and so photoshopped our photographs—that we sometimes fleetingly wonder if what we’re seeing is actual, or whipped up for our benefit by some unseen Oz with a whizbang computer.

[caption id="attachment_7443" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]African sunset Coming up, the simple but–to me–rather amazing story behind this straightforward picture of an African sunrise.[/caption]

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The Truth About the Taj Mahal, Part 2 http://www.micato.com/blog/the-truth-about-the-taj-mahal-part-2/ Mon, 14 Mar 2016 22:59:55 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7439 In my first Taj Mahal blog I challenged Micato Musings readers to come up with a more beautiful human creation than the huge work of art Lord Curzon, who knew well what he was talking about, called “the gem [the gem, not a gem] of man’s handiwork.”

This time around, I thought it might be interesting to get Seamus O’Banion’s take on the Taj.

[caption id="attachment_7440" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Taj Mahal on gray day The Taj can appear heartbreakingly intimate, almost delicate. And it can seem grand and imposing, as on this gray day, when the author and his wife felt like they had it all to themselves. Whatever its mood, the Taj’s beauty is always guileless and unhidden.[/caption]

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The Truth About the Taj Mahal, Part 1 http://www.micato.com/blog/the-truth-about-the-taj-mahal-part-1/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:37:47 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7475 The truest thing about the Taj is that in all its history, humanity has never created anything so beautiful.

Granted, that’s an audacious claim. I tussled with the first adjective. I was tempted to say impressive, but what—alert readers might ask—about the Hubble Space Telescope or the collected works of P.G. Wodehouse?

So I’ll stand with beautiful, even though some will complain it’s too subjective a word (which it may be, in general, but not specifically when it comes to the Taj Mahal, or so it says here).

Taj Mahal and reflection

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Flying Over Africa http://www.micato.com/blog/flying-over-africa/ Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:41:18 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7477 You may remember—it’s hard to forget—the scene in the film version of Out of Africa when Denys Finch Hatton (played by Robert Redford) lands his Gipsy Moth near Karen Blixen’s (Meryl Streep’s) farm. She rushes out to the spiffy little biplane, and Finch Hatton doesn’t take off his flying goggles, he barely throttles back his engine, he just says, “Get in,” and thus begins one of cinema’s great moments: a heart-firing poem of a swooping flight over the incomparably eloquent landscapes of East Africa.*

[caption id="attachment_7574" align="aligncenter" width="575"]aerial view of Rift Valley from plane Flying south to the Serengeti past the great volcanos of the Rift Valley, a reminder that Africa is very slowly cracking apart and that one faraway day this landscape will be mid-oceanic[/caption]

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Elephant Lovers Alert http://www.micato.com/blog/elephant-lovers-alert/ Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:44:20 +0000 http://109.199.108.105/~micato88/?p=7479 Elephants endlessly amaze. Here’s a wonderful video of a civic-minded ellie that even the most skeptical disbeliever in the great beasts’ intelligence would find difficult to dismiss

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxmhJfMSl8[/embed]

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