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The Family to Family Safari
Priceless memories are made when the family goes on vacation. The challenge is finding a personalized safari trip that appeals to the whole family-one that captures the imagination of adult and child alike. At Micato, we provide just such a getaway-an extravagant safari experience that will amuse, educate, entertain, and enthrall the entire clan. The Family to Family Safari is more than just your average foray into the African wilds. Activities abound for every age: Maasai or Samburu traditional beaded necklace making, Swahili mask-making, nightly star-gazing, and the basics of big-game tracking taught by your Safari Director. A family safari is more than just this year's vacation... it is a family experience to treasure for years.
16 Days Departs Monday, Returns Tuesday
Day 1 Depart Home
We set off today for Nairobi, pondering the wonders that await us.
Day 2 - Day 3 Nairobi
Micato seamlessly whisks family members from the airport to the Norfolk Hotel, the historic centerpiece of Nairobi and epitome of luxury since 1904. Of interest in Nairobi will be a meeting with a Maasai Elder and a trip to the National Museum—a recently renovated institution that provides rich background on the country we’re about to explore. We follow this with a tour of Out of Africa author Karen Blixen’s home and the opportunity to hand-feed rare Rothschild giraffes. After an enriching day, we depart for dinner at the home of Felix and Jane Pinto, Micato Kenya’s founders. In the warmth of hearth and home, we’ll immediately feel welcome in this foreign land - and the family dogs love the visiting kids!
Day 4 - Day 5 Laikipia Plateau
Next, we set off to one of Kenya’s most welcoming hostelries: Loisaba, a private oasis on the Lakipia Plateau. The views alone will keep us rapt for hours—an impossibly beautiful golden panorama with Mount Kenya looming mighty in the distance. We roam this protected wilderness in complete privacy, seeing an array of wildlife difficult to find elsewhere, including leopard, elephant, hippo, cheetah, beisa oryx and the ever-elusive wild dog. It’s nonstop adventure: game viewing via horseback, camels or by vehicle. Rafting the Ng’are Narok River, mountain biking down the escarpment, lounging by the pool or playing tennis. Youngsters and teens explore age-appropriate diversions with their Safari Director. For an experience like no other, opt for a night in Loisaba’s one-of-a-kind Star Beds. Set on raised platforms, we nestle under cozy duvets on huge four-poster beds, cocooned in diaphanous mosquito netting, with only the wide and wondrous African firmament as our rooftop. It's pure bliss.
Day 6 - Day 8 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
We spend three nights in Maasai Mara, giving us the luxury of time to appreciate the region’s rich wildlife by game drive or even hot air balloon. Zebra, wildebeest, topi and hippos are common, as are leopards, lions and cheetahs. We’ll also immerse ourselves in the Maasai culture by visiting villages and schools, witnessing rituals and activities that have survived innumerable generations. Our game drives are colored with bush lore courtesy of our expert guides, who also explain the dynamics of the wild and the importance of conservation. Young travellers can enjoy a Bush Treasure Hunt, while teens check out the Swahili pop music disco. Meanwhile, adults will appreciate Bush Sundowners—a civilised cocktail party staged in the untamed wilds of Africa—and a gourmet dinner. Kids, on the other hand, will feast on their favorites from home. The Karen Blixen or Mara Intrepid tented camps are both delightful.
Day 9 - Day 11 Serengeti National Park
The planet’s most amazing wildlife is on display here and the daily drama of this famous savannah will enrapture even the most stoic (translate: teenage) observer. Its landscapes evoke storybook Africa—wide and wild, a golden wonderland. This is the safari that you’ve read about, yet it is better than you’ve ever imagined. The Mbalageti Lodge, our home here, is ideal for adventure and relaxation alike—rock-hewn pool, luxurious rooms, a deck with a jaw-dropping 360 degree view of the Serengeti. Children will not only learn how to shoot an arrow, but how to make their own bow. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, bring the clan inside for some board games—the wilderness will be there when you’re ready.
Day 12 - Day 13 Ngorongoro Crater
We make a stop in the Great Rift Valley, the noted “Cradle of Mankind” where the Leakey family discovered human fossils which date back almost two million years, before continuing to Ngorongoro Crater. This massive caldera, at over twelve miles across and 2,000 feet deep, is worthy of its unofficial “Eighth Wonder of the Natural World” mantle. In addition to its jaw-dropping physical beauty, the Crater is also replete with wildlife. We stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, an architectural marvel on the crater’s rim.
Day 14 Nairobi, AmericaShare Visit
Returning to Nairobi, an amazing day is in store when families travel to the poignant yet joyful Mukuru slum to visit our community centre for orphaned and vulnerable children. First we’ll stop at the local mega-shop for treats—a fascinating errand in and of itself—select a tree from the nursery to plant at the community centre, then head to Mukuru bearing gifts. We’ll match our young visitors with African youngsters of similar ages, tour the community centre, maybe work on a project together, share a meal and even a game of soccer. This may very well be the most important afternoon that your family spends in Africa. Or anywhere.
Day 15 Nairobi, AmericaShare Visit – Depart Nairobi
After another fulfilling day in Mukuru we relunctantly bid farewell to our new friends and prepare for the journey home, taking our leave of Nairobi in the late evening.
Day 16 Arrive Home
Already missing the achingly beautiful land we've left behind, we arrive home.