If this is your first time on safari, you probably have countless questions. To get you started our safari experts have assembled a list of frequently asked ones.
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Our itineraries vary in length, distance covered, and focus. Some (such as in East Africa and Botswana) are more wildlife-intensive, while some have a more balanced view of African cities, wildlife and landscapes (such as in South Africa). Rest assured, each and every Micato Safari is amazing, and each puts you in touch with the true spirit of the region you are visiting. If you have questions or aren’t sure which tour to choose, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-MICATO-1 — we’re happy to help you find (or create!) the safari that’s right for you.
Information on how to obtain your visas as well as a “visa kit” will be sent to you in plenty of time to obtain your visas before your departure. We will work with travellers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens to obtain visa information specific to your citizenship.
In Kenya and Tanzania, a blissful 70 degrees Fahrenheit greets the day and rarely does the temperature vary throughout the year. The elevated altitudes keep temperatures comfortable, even calling for sweaters and jackets every evening and morning. Temperature variance is determined more by region than by season: upcountry areas such as Mount Kenya and the Aberdares at 7,000 feet can be cool, while the drier bush country is warmer and the sea level regions of Mombasa and Zanzibar quite tropical.
Southern Africa experiences more noticeable changes in its seasons. April through November is winter—when daytime temperatures are a fresh 60-75 degrees with little rain. During the height of Southern Africa’s summer (December through March), temperatures are warmer and some rain may fall, making the bush lush and green. Every season, whether slightly warmer or cooler, offers thoroughly agreeable weather for all safari activities.
Generally, you should count on early mornings and evenings on safari to be chillier than expected throughout Africa—especially if travelling during May, June, July and August when you’ll be quite happy to have packed a heavy fleece or lined jacket.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a malaria prophylactic (just to be on the safe side—contracting malaria is highly unlikely). You may also wish to review the CDC guidelines at http://www.cdc.gov/ or by calling 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747).
We recommend contacting your physician well in advance of your departure to discuss these suggestions.
Upon booking your safari, you’ll receive documents that include a complete packing list. Suffice it to say, though, that your clothing should be comfortable and casual. Khaki, olive, brown and tan clothing increases your chances of seeing wildlife and offers the added benefit of concealing dirt. Since laundry service will be available in many of the places we visit, you should avoid the temptation to over-pack (and anyway, in most of Africa you will have a luggage weight limit of 33 pounds).
Absolutely. As our valued guests, it is our pleasure to welcome you to our homeland. After passing through customs at your arrival airport, you will be greeted by a Micato staff member who will take you as swiftly as possible to the comfort of your luxurious hotel.
The herds can be found amidst the short grasses of Serengeti National Park from November to May. From January onward, wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle alternate between the woodlands and plains depending on the weather.
In May, as the grasses become dry, the herds begin the roughly 500-mile Migration. They move north, and by June they are in the more lush plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. This is where they generally stay until October.
Anticipating the short rains—and the promise of mineral-rich grasslands that this entails—the herds begin their trek down to the Serengeti along an eastern route. In November and December, they arrive to intensely green savannahs and woodlands where they stay until the cycle begins again…
Your Micato Safari Specialist can help you maximize your opportunity to see this remarkable natural phenomenon.
We are also pleased to include all gratuities during your safari, including those to your Safari Director, Tour Leader and Driver Guides, as well as tips for the wait staff for meals in lodges and restaurants where meals are included, and the luggage porters at all airports, hotels and lodges. More information is provided in your pre-tour documentation.
In general the expenses you will need to anticipate are passport and visa costs, immunizations, and personal expenses such as phone calls, souvenirs, and laundry.
International roaming service is not automatically enabled on cell phones, even if subscribing to one of the services above. You will need to contact your service provider and ask them to activate the international feature. Also visit the web site of your carrier to get up-to-date information on coverage and options.
And for those guests who wish to make their safari a more private affair: we can turn one of our established departures into a safari just for your family and friends—and even depart on a date of your choice. This is just one of the dizzying—seemingly limitless, in fact—array of options available with our Bespoke Safaris.
In addition, the pilots who fly these planes have often spent their lives in the bush—in fact, many learned to fly before they had learned to drive! They are eminently qualified, and usually founts of information about Africa.