We know it can be somewhat intimidating at first. Your perfect safari and a luxury trip to Africa may just seem a fuzzy image in your mind-but our expert safari specialists can help you make that image crystal clear.
Choosing the right safari is a uniquely personal endeavour, and our safari experts will make sure they truly understand-and fulfill-your wants and needs. Here are some questions your safari specialist might go over with you, just to begin the discussion:
What kind of safari do you want?
An African safari is at or near the top of most traveller’s wish list. But the ins and outs of actually going on safari might be a little vague. We offer three kinds of East African and Southern African safaris—and provide greater detail on our Safari Planning pages.
In brief, we offer Bespoke Safaris—fully private, individually planned, short, long, sky’s-the-limit. Classic Safaris—small groups safaris with many guaranteed departures (an average of 44 dates a year for East Africa, and 27 for Southern Africa). And Private Classic Safaris—Classic Safaris completely privatized for families, friends, and whomsoever you want to enjoy Africa with.
The answers to these questions will be a starting point; and with the help of your safari specialist you can choose the safari that is right for you. And if it turns out that our established departures don’t fit your needs, we’ll craft a customised safari just for you, perhaps even one of our incomparable Bespoke Adventure safaris.
How luxurious would you like your safari to be?
Every one of our safaris is truly, thoughtfully, and imaginatively luxurious. Depending on your budget, we can craft a safari that is simply sublime, or one that’s over-the-top luxurious. Either way—whether it’s on a luxe, small-group Classic Safari or a fully private, hand-crafted Bespoke Safari—you’ll be treated, as Travel+Leisure says, “like well-loved, out-of-town relatives.”
When is the best time to safari?
A major question. But not so easy to answer. Our almost 400 small group Classic Safaris operate throughout the year, and private Bespoke Safaris launch whenever you want them to. Our safari experts at 800-642-2861 can offer detailed suggestions based on your schedule and preferences.
How much time do you have?
Of course, we recommend taking as much time as you can on safari, so wondrous is the African experience. Our regularly scheduled, guaranteed departure Classic Safaris average 13 days, door-to-door, and our Bespoke Safaris can be any length, from a mere few days to a month or more. As always, it’s your preferences and schedules that dictate our planning.
What are the pros and cons or a plan-it-yourself safari?
A big, internet-era question! Our 50-plus years in the safari business and our extensive nuclear and extended family throughout Africa allow us to squash potential problems before they arise, and solve them decisively if they do. Zip over and read more about Why to Choose Micato and after reading about our extensive inclusions and meticulous planning, imagine subtracting a few of those many Micato Differences—the arrival-to-departure presence on every safari of a highly credentialed Safari Director, or our 365 x 24 Concierge Service, let’s say. Peace of mind is an essential ingredient of any great trip, and ensuring it is our unstinting mission.
Where’s the best place to safari?
Our Southern and East African safari countries are six times larger—and, with all due respect, quite a bit more varied than Texas, so this is a wonderfully large question. We provide detailed guidance on our Safari Planning pages.
Who will be joining you?
Families, groups of friends, and solo safariers—all are welcome, and our safari experts will help you choose a safari that best fits your interests, schedules, and enthusiasms.
What wildlife do you want to see?
Africa’s signature wildlife abound on all of our safaris, naturally and exuberantly. But if you have a particular interest in a particular phylum, genus, or species, we’ll craft a safari that zeroes in on it. Our Safari Directors delight in guiding amateur and professional naturalists
What type of landscapes interest you?
Among the continent’s sometimes overlooked joys are its varied and dramatic landscapes: snowy mountains (Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya—but there are others), vast, acacia-dotted plains, lush inland deltas like the incredible Okavango, the sparkling white beaches of Zanzibar, the idyllic, bonsai-like kopjes of the Serengeti, gargantuan Victoria Falls. If you have a sight you’d like to see and savour, we’ll find the right safari for you.
And what about African culture?
We have a saying, tried and true: People come to Africa to see its wildlife, but they leave in love with its people. As an African-born company, we delight in introducing our guests to village and city people, Maasai and Samburu, San Bushmen and Zanzibaris, all of whom greet your Micato Safari Director as an old friend, and you as an honoured friend of a friend.