The Stanley Wing Safari
The Best of Kenya and Tanzania
A 16 Day Adventure
The Stanley Wing, named for the iconic 19th-century Africa explorer Henry Morton Stanley, may be Micato’s most comprehensive and popular safari. We range through East Africa widely and leisurely, from Nairobi into the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in southern Kenya and farther into Tanzania, with luxuriously long stays in some of the continent’s most treasured and exhilarating game parks. The Stanley Wing is a matchless introduction to the dreamt-of Africa; it’s also a marvelous way to experience that Africa yet again.
Stanley, a world celebrity for finding Dr. David Livingstone in 1871 after a gruesome 700-mile trek from Zanzibar to Lake Tanganyika (he legendarily greeted the famed missionary with the words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”), still ignites controversy among historians (they don’t call you Bula Matari—Breaker of Rocks—for your mild manners). But a couple of things about him are sure. He was a very tough fellow, and he was hopelessly enthralled by Africa and the “sweet and novel pleasure of indifference to all things earthly” that it offers the traveller, “one of the most soul-lulling pleasures a mortal can enjoy.”
Day 1En route
Days 2 & 3Nairobi and the historic Norfolk Hotel
Soon after we land in Nairobi, Micato staff will whisk us away to the historic Norfolk Hotel. Now a jewel in the Fairmont crown, the Norfolk has been a reigning East African landmark since the early 1900s. For much of their history, Nairobi and the Norfolk have been nearly synonymous.
The next day, we’ll head out for some city sightseeing in the capital, including visits to the National Museum, the Giraffe Centre (where we’ll hand-feed endangered Rothschild giraffes), and Karen Blixen’s home just outside of Nairobi. In 1937, Baroness Blixen (under the pen name Isak Dinesen) published Out of Africa, which many of us consider the most heart-stirring book ever written about the continent. And we’ll lunch with Micato’s founders, Felix and Jane Pinto, at their home in Nairobi’s lovely Lavington district. We’ll return to the Norfolk inspired by hospitality, good food, and fine conversation, eager and ready to embark on a classic African safari.
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Days 4 & 5Mingling with Amboseli’s elephants
A morning flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport takes us south to Amboseli National Park, dominated by gargantuan Mount Kilimanjaro, which rises suddenly to over 19,000 feet, 15,000 of them above Amboseli’s acacia-dotted grasslands. (Local people didn’t think that God, or gods, lived on Kilimanjaro. They more or less thought the mountain was God; casting your eyes on the still-glacier-topped behemoth, you can see why.) During our game drives out of wonderfully decorated Ol Tukai Lodge, we’ll marvel at our first good looks at what is probably Africa’s largest population of free-ranging elephants, along with the cape buffaloes, impalas, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest who— in addition to two score or more other mammal species—make their domicile in and around the park.
Day 6 Tarangire’s baobabs and bountiful wildlife
Today we drive south into Tanzania for lunch at the bustling, very African town of Arusha, then fly to Tarangire National Park, celebrated for the diversity of its wildlife (which includes tree-snoozing lions), its world-class collection of more than 550 bird species, and its outlandishly towering termite mounds, which may not sound terribly impressive, but are just about guaranteed to elevate termites to the top of any traveller’s pantheon of amazing insects. We’ll enjoy a fine overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, tucked away in a verdant valley, with enchanting views of Tarangire’s trademark baobab-studded landscapes. (And we may spend a post–game drive afternoon basking in the Sopa Lodge’s marvelous pool, set just above a nicely dramatic gorge.)
Days 7 & 8 Wending down into the Ngorongoro Crater
After a morning game drive and breakfast we make a memorable drive west, to the fabled Lost World of the Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic bowl abounding with life and beauty, unknown to the outside world until 1892 (which helps account for its wealth of wildlife, everything from a burgeoning lion population to fine stands of flamingos).
Our lodge, the Ngorongoro Sopa, is perched on the gigantic crater’s rim, allowing us to gaze at the flat, 100-square-mile crater floor hundreds of feet below. Ngorongoro is one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas, and without a smidgen of doubt its most interesting, not to mention its most lively and lovely; Ngorongoro’s floor, down to which we’ll wend our way for a full-day game drive, is a mesmerizing, eventful place.
Days 9 & 10 The blue-sky Serengeti, “warm with life”
We’ll stop by the Olduvai Gorge, a rocky spur of the Rift Valley, where the Leakey family’s discoveries in the last century convinced the scientific world that humanity arose in East Africa. (“It’s a splendid spot, Olduvai Gorge,” Theo Cruz wrote, “but it’s a good thing our ancestors wanted a peek at someplace else.”) Then it’s on to the Serengeti, a vast and fabled plain the great writer and roust¬about Beryl Markham said was “as warm with life as the waters of a tropic sea.” From our base at the airy Serengeti Sopa Lodge, deep in the heart of the world’s most important large animal migration corridor, we make rolling forays into the plain, on the lookout for the 70 large mammal species who inhabit this most noble swatch of planet Earth.
Days 11 & 12 Natural extravagance in the Maasai Mara
We think of the Maasai Mara as the Africa of our imagination, brought to joyous life. Rolling grasslands, expressive acacia trees, sweeping vistas teeming with wildlife, and one of Africa’s common and unforgettable sights: “the cumulus clouds that drift all day long across a sun-filled sky,” Elspeth Huxley wrote in The Flame Trees of Thika, “remind[ing] me of huge swirls of whipped cream.” (Those sunny skies and grand landscapes inspire us to consider a hot-air balloon option while we’re in the Mara. We fly to the Mara via Arusha and Nairobi, and after unfailingly exciting game drives, we’ll enjoy sundowners from our tented camp at either the Fairmont Mara Safari Club or Kichwa Tembo, looking out at the vital yet deeply pacific Mara.
Days 13 & 14 African elegance at the Mount Kenya Safari Club
We fly back to Nairobi and continue by air across the stunningly green Central Highlands—to Kenya’s colonials, so reminiscent of their English countryside—to the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, entrancingly close to Africa’s second-highest and most classically comely mountain, the glaciated, 17,000-foot Mount Kenya.
The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club — created in the late 1950s by actor William Holden and a bunch of fellow Africaphiles—has been visited by innumerable dignitaries, stars, and panjandrums, and we’ll feel rather stellar ourselves during our two nights in upgraded deluxe Club Level rooms. The Safari Club is a continental center of relaxation, and, if relaxing gets too relaxing, many activities are close at hand: golf, trout fishing, horsebacking, tennis, and much else. We’ll also have a chance to visit the club’s animal orphanage and the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to a healthy coterie of rhinos, plus its Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Kenya’s only chimp haven), operated in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Foundation.
Day 15 Day rooms in Nairobi for late night flights
We’ll have day rooms for use prior to our late night flights homeward. And during the day, we can visit the Micato-AmericaShare Harambee Centre, do some shopping, or just kick back and savour the first, fresh memories of a classic African safari.
Day 16 Homeward connections in Europe
The wild creatures I had come to Africa to see are exhilarating in their multitudes and colors, and I imagined for a time that this glimpse of the earth’s morning might account for the anticipation that I felt, the sense of origins, of innocence and mystery, like a marvelous childhood faculty restored. Perhaps it is the consciousness that here in Africa, south of the Sahara, our kind was born.
The Tree Where Man Was Born
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
The essence of luxury since 1904, the Norfolk is the legendary hotel from which many safaris have embarked. The spirit of past adventurers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway linger romantically in the air here.
Kichwa Tembo Camp
Maasai Mara, Kenya
This camp offers one of the most stunning settings in Kenya, with its broad lawn, cactus gardens and seemingly infinite vistas of the savannah beyond. Kichwa’s tents are spacious and comfortable with verandas opening to sweeping Mara views or secluded forested scenes alive with birds and monkeys.
Fairmont Mara Safari Club
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Brilliantly renovated, the Mara Safari Club is a jewel in the Mara. Magnificent tents feature lush appointments, four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking hippos bobbing and snorting in the river. The main lodge is Africa at its most elegant with stunning artwork and dramatic architecture.
Mount Kenya Safari Club
Set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is a legend unto itself. Originally a private home of the actor William Holden who turned it into an exclusive club with Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and Conrad Hilton amongst its founding members.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
An architectural marvel, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is built on the rim of the undisturbed eastern side of the crater. Designed to reflect the vastness of the African bush, it has no conventional windows, instead featuring huge walls of glass in both the public areas and guest suites.
Ol Tukai offers a panorama of landscape, sky and wildlife with the massive majesty of snow-capped Mt. Kilimajaro in the distance. The lodge is hidden in a forest of fever trees and palms, with spacious guest chalets built from local gum trees and pale slate, and featuring a sitting area and bedroom.
Ol Tukai Lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Another magnificent property, styled after a traditional Maasai manyatta or village. Blending in with the sun-bleached colours of the Serengeti, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the awesome spectacle of the vast savannah into this lodge. In the multi-level reception and dining areas, lofty ceilings and walls of glass create a stunning visual effect.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
It’s difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting than that enjoyed by the Lake Tarangire Sopa Lodge, a serene oasis nestled into a wooded hillside valley overlooking Tarangire Hill. Charming guest suites consist of a bedroom with two queen-sized beds and sitting room, plus a veranda with stunning views over the celebrated baobab-studded landscape.
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Departs Saturday, returns Sunday
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Make it Private
The Stanley Wing Safari can be transformed into a fully private trip for a family or a group of friends. You’ll have your own Tour Director and your pick of departure dates. Contact our experts or your travel advisor to find out how to make this tour a private journey.
Options & Extensions
While you’re in the area, you might be interested in these fine extensions. Our travel specialists can work them into your itinerary.
An angel's eye view of a heavenly landscape
It is an effortless feeling usually reserved for dreams… natural, feather-light, exhilarating. There, looking out over a stunning landscape, from your peerless perch, in the calming silence of the African dawn… it’s hard to imagine it getting any better. And then, the star of the show—quite literally, in fact—pokes out from under its terrestrial cloak.
An Opportunity to Change a Life
Every Micato traveller is given the opportunity to change the course of a life. We invite guests to spend an extra day in Nairobi and visit one of our AmericaShare projects in the slums, learn of the challenges, meet the orphaned and vulnerable children and be inspirited to help.
A Rare and Breathtaking Experience
The soft mists prevail here as they did when Dian Fossey wrote her legendary book Gorillas in the Mist. And the creatures that drew Dr. Fossey are the same ones which beckon to us: rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Cosmopolitan and captivating
A beautiful mix of natural and man-made pleasures, Cape Town is Africa’s treasure for good reason. This perfect post-safari sojourn yields a winning blend of top city sights, sophisticated dining, luscious winelands, and more.
Exploring the Isles of Spices
Zanzibar. It’s perfumed air caresses travellers with scents of the spices that have grown in abundance throughout the island since time began. Exotic and enchanting, this Indian Ocean isle allures travellers with a personality and pace all its own—just a short hop from mainland Tanzania, but a world away. The name alone conjures a romantic daydream. Meandering streets are lined with whitewashed houses and reminders of Swahili influence; the air is redolent of the spices grown here for centuries. From the lush Jozani Forest to bustling Stone Town, Zanzibar is an island paradise ripe for exploration.