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Shopping during African safari

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Throughout your journey, you’ll find traditional artefacts, fantastic jewellery, beautiful carvings, stunning beadwork, the world’s best coffee and tea, precious stones, furniture, beautiful cloth, excellent local music, wonderful modern art and so much more.

When will you have time to shop? Likely on the fly, and we suggest you buy the moment something strikes your fancy as it’s unlikely you’ll find the time to return.

Once you touch down in Africa you can choose to shop as much or as little as you like, of course. But before you go there’s also plenty of imagining you can do: What to wear on safari is not only something of a pop culture phenomenon but we’re a little obsessed with it, too, as this article shows. And if you’re so inclined to start building your safari wardrobe ahead of time, we invite you to peruse the carefully-selected apparel and gear available in our safari store.

South Africa, with its rich mix of cultures, has an abundance of artists and craftspeople producing works of high artistic quality and workmanship. Look for fine pottery, jewellery, hand-knotted carpets, painted fabrics, locally designed clothing and paintings. In rural areas, the traditional crafts abound, from Zulu beadwork to copper and bronze jewellery, baskets and woodcarvings. South Africa also has a rich antiques market of British treasures from the early 19th century, plus excellent specimens of Cape Dutch furniture.

In East Africa, among the wide variety of handicrafts available, one may find antique Maasai tribal ornaments and spears, Meerschaum pipes, hand-woven sisal baskets and bags of unique design, as well as a dazzling array of brilliantly hued batiks, delicate pottery and sleek ebony carvings. In addition, one sees a variety of darling handmade children’s clothes and toys. Elegant beaded jewelry, sparkling gems and exquisite coral are also plentiful and surprisingly affordable.

The Micato staff can provide suggestions for shopping adventures while on your luxury African safari trip, and assist in the packing and shipping of these treasures to your home at the trip’s end.

Bargaining

Bargaining is so at odds with our life in America that most of us don’t want to attempt it (or do so only halfheartedly), even when we know that it’s not only acceptable but expected. This is certainly the case in open-air markets, and often the case in shops—rarely is bargaining considered offensive. It is an art with roots deep in the African culture and regarded as an essential business skill. Opening prices are always an exaggerated gambit and considered the first step in a long process.

The real price is usually somewhere in the lower vicinity of half the initial price. How close you come to the real price is up to you. Bargaining can be a long and convoluted process, involving protracted negotiations. Westerners often find this frustrating, but it is an essential and always amicable custom. You may get a better price if you buy more than one item from the shop.

If you are in a hurry and need to move on, it is the usual practice to finalise proceedings by declaring your “absolute final price’” and asking for theirs. If you can both agree on a figure between the two then the deal is done.

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The Hemingway Wing Safari

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​The Best of East & Southern Africa

​Taking you from the fabled tip of South Africa’s Cape to East Africa’s legendary game parks, this comprehensive safari highlights the best of two distinctive and delightful regions.

12 days from $14,950 per person
Explore Southern Africa: South Africa, Zambia and East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania
Botswana's Timeless Wilderness

Botswana’s Timeless Wilderness

​Big Game, Splendid Isolation

​Discover the astonishing contrasts of Botswana—including winding waterways, parched landscapes, immense floodplains—as well as the colossal cascades of Victoria Falls.

12 days from $14,050 per person
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The Hemingway Wing Safari

From Cape to Delta

​Cape Town, Sabi Sand, & Okavango Delta

A journey through South Africa and Botswana that delicately balances nature and luxury, including time in the storied Cape Winelands and Okavango Delta.

13 days from $16,500 per person
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​The Ultimate in Luxury Travel

East Africa’s legendary savannahs: Amboseli, Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, combined with its most exclusive resorts. This is a quintessential safari experience that is unabashedly indulgent.

15 Days from $19,550 per person
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​Explore Old Africa in Style

​This classic safari takes us from the dramatic northern frontier of Kenya’s Samburu Reserve, across the Maasai Mara-Serengeti to the epic Ngorongoro Crater and Hemingway’s favourite, Lake Manyara in Tanzania.

14 Days from $15,150 per person
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The Hemingway Wing Safari

The Stanley Wing Safari

The Best of Kenya & Tanzania

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16 days from $14,200 per person
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Heart of Kenya and Tanzania

The Heart of Kenya & Tanzania

​Plenteous and Pithy East Africa

East Africa’s most renowned game-viewing areas: Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in a compact itinerary of less than two weeks.

12 Days from $11,000 per person
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Cape Wilderness

Wilderness and Winelands

​Luxury lodging, luscious libations

​From Richard Branson’s thrilling Ulusaba Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand and his Mont Rochelle, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, ending in jazzy Cape Town.

12 Days from $15,450
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The Hemingway Wing Safari

The Travel+Leisure World’s Best Safari

Featuring Only “World's Best” List Hotels​

​Enjoy the striking wilderness, stunning wonders and cosmopolitan style of Southern Africa while staying in unmatched luxury at some of the “World’s Best” hotels.

13 days from $23,600 per person
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Tanzania Spectacular

Tanzania Spectacular

​Exploring Exotic Wilds in Style

​Ngorongoro and Serengeti… just two of the alluring names evoked at the mention of Tanzania—and both visited in unrivalled luxury on this exhilarating safari.

10 Days from $9,550 per person
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