Introducing East Africa

The great gamelands of East Africa have a firm hold on our imaginations, perhaps because so many of us have been exposed to African motifs since earliest childhood, perhaps because of something even deeper.

In The Tree Where Man Was Born, the great Peter Matthiessen wrote about the profound effect Africa can have on us:

“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.”

 

One of Micato’s Safari Directors puts it this way: “At the airport, before the flights home, it’s common to see tears in people’s eyes. They feel so deeply touched by Africa. Many of them say they feel as if they’ve finally come home.”

Whatever the source of their allure, the gamelands are dramatically, heart-stirringly unique, the greatest display of star-quality wildlife on planet Earth. The most famous of East Africa’s wildlife kingdoms is the Serengeti-Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The size of Vermont, the Serengeti-Maasai Mara has two names because it straddles two countries. In Kenya, it’s the Maasai Mara, somewhat greener and more riverine than Tanzania’s Serengeti, the “warm sea of life” so beloved of travellers. Almost all of Micato’s guaranteed departure, small-group Classic Safaris, and many–if not most–of our Custom-Designed Safaris visit either or both the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara.

We introduce safariers to famed treasures like Amboseli and Tarangire National Parks, to the Laikipia Plateau, presided over by lordly Mount Kenya, to flamingo-thronged Lake Manyara, and to the great Lost World of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most amazing places imaginable. Proudly dedicated to displaying Africa’s best–you aren’t named the world’s #1 Best Safari Operator an unprecedented nine times by Travel+Leisure if you swerve from your commitments–we carry our unstinting commitment to excellence to all our East African destinations, staying in intelligently luxurious camps and lodges tucked away on lush river banks or set high on rocky escarpments overlooking the golden infinity of the African plain. Every Micato safari, Custom or Classic, is escorted from beginning to end by a highly credentialed Safari Director. In short, it’s in Micato’s very genetic code to celebrate East Africa in all its exhilarating majesty.

East Africa Map
Giraffes at Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Wildlife at Serengeti national park
The Laikipia Plateau
Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya
Family picnic dinner in nature at Tarangire African Safari
Giraffe at The Chyulu Hills
Lake Manyara itself is the main attraction of the Park, and attracts a variety of waterbirds, including huge flocks of pink flamingos as well as pelicans, storks and cormorants.
Enjoying champagne while watching sunset at Meru National Park, Kenya
Flamingos on Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha
Mount Kenya
Zanzibar
Nairobi Skyline
significant concentrations” of elephants
Mount Kilimanjaro
Kigali, Rwanda
Gorilla eating grass at ​Parc Nacional des Volcans

When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find it is the same in all her music.

Isak DinesenOut of Africa

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