Families on Safari
Memories are created that reverberate merrily unto the generations
We can’t even begin to be objective about the glowing worth and pure fun of family safaris.
After all, Micato was born on the joyous safaris Nairobi residents Felix and Jane Pinto took their three kids on as soon as they were old enough to hop on a van and head into the bush…and the rest is history, as they say, not only of the company Felix and Jane started in their retirement, but also of a family firmly bonded by the shared experience of Africa’s endlessly cascading enchantments.
Though we can say, as a matter of objective fact, that in addition to being a family-owned and family-operated company— named the World’s Best Safari Operator by Travel + Leisure magazine an unprecedented nine times—Micato is a steadfastly family-oriented company. It’s in our marrow and in our hearts.
Our family safaris set the template for all of Micato’s safaris and journeys to India, our ancestral homeland. We loved the planning, we had immeasurable fun, and we learned that care and mutual support were the keys to successful trips. I think that familial care is what inspires such affection and loyalty from our guests.
Even the most smoothly functional families feel the atomizing stresses of the modern world, for reasons we’re all too familiar with. And our 50-plus years of orchestrating safaris teach us that very few journeys are as delightfully destressing and family-bonding as a safari in Africa.
Because the youngest and oldest of us have seen reflections of Africa’s marvelous animals all our lives, from beloved plush toys to cartoons to documentaries and films, and here we see them by the free-roaming thousands, in the warm flesh, and we’re enraptured.
“Jack has always been a people person,” Patti Buffolano writes of her “ultimate mother-son bonding experience” with her son Jack, who’s “always a little comme ci, comme ça about animals…I hoped a safari would change that, and boy, did I get my wish! The phrase ‘You know Xbox One is the world’s most powerful gaming console’ was replaced by ‘Mom, I love the animals so much. I don’t understand why anyone would hurt them. We have to help them.’”