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The Hemingway Wing Safari

The Hemingway Wing Safari

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Kenya: Nairobi, The Laikipia Plateau, Maasai Mara.
Tanzania: the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
14 Days
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​Explore Old Africa in Style

Such is Africa’s allure: that a bright fellow like Hemingway would lie in his tent, homesick before he’d even parted from a place that had come to seem more like home than home itself. We’re told these days to stick to the now, and the here, but Hemingway—like many of us lovers of Africa—knew that sometimes you can’t micromanage your passions. The Hemingway Wing Safari—a cherished favourite of Micato staff—is a tribute, not only to Africa’s tendency to grab hold of our hearts, but also to the old-fashioned and cozy safaris of Hemingway’s time, with three tented camps (a little more luxurious than in Ernest’s day, but he was never one to avoid intelligently offered luxury), good looks at East Africa’s most legendary game parks (and a couple of lesser-known gems), and five swooping flights that bring us into great intimacy with Africa’s landscapes.

All I wanted to do now was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.Ernest HemingwayGreen Hills of Africa


  • The remote and dramatic Laikipia Plateau, home to unique species like Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, beisa oryx, and reticulated giraffe.
  • A glimpse into the daily life of the nomadic Maasai warrior clans, with special invitations to meet with tribal leaders for a discussion about rituals and ancient customs.
  • Service, information, and good cheer from your Micato Safari Director from start to finish; round-the-clock access to our unique Concierge Service.


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Day 1 En route to a classic East African safari

We board our flight and enjoy the anticipation of Africa.

Days 2 & 3 Getting acquainted with Nairobi

We’ll be met by our Micato Safari Director and whisked away to the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel or the equally welcoming Kempinski Villa Rosa. We’ll visit the impressive National Museum of Kenya, make a joyously inspirational visit to Micato-AmericaShare’s Harambee Centre, visit the Giraffe Centre, lunch at one of Nairobi’s most delightfully cutting-edge restaurants, and pay our respects at the home of Out of Africa‘s Isak Dinesen (who wrote as Karen Blixen; Hemingway said more than once, should have received the Nobel Prize for literature instead of him).

Days 4 & 5 The Laikipia Plateau

We fly north from Nairobi to the Laikipia Plateau. It’s a short, but momentous flight,
taking us from Nairobi’s urban whirl to a vast, animal-abounding wilderness graced with views
of the more-than-iconic Mount Kenya and the monumental clouds that seem to drift up from its 17,000-foot summit. We are, gleefully, in the Africa we’ve been carrying around in our imagination since we were children.

Our haven in this marvelous world-of-its-own is the excellent Mutara Camp, set high atop a cliff overlooking the Plateau, and the only camp (or lodge or pretty much any modern artifact) in the 20,000-acre Mutara Conservancy, a fruitful partnership between the local people and Mutara’s diligently eco- and heritage-aware owners. Spiraling down from the clifftop, we make game drives in Laikipia, encountering in solitude its fabulous plentitude of large (and cunningly small) mammals (all the Big Five, including some especially svelte leopards) who are just the headliners in a fabulous cast of very natural, very intriguing characters. (Some travellers, having seen and appreciated the Big Five, begin a more difficult search for the Little Five, whose identities we will divulge in Tanzania Spectacular.)

Days 6 & 7 The Maasai Mara’s famed Fairmont Mara Safari Club

South by air to the Maasai Mara, the northern reaches of the Serengeti–Maasai Mara ecosystem, earth’s richest wildlife habitat. Our base for explorations in the fabled Mara is the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, recently voted among the Top 20 in Travel+Leisure’s consequential World’s Best Hotels list.

Surrounded on three sides by the life-giving Mara River, the Mara Safari Club is a masterpiece of appropriate and generously luxurious design. And it’s a great jumping-off place for extraordinary game drives in the mixed land- and waterscapes of the Mara. We’ll visit a traditional Maasai village as we wend our way through this natural wonderland, the kind of place that moved Hemingway to write, “I loved this country and I felt at home and where a man feels at home, outside of where he’s born, is where he’s meant to go.”

Days 8 & 9 Gazelles by the gazillions on the golden Serengeti

“How can one convey the power of Serengeti?” asked Cyril Connolly in The Evening Colonnade. “It is an immense, limitless lawn, under a marquee of sky. . . .The light is dazzling, the air delectable; kopjes rise out of the grass at far intervals, some wooded; the magic of the American prairie here blends with the other magic of the animals as they existed before man.”

The Serengeti sometimes does remind us of the American prairie, but in truth it can’t be compared with any other place on earth. Its kopje-dotted landscape, its vast and billowing skies, and especially its astounding wealth of wildlife make it one-of-a-gorgeous-kind. Flying via Nairobi and Arusha, we reach our base, Migration Camp, on the hippo-haven Grumeti River. Known for its superb tents (which, one traveller wrote, “have only one thing in common with normal tents: canvas”) and its dramatic setting in rocky outcrops, Migration Camp is revered for its tranquility (something of a Serengeti specialty).

Days 10 to 12 Exquisite Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater

We take a picturesque flight from the Serengeti to Lake Manyara, then drive to our base for the next three nights, the quietly spectacular Ngorongoro Lodge Melia, perched handsomely on the rim of one of earth’s wonders, the great, green, animal-nurturing caldera of a once catastrophically cranky, now beneficently mellow volcano, the Ngorongoro. Up-to-the-minute modern–with a spa, gym, lovely and quietly ambitious restaurant, and what must be one of the planet’s most felicitously placed infinity pools–the Melia heartfully and artfully mixes luxury with deep respect for African tradition.

We’re at Vail and Aspen altitudes of well over 7,000 feet, and being up that high, figuratively and actually, we may recall Isak Dinesen’s words in Out of Africa, “The air of the African highlands went to my head like wine, I was all the time slightly drunk with it.” And then we zoom down to the Lost World’s lush and park-like floor (but which, make no mistake, is an animal, not a human, kingdom) for a day’s game viewing and a festive bush picnic.

And we’ll game drive and view-catch at Lake Manyara, which our guy Ernest Hemingway thought “the loveliest lake in Africa.” The lake is a birder’s heaven, (it’s frequented by 300 migratory species), and the water from its Crater Highlands–supplied springs makes it a forested redoubt for all the most glamourous large mammals, including the famed Manyara tree-climbing lions. (It’s a little irreverent, but tree-lounging might be a better description.)

Day 13 Back to Nairobi and onward

We affectionately say goodbye to the great crater and fly to Nairobi, where we’ll rest up – with our Safari Director and vehicle on call – at a full-service, meals-included day room at the Four Points by Sheraton with some time to shop, or just kick back and savour the first, fresh memories of a classic African safari. We will be escorted to the airport and through check-in for our late evening flights.

Day 14 Connect in Europe with homeward flights

…for flights home.

Camps & Lodges

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Fairmont The Norfolk

Nairobi, Kenya
The Norfolk has been a meeting place for safariers since 1904. Photos of past guests (Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt among them) remind us that this is where grand adventures begin.
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Mutara Camp

Mutara Conservancy, Kenya
Exclusive Mutara is the only camp in a wild and animal-rich conservancy the size of 25 Central Parks.
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Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Each exquisite tent has a private veranda with a spectacular view of the hippo-filled Mara River and the gentle chortling of the hippo pods soothes us to sleep each night.
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Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serendipitously set on a rocky outcrop just above one of the Great Migration’s busiest paths, Migration Camp provides a personal, up-close experience of the Serengeti’s naturally theatrical wildlife.
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Ngorongoro Lodge Melia

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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What's Included

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  • Luxury accommodations and all meals.
  • A highly-credentialed Micato Safari Director and Driver-Guide during your journey.
  • 24/7 Concierge Team poised to meet last minute, unexpected, and unusual requests.
  • A variety of activities, individualized for you by your Safari Director at every safari location.
  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to Safari Directors, Driver-Guides, waiters, porters… and everyone else, from beginning to end of your safari.
  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Daily valet laundry service. You can pack less and even return home with a bag of clean clothes… now that’s luxury!
  • Complimentary in-vehicle Wi-Fi as well as free Wi-Fi wherever else it exists on safari, including camps and lodges.
  • All airport transfers, game park, national park, and conservancy fees.
  • Extensive safety protocols perfected by 60 years of on-the-ground expertise.
  • Sublime safari swag! Bush hats, specially designed Micato Safaris duffels, luggage tags, document wallets, flashlights, and more.
  • For every guest on safari, Micato sends an African child to school.

Dates & Rates

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2024 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 04 – Jan. 17 May 16 – May 29 Aug. 01 – Aug. 14 Oct. 17 – Oct. 30
Jan. 11 – Jan. 24 May 23 – June 05 Aug. 08 – Aug. 21

Oct. 24 – Nov. 06
Jan. 18 – Jan. 31 May 30 – June 12

Aug. 15 – Aug. 28 Oct. 31 – Nov. 13
Jan. 25 – Feb. 07 June 06 – June 19 Aug. 22 – Sep. 04 Nov. 07 – Nov. 20
Feb. 01 – Feb. 14 June 13 – June 26 Aug. 29 – Sep. 11 Nov. 14 – Nov. 27
Feb. 08 – Feb. 21 June 20 – July 03 Sep. 05 – Sep. 18

Nov. 21 – Dec. 04
Feb. 15 – Feb. 28 June 27 – July 10 Sep. 12 – Sep. 25 Nov. 28 – Dec. 11
Feb. 22 – Mar. 06 July 04 – July 17 Sep. 19 – Oct. 02 Dec. 05 – Dec. 18
Feb. 29 – Mar. 13 July 11 – July 24 Sep. 26 – Oct. 09

Dec. 12 – Dec. 25
Mar. 07 – Mar. 20 July 18 – Jul. 31 Oct. 03 – Oct. 16 Dec. 19 – Jan. 01
Mar. 14 – Mar. 27 July 25 – Aug. 07 Oct. 10 – Oct. 23 Dec. 26 – Jan. 08

2025 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 02 – Jan. 15 May 15 – May 28 July 31 – Aug. 13 Oct. 16 – Oct. 29
Jan. 09 – Jan. 22 May 22 – June 04 Aug. 07 – Aug. 20

Oct. 23 – Nov. 05
Jan. 16 – Jan. 29 May 29 – June 11

Aug. 14 – Aug. 27 Oct. 30 – Nov. 12
Jan. 23 – Feb. 05 June 05 – June 18 Aug. 21 – Sep. 03 Nov. 06 – Nov. 19
Jan. 30 – Feb. 12 June 12 – June 25 Aug. 28 – Sep. 10 Nov. 13 – Nov. 26
Feb. 06 – Feb. 19 June 19 – July 02 Sep. 04 – Sep. 17

Nov. 20 – Dec. 03
Feb. 13 – Feb. 26 June 26 – July 09 Sep. 11 – Sep. 24 Nov. 27 – Dec. 10
Feb. 20 – Mar. 05 July 03 – July 16 Sep. 18 – Oct. 01 Dec. 04 – Dec. 17
Feb. 27 – Mar. 12 July 10 – July 23 Sep. 25 – Oct. 08

Dec. 11 – Dec. 24
Mar. 06 – Mar. 19 July 17 – Jul. 30 Oct. 02 – Oct. 15 Dec. 18 – Dec. 31
Mar. 13 – Mar. 26 July 24 – Aug. 06 Oct. 09 – Oct. 22 Dec. 25 – Jan. 07

Price Per Person

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2024)

Jan – Mar May November Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $24,450 $23,450 $25,450 $26,450
Single Supplement $3,050 $2,750 $3,150 $3,750
Internal Flights $2,950 $2,950 $2,950 $2,950

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