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The Hemingway Wing Safari

The Hemingway Wing Safari

Kenya: Nairobi, Samburu, 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.

The Hemingway map

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 like, listening, homesick for it already.Ernest HemingwayGreen Hills of Africa


  • The remote and dramatic northern Samburu region, 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 Samburu and Maasai warrior clans, with special invitations to meet with tribal leaders for a discussion about rituals and ancient customs.
  • Meet and dine with Micato’s founders, Jane and Felix Pinto.
  • Walking in the bush with Maasai warriors, horseback riding in a Tanzanian coffee estate, biking in the Ngorongoro Highlands.
  • 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 a place Hemingway spent many Hemingwayesque hours, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. We’ll visit the Giraffe Centre and the illuminating National Museum, pay our respects at the newly renovated home of Karen Blixen (who, Hemingway said more than once, should have received the Nobel Prize for literature instead of him). And we’ll have a welcoming meal at Lavington, the home of Micato’s founders, the renowned storytellers Felix and Jane Pinto.

Days 4 & 5 Samburu

We fly 200-plus miles north to the Samburu, in many ways the embodiment of the Africa we’ve been carrying around in our imagination since we were children (it was the home, for instance, of Elsa the lioness, of Born Free fame). Nurtured by the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Samburu is rugged, calmly inviting, and enveloped in the air of remote Old Africa, scented by acacia.

We’ll sojourn in outstanding Samburu camps: Larsens Camp or Elephant Bedroom Camp, both set on the forested banks of the Ewaso Nyiro, much frequented by friendly elephants, whose meanderings we can watch in comfort from the verandas of our airy, superbly designed tents. Game drives in the Samburu introduce us to a fabulous plentitude of large (and cunningly small) mammals, who are just the headliners in a fabulous cast of very natural, very intriguing characters.

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 Manor at Ngorongoro, whose 10 Cape Dutch cottages (with 20 full suites) are tranquilly set within a coffee plantation adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Manor, much admired for its cuisine and thoughtful service, offers a wealth of activities, from horsebacking, mountain biking and swimming, to estate walks and recreative spa lounging.

We’ll make the thrilling drive up to one of earth’s wonders, the great, green, animal-nurturing caldera of a once catastrophically cranky, now beneficently mellow volcano, the Ngorongoro. Winding up to the crater’s rim puts us 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.)

Days 13 & 14 Nairobi and homeward bound

We affectionately say goodbye to the great crater, lake, and deliciously homey Manor, and fly to Nairobi, where we’ll rest up in day rooms at the historic Norfolk or Boma Nairobi before our late evening flights.

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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Larsens Camp

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Time slows down at Larsens Camp: breeze rustling acacia trees, the chirping of birds, and the burbling of the Uaso Nyiro River are the only sounds in this hidden oasis.
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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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The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater

​Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Deliciously situated in a coffee plantation next to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the elegant Manor offers close access to the stupendous Ngorongoro Crater itself, and, down below, flamingo-thronged Lake Manyara.
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What's Included

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  • Luxury accommodations and all meals, including a welcome meal at the private home of Micato founders Felix and Jane Pinto.
  • 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 55 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 safari sold, Micato sends an African child to school.

Dates & Rates

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2020 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 02 – Jan. 15 May 21 – June 03 Aug. 06 – Aug. 19 Oct. 22 – Nov. 04
Jan. 09 – Jan. 22 May 28 – June 10 Aug. 13 – Aug. 26

Oct. 29 – Nov. 11
Jan. 16 – Jan. 29 June 04 – June 17

Aug. 20 – Sep. 02 Nov. 05 – Nov. 18
Jan. 23 – Feb. 05 June 11 – June 24 Aug. 27 – Sep. 09 Nov. 12 – Nov. 25
Jan. 30 – Feb. 12 June 18 – July 01 Sep. 03 – Sep. 16 Nov. 19 – Dec. 02
Feb. 06 – Feb. 19 June 25 – July 08 Sep. 10 – Sep. 23

Nov. 26 – Dec. 09
Feb. 13 – Feb. 26 July 02 – July 15 Sep. 17 – Sep. 30 Dec. 03 – Dec. 16
Feb. 20 – Mar. 04 July 09 – July 22 Sep. 24 – Oct. 07 Dec. 10 – Dec. 23
Feb. 27 – Mar. 11 July 16 – July 29 Oct. 01 – Oct. 14

Dec. 17 – Dec. 30
Mar. 05 – Mar. 18 July 23 – Aug. 05 Oct. 08 – Oct. 21 Dec. 24 – Jan. 06
Mar. 12 – Mar. 25 July 30 – Aug. 12 Oct. 15 – Oct. 28 Dec. 31 – Jan. 13
May 14 – May 27

2021 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 07 – Jan. 20 May 20 – June 02 Aug. 05 – Aug. 18 Oct. 21 – Nov. 03
Jan. 14 – Jan. 27 May 27 – June 09 Aug. 12 – Aug. 25

Oct. 28 – Nov. 10
Jan. 21 – Feb. 03 June 03 – June 16

Aug. 19 – Sep. 01 Nov. 04 – Nov. 17
Jan. 28 – Feb. 10 June 10 – June 23 Aug. 26 – Sep. 08 Nov. 11 – Nov. 24
Feb. 04 – Feb. 17 June 17 – June 30 Sep. 02 – Sep. 15 Nov. 18 – Dec. 01
Feb. 11 – Feb. 24 June 24 – July 07 Sep. 09 – Sep. 22

Nov. 25 – Dec. 08
Feb. 18 – Mar. 03 July 01 – July 14 Sep. 16 – Sep. 29 Dec. 02 – Dec. 15
Feb. 25 – Mar. 10 July 08 – July 21 Sep. 23 – Oct. 06 Dec. 09 – Dec. 22
Mar. 04 – Mar. 17 July 15 – July 28 Sep. 30 – Oct. 13

Dec. 16 – Dec. 29
Mar. 11 – Mar. 24 July 22 – Aug. 04 Oct. 07 – Oct. 20 Dec. 23 – Jan. 05
Mar. 18 – Mar. 31 July 29 – Aug. 11 Oct. 14 – Oct. 27 Dec. 30 – Jan. 12

Price Per Person

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2020)

  May November Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $13,450 $14,950 $16,550
Single Supplement $2,350 $2,850 $3,050
Internal Flights $2,300 $2,300 $2,400

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