Great Herds of Africa
100% School Break-Friendly
12 Days door-to-door
Is it possible for your kids to go on an African safari this winter without missing school? With Micato, absolutely! On this private scheduled departure, just choose your March dates and go!
Departs March 2018
Nothing lifts youthful eyes from a smartphone quite as quickly as the real-life sight of a nearby lion majestically limbering up for her day’s work. Or a gracefully lumbering, pleistocenic rhino. Or a Maasai warrior defying gravity as he leaps skyward.
Almost as remarkable as these and the many other wondrous sights of Micato’s East Africa is that you can experience them all within the confines of a typical winter school break!
Not incidentally, when you book the Micato Great Herds of Africa safari — or any Micato safari — you do something wonderful… you send a child to school. That’s The Micato One for One Commitment.
Day 1 En Route
We dream of safari while we soar through the skies, bound for Africa.
Day 2 Arrive Nairobi
Lovely surprises await first-time (and returning) visitors to Kenya’s burgeoning and bustling capital city. As we drive through Nairobi we’ll bear witness to a renewed metropolis with top-shelf shops, coffee houses, and organic green grocers, superb restaurants, and fascinating people from conservationists to modern day adventurers.
Our Safari Director meets us at the airport and whisks us to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel. Whether sipping Kenyan coffee on the famed Lord Delamere Terrace and watching the bustle of Nairobi go by, or relaxing with a cocktail in the tropical garden that fills the inner courtyard with sweet scents and singing birds: this legendary safari starting point has the undeniable buzz of impending adventure.
Days 3-4 Amboseli National Park
This morning we wing our way by private plane over the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli Park. Amboseli is big game country: elephant, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe. Spectacular game runs during our stay introduce us to the intense beauty and drama that fill each day. In a lush and beautiful setting, predators stalk the herds of grazing animals, recreating the age-old drama of life and death under the African sun.
Amboseli is also home to the legendary Maasai tribesmen. Residents live in a “manyatta” or village, much as they have for centuries and we’ll see the interior of these mud-hut homes, spotless and unadorned, contrasted with the Maasai themselves, bedecked with brilliantly coloured beads and cloths.
We stay at the idyllically rustic Tortilis Tented Camp. Kilimanjaro dominates the view from every direction…animals are seen browsing in the grasses and drinking at the waterhole directly outside. And, nestled comfortably under huge spreading acacia trees are the thatch-covered tents. The luxurious tents are spacious and each has a private veranda from which to enjoy the view, as well as an en suite bathroom with plenty of hot water. Dinner here is exceptionally good—fresh and delightful, with vegetables and herbs grown right at the camp. Truly special, you are sure to revel in the experience of sleeping under canvas and waking to the beauty of Amboseli.
Days 5-7 Loisaba Conservancy
We take to the skies for a private flight to the familiar Loisaba Conservancy. Nestled on an escarpment overlooking the magnificent patchwork of Laikipia, Loisaba Camp was designed to relish the breathtaking views. Spacious, airy tents have floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, polished floors and minimalist but sophisticated Africana furnishings.
The Loisaba Conservancy is not only some of the wildest and most unspoiled terrain in Kenya, it is also home to a vast bevy of animals, from elephant and rhino to dikdik, reticulated giraffe, eland, hartebeest, gerenuk, warthog, impala, Grants gazelle, cape buffalo and bush buck. Two species of zebra graze the plains: Burchells and the rare Grevy. Lion, leopard and cheetah reside on the conservency as well, and the occasional sighting of the elusive and magnificent greater kudu is a rare treat.
We may start the day on horseback, trotting through grasses that glisten with dew. Or perhaps we’ll prefer a long morning trek or drive across the savannah, ending in a splendid breakfast on the banks of the river. Or bunker down in the camp’s inconspicuously located and comfortably furnished ‘wildlife blind’ in the rocky outcrops, providing wonderful and rare opportunities to view animals at astoundingly close quarters.
Night game drives are another energizing option conducted by moonlight and spotlight, tracking rarely seen, nocturnal game. And being as it’s New Year’s Eve, your nighttime game run will naturally end with a celebration like no other, with tables, chairs, linen, china, silver, drinks, food, and flowers seamlessly arranged deep in the savannah for your exclusive New Year’s celebration in the bush… an indelible way to mark a moment in time in the timeless wilderness.
Days 8-10 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
This morning we fly by private flight to Maasai Mara, winging our way over the scenic Great Rift Valley and the unspoiled savannah that the Mara shares with the legendary Serengeti.
A country of rolling grasslands, dense thickets and groves of acacia woodland, the Mara is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Deep forest grows along the Mara River and its tributaries, where many hippos and crocodiles bask lazily in the sunlight. Here we find the largest population of lions in Africa, warily eyed by their neighbors, the stunning Coke’s hartebeest, large herds of topi and the stately Cape buffalo. Black rhino are also to be found. Huge herds of elephant often block the roads. Glorious creatures are so bountiful that it is difficult to decide where to look first!
This is also the home of the Maasai people. The Maasai guarding his cattle is an enduring and proud figure across the plains of East Africa. The warmth and hospitality of these ancient people, once considered fierce warriors will touch your heart. As will our accommodations at the utterly glorious Sand River, a gorgeous camp on the banks of the Maasai Mara’s famed Sand River. Each tent is painstakingly appointed to give guests a feel for a by-gone area of safari – with luxurious four poster beds and elegant furnishings. The camp’s ideal location allows guests a front row seat to exceptional game-viewing with large concentrations of big cats roaming nearby.
During our stay we see the Mara not only from the ground, but from the air, as we take an early morning hot-air balloon safari. We’ll drift serenely over the great herds as birds of prey swoop past. The beauty of the wilderness as seen from the early morning African sky is an unparalleled experience. Upon our descent, a sumptuous champagne breakfast is served on the plains that you just so recently observed from your perch high above.
In the afternoons extensive game runs are planned. The sheer enormity of the Maasai Mara offers endless opportunities for excitement, including one of the most glorious evening events of the safari—sundowners on the Mara Escarpment, where cocktails await us deep in the bush. Soon the natural world is a dark velvet cape all around us with only the firelight and the stars in the ancient African sky to light the night.
Day 11 Depart Nairobi
We fly back to Nairobi in the morning and spend our last day in Africa at the Micato-AmericaShare Harambee Community Centre, a multi-building oasis of calm and purpose in the midst of the Mukuru slum.
The Harambee Centre comprises a beautiful, 13,000-volume library for all of Mukuru as well as a Learning Resource Centre; a basketball court, a freshwater well; the Gorretti Nursery School, which cares for upwards of 250 children; a cottage factory for Huru International, which manufactures reusable sanitary pads that thus far have been distributed in Huru Kits to more than 130,000 Kenyan girls; and much more. Many—approximately half—of Micato travellers choose to spend an extra day in Nairobi to visit here, and they often cite it as the highlight of their trips. While here you’ll not only see the Centre’s wonderful resources but will meet our indefatigable AmericaShare staff and some of the unforgettable, wonderful students who have benefited from travellers like you.
This evening as you wing you begin your journey home you’ll no doubt be reminiscing about your journey through the savannahs and your close encounters with the Great Herds of Africa. As you recall your splendid sojourn—wilderness and wildlife, villages and cities—your fondest safari memory may very well be the warmth and kindness of the African people. Be assured that you live in their memories too, and all of us look forward to welcoming you back to Micato’s Africa someday.
Day 12 Arrive Home
Land arrangements and private charters, per person
|Double Occupancy, per adult||$16,550|
|Double Occupancy, per child 16 + younger||$12,145|