What It’s Like to Safari Now
Travel in these times—where, when, and whether— is a very personal choice, and— just to pile one bit of obvious truth on another—the best choices are informed choices. So: if you’re thinking about safari and would like to chat with some of the Micato staff who’ve recently travelled to Africa, tell us, and we’ll put you in personal touch.
Meanwhile, here’s some good information, prefaced by a quick, illuminative story:
The Happy Logic of Safari
Dennis Pinto, our Managing Director, tells the tale:
I was at a dinner party years ago with the great travel pioneer Lars-Eric Lindblad. “Lars, tell me,” said another guest as dessert was served. “You’ve travelled to, what? Just about every country on earth. Where would you like to go right now?” Lars smiled, pleased that the answer popped up so easily. “To Africa, on safari.” “Really?” said the questioner. “Yes, absolutely. Look, once you’re on safari you don’t have to worry about anything but whether you want to go on a game drive or settle down to a good book. No taxis, no what-am-I-going-to-wear, no check-ins, no dodging traffic, no crowded restaurants and shops and what-have-yous, just a nice, hassle-free time in gorgeous and fascinating places.”
Lars’ words are truer today than when he said them. And we’ll update his list of safari’s accessible charms with a rhetorical question: Which other journey offers such a high degree of safety, so much excitement mixed with repose, such a lack of hassle as safari?
As this is written, in early 2021, Micato has scores of guests happily on safari. We—and they— think this is an unusually great time to visit the great game lands, where the air is clear, the breezes beneficent, and the animals are going about their business as they have for millennia.
Here’s a link to a number of five-star Google Reviews by Micato guests, some of whom went on safari after the pandemic’s appearance in January of last year.
Digging deeper: Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda have been open to travellers—very much including Americans —for many months. Our Southern African destinations, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa are also open and welcoming. Frankly, many thought Africa would be particularly devastated by the pandemic. That didn’t come close to happening. The continent has experience in these things and has met the challenge with humanity and efficiency.
Here’s a link to a New York Times Covid world map that shows how very well Micato’s African countries have fared.
And: If you research Covid cases per 100,000 population, you will be amazed at how low our African countries rank. (Including South Africa, which has had some bad press lately. Its infection rate is far lower than the US’, and Germany’s, France’s, Sweden’s, Switzerland’s, and sixty other countries.)
It’s worth noting: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa have all received the Safe Travel certification from the World Travel and Tourism Council, an indication that these countries “have met or exceeded standards set out by the WTTC to ensure safe travel during this time.” You can see our extensive Covid-19 Protocols here