Micato Safaris Health Protocols

At Micato, we’re committed to the well-being of our travellers. Our extensive network in Africa, established during our 60 years on safari, reflects our dedication to your safety and comfort.

  • In line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, those joining our 2024 safaris are not required to have a Covid vaccination. However, we strongly recommend that all travellers ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date, consistent with the requirements of the African countries we will visit.
  • Micato urges all travellers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.
  • If you display any signs of illness, we may request that you wear a mask in shared environments. Should you experience symptoms not immediately noticeable, please inform your Micato Safari Director promptly; isolation might be advised.
  • Our commitment extends to connecting you with reputable healthcare professionals, either in person or remotely. Major urban centres in our destinations have established, high-quality healthcare facilities.
  • Micato is connected to trusted medical services throughout our destinations and we can coordinate medical assistance, and if needed, air evacuation on your behalf.
  • Most of our chosen safari camps and lodges maintain a relationship with medical professionals, ensuring assistance is also available for minor medical concerns.
  • Based on expert recommendations, you may be asked to undergo tests for Covid, the flu, or other potential illnesses. Micato will manage all necessary in-country testing.
  • A negative test result might still require the adoption of certain precautions, such as mask-wearing. If a positive result is obtained, we will adhere to the latest CDC or local guidelines, which could include mask-wearing, distancing, and isolation.
  • Micato reserves the right to adjust or end your journey if a health concern arises that could affect the wider group or our staff.

Safety is a collaborative endeavour. We thank you for your active cooperation with these carefully considered protocols, designed foremost for your health and safety.



Frequently Asked Questions

What safety precautions are recommended while travelling in Africa?

Travellers in Africa should exercise the same common sense precautions as when travelling in other developing countries or even in Europe. Pickpockets are present worldwide and African cities are no exception, so we urge guests to be aware in shops and crowded locations. Fine jewellery should be left at home and replaced by stylish African wooden and beaded bangles while on safari. When in city hotels and bush properties, it is never wise to leave cash or jewellery unattended, even if locked in your suitcase; every lodge or hotel has safe deposit facilities for your valuables

What safety precautions does Micato take on safari?

Micato is connected with topflight security and advisory networks in the U.S. and Africa. Our general manager in East Africa is a Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya, and works closely with the U.S. ambassador and government officials. Felix and Jane Pinto—who consider their guests extended family members—and their management team live in Africa, with the network and resources to anticipate and respond to situations quickly. Our team has their finger on the pulse of what’s happening.

What are the safety protocols at the camps and lodges Micato uses?

Many of the luxury bush lodges and camps visited by Micato guests are located in remote wildlife regions and game reserves, hence guests should follow the directives of the lodge staff regarding walking the grounds after dark. Where necessary, escorts are provided to and from cottages to the main area of the camp. Some bush lodges allow game to graze on their property – please do not mistake these animals for tame pets! Any wildlife along your path should always be given an extremely wide berth; you should make no attempt whatsoever to interact with wild animals. Additionally, young children should not walk the property unattended, especially at night.

What if I have concerns about the safety protocols at a camp or lodge?

If a safari camp or lodge or anyone anywhere along the way is not observing health and safety and protocols in line with Micato standards, your Safari Director will quickly remedy the situation, leaving you free to enjoy your safari without having to concern yourself with such matters.