YOUR WELL-BEING ON SAFARI
Our Extensive Health and Safety Protocols
At Micato Safaris, our top priority is the well-being of all of our guests. We succeed in keeping our travellers healthy and safe because we have been operating safaris in Africa for 60 years, using our experience to forge a dynamic and up-to-date network of connections on the continent.
Another reason Micato succeeds in keeping our travellers healthy is that we have long believed that the well-being of our guests is a shared responsibility. Our ability to do whatever it takes to keep you and your fellow travellers healthy depends upon your cooperation.
Micato requires all travellers on our safari programmes to be fully vaccinated against Covid prior to departure for safari and we strongly suggest that you travel with your other vaccinations up to date.
Micato Safari Directors
Our Chief Health and Safety Officers and Safari Team Leaders
Every Micato safari is accompanied by one of our highly-credentialed Micato Safari Directors who accompanies you exclusively in each country throughout your trip. This is very different from other companies who rely on a random assortment of shared drivers and guides, provided by camps and lodges.
Having a highly-trained leader for your safari, who in addition to seeing to your health and safety, gets to know your likes, dislikes, food preferences, dietary needs, what animals you’ve already seen, and what you especially want to see, makes a big difference.
If You Become Ill During Your Micato Safari
If you show obvious symptoms of illness—cough, runny nose, sneezing, etc—you may be asked to wear a mask in enclosed spaces, meaning within the confines of a shared safari vehicle with other guests as well as hotels, restaurants, and other common interior spaces. If while on safari you begin to have basic symptoms that do not show—fever, sore throat, a headache or body ache that feels out of the ordinary, etc—we ask that you inform your Micato Safari Director.
If you do travel with Micato, We thank you ahead of time for following our health protocols during your safari. Please keep in mind that Micato successfully operated luxury safaris during the height of the Covid pandemic—and we used many of the same health and safety protocols during the peak of Covid as the health protocols outlined in this letter. Our goal, always, is to ensure your safety, the safety of our other Micato guests, and our staff.
All Micato field staff members have received Covid vaccinations. And in the field, our Safari Directors, Guides, Drivers, and Concierges are well trained and frequently wash their hands with soap and water, carry personal hand sanitizer, and frequently sanitize their mobile devices and any other surfaces with which they come into contact.
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.
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