Private Kenya Safari
The Glowing Essence of Safari
“When you have caught the rhythm of Africa,” Isak Dinesen wrote, “you find it is the same in all her music.” Quite true, but on this event-rich but reposeful safari—beautifully accompanied by the praise of birds and the sheer fun of three-night stays in a trio of marvelously African camps—that music crescendos to symphonic heights.
We begin in Tsavo, based in the luxurious Finch Hattons Camp, named for and inspired by Denys Finch Hatton, an aristocratic Britisher bursting with love for Africa and its stupendous sceneries and free-roaming animals. Then off-the-well-trod path to Loisaba Tented Camp, in the Loisaba Conservancy, a private enclave adjacent to the Laikipia Reserve, up on the game-rich plateau of the same name, graced with views of a volcanic peak so regal that Kenya took its name as its own (Micato’s birthplace is the only country in the world to name itself for a mountain). We finish flourishingly in Sir Richard Branson’s gem, Mahali Mzuri, a spectacular camp in the fabled Maasai Mara, the lush northern part of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosytem, Earth’s greatest congeries of free-ranging animals.
Micato’s Private Safari is one of our Classic Safaris but with a difference. Like our Classics, it has a fixed daily itinerary, but we will operate it as a Private Classic—without regularly scheduled departures—so you can fit it into your schedule. As on all Private Classics, your group will have its own Safari Director and vehicles, and much privacy throughout.
- Kenya’s most luxurious tented camps and lodges, including the splendid Finch Hatton’s Camp, elegantly eclectic Loisaba Tented Camp; and Sir Richard Branson’s personal camp Mahali Mzuri.
- Day and night game drives; Samburu-led camel rides on the plains; horsebacking; and graceful hot air ballooning at sunrise followed by al fresco breakfast.
- Meet and dine with Micato’s founders, Jane and Felix Pinto.
- Spectacular views and incomparably fascinating ecosystems: regal Mount Kilimanjaro; the Laikipia Plateau and jagged Aberdare mountains; and the famed Mara River.
- Service, information, and good cheer from your Micato Safari Director from start to finish; round-the-clock access to our unique Concierge Service.
- Gardens, Foliage, and Nature
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Meeting some of our closest relatives in their home
The velvet-green slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes are a lofty and lush paradise. In the rainforests here–buzzing with the sounds of jungle life–the soft mists prevail as they did when Dian Fossey wrote her legendary book Gorillas in the Mist. And the creature that drew Dr. Fossey is the same one which beckons to us: the rare and regal Mountain Gorilla.
DAYS 1 & 2 Kigali and Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
Talk to someone who’s paid a visit to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda’s highlands and you are likely to hear near-rhapsodic praise for a rare, beautiful, and often very moving experience. Our carefully orchestrated visits begin in Kigali, revitalized Rwanda’s charming capital, which we’ll tour before heading northwest to the Virunga Volcanoes, a stately chain of jungle volcanoes that top out at Mount Karisimbi’s 14,787 feet, higher than any Rocky or Sierra Nevada. We’ll settle into the superb Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, a fine base for our wanderings in these almost supernaturally verdant precincts.
The next day, led by our guide and his crew, we begin making our way through a forest of trailing vines, trilling bird calls, giant lobelia, and mossy hagenia trees—a Jurassic, emerald world—walking toward an encounter with one of the park’s ten habituated (meaning they aren’t frightened by us) families of mountain gorillas; no more than eight people are allowed to visit any given family for more than an hour each day. Seeing a 450-pound male saunter by only a few yards away is something you’ll want to tell your grandchildren’s children about.
(For a first-hand look at gorilla trekking from the traveller’s perspective, see this dispatch by Joy Phelan-Pinto.)
DAY 3 Parc National des Volcans
We’ll pay our respects to a different gorilla family today, noting the subtle cultural differences between clans, getting more insight into why the great animal rights activist Pat Derby said, “They are brave and loyal. They help each other. They play and have humor and they harm nothing. They are what we should be.”
DAY 4 Depart Kigali
We’ll make the drive to Kigali for our homeward flights. (One final note: travellers who’d like to visit more of our primate relatives should ask us about easy-to-arrange side trips that put us in contact with chimpanzees and colobus monkeys.)
About Micato Safaris
The thrilling jolt of discovery, the shared smiles of amazement. Connecting with nature, with new cultures… and with a timeless part of yourself. Such experiences are not always common… but in Africa, they are as regular as the rising Serengeti sun.
But this is more than just Africa—it’s Micato’s Africa. It’s an experience unlike any other, where you are a VIP everywhere you go. It is a blend of excitement and elegance, a place of delightful surprises and uncommon luxury. It is the home of Felix and Jane Pinto, who treat their guests, as Travel+Leisure noted, like “well-loved, out-of-town relatives.”
Whether you're looking for a classic safari, a private off-the-beaten path journey, or a personal exploration of Africa's tribal cultures and rituals, there is simply no experience like a Micato safari.