Guests Can “Dream of Africa” with Kindle Wireless Reading Devices
Pre-loaded with Epic Tales of Love and Adventure in the African Bush~
Few love stories are as well-known — or well-loved — as Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen)’s sweeping memoir, “Out of Africa”, the epic tale of her life and loves in the African bush. What better time to kindle (or re-kindle) romance, then, than 2010, which marks the 25th anniversary of the classic film version of “Out of Africa”, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford?
Micato Safaris’ Kindle Romance in Kenya itinerary offers a perfect balance of adventurous wildlife viewing, luxurious, private accommodations and romantic activities—all certain to inspire love. And, to set the stage, Micato will send all booked guests a Collector’s Edition DVD of “Out of Africa” and a Kindle wireless reading device pre-loaded with tales of love and adventure in East Africa, including Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa”, Anita Shreve’s instant classic “A Change in Altitude”, and Beryl Markham’s renowned novel, “West with the Night”. The Kindles will also be loaded with guides to East African flora, fauna and culture. Perfect airplane reading for the journey to Kenya!
The special touches continue once guests land and they experience Micato Safaris’ unparalleled personalized service and passion for excellence, ensuring the creation of warm memories that will last a lifetime.
The 9-day journey, departing Wednesday, February 10, 2010* includes:
Day 1 Depart the U.S.
Days 2-3 Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Giraffe Manor, an elegant, small and exclusive hotel famous for its resident herd of giraffe, offers a rich blend of welcoming accommodation, highly trained and friendly staff, as well as one of Nariobi’s finest kitchens. The Manor, which contains some of Karen Blixen’s original furniture, is surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside of the Kenyan capital. During their stay here, they will enjoy a private tour of the National Museum of Kenya, a visit to the legendary Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where couples can “adopt” a rescued elephant orphan, dinner at Tatu steakhouse at Nairobi’s historic Fairmont, The Norfolk Hotel, and, of course, a tour of Karen Blixen’s former home and tea estate.
Days 4-5 Sasaab, Samburu
Fly to Samburu for two days at Saasab, perched above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Here, couples will enjoy camel walks, game drives (the area is known for plentiful Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, elephants, lions, leopards and cheetah), visits with local villagers, and sundowner cocktails atop a rocky kopje reminiscent of the famed movie.
Back at the lodge, they may choose to enjoy a couples’ massage in the privacy of their own tent, or to relax together in their private plunge pool.
On Valentine’s Day (Day 5), couples will dine al fresco under the stars with an elaborately prepared bush dinner, complete with china, crystal, hanging lanterns, gourmet delicacies and Dom Perignon! A chorus of Samburu warriors provides the entertainment, serenading couples with traditional tribal courtship melodies.
Days 6-7 Sala’s Camp, Maasai Mara.
Depart for Sala’s Camp in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This secluded spot is nestled on the convergence of two rivers and offers tranquility and spectacular views along the Sand River towards Tanzania and the Serengeti. Guests will enjoy accommodation in the camp’s deluxe Honeymoon Tent.
At Sala’s Camp, life is at leisure…. enjoy reading a love story in a hammock by the river, fire-side cocktails, and some of the most spectacular game viewing in the world. The highlight, without a doubt, will be a sunrise hot-air balloon ride high above the savannah!
Day 8 Give Back the Love: AmericaShare Visit
After a week of re-connecting and remembering the importance of the human bond, couples will visit Mukuru, a slum on Nairobi’s outskirts. It is here that Micato Safaris’ non-profit foundation, AmericaShare, is doing important work to provide women and children living with HIV/AIDS with education and tools for sustainable living. AmericaShare’s School Sponsorship program has taken thousands of vulnerable children off the streets and placed them in reputable boarding schools, forever changing the direction of their lives.
Couples will meet some of these very special women and children, spending time getting to know them, learning about their lives It’s not uncommon for Micato travelers, so completely astounded by their visit, to decide on the spot to sponsor a child’s education.
To truly know Africa — and its people — is to love it. We encourage our guests to share the love!
Day 9 Return to the U.S.
Micato Safaris’ Kindle Romance in Kenya Safari is priced at $11,735 per person, based on double occupancy. (Rate excludes international airfare.) For more information, visit www.micato.com or call 1-800-MICATO-1.
*Alternate departure dates available throughout 2010; call for dates and pricing.
About Micato Safaris
Jane and Felix Pinto founded Micato Safaris in Kenya in 1966, and the company has been providing the most luxurious and personalized African safaris to sophisticated travelers ever since. Winning the coveted Travel+Leisure “World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” award for an unprecedented six years, Micato prides itself on providing exceptional service throughout every stage of the safari experience.
For more than twenty years, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been actively working in Kenya to support the orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Funded 100% by Micato Safaris, AmericaShare channels the donations of its safari guests, corporate partners and industry friends directly to one of its projects in Mukuru, a notorious slum outside of Nairobi. AmericaShare’s mission is to provide education and hope to the women and children of Mukuru, as well as resources to facilitate sustainable change within the community.