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Micato Stanley Wing costs

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A year ago I read two wonderful Micato trip reports here on Fodors. We wanted to book the Stanley Wing for late this year but their prices were astronomical and we decide to postpone. Our travel agent did not give up and still sends us Micato brochures and updates!

Then in December my husband received an invitation to attend a flight controller conference in Arusha this past March! His air was paid for and afterwards I joined him on safari arranged by the conference staff. We had a local guide and shared the car with two colleagues from the conference.

Before dinner at Sopa Ngorongoro we saw a large group out on the terrace. They were all wearing green hats and matching safari outfits in “vintage Micato style” according to our guide! We almost spent our life savings on a Micato safari and there I was having serious doubts about large groups with dress codes!

The next day we saw the group piling into green cars hired from Sunny Adventures in Arusha but with white Micato signage on the doors! Our guide said Micato Safaris have no vehicles in Tanzania and the guides and tour directors tell clients they work for Micato but they are actually employed by Sunny Adventures and other local companies!

Apparently the group came from Sopa Tarangire and was heading to Sopa Serengeti. Our guide did not understand why they picked those lodges because the migration was near Ndutu and Tarangire was wet with tall grasses. This turned out to be tru as we saw large groups of wildebeests and many cats at Ndutu but not a single Micato car!

I asked our guide why Micato charge $1000 per person a day but he just shook his head and did not know.

After reading the reports on Fodors we nearly paid $26000 for a 13-day Micato Stanley Wing safari, but I saw them pack 6 people in cars hired from a local company, they use Sopa lodges which in my opinion are similar to Comfort Inns with views and dinner buffets and they do not adjust their itineraries for different wildlife seasons.

Our travel agent explains all drinks and lodge tips are included and they have the best guides and service in the industry but we only spent about $20 a day on tips and drinks and Micato has no guides and vehicles in Tanzania!

How can anyone justify the $1000 per person a day costs for a Micato Stanley Wing safari?

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