Micato has always been sensitive to environmental and cultural pressures on the areas we visit, and we do our utmost to be good stewards of Africa's habitats and heritage. After all, it is not just the place we bring travelers to visit, it is our home
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 5, 2009
Micato Safaris (http://www.micato.com), known for providing the utmost in luxury safari travel to East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique) and India was honored for their philanthropic endeavors in the pages of the September 2009 issue of Conde Nast Traveler and at the 3rd Annual Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress at the Morgan Library, New York City, on September 21, 2009. Awards were presented in the presence of some 250 travel industry and non-profit leaders and activists, including documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, actor Edward Norton, and singer-philanthropist Wyclef Jean, who gathered to discuss what the travel industry can do to improve the environment and living conditions around the globe.
Awards were presented in five categories: Education, Poverty, Wildlife, Preservation, and Health. Micato Safaris was honored in the Wildlife category for contributing more than $1 million annually to African wildlife education and conservation programs, including programs that provide financial incentives against hunting programs and field trips to national parks for city-dwelling African children.
"Micato has always been sensitive to environmental and cultural pressures on the areas we visit, and we do our utmost to be good stewards of Africa's habitats and heritage. After all, it is not just the place we bring travelers to visit, it is our home," states Dennis Pinto, Managing Director, Micato Safaris.
Micato Safaris was also honored by Conde Nast Traveler as a "Good Guy Overall" for its work, mainly through its non-profit foundation, AmericaShare (http://www.americashare.org), in the other judging areas. AmericaShare provides education through their School Sponsorship Programme and tools for sustainable living to women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Mukuru, one of Nairobi, Kenya's worst slums.
For more information about Micato Safaris, visit http://www.micato.com or call 1-800-MICATO-1.
For more information about AmericaShare, visit http://www.americashare.org or call 212-545-7125.
About Micato Safaris
Jane and Felix Pinto founded Micato Safaris in Kenya in 1966; 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 the past 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, healthcare and hope to the women and children of Mukuru, as well as resources to facilitate sustainable change within the community.
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