Micato Safaris Named World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter by Travel + Leisure Magazine

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Micato Safaris Tops Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" Readers' Poll for Unprecedented 8th Year; Award Honors Excellence in Travel

"We are honored to be recognized for what we consider a privilege- the opportunity to share the spectacular beauty of Africa's wildlife and people with our travelers." Dennis Pinto, managing director, Micato Safaris

For an unprecedented 8th time, luxury safari company Micato Safaris (http://www.micato.com) has been chosen as “World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Travel + Leisure’s sixteenth annual World’s Best Awards – the result of a survey revealing readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, and tour operators and safari outfitters - was announced July 7, 2011; Micato received an overall score of 97.04 out of a possible 100 points.

“For 45 years, Micato Safaris has been dedicated to providing the utmost in luxury and service, and we are committed to the highest standards of stewardship of the environment and local culture in the destinations we visit,” states Dennis Pinto, managing director of Micato Safaris. “We are honored to be recognized for what we consider a privilege – the opportunity to share the spectacular beauty of Africa’s wildlife and people with our travelers.”

The top winners in each category will attend an awards ceremony on July 14 hosted by Editor in Chief Nancy Novogrod and VP/Publisher Jean-Paul Kyrillos at the new Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles.

Other winners include World’s Best Hotel Singita Grumeti Reserves, a favorite of Micato travelers in Serengeti, Tanzania, as well as Crystal Cruises (World’s Best Cruise Line, Large Ship Cruises); Santorini, Greece (World’s Best Island); New York City (World’s Best City); Singapore Airlines (World’s Best International Airline); and Sofitel Queensland Hotel & Spa, New Zealand (World’s Best Spa).

The awards are featured on http://www.travelandleisure.com and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands July 22, 2011. For more information about Micato Safaris, visit http://www.micato.com or call 1-800-MICATO-1.

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 eight 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, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi. AmericaShare’s mission is to provide education and resources to facilitate sustainable change to the women and children of the Mukuru community. Micato introduced their revolutionary One for One program in 2010, which places one child in school for every safari sold.

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