Eco-Tourism & Volunteer Programs
That dream is now a reality!
Be one of the first ever to ride and explore on horseback in this famous National Park – HWANGE NATIONAL PARK. Home of the big five and more.
The Hide Safari Camp is situated in one of Hwange National Park’s most outstanding locations. Herds of elephant, buffalo, and a myriad of others are drawn to the constant waters of The Hide’s waterhole.
The guides enthusiastically impart their vast knowledge on foot and in open 4×4 vehicles. Night drives offer a thrilling chance to see leopard and rarer nocturnal animals.
All 10 luxury tents under thatch overlook one of the busiest waterholes in Africa where you can enjoy outstanding game veiwing from your own veranda.
The “Dove’s Nest” offers complete exclusivity for a night alone in the wild for the more adventurous and romantic.
DART’s Volunteer Program offers YOU the unusual opportunity to get behind the scenes of the real work being done in this wilderness – it is not a holiday tour, but part of a hard working drive to discover more of the fascinating animals and birds in their natural habitat. YOU may be sweeping the bush for snares, radio-tracking errant lions, helping revive a darted lion, tracking a rhino and her calf back from the watering hole, camping it rough under the myriad stars after a tough day of tracking, sitting in the moonlight counting a hundred elephant come to drink. The real Africa will be opened up to YOU!
Goliath Safaris is an owner-run safari company operating a luxury tented camp and canoe trails in the Lower Zambezi Valley.
Stretch Ferreira, the founder and co-owner of Goliath Safaris has operated in Mana Pools for over 25years and was one of the pioneers of canoe trails and luxury tented safaris in the area.
Today he is based at our semi-permanent Luxury Tented Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the last true wilderness areas on the continent. From here he conducts hikes, game drives and short canoe trips.
World -renowned for his close relationship and interaction with individual animals within the park, Stretch is the main draw-card for anyone wanting a very personalized safari.
LUXURY TENTED CAMP – MANA POOLS
Goliath’s flagship is undoubtedly our luxury tented camp in the heart of the park and situated just metres from the river’s edge. Our luxury East African tents are pitched in amongst a grove of Albida and Mahogany trees. Each tent has twin beds with teak furnishings which include a wardrobe and dressing table. Ensuite facilities include flush toilets, hot showers and a washstand.
Public areas include a covered lounge and bar, an open-air dining area and campfire seating.
All meals ,drinks and activities are included in the rate.
Please advise us beforehand of any special dietary requirements.
There are no set routines in camp and each day is planned according to the guests’ wishes.
However most days typically begin with tea/coffee, rusks and porridge around the fire at sunrise. Soon after you will leave for the mornings walk with Stretch. This will vary in time and distance depending on the animals around. It may involve tracking lions or the wild-dog, sitting with an elephant bull , following a herd of buffalo, or all of the above. Mid-way through your walk/ game drive you will stop for tea and biscuits and some quiet time on the rivers edge. Thereafter you’ll continue with game viewing or birdwatching until returning for a late morning full English breakfast/brunch.
After resting for a few hours tea and cake will be served or a light snack. Thereafter, Stretch will discuss your choices for the afternoon with you. They may involve a game drive, a canoe trip or another walk. Please note that these activities are very flexible and are often decided in an instant depending on which animals are in the vicinity.
Drinks at sunset on the river’s edge are a perfect way to end the day before returning to camp for a hot shower.
Dinner is a 3 course meal accompanied by wine, served in our open-air dining area. Coffee around the fire rounds off a perfect day.
Some days may involve full day picnics to the wilderness area or Chitake. Fishing is also always an option
We promote travel opportunities to the wild areas of the Zambezi Valley and Lake Kariba.
WILD ZAMBEZI invites you to a world of nature where the pace is slow, the sun is warm, the sky is huge and the people are friendly.
Our travel promotion focus is the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba, including the Mana Pools World Heritage Site and the Matusadona National Park. We provide web-based, up-to-date information on operators, activities, accommodation choices, tours and services in the Kariba and Zambezi valley areas, and a reliable, independent travel advisory service.
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“The Classic Safari Company has a team of safari specialists who are addicted to Africa and have genuine passion for the wilderness, travel and the creation of the perfect safari. Our success was and continues to be borne out of searching out destinations and journeys which are out-of-the-ordinary. They are journeys to places people thought they could never go. Over and above this, personal care is taken in providing our clients with quality service and at all times we seek out operators that excel in providing a ‘luxurious bush experience’, exceptional hospitality, professionalism in the fields of guiding and conservation and who have an affinity for offering clients the most authentic and unobtrusive wilderness experience.
Many of the travel products that we promote offer benefits to both travelers and local communities in Africa. Our preferred safari outfitter Robin Pope Safaris in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, supports the education of children in the Nsefu sector with the formation of the charity, the Kawaza School Fund. Interested visitors are able to stay as a guest of the village, sleeping in mud huts, on a mattress with a mosquito net and bedding. Similarly, travelers are able to visit and support Tujatane, a primary school with 160 students in Livingstone, Zambia.
We are able to offer visitors the opportunity to personally participate and impact some of Africa’s social challenges through becoming involved in the Bornwild community projects. Travelers can also experience Maasai culture and the unique tribal life amongst the nomadic people at Nduara Loliondo in the Serengeti, Tanzania.
Wildlife reserves, private land and world heritage sites throughout Africa offer a luxurious travel option but also a worthwhile experience. Refuges such as these harbour safe breeding grounds for endangered species, often giving the chance to go out with researchers to observe their conservation efforts. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia have research projects to help conserve the endangered Painted Dog, in the Cape projects assist with increasing numbers of Cape Leopard and Riverine Rabbit, whilst Zimbabwe is particularly strong in its efforts to breed the Black Rhino. By staying at these locations you not only support wildlife conservation but increase efforts to educate local communities.
The Safari and Conservation Company’s portfolio of properties are set in some of Kenya’s most beautiful wild areas, and travelers to these properties support ongoing efforts in the conservation of these vanishing areas of wilderness.
We can offer itineraries that include a visit to a top conservation area and one of the most beautiful places the South African coastline has to offer. The De Hoop Nature Reserve forms part of a World Heritage site and is characterized by a rich biodiversity and rare species of Fynbos flora. A visit to the De Hoop Marine Reserve offers some of the best whale viewing in the world.”
An old fashioned, owner managed luxury rustic bush camp. Situated on the shores of Lake Kariba within the Matusadona National Park.
We accommodate a maximum of fourteen people in seven twin bedded rooms built of wood on stilts with extended thatch roofs and reed half walls, each with en suite open air shower, flush toilet and hand basin. Camp does not have electricity and relies on solar power for recharging camera and other batteries, gas for cooking and refrigeration, and wood to fire our hot water boilers.
Activities include game viewing drives in our open safari vehicles, walks when possible, and cruises in the afternoons to enjoy the legendary Kariba sunsets from the water. The Big Five are resident in the area and guests are hosted by the guide and camp manager.
Meals are all freshly prepared at camp and special dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Transfers from nearby airstrips or Kariba town are offered by speed boat.