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 of Goliath Safaris, has operated in Mana Pools for over 25 years and was one of the pioneers of canoe trails and luxury tented safaris in the Zambezi Valley. Together with co-owner Flo Coughlan they now operate a 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 Stretch conducts walks, 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 unique and personalized safari.
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 rivers 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 a nearby pan. Fishing is also always an option but we do suggest that you bring your own equipment and bait.
This is a rough guide line of what to bring when travelling to Goliath.
- Comfortable clothing to walk in (no bright colours please)
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
- Something warm to wear in the evenings
- Personal toiletries
- Insect repellant
- Anti-malarial tablets
- Swimming costume
- Sense of humour and fun