Stretch Ferreira Safaris is owned and run by Stretch Ferreira – a professional safari guide who has over 35 years of experience, and a reputation as one of the finest guides in Africa. Described as a “living legend” Stretch has been guiding walking safaris in Mana Pools for most of his life, and has a special affinity with the animals of the area. As in nature, seasons change, and Stretch has started a new season re-branding Goliath Safaris as Stretch Ferreira Safaris. He continues to conduct walking safaris from the same spot in Mana Pools called Goliath Camp, along with his team of highly experienced professional guides.
The camp is situated in a shaded grove on the banks of the Zambezi River with 7 East-African style tents. Reminiscent of an “Out of Africa” era, the tented camp blends seamlessly into the bush whilst still offering guests a luxurious experience. There are beds with comfortable mattresses, high-quality linen and mosquitos nets to provide for a well-deserved rest after many miles of walking. There are hot outdoor showers, flush toilets and running water in the basins. The entire camp area has soft river sand to walk on and guests can enjoy a casual and barefoot stay!
There is a large campfire area to enjoy stories under brightly-starred nights as well as braai nights with chef Stretch himself, a covered public lounge area and an al-fresco dining room. Only 12 guests at a time are catered for in the camp, so there is more than ample space and privacy for all.
There are some givens when you come on an African safari with Stretch Ferreira: there will be magical encounters with wildlife that you didn’t believe were possible; the phenomenal colours and light of Mana Pools that you can’t see anywhere else, there will be many miles of walking and evenings filled with banter and campfire stories. However, what is not a given is the structure of each day. This is dependent on what each guest would like to do on the day as well as the weather and the wildlife. Each day is a unique adventure!