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#3 of 19 Specialty lodging in Mana Pools National Park
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Goliath Safaris was rebranded in January 2019 to Stretch Ferreira Safaris which is still 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. All safaris are tailor-made to suit the guests in camp. There are no set routines, only wish-lists fulfilled. The camp which has undergone a total revam, sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in 7 luxury twin & double bedded East African tents with en suite facilities, all nestled amongst the trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. Activities include walks, game drives, afternoon canoeing and fishing.
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TravelFox wrote a review Jul 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our group of 11 were pampered by Stretch and Adrienne and their staff. The food was absolutely amazing and the experiences were more so. Being serenaded daily by the hippos, seeing Hyena, baboons and elephants in camp and hearing that elusive leopard was unbelievable! Liam was so knowledgeable on many topics, but especially informative on the wildlife we encountered. The girls were so kind and attentive, very professional and just fun to be around! We enjoyed ourselves immensely and did not want to leave our new friends. Stretch and Al put in the hard work that enabled us to get up close to 2 lioness, the infamous ele Boswell-getting up on his hind legs to get branches, and painted dogs near their kill. Sundowners at breathtaking spots were a highlight. Hope to one day return, but will forever smile big every time I think of this amazing place!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Nikki H wrote a review Jul 2022
16 contributions2 helpful votes
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Still struggling to come to terms with being back in the UK after far too short a stay with Stretch, Al, Adrienne and the rest of the awesome team! We had the most fantastic and surreal time, and will treasure our experiences until our next visit. We walked amongst hyenas, we were breathed on by a very relaxed Eric the elephant (back leg crossed over and trunk dangling over his tusk as he stared down at us at sunset), we were growled at by a lion in a knee-weakening but super-exciting moment, we saw the most incredible bird life, and watched indescribable sunrises and sunsets that have to be seen to be believed. The icing on the cake for me was the leopard call on our last morning - wow! The food was extremely delicious and plentiful, and we were looked after so very well by the friendliest people. I feel that we arrived as clients and left as friends, and can't wait to return. We miss you all! Thank you so much for everything.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dianne K wrote a review Jun 2022
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Our trip to Mana Pools with Stretch and his team was everything and more than we could have possibly imagined! The bush walks and photo opportunities were breath taking and we were so lucky to have seen so many animals even in the green season! The camp itself with attention to every little detail and the delicious food meant that we didn't want to come home! Thanks Stretch and Adrienne Ferreira for the most memorable stay we can't wait to come back!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Lesa T wrote a review Jun 2022
Fraser, Colorado7 contributions2 helpful votes
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What an incredible experience! From every single detail…the camp, your tent, teas and the delicious food, the atmosphere and design, the guides, the staff, the entire safari experience. You will be spoiled! Never before have we walked so much in the bush. Best part of the trip - out tracking with Stretch and his amazing team. He is definitely an elephant and lion whisperer! You won’t be sitting in a Land Rover all day, that is for sure. We even had a guardian angel elephant that visited us in camp several times. You will not be disappointed and we want to come back. Thanks for an amazing adventure!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Patsy C wrote a review Jun 2022
Spring, Texas118 contributions41 helpful votes
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Stretch Ferreira is an elephant whisperer and master tracker. If you want a true bush experience with attention to detail this Safari is for you. Stretch and his team provide a 5 star personal authentic experience . The accommodations and food are first class. Stretch’s wife Adrian handles the menus and ambience. She is amazing. Every person on the staff makes you feel a part of the family. The setting is what I would have expected the Garden of Eden to look like . You will awake to a blazing sunrise and might have an elephant hanging out around your tent at bedtime. It’s not easy to get there and worth the effort. This was our second visit and I will be back.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nicole M wrote a review Mar 2022
Nashville, Tennessee10 contributions1 helpful vote
You will NEVER get this experience again - you must go before Stretch retires!!! Im writing this review now under my Trip Advisor account so I can find it for future reference but Ive never been able to forget these memories. You will walk right up to the animals, you will see everything you expect to see in Africa in an untamed way. If you're going on one safari ever in your whole life this is THE ONE and we stayed at very high end safaris in Botswana and they do NOT compare to this experience
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Heather wrote a review Nov 2021
Zambia1 contribution1 helpful vote
We had the most amazing trip for a very special birthday. Thank you Stretch and Adrienne and the team for all the hard work and amazing hospitality. You worked tirelessly to make it a special time for everyone. The food was brilliant and we loved every minute! Stretch, we always love spending time with you in Mana. To Adrienne especially thank you for all you did to make sure all the planning was spot on and out of the ordinary requests were fulfilled!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Gabriel_H61 wrote a review Nov 2021
Canton of Ticino, Switzerland213 contributions89 helpful votes
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I am a passionate photographer and Mana Pools was on my list since several years. Finally I was able to be there this year for a photographic safari with Carole and met Stretch as a unique and special guide. I was definitely not expecting to be so close (~10 m) to free lions, lying on the ground while making photographs with other people. But Mana Pools is not only Lions. It is also great scenery (Zambesi river, the forest) and of course Mana Pools Elephants. Stretch know them by name and behaviour. With "Paul Newman" you can get very close (less than 2m) and you are relaxed and quite. "Donald Trump"... better to pay attention. He is a little bit agressive. And "Boswell" is the specialist of staying on two feet to get the best leafs from the trees. I am already missing the bush and the ultimate safari in Mana Pools. Will definitely get back in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Val S wrote a review Nov 2021
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The most amazing trip to celebrate a special birthday. First class treatment, excellent food, catering to special requirements without hesitation. Luxury accommodation in the bush. A truly unforgettable stay with bush experiences 2nd to none. Thank you all for your outstanding effort and fun. Look forward to returning
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Nicole and Emily wrote a review Oct 2021
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Most amazing up close safari you’ll experience. Stretch brings you next to the animals as he has a very special relationship with them. Beautifully decorated and elegant. I would want to live here!! If. you have the chance to go do it you will not be disappointed. Amenities were clean, food was excellent, lying in the zambezi river, watching hippos, elephants coming into camp, the lovely birds that feed from your hand. An exceptional experience and one we will ever forget. We hope to return soon for a longer stay in the cooler months.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Goliath Safaris Luxury Tented Camp
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ZimbabweMashonaland Central ProvinceMana Pools National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stretch Ferreira Safaris
What are some of the property amenities at Stretch Ferreira Safaris?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Stretch Ferreira Safaris?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Stretch Ferreira Safaris?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Stretch Ferreira Safaris have airport transportation?
Yes, Stretch Ferreira Safaris offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.