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.
Stretch’s priority is first and foremost the safety of his guests. With his decades of experience, he is able to judge how close he can bring them to watch the animals of Mana Pools. Each and every day is different, and each animal is different, and the utmost care and respect are always shown to the wildlife on his walks. Stretch is described as an “elephant whisperer” and has personally named many of the elephant bulls of Mana Pools. However, please note that it is not a given that all guests will be able to get an up close and personal encounter.
"We had wonderful days with Stretch, Sean and the whole staff. We had unforgettable, magical moments with the elephants and the lions coming very close. When we booked the camp, we couldn’t imagine that this is possible but it is, thanks Stretch – you are a legend! I am sure we will come back and stay for a longer time than 5 nights".
"Stretch, you are a beautiful soul. You, Megan, Squashie and all of your amazing team made our visit a life-changing experience for us – the Kilbourn Safari. You are all leaving a positive path on this planet. The world is a better place because you are in it."
“Steady my boy, where have you been …..” We shall long remember with great fondness the exceptional walks and the exceptionally special place that is Goliath. Stretch and Alistair, thank you for your tremendous attention to our enjoyment, touched with seriousness and good humour. The food and drink were great and the conversations thoughtful and stimulating, and the time here was precious. Thank you all for making it so remarkable".
"Never a dull moment, a truly unique experience of real Africa. We hope Stretch never retires as his deep appreciation of all this shows in every way - truly he is an example of a life well lived."