Hi Ant! We are slowly settling back in at home - it feels very strange not being in the bush and it was quite a shock being surrounded by so many people, buildings etc. Luckily, we have lots of photos and great memories to keep us going until the next time... We wanted to say a massive thank-you for the amazing time we had with you! We loved every minute of it (yes, even the getting rained on bit :-)) and really appreciate that you shared with us what is surely one of the most special places on the planet! Hopefully, we will be able to return at some point for more adventures! And in the meantime we will spread the word about beautiful Zimbabwe! Please say hi and also a big thank you to all the guys at camp! Take care & hope to see you again!
Kirsten Huesch & Martin Windle, Wales, October 2012
I have had the great pleasure now of enjoying two safaris in Gonarezhou with Gonarezhou Bushcamps based out of static camps. The latter afforded us a high degree of comfort in terms of facilities and the beauty of our surroundings. Static camping impacted little on our ability to get out and about around the Park. They lend themselves to a considerable amount of flexibility in terms of the activities that can be chosen, depending on the mood of the group on any single day. Some of our activities were lengthy and saw us spending considerable time away from the camp, whilst others had us returning to the camp to recharge our batteries over the heat of the day. Each day, whatever the activity, was always gloriously concluded with sundowner contemplation of one of Gonarezhou’s gorgeous scenic treasures. For those less keen on the rugged, it was great to know that good ablution facilities were there to greet us at the end of the day. Furthermore, the static camp locations in themselves are in beautiful spots which simply beg hours of wonderful contemplation and relaxation. The standards of the safaris have both been excellent in so many ways – Ant’s knowledge and experience meant that we all learnt so much in our different areas of interest; the accommodation was of a high standard, as was the food and care afforded us by the safari staff; and our security was looked out for. There now seems to me to be no other way to experience Gonarezhou.
Emily Crookes, Harare, September 2012
Take it from me - you must add a walking safari with Ant in Gonarezhou to your bucket list. It’s a wonderful experience to walk through the incredible park, enjoying everything from majestic elephant to the intricacies of the hissing ants; from the gnarled beauty of the baobabs to the waxy perfection of the sabi star; from the tranquil splendor of the Chilojo Cliffs to the ever-changing scenes on the banks of the Runde. Ant’s enthusiasm for nature is matched only by his knowledge; we saw so much on our walks that, without his expert eye, we would otherwise have missed. And what a pleasure, after a long hot walk, to relax in the camp, with an ice-cold drink and delicious snacks! The meals were excellent – varied and tasty. We were pampered by the staff, so that even the dreaded call of “Time to get up!” at 5:00 was made more than bearable by the thought of the delicious breakfast, ready and waiting, to speed us on our way to another adventure. Anyone who’s looking for excitement, enjoyment, and an opportunity to experience one of the lesser-known glories of Zimbabwe, will find all this and more on a walking safari with Ant!
Sue McNally, Harare, September 2012
Zusammen mit Ant und seiner Crew haben wir im Gonarezhou eine phantastische Zeit und die seit langem erholsamsten Tage verbracht. Bereits im Vorfeld wurde unseren Wünschen Rechnung getragen und uns das Gefühl ver-mittelt, echt willkommen zu sein. Unser Aufenthalt wurde sehr umsichtig vorbereitet und durchgeführt. Das Camp selbst stand an schönster Stelle am Runde River, war mit viel Liebe und Geschmack eingerichtet und liess an Annehmlichkeit und Komfort nichts zu wünschen übrig. Das Essen war fabelhaft (unglaublich, was weit ab von Zivilisation und mit einfachsten Mitteln möglich ist) und die Belegschaft äusserst zuvorkommend. Ant selbst besticht durch sein unglaubliches Wissen sowohl auf botanischem wie auch zoo-logischem Gebiet. Er legt eine grosse Liebe zur Natur an den Tag und versteht es, sogar bei Teenagern die Freude am Wandern und das Interesse an der Natur zu wecken, ohne je zu schulmeistern. Spiel und Spass gehören wie selbstverständlich zu den Ausflügen. Ant hat ein feines Gespür für das Geschehen im näheren und weiteren Umfeld. Mit Hilfe aller Sinne führt er seine Gäste an die Naturschönheiten heran und nimmt dabei Rücksicht auf Tier- und Pflanzenwelt aber auch auf wissbegierige Touristen. Höhepunkte waren die Begegnungen mit den Tieren, die wunderbare Wildnis aber natürlich auch das nachmittägliche Fischen unweit von Krokodilen und Hippos. Das abendliche Apéro am Lagerfeuer unter dem weiten Sternenhimmel war stets ein krönender Abschluss des Ta-ges. Ant ist sehr flexibel und ein äusserst vielseitig informierter und interessierter Ge-sprächspartner. Wir haben den Umgang mit Ant sehr geschätzt und fühlen uns ihm und seiner Familie wei-terhin verbunden. Wir hoffen sehr, sie alle wieder einmal irgendwo zu treffen. Die Tage im Gonarezhou werden uns unvergesslich bleiben.
Christine & Markus Bieri, Switzerland, April 2012
A few words of thanks for a magical trip to Gonarezhou! What a serendipitous meeting last year in Hwange where you briefly mentioned to our guide that you ran a bush camp in the south. Eager to go walking again this year, we contacted you, and from that first moment, we knew the trip would be good. So many businesses don’t appreciate the importance of first impressions, but your immediate, in-depth response to our initial inquiry gave us great confidence, and that never wavered in all subsequent correspondence.
While making the arrangements is a very important part, delivering the goods is key – and you did so in spades! From the moment we saw the site of the camp, with our tents nestled under trees along the banks of the Runde River, we knew we had made an excellent choice. The effort you and Rawana have taken in stylishly furnishing the camp, providing every comfort while not losing the bush camp feel did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. The food was especially enjoyed! Every meal was carefully planned and all delicious. It still remains a complete mystery to me how you can serve such superb meals from a camp fire and a tin box oven, and salads, fresh fruit and yogurts when we were miles from anywhere. We have stayed in many tented camps, and yours stands out.
At the end of the day, however, whether you have a good trip or an outstanding trip depends on the park and the guide. Gonarezhou is a hidden gem. The scenery is spectacular, from the Chilojo cliffs, to the banks of the rivers, and provides wonderfully varied landscapes for walking over six days. We found the game to be plentiful and far less skittish than what we experienced on foot in Hwange. The opportunities in Gonarezhou abound, and our night at the fly-camp on the sandbank under the stars will be a special memory always. But Ant, it was your extensive knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm which truly made the trip for us. From the trees to the birds, to the bugs to the plants, you were always able to make it interesting and informative. It was a spectacular trip – easily one of the very best we have taken in many years of travelling through Africa.
You were good enough to make suggestions and all the arrangements for the various stops on our self-drive trip through Zimbabwe which could not gone better. After so many years of limited tourists, everyone we met, from the staff in the lodges, to gas station attendants to police at road blocks could not have been friendlier or more welcoming. I am sure the growth of tourism in Zimbabwe will bring many, many new guests to Gonarezhou Bush Camps where they will be assured a magnificent trip under your care. Please make sure, however, that you save a place for us, because we will most definitely be back!
All the very best,
Stuart and Suzanne -- Bermuda
Suzanne Tory & Stuart Smith, Bermuda, March 2012
Thank you, Ant, for a truly wonderful trip. Definitely my best Zimbabwe experience ever. Thank you to you and your staff for looking after us so well, for the wonderful walks and trips, sights and sounds and hospitality. A jewel of a time and a jewel of a place.
Emily Crookes, Zimbabwe December 2011
We had a truly amazing time with you, very special memories. The highlights being fishing with the hippos, the scorpion nearly for dinner and it has to be the storm.......We loved all the walking despite the heat, and especially the breakfast by the riverbank. It was amazing the quality of food produced in the bush.
We both learnt so much and it really did make the time very special...
Naomi Wells, U.K. October 2011
“The holiday we had at Ant and Rawana’s camp on the banks of the Runde River and the sights, game viewing and fly fishing that we experienced in Gonarezhou Park were of the best we have ever encountered in Africa. Their thoughtfulness in catering to our every comfort, Rawana’s excellent cuisine, the friendly camp staff, the evening drinks around the fire in the Runde river bed with elephant and buffalo drinking close by, the magnificent red cliffs in the sunset, Ant’s intricate knowledge of the animals and their interaction with the bush and trees and particularly, catching two new species of fish on fly, with crocs and hippos close by made this holiday very special for me and Gail. Thank you".
René and Gail Hochreiter, South Africa - August 2011
"Dear Rawana and Ant,
What a pleasure to first of all finally get to Gonarezhou. It has always been high on my list of places to go in Africa. There can be few places in Africa that remain with such a fantastic wilderness feel combined with raw beauty. I was so surprised to see the amount of wildlife. It seems that even the poachers have forgotten this corner of Africa. Long may that last and that is where you both will play an incredibly important role. Eyes on the ground and Ant's love of the area with Frankfurt's arrival to support conservation hold up great hope.
There can be few more spectacular views from a campsite in Africa. The Chilojo cliffs from camp or sitting overlooking the whole area are a spectacular feature. The freedom to walk all day, fish for bream and Tiger on the river, fly camp where we felt like is hard to match anywhere in Africa..."
"....One thing remains: your food was a match for all the finest camps in Africa, even with the wonderful simplicity of camp. Do not lose that.
Thanks to you both for a break in my season that has re-energised me,
James Robertson, Executive Chairman, Ker & Downey Safaris, Kenya - August 2011
Dear Ant and Rawana
Thank you so much for the great walking trip in Gonarezhou. Having lived just up the road all those years, it is a special place for us. But with our hectic
existence at the moment, it would be impossible to arrange a visit to the Park. So, your invitation was most welcome and we loved being in the
Gonarezhou again, seeing the places we used to frequent. It is great to see the Park being 'used' again, after being forgotten for so many years. I
have always said that Gonarezhou's greatest asset is its wildness and I can't see that changing soon...
Great company, beautiful country, genuine wilderness, comfortable camping:
what more could you ask for?
Derek and Russell De la Harpe, South Africa - April 2011
Hi Ant and Rawana
I hope this email finds you fit and well - we certainly are. Having spent four weeks travelling through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, I must say that everything went exceptionally well on the trip and everything and I mean everything went exactly to schedule - unbelievable when we had heard all about African time.
You have a beautiful spot in Gonarezhou and your camp was very comfortable and beautifully situated - you won't get much passing traffic dropping in for a chat! The game was initially a little scarce but this improved as the days progressed - every day is so different as you well know. As you also well know a big factor with viewing game and especially the cat family is the ability to be able to travel off the tracks and follow their spoor etc which became quite evident when talking to other people on safari who were never able to get near the game - this especially applies in Gonarezhou where the wildlife is very unused to traffic and much wilder than many other locations. Your walking treks obviously overcome this aspect which in the area, I believe with your skills and energy and Rawana's support, you wish to develop - I must say we all thoroughly enjoyed our walks and this concept.
I cannot thank you and Rawana enough for your excellent organisation on our behalf and really everything ran like clockwork - and this is apart from the wonderful time we all had which I'm sure we will remember for a very long time.
If I can be of any assistance for references and any other info for any likely customers from this part of the globe I would only be too happy to oblige. They may contact me direct if you wish.
I hope we will keep in contact in the future and we will be most interested to hear what path and progress your business is taking. Needless to say if you are ever contemplating a trip to this neck of the woods, be sure to get in contact
Again many thanks from us all.
Andrew Duncan, Melbourne, Australia - September 2010
Thank you for such a wonderful trip. We loved your camp at Gonarezhou - the walks, the fishing, sitting by the camp fire in the evening looking at the stars. Pamushana scored a real hit with the kids who obviously appreciate a bit of luxury! I know Martin was thrilled to play Leopard Rock and will probably be already boasting about this to his golfing friends. Just trying to adjust to life back at home, and missing the bush, and the tranquility of Rob and Jos'
camp at Gorongosa...
You took very good care of us and I don't think you could have taught us more about how animals and plants survive together in those wild beautiful places. Your enthusiasm and knowledge will be the things we will remember most.
Hope you are enjoying a few days break and that your next trip goes well. It was lovely to spend time with you both, and thank you again, we had a great time.
Martin, Judith, Abigail, Caroline, George and Charlie St. Quinton, U.K - August 2010
Now we are unfortunately back in the ‘real’ world I thought it was time to send a note to you and Rawana to thank you for the most fantastic time we had in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The itinerary was excellent and we really enjoyed relaxing at Indigo Bay at the end. You were the perfect hosts and undoubtedly the best experience was at your camp with excellent guiding and entertainment from you and Rob combined with Rawana’s superb cooking!
Once again very many thanks.
Dave, Frances and Jamie Finlayson, U.K. - August 2010
Dear Ant & Rawana,
Next to the official thank you a personal note from my side.
This is a safari I hadn’t experienced for many years. Good walks, lots of new things to learn, beautiful scenery and some good laughs. Not to mention Rawana’s cooking and perfect service of your staff.
It really was a memorable experience and I have spread the worth that for a real life safari you are the couple to get involved with.
Over more than 25 years I have visited the national parks of East and Southern Africa. But over all those years I never met a person such as Anthony Kaschula, a superb organiser and guide for our one week hiking safari in the Gonarezhou National Park of Zimbabwe. During our walks we had several close encounters with animals but Ant (short name) was always in control of the situation. Besides knowing all the animals and birds by name, and especially being able to copy all their sounds and whistles, his knowledge about the trees and plants is even more astonishing. After a few days on our hiking tour we were taught so much about the bush life that we felt we could survive on our own.
Anton-Pieter Duffhuis - Representative of the East Africa Wild Life Society for Switzerland - May 2010
Anthony is one of the finest wilderness guides worldwide. He has planned and led several trips for me over the past 10 years. Most recently, he took me and my wife on a magical trip through the Zimbabwe lowveld (including Gonarezhou and the Save Valley Conservancy) through the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and into Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The experience exceeded expectations. We learned so much about the bush and the countries we visited from Ant. Travelling with him is like having a private zoologist and adventure guide in one. I would go anywhere with Ant and trust him completely.
Charles Hanemann, Miami, USA. - September 2009
I would recommend Anthony without any reservation to anyone looking to do safari in Africa. I did both some easy walks with the family in Kenya as well as the trip of a life time: eight days of walking safari in Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. Anthony makes the difference. On the one hand he is an energetic and driven person who knows what he is doing, paying attention to detail. On the other he seems to know everything about insects, plants, trees and, of course, big game and knows how to tell it.
WP Boerma, Amsterdam - December 2008 & October 2007