Greg & Mary Moga (Seattle, U.S.A)
"Kaz is a lion of a safari guide! He is a terrific educator and naturalist, and more than that, great company in the bush. We recommend Kaz without reservation."
Luke Proskine (San Francisco, Califonia)
“I had a fantastic safari with Kaz as my guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to make sure each guest leaves with the best possible experience. I vividly remember when Kaz took me on a walking safari and positioned us about 15 meters from a pack of wild dogs as the sun was setting. I will never forget how magical that evening was…thanks Kaz!
Alexi Zekas (Washington DC, USA)
With the knowledge of an Encyclopedia, the astuteness of the animals themselves, and a charismatic enthusiasm for showing his guests life in the untamed bush, Kaz Dube and his team bring you closer to Africa's nature like never before.
LTC Joseph E. (Ed) Williams (U.S. Army, Cavalry)
Kaz Dube is the best guide my wife and I have experienced during several safaris in Africa! His in-depth knowledge of both flora and fauna is exceptional! My wife and I plan to use his services again, we wouldn’t choose anyone else!
Paul Conibear (Toronto, Canada)
Kaz was our host and guide and we were amazed at his knowledge which he shared with us of nature - animals, birds and the surroundings. His ability to spot game was incredible, and his walking safaris are his specialty. We have been to many wildlife safaris over time but being out with Kaz was a special experience, and we highly recommend him.
Tim Mordaunt & Sue Weterings (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Myself my partner Sue and six other friends had the pleasure of having Kaz as our guide. We have travelled in Africa extensively enjoyed many safaris however Kaz is without doubt the best guide, the best expert, the most stimulating and interesting person we have encountered. We learned heaps, we were safe, we were challenged and we had fun. Kaz is a special person and all who experience his safaris will find the experience very special. We could not recommend him more highly.
Suzanne and Stuart (Bermuda)
For those looking for the ultimate African safari, nothing can beat walking. The critical component, however, is the guide who makes the difference between an okay experience and an exceptional one. Having travelled with Kaz Dube, I can easily say he is a guide who will give you an outstanding safari. The slogan of his company is “stalking and approaching wildlife to capture photos and memories” which is exactly what we did the first afternoon we headed out with Kaz, creeping up on a pack of wild dogs, and then sitting amongst them for half an hour. On foot, it’s not just about the big things. The little things are just as fascinating, and Kaz is a fount of knowledge on everything you will discover in the bush. Not satisfied with just pointing things out and telling you what they are, Kaz makes you think about them and as a result, you come away knowing so much. As well as being hugely knowledgeable and highly experienced, Kaz is a lovely person with whom you will enjoy spending time. No detail is too small – he thinks of everything to make sure your experience is a memorable one. After many safaris in Africa, both in vehicles and on foot, Kaz definitely provided an unforgettable walking safari that rates amongst our highlights.
Howard Morley (Auckland,New Zealand)
After visiting 5 different game parks in various African countries. It became very clear that without a guide who cared about what he did and understands the link between animal behavior and the environment any safari experience would not be complete. Without a doubt Kaz is the most informative professional guide I met up with. Great depth of knowledge that he shared willingly in a friendly easy to understand way. If you get the opportunity seek out and go with Kaz Dube
John Sisley (New Zealand)
As a guide Kaz has no equal that I am aware of. His ability to impart his knowledge of the African bush in a manner that stays with you long after the journey is over is incredible. I have been on many safaris but a few hours walking with Kaz taught me more about all aspects of the surrounding flora and fauna than I ever thought possible. A truly unique and wonderful experience that comes highly recommended.
Barbara Gross Managing Director, Sabra Travel (Australia)
"We were fortunate enough to have Kaz as our guide. His guiding, his knowledge and his personal communication skills were all superb. He is fun to be with and made our stay so memorable. I can highly recommend him"
Peter Marley (Kent, England).
“In my many years of safaris I have never had such an experienced and knowledgeable guide. His deep understanding of animal behavior enabled us to get within 20 meters of a pack of wild dogs with curious puppies, and when surrounded by elephants, his calm guidance inspires complete confidence. Kaz has a fascinating knowledge of the entire ecosystem that gives one an immediate understanding of how the tiny details fit into the whole web of life. Thank you Kaz for a great experience.”
Lars Nordin (Oslo, Norway)
I have been on safari a number of times, and my favorite guide without exception is Kaz Dube. He has a wealth of knowledge that he presents in an engaging and educational manner. In addition, he has an understanding of the animals that helps put you at ease when walking in the wild. Thanks to him, we were able to sit with a pack of 18 wild dogs and view them closer up than any nature program could ever get you all the while being perfectly safe and protected under his ever-watchful eyes.
James Hopwood (Noosa Heads, Queensland Australia)
Kaz is a guide of exceptional all-round ability and instills a calm and relaxed quality in guests he takes on walking safaris. His knowledge of animals, birds and trees is extraordinary. We would be confident to trust him in any situation which might arise while on a walking safari.
Guy Shutt (United Kingdom)
Kaz, thanks again for showing us the wild dogs and mating lions!!!
Tom Wilson (United Kingdom)
“Kaz is a highly experienced guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of wildlife, plants and trees. He led us with attention on safety and a wonderful sense of humor – we thoroughly recommend him”
Deborah and Ian Law (Singapore)
"Having grown up in Africa we thought we were pretty knowledgeable on African wildlife, however a few magnificent walks with Kaz made us realize just how ignorant we were. Kaz's immense knowledge includes not only the animals but the vast diversity of the birdlife, flora and fauna. Not one of our many questions went unanswered, and not one answer was disappointing. His sincere interest and passion for what he does has sparked a real desire to delve deeper and learn more about this beautiful wildlife. With Kaz you are in excellent and very safe hands and we cannot recommend him highly enough.
Andy Cook (United Kingdom)
To anyone thinking of using Kaz Dube's guiding services I can only say do it. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the African bush is both vast and infectious. He can tell you what's happening all around whether it's plants or animals, from the smallest Lichens to the biggest Elephants. His understanding of the whole ecosystem and how it all ties together kept me enthralled for hours while walking around seeing things I'd only previously dreamed of. Thank you Kaz for a wonderful time.
Christine & Chris Cowell (Australia)
"Kaz is very knowledgeable about all wildlife aspects. He is very personable and one feels very safe with him. Kaz's ability with collective nouns of animals is amazing.
Dave Vanderspuy CEO, African Aero Safaris (South Africa)
We have over some years, had our groups regularly expertly guided by Kaz, who we have found to be extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of wildlife. A bush walk with Kaz is a journey into an otherwise impossible-to-find space. Kaz, thanks for making this possible, we hope to see you again soon.
Greg Goeller (South Africa)
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kaz. Notwithstanding many stories about the legendary Kaz, we were overwhelmed by his deep level of knowledge of the flora, fauna and environmental history. And a wicked sense of humour to boot. Anybody that knows the bush well will agree that a guide such as Kaz can elevate a magical experience to the exceptional.
Dr. Jeff Williams (United Kingdom)
“Kaz guided me and my wife on safari. It was a great experience and heightened particularly by Kaz’s guiding skills and most pleasing manner. He was a super companion.
Giles Clinton (South Africa)
Kaz Dube was our guide during our safari and was an absolute delight to deal with. He was informative and extremely knowledgeable on all our drives and walks about our surroundings. On one of the walks we took with him we actually watched a pride of lion which was VERY exciting! We kept our distance and he was professional at all times.
Chantelle Jennings (Travel Consultant)
You are honestly the best guide I have experienced in Zimbabwe. Please keep it up and never change a thing.
Hendrik DuToit (South Africa)
“I have been privileged over the years to enjoy the African bush with many excellent safari guides. Kaz Dube stands out among this community of well-informed, dedicated professionals. He is exceptional. I can recommend Kaz without reservation.”
WILDLIFE-OBSERVERS WALKING SAFARIS IN ZIMBABWE
This is a 2-camps-circuit over 6 nights designed to host 6 wildlife-observers seeking a personalized wildlife adventure observing birds and mammals in Hwange National Park. The magic of African Safari Walks is to immerse avid wildlife-observers into the wildlife surroundings, whether they’re walking and approaching a clan of a hyena at the crack of dawn, or sipping a G&T in camp at dusk.
Our scheduled departure safaris take 6 wildlife-observers that may either be birders, wildlife enthusiasts’, photographers, families, friends or corporate executives seeking a personalized wildlife adventure in a 2-camps-circuit over 6-nights observing birds and mammals.
In both observers safari camps, wildlife-observers will find plump pillows, soft sheets, hot showers and fluffy towels; however, the greatest luxury is the immersive wildlife observing walking safari experience in unique and distinctive environments of both camps. At Tsamhole observers camp, wildlife-observers can disappear into observing landscapes with a high concentration of lion and leopard while at the Kennedy observers camp, wildlife-observers will immerse into observing landscapes with a high density of elephants and wildebeest. Our observers safari camps are located 150 miles apart and pitched inside Hwange National Park which is a natural environment sustaining 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals.
Optics are an essential and integral component of this immersive wildlife walking safari focusing on observing birds and mammals. Wildlife-observers require optics that will deliver perfect image clarity and detail when spotting or observing the birds and mammals. Wildlife species disguise their presence through disruptive or concealment coloration as a survival trait against their enemies to remain undetected and alive. Each avid wildlife-observer participating in this immersive walking safari must bring and carry a pair of 8×42 optics-binoculars with chest-straps, a 20-60×80 birding spotting scope and a lightweight tripod.
Grid-spotting is a methodical use of optics to survey wildlife landscapes and spot the inconspicuous birds and mammals before walking and approaching for close-encounter observation. Grid-spotting is carried-out from various vantage positions during the walking excursions and focuses on scoping-out birds and spotting high profile mammal species such as elephant, buffalo, roan, sable, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, caracal, serval and, the list is endless. Wildlife-observers are advised to consider having a Canon’s 7D Mark II fast-shooting camera with Canon’s rugged, compact EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, and you’ve got a cutting-edge combo guaranteed to produce high-calibre souvenir photographs.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK IN ZIMBABWE
Home to 10% of the world’s elephant population, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest protected wildlife area. It covers 5400 square miles of savanna landscape and boasts a diverse natural ecosystem sustaining 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. Iconic bird life to observe while on safari includes Old World vultures, eagles, hawks, bustards, secretarybirds, ostriches and plenty more. Key mammal species to encounter on safari include massive elephant parades, buffalo, giraffe, eland, roan, sable, tsessebe, waterbuck, kudu, wildebeest, reedbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, painted dogs and plenty more mammals.
WILDLIFE-OBSERVERS SAFARI CAMPS (6 BEDS ONLY)
African Safari Walks camps specialize in accommodating six wildlife-observers only making them small and intimate camps. Over your 6-night safari adventure, you will stay at both camps experiencing each location’s unique ecosystems and resident wildlife. Each observers safari camp comprises three guest tents, each with en-suite, along with a communal dining tent. The design of our observers-safari camps allows us to tread lightly on the environment because we re-create a yesteryear pioneer type safari approach that maintains founding conservation ethics where we operate small seasonal camps which are closed then packed away and stored at our depot outside Hwange National Park during the rainy season. Off-season closure of our camps allows the vegetation to grow back in our various campsite locations thereby recovering and recuperating the environment. We believe that African Safari Walks has a great responsibility towards the natural environment and our actions should not sacrifice any aspect of the environment.
KENNEDY OBSERVERS CAMP (3-NIGHTS)
Located in the south of Hwange National Park in the Kennedy vleis forest, this area exhibits a colorful diversity of birds and mammals with regular sightings of the uncommon cheetah and a peak elephant concentration and encounters.
TSAMHOLE OBSERVERS CAMP (3-NIGHTS)
Located in the north of Hwange National Park in the Robins area close to the Botswana border, this area exhibits a diversity of birds and mammals with regular sightings of the uncommon tsessebe and roan antelopes while boasting a peak lion concentration and encounters.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON SAFARI
DAYS 1 – 3: KENNEDY OBSERVERS CAMP
Your journey begins at Victoria Falls International Airport where you will meet your expert Walking Safari Guide Kaz Dube – your safari companion throughout your adventure. You will be driven first to the secluded Kennedy observers camp, where you will spend three nights. The Kennedy observers camp area is packed with awe-inspiring wildlife interactions. Expect to see mammal species such as elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebras, eland, sable, wildebeest, lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas, painted dogs, and more wildlife.
DAYS 4 – 6: TSAMHOLE OBSERVERS CAMP
You will be transferred from Kennedy observers camp to the Tsamhole observers camp to spend three nights in pristine wilderness. This area is well known for its high concentration of lions and leopards that roam the landscape in search of prey. Expect sightings of special but rare antelopes such as roan, sable, reedbuck and tsessebe in addition to encountering elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, painted dogs and numerous wildlife.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Your guide and safari companion Kaz Dube will drive you to Victoria Falls International Airport and wave a fond goodbye as you board your flight home.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
USD3000 per person sharing for 6 nights
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Meet and greet at Victoria Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe. Vehicle transfers throughout your safari. 6 nights’ accommodation in our two seasonal observers-safari camps inside Hwange National Park, (Kennedy & Tsamhole observers camps). There are 3 freshly cooked meals served daily including a 3-course meal dinner every evening, refreshments on all guided wildlife excursions, bottled water, soft drinks, fruit juices, tea and coffee, limited alcohol (standard wines, beers, gin and tonics) Daily wildlife observing walking safari excursions combined with game-drives conducted by Award-winning Walking Safari Guide, Kaz Dube
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
National Park entrance fees, telephone calls, souvenir purchases, gratuities or items of a personal nature
Minimum of two guests and a maximum of six guests staying in three guest tents. This set date departure safari is a two-camp circuit whereby guests will stay three nights in Kennedy observers camp and then three nights in Tsamhole observers camp. All safaris are set-date departures and run from April 01 to November 30 every year.
WHAT MAKES THIS SAFARI SPECIAL
Our seasonal observers-safari camps are ideally located close to waterholes offering superb wildlife encounters, often right at the camp’s doorstep. Get truly close to spectacular African wildlife by walking and approaching on foot. Go beyond the constraints of the safari vehicle to safely walk and approach wildlife on foot capturing memories. Experience the perfect combination of walking and daily game drives were each guest is guaranteed a window seat in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Discover the astonishing intricacies of natural selection processes and survival traits as a top guide, Kaz Dube brings to life how each species propagates superior genes. Enjoy an intimate and exclusive experience with limited guests. Stay in comfortable wildlife-observers safari camps and enjoy personalized service from our friendly and attentive staff. All meals prepared by our top chef and served in our dining tent or by candlelight under the stars. Fully inclusive safari, from the time you arrive in Zimbabwe every aspect of your journey, will be conveniently and smoothly organized.
Booking the wildlife-observers walking safari is an effort to conserve wildlife and makes your trip to Africa meaningful. Using the tourism dollar from our safari guests, we have been able to create the African Safari Walks Community Ploughback program. The ASW Community Ploughback program provides land tillage ox-drawn ploughs to local communities living nearby but outside Hwange National Park so that they can grow crops for eating and selling to sustain their families. Through the ASW Community Ploughback program, African Safari Walks is able to effectively communicate anti-poaching and wildlife conservation to local communities because the program demonstrates that conservation tourism is practically beneficial to the livelihoods in the nearby communities.
AFRICAN SAFARI WALKS SAFARIS ARE SCHEDULED SET-DATE DEPARTURES
2021 SET DEPARTURE DATES
BOOK A DIRECT FLIGHT TO JOHANNESBURG AND THEN CONNECT TO VICTORIA FALLS
African Safari Walks guide will meet You at Victoria Falls International Airport
African Safari Walks presents a lifetime wildlife experience!
Spaces are limited. A minimum of two guests and a maximum of six guests are required for the safari to run.