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Jonathan Retzlaff


I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. As far back as I can remember I've always had a passion and love for the African bush. I grew up on a Cattle Ranch in North East Zimbabwe (Mashonaland), and spent countless days working with anti poaching and tracking units protecting the ranch against illegal hunters. Here, I gaining vast knowledge about conservation, anti poaching and the African bush.


I attended Falcon College in Matabeleland where I spent most of my time walking around the bush doing falconry under the very reputable Ron Hartley.


After leaving school at the age of sixteen, I started my learner professional guide's apprenticeship in the Sengwa river basin around Chizarira National Park in Zimbabwe. I was the head of an anti poaching unit and Problem Animal Control in the campfire area for four years, where I got a huge amount of big and dangerous game experience.


I then moved to Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique, where I worked with the Gorongosa Restoration Project and was employed as a consultant to set up eco-tourism activities and train local guides for the project.


I then started freelancing as a fixer/guide for wildlife film crews and started my own company, South East Africa Safaris, focusing on custom made Safaris in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 




Zambezi Valley 

4 years - Camp Management & Head of Anti Poaching and Problem Animal Control



Gorongosa National Park

5 years - Training Consultant & Head Safari Guide



Vilankulo, Inhambane

Owner & Founder  of South East Africa Safaris & Vilanculos Canoe Safaris



Pasqual Vilankulo



Pasqual was born and raised in Vilankulos, and is related to the chief of Vilankulo.


He started with South East Africa Safaris as an apprentice in 2013, and through his keen willingness to learn became our birding and river guide. He now leads canoe tours in the Govuro Wetlands.


Pasqual has a good knowledge of the local flora and fauna in the wetlands and enjoys sharing this with clients.