Meet our Team

Jonathan Retzlaff

Lead guide & Founder

I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. As far back as I can remember I've always been interested and loved 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 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 guides apprenticeship in the Sengwa river basin around Chizarira National Park in Zimbabwe where 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.



Zambezi Valley Zimbabwe

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




Jonathan Retzlaff

Owner of South East Africa Safaris Ltd

Rua Eduardo Modlane | Luxus Complex

Vilanculos 1100


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