Bushbuck Safaris are renowned specialists in Private Guided Safaris
In the 1990s, we formed the Safari Guides Company - an elite club of the ten top private guides across Africa.
Now many years later, those of the SGC guides still leading private guided safaris are Charlie McConnell, Soren Lindstrom, John Stevens and David Foot.
A private guided safari is exclusive to a private party, sometimes a couple but more usually a group of friends or family or extended family including grandparents. The safari is mobile in concept and led throughout by your expert private guide staying in a combination of intimate camps and lodges or using his own mobile luxury tented camp which is exclusive to your party and supported by a full team of camp staff.
Now is the era of legendary private safari guides across Africa. These are the last great ‘characters’ of the safari world. They learnt their bushcraft from famous hunters or game wardens, they are purists and treat the bush with the utmost of respect, easily infecting everyone with their genuine enthusiasm for the flora, fauna and culture of their region. Not all are known to regularly lead safaris, some only by special request as a result of our long-term associations and friendships.
Their guests include royalty and rock stars who, like all of us, have a desire to experience real Africa in time-honoured traditional safari style, with standards and service of a bygone era – led throughout by an expert safari guide, the best in the country.
Please let us know your dates and requirements, and we can match a private guided safari to you and your expectations.
For 35 years now, the Schoeman Family have been guiding and piloting their safaris around the Skeleton Coast providing a rare insight into this remote, unique and exciting area of the world. On all of their itineraries, the desolate and beautiful areas of the Skeleton Coast are explored by low-level flying and land-rover. Their most popular safari is a 4 day dynamic fly and drive safari using Cessna 210 aircraft and custom built land-rovers, starting and ending in Windhoek with a night in each of their 3 comfortable desert camps which are exclusive to the flying party.
Pierre Jaunet is a very talented Frenchman who is also fluent in English, Arabic and Swahili and can get by in many other European languages and African dialects. He has spent 40 years taking small parties on safari in Africa having started off in one time French colonies in North Africa when he became one of the leading experts on the Sahara and then going south to concentrate on southern Africa.
Peter Lindstrom occasionally leads our guests on safari in Tanzania. Peter has a wry sense of humour and gentle disposition and a safari in his company is a rare and fascinating insight, opening up the finer treasures of his home country. Peter was born in Kenya of Danish parents and brought up on a coffee farm in the highlands. He worked in remote areas in East Africa and Sudan in the hospitality industry before settling in Tanzania and starting Hoopoe Safaris of Arusha back in 1988.
Soren is a committed birder and having spent so many years walking through the bush, his knowledge of Africa’s plants and fragile ecology is seemingly endless. Like all hunters, he has eyes like a hawk. He is also a fascinating raconteur and his old-timer stories around the camp fire are always amusing and bring Africa to life for many. Over the past 50 years, he has guided private parties from all corners of the globe. Several articles and books have been written about Soren including publications in The Times, The New York Times and The Australian Times.
Paul is a passionate & experienced naturalist, photographer & conservationist with over 30 years of experience in guiding. There is nothing Paul enjoys more than being with guests in the middle of absolutely nowhere surrounded by all the sights, noises, smells and nuances of the African bush. He prefers to use his own luxury mobile camp on safari whereby he can access the further reaches of the wildlife areas of Tanzania. The wilder, the better.
Bushbuck Safaris and John Stevens started out together in the mid 80's. Our private guided safaris began with John in Zimbabwe all those years ago. John grew up in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. His father was a keen fisherman and a good shot and from an early age, John accompanied him on many expeditions into the bush. John’s career took a natural progression and included spells as warden of two of Zimbabwe’s most significant game reserves: Matusadona and Mana Pools National Parks. John left National Parks in 1981 to build and manage Chikwenya Camp in Mana Pools and then in 1983 he launched his private guided safaris.
Jacques Conradie is the leading private guide for water-based safaris using motorised boats to explore the labyrinth of waterways, channels, lagoons and islands characteristic of the unique Okavango Delta. Jacques knows the delta better than anyone, and in his company you are taking an adventurous journey across a watery wilderness in the spirit of safaris of old using a classic mobile camp which is set up on secluded and remote islands by his full team of camp staff. Here you really are in the wilds of Africa with gameviewing from the boats, excellent birdwatching, and game walks on the islands.
Jackson has been recognised as one of the top ten guides of the world. He has presented numerous wildlife documentaries including Big Cat Diary and also pioneers responsible tourism in the Mara. Jackson believes strongly in passing on knowledge to others. In his wildest dreams he could not have foreseen himself broadcasting on live television around the world, spreading his knowledge of the Mara to millions of people and more recently attending Tusk’s 25th anniversary dinner in the company of Prince William.
Charlie has vast experience in guiding safaris and has been leading our guests on safari in Kenya for 25 years now, using his own fleet of safari vehicles and mostly staying in his luxury mobile private tented camp which is exclusive to your party. A safari with Charlie in Kenya has a strong element of timelessness and old school romance and tradition. Mick Jagger wrote in Charlie's guestbook 'took me back'.
Alex operates his walking safaris all over Kenya, the choice of region depends on your interests, the pace on safari is geared to your fitness, his criteria is off the beaten track. There is a full team of camp staff organising the lightweight mobile camp which moves ahead of you every few days, accessing wild areas of Kenya where you are unlikely to encounter other visitors.
Aaron started right at the bottom as a mechanic, worked his way up to a supply driver for Hoopoe camps and lodges and once he had learnt his way around the parks was accepted as a trainee guides and soon demonstrated his ability to learn fast. His great communication skills and patience and his deep interest in wildlife quickly earned his place as one of Hoopoe’s top guides.
David Foot has 30 years of experience guiding private safaris. David and Robyn, both born and raised in Africa, have lived and worked in some of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas - the Kafue and South Luangwa of Zambia, the Matusadona and Mana Pools of Zimbabwe and then for 15 years on the Nyika Plateau of Malawi. Their journey through Africa has led them to settle in Botswana which is now home with their two children.