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.
Although he uses vehicles, canoes and boats where possible, John prefers to encourage his guests to walk, which everyone enjoys, thanks to their complete confidence in John’s incomparable bush craft. His gentle ways belie the brave, adventurous side of a man who has spent most of his life in the African bush.
The camps which John likes to use are set up in remote locations, far from tourism’s well-trodden path, and reflect the time-honoured safari tradition of luxury tents, hot showers, camp fires and al fresco dining.
Recently John and his lovely wife Nicci formed the Zambezi Elephant Fund, an anti-poaching initiative that seeks to protect the magnificent elephants that make the Zambezi Valley the special place it is and John’s favourite safari location.
John is no ordinary man. He is an exceptional guide with a genuine passion for the wild and a complete delight in everything life has to offer. He is a purist and old school – a safari with John Stevens is not to be missed. John is one of Africa’s foremost private guides and leads safaris all over Africa, although his native Zimbabwe remains his favourite.