"He’s a fantastic guide, filled with a sense of derring-do, anxious to take the visitor walking, canoeing, fly-camping (ie, sleeping out under the stars), or just riding in the 4 x 4 if that’s what the visitor wants to do. Guests get Rob’s full attention."
Financial Times - How to Spend It: March 2010
Where the Wild Things Are by Lucia van der Post
"A time out of place. A place out of time. Africa’s lost Eden – Mozambique. The hand of an expert guide is clearly visible in the design of this itinerary. The beauty of this safari lies in its flexibility, Rob’s deep knowledge and the opportunity to truly appreciate the nuances of your surroundings. In the company of like-minded safari enthusiasts, this has all the potential to become a safari that will remain with you for a very long time."
Rob & his wife Jos, were finalists for 2 years in a row in the prestigious Good Safari Guide Awards for Best Personal Contribution to the African Safari Industry.
Their camp, Explore Gorongosa in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, won awards in the same awards in 2011 for Best Ecological Camp in Africa' and 'Best New Safari Camp in Africa.
Born and bred in Africa, my love of all things wild started at a young age. Wonder years spent at a school set on an estate teaming with African critters and beasties of every kind, with big rocks to climb & high waterfalls to jump off, only enhanced my passion for being out there... in the wild. After completing two very different degrees at university (Arts & Biokinetics), with majors covering a smorgasbord of subjects from English literature, Philosophy & Art History to Human Anatomy & Physiology, I realised I really didn't know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life... I liked education & so teaching was an obvious leaning - but the formal side of it got me a bit flustered. Taking a break was what I felt the doctor ordered, and this I did, applying to be a guide at the celebrated Mala Mala Game Reserve, and committing to a couple of seasons 'in the bush' introducing the wilds to visitors from all over the world.
This time made me realise two things - I could never really go back into formal employment in the city again, and that the bush was able to satisfy curiosities & spiritual needs of mine in a way nothing else had or would. From this epiphinac moment, I have since worked as a private guide, consultant, lodge manager and camp owner in the wilds of Southern & East Africa. Rather than simply doing same-old-same-old safaris & camps, I like to introduce a more holistic side to travel, where people can take something more than just some wild photographs home with them. I like to try re-connect people with their own human nature - by which I mean literally people's (mostly long lost) connection with nature. Coming from, and being part of nature means we have a much deeper connect with things wild, and can learn a whole lot more from it all, than perhaps we are doing at the moment. I have a fascination with all things living, wild and woolly and am truly inspired by the genius of nature, a subject about which I regularly consult to big organisations on, present on & facilitate specialist safari expeditions on to living laboratories around Africa.
When I am not messing about in the bush, I can be found hanging out in a hammock with my favourite people, my wife Jos & cute daughters, back home in Zimbabwe...
Human nature & our origins | Taking kids into the bush | The genius of nature | Rugby (!)
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Writing | Baking with my daughters | Earl Grey tea & choccie biscuits | Open spaces |
Sports of all sorts | Biomimicry
Niassa Reserve, northern Mozambique | Mana Pools, Zimbabwe | Okavango Delta, Botswana |
Eastern Serengeti, Tanzania | Tswalu, Kalahari
Peter & Anne - UK
"Any African experience can be enhanced by having the right guide. Rob Janisch is one of the best. He showed us the Vumba highlands in Zimbabwe – including amazing birdlife and local culture, before we drove across the border and into Mozambique where we stayed in Gorongosa National Park with Rob and his wife, Jos. Rob’s all round knowledge and passion for Africa and its wildlife was inspiring. He has a wicked sense of humor but is always the perfect host. We have twice entrusted our African experiences to Rob and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him for private guiding anywhere..."
SANGEETA S. PRASAD - usa
"Some months ago, I attended a screening of National Geographic’s movie “Africa’s Lost Eden” describing a forward thinking conservation project that had been put into place to restore Gorongosa National Park to its former glory. Little did I know then that I would soon be in touch with some of the people who were most involved in that project – the dynamic duo of Rob & Jos Janisch who were the first to take a leap of faith on Gorongosa and open this park up to tourism. I would never have guessed then that they would be generous enough to agree to share their love of Mozambique with our guests. But my Africa Guru, Paolo, was kind enough to introduce me to them and when I asked them to design a safari for Chalo, they said yes! It is a great privilege for us to send you on safari with this level of unparalleled guiding and experience – I would like nothing better than to tag along on this one."
What Guests have to say
Clive & Jill - UK
"Have you ever seen someone juggling elephant dung, or rushing through the camp in a nightie after a Narina Trogon? Well, these are just two lasting memories of Rob and Jos’ determination to give us a wilderness experience we will never forget. There are guides, great guides and then there is Rob. It’s not just about seeing the big five or even the small five. It’s everything that makes Africa so exciting from tickling baboon spiders to enjoying a sundowner whilst watching more than thirty different wetland bird species and learning so much more about the fascinating way that nature works. The Art of the Perfect Safari Cocktail: Take one or more travellers; a wish for a life changing experience; a sense of fun; and combine with Rob Janisch. Add liberally to Africa and enjoy forever! Africa will always fascinate and delight. It’s the people who will make it special. And you don’t get any more special than Rob and Jos..."