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Rob Janisch Professional Safari Guide

African born and bred, Rob Janisch began his love affair of ‘all things wild’ as a young boy. He spent his childhood in the African wilderness, climbing trees, watching birds and jumping off waterfalls.

Rob obtained two very different degrees at university. One in the Arts and one in Biokinetics. Consequently his studies covered a wide range of subjects. Philosophy, English Literature & History of Art to Human Physiology & Anatomy!

Rob Janisch safari guide

Rob Janisch safari guide

His first attempt at guiding was taking the Cambridge Blue boat crew out on safari. It was during a summer tour to South Africa in the late nineties. And because Rob was more of a student rower than a guide at this time, his first safari wasn’t without its beer-fueled mishaps. But the appeal of the bush lifestyle soon had Rob signing up as a guide at the renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve. It was here that he truly found his passion. A passion that became his vocation for the next 18 years. Beating about the bush, introducing guests to the wild wonders of Africa. Developing a deep understanding of the genius of the natural world. More than anything and through blithe days spent in the bush, Rob was able to satisfy his spiritual needs unlike anything else he had encountered.

Rob Janisch has two mantras that he follows in life:

The beaten path is for the beaten man.
And Einstein’s profound: Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better…

Over the years, Rob has worked as a guide, tourism consultant, Biomimicry specialist, lodge manager and camp owner. Most recently working as a guide trainer in Southern and East Africa. He has also endured more than his fair share of unbeaten paths across the continent. (Much to his elation!)

Through his distinctive specialist safaris, Rob aims to provide a more holistic insight to the natural world. He also encourages his guests to re-connect with their true human nature.

As Rob says: “Coming from, and being part of the natural world means we should have a much deeper connect with things wild than perhaps we do currently. We can learn a whole lot more from it all than perhaps we are doing at the moment. Such learning could help keep us live a little longer on this planet as a species…”

The emerging science of Biomimicry has always inspired and fascinated Rob. A subject around which he has become an African field specialist. He also consults and presents to large organizations and institutions across the region. Rob also hosts and facilitates specialist Genius of Nature expeditions in living laboratories around Africa.


Some of Rob Janisch’s highlights of years spent working and playing in the African bush also include:

  • Being involved in the re-introduction of big game into the resurgent parks of central & southern Mozambique
  • Walking with some of the last black rhino left in Matusadona National Park
  • Climbing the granite inselbergs and paddling the wild Lugenda River in Mozambique’s Niassa wilderness
  • Hanging with various families of Central Africa’s great apes
  • Poling his wife-to-be in a mokoro across the lilied waters of the Okavango Delta
  • Finally, trekking across the northern Tanzanian divergence of the Great Rift Valley. In the company of a wild but oh-so-cool Hadza tribesman!

Today, Rob offers exclusive, privately-guided safaris across the continent under the banner of Into the Wild. These adventures into Africa’s wild wonderlands are best done by the Zambezi team.

Some of Rob’s favorite haunts include Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve and Gorongosa National Park. Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. The Okavango Delta and recently, Zakouma National Park in eastern Chad.

When he’s not out gallivanting in the bush you’ll probably find Rob hanging out in a hammock. Back at home in Zimbabwe with his little girls, Lula Blue & Indie!

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