Nick is a Professional Guide from Zimbabwe. He attended high school in Zimbabwe and university in South Africa where he graduated with a Bsc. in Zoology. He is now working towards his PhD studying wild-dog in Mana Pools. He has guided throughout Zimbabwe and has toured in Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania. He is experienced in wildlife management, game ranching and game capture. Nick serves as an examiner/observer on the board for the Professional Guides proficiency test.
His wildlife career began as a learner guide from 1988-1990 at Fothergill Island in Matusadona, conducting game viewing from vehicles during his vacations from university. In 1990 he earned his learner guides license. From 1991-1994 he was a game ranch manager. He was involved in the development of an ostrich farm and got his license for game capture. In 1991 he earned his full license.
From 1995-1998 he was a freelance guide in various lodges and camps in the Kariba, Hwange, and Mana Pools areas.
Nick is married to Desiree Catterall, another Zimbabwe Professional guide, and between them they have over 30 years experience in the Bush. This offers you the unique opportunity to have a husband and wife professional private guiding team and they are ideal guides for large groups or families with children.
Now parents of young Jed and Tate, Nick and Desiree have their own photographic safari company running Vundu Camp in the Zambezi Valley where they will personally guide you on a journey down the Zambezi River in the Mana Pools National Park. Mana Pools is a world heritage site and one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. Walking and canoeing amongst the elephants is an experience like no other. They can also guide you on your trip around Africa insuring that you have a quality experience at each camp.
1. 12 Day Zimbabwe Legends Safari - From $4,295.00
This flying safari is an introduction to the game parks of Zimbabwe that offer game drives in open 4-wheel drive vehicles, game viewing by canoe, morning walks, and magnificent Victoria Falls. You may have the chance to see the Big 5....view safari
2. 04 Day Active Safari to Mana Pools - From $1,595.00
Mana Pools covers a section of the Middle Zambezi Valley. During the summer months (May-Nov), animals move back towards the Zambezi River - a prime time to game view by canoe, foot and vehicle. From a canoe and on foot you will experience the thrill of approaching close to elephants and other wildlife....view safari
3. ** 15 Day Eyes on Elephant Safari to Zimbabwe - $9,495.00
2014 Departures:Jun 21, Jul 12, Aug 05, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sep 06, Sep 20. This award winning safari was selected in National Geographic Traveler Magazine's "50 Tours of a Lifetime" and operates as an exclusive group with up to 6 persons per departure. We personally know your guides Nic Polenakis, Dave Carsons and Nick Murray who are leading the trips. We have combined the active game viewing ventures of walking in Northern and southeastern Hwange and canoeing, walking and game drives in Mana Pools....view safari