Nic Polenakis

Nic was born in Zimbabwe and was exposed to the great outdoors from an early age.

After completing six years of higher education in a bush orientated boarding school Nic soon followed his heart and dreams and began work as an apprentice hunter guide on a Black Rhino conservancy where he worked closely with the San Diego Zoo in an intensive research project of these animals. Anti-poaching, monitoring, darting, dehorning and translocation were all part of daily life.

Nic is one of the few guides who hold guides licenses in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and has nearly 15 years of experience in the tourism industry. He has owned his own successful luxury tented safari companies in both Zimbabwe and Botswana, managed lodges such as Camp Amalinda in Zimbabwe and Chichele Presidential Lodge in Zambia, conducted high profile survivor walking trails where all provisions were carried on your back, with no back up, sleeping under the stars in big game country and he has helped develop and promote safaris in community areas in order for local communities to benefit.

Today Nic and his wife Tracey live in Bulawayo Zimbabwe where they are part owners of African Bush Camps. Nic continues to specialize in private guided safaris through their own unique camps in Zimbabwe, Botswana and other parts of Africa.

Featured Guides

We believe your guide is the key component to having a successful safari. Though many of the camps we support employ excellent guides, below are a few of our favorites. If interested in adding one of these guides to your safari, please ask your consultant for more details.

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  • Hey Simon,

    So sorry it's been so long to get in touch.

    We're still beaming from the trip! We can't say thank you enough for the incredible tour you organized. It was 5 star from the moment we opened the conversation with you. You and your team took so much care to get the details right and it was felt every exhilarating bump of the 4X4 track through the desert! The accommodations...
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    Ryan Flynn
    6/05/2019

    I have recently returned from a safari adventure put together by Simon Gluckman and Intrepid Expeditions and could not recommend him or his company more highly. The arrangements, accommodations and even the animals totally exceeded my expectations. Simon took the time to learn about our interests, desires and budget and put together an itinerary that not only delivered but was almost flawlessly executed. When one minor... read more

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    Neil G
    5/21/2019

    We were in expert hands with Andre at Intrepid Expeditions in planning a Nairobi Explorer and Masai Mara Safari and customizing it to fit seamlessly with our group’s other commitments in Nairobi. Andre was knowledgeable of the experience he was designing and extremely attentive to detail. He inspired confidence in the care and diligence he demonstrated with each conversation and exchange. Transports, hotel, lunch destinations and excursions... read more

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    Katherine McG
    11/19/2018

    This was absolutely the most complete and well run excursion ever. Saw everything (except Rino), tour guides were excellent and expert and most accommodating. Camp was great, food the best and great staff!

    Wonderful four, full days. Highly recommend!

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    Frederic Clifford
    10/04/2018
  • We've just returned from two glorious weeks in Uganda and Rwanda. Simon Gluckman made our trip planning process fun and easy. We were looking forward to Gorilla trekking, and in "exploring" the region. Simon has significant expertise in Africa, and after carefully listening to our ideas, he came up with many wonderful suggestions.

    We experienced a Chimp Habituation Trek in the Kibale Forest National Park, game viewing by boat...
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    Jaye P
    8/17/2018

    I can’t begin to decide what made my 50th birthday trip, organized by Intrepid Expeditions, our best trip ever. Could it be the personal service? From the very beginning, Simon made sure he knew what we wanted and our expectations. He narrowed down each area we wanted to visit with three suggestions of lodging and let me research and pick. All spot on suggestions and we could not have been... read more

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    Mari Campbell
    7/18/2018

    Best. Vacation. Ever!

    My family started planning a trip to Africa with Simon (Gluckman) and Jack (Kenner) last summer. Simon helped us tailor our trip such that we found the perfect balance between safety for my pre-teen kids while truly experiencing Africa’s incredible tapestry of nature and culture. There were numerous times along the way that I called Simon and questioned...
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    Adam Shirley
    6/21/2018

    I have been to three countries in Africa, and each one has been a thoroughly remarkable, life-changing experience. Simon, the owner of Intrepid Expeditions, is the quintessential travel agent for planning your trip to Africa. He generously gave his time listening to exactly what we were looking for on a safari, and each time was truly a “grand-slam” and perfection in every single way. We feel very fortunate to have... read more

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    Thomas Phelps
    6/21/2018

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