Nic Polenakis2018-05-17T11:39:54+00:00

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.

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  • 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... read more

    Jaye P Avatar 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

    Mari Campbell Avatar 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... read more

    Adam Shirley Avatar 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

    Thomas Phelps Avatar Thomas Phelps
    6/21/2018
  • Our first trip to Africa in 2012 was flawless start to finish. Simon of Intrepid Expeditions had been referred to me by a friend whose honeymoon he'd arranged, and they were beyond pleased. What sets Simon apart from other travel agencies is his ability to REALLY listen to your personal preferences, and plan the perfect trip completely suited to you. We were totally blown away by the... read more

    Sallie Phelps Avatar Sallie Phelps
    6/21/2018

    "Simon, On behalf of my family, I want to thank you for everything you did for us in planning and organizing our trip to Africa. I can’t even begin to explain to you how perfect our trip was. We knew the trip would be great but the places that you found for us, the arrangements you made, and the companies you used were absolutely amazing. In addition to that, every... read more

    Anonymous Avatar Anonymous
    6/19/2018

    "We just experienced a 22-day totally private and customized African safari of a lifetime, and Intrepid Expeditions made it all possible! Amazing and perfect in every possible way. Their attention to detail, enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience are unparalleled! Perfection!"

    Darlene Bunderson Avatar Darlene Bunderson
    4/03/2018

    "I just wanted to let you know that my safari was fabulous. It was everything I could have wanted and more. The accommodations were superb , the people at all lodges and camps were wonderful, and the game was plentiful. I had to be restrained from jumping out of the vehicle to pet the lion cubs (just kidding) Thanks for arranging all this for me. "

    Cathy T. Avatar Cathy T.
    1/16/2018

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