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

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  • Simon and team at Intrepid Expeditions made our safari adventure to Tanzania incredible, elegant, easy and unforgettable! We recommend them highly and will eagerly use their services again.

    We were a family of five (three teenage kids) travelling to Tanzania in August 2021, during COVID. Despite all challenges associated with COVID, testing, constantly changing rules and regulations, and all the myriad of logistics...Simon and team came through!

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    Gary Weinhouse
    8/27/2021

    My wife and I used Intrepid Expeditions for our honeymoon and we can't say enough good things about Simon and the team! What immediately struck us was how knowledgeable and helpful they were. This was our first time going to Africa, and they helped us put together the right safari that worked with our budget. Even when COVID hit, the team gave us constant updates for our trip, and allowed... read more

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    Craig Strauss
    7/26/2021

    Simon at Intrepid Expeditions was absolutely a gem to work with - he took care of all the arrangements and every schedule change that came along. Clear communication before, during and even after the trip. The trip was everything I hoped for because Simon took the time to find out who I was and what I wanted. I can't speak more highly of his efforts and the trip... read more

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    Lisa Henne
    7/20/2021

    We had the most incredible time! South Africa was such a great choice. We fell in love with the country and can’t wait to return.

    The safari experience at Sabi Sands was definitely a highlight. It was so surreal to be so close to these animals in the wild. We also didn’t realize we would be offroading to find the animals. We learned that Sabi sands allows that and...
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    Alexa Abril
    4/06/2020
  • I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    Joyce Garber
    2/26/2020

    I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    A Google User
    2/26/2020

    Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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    Gavin Anstey
    2/04/2020

    Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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