Nic Polenakis is a premier Southern African guide who spends much of his year exclusively guiding for the Africa Adventure Company on private safaris. Nic was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “10 Great Tour Guides Who Can Transform Your Trip” for 2011.
Nic mostly spends his time between, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia, although guides in Tanzania as well. He and his wife, Tracey are based in Bulawayo and when free you can find Nic guiding at his new venture, Somalisa Camp in Hwange.
Earlier in his career he did an extensive study of black rhino and was also involved in the anti-poaching, tracking, darting and translocation of the rhino. He was appointed coordinator for the "San Diego Zoo" study of black rhino. At the end of these five years he passed his full Professional Guide License.
In 1996 he joined a mobile safari operation as Head Guide and these trips took him through Zimbabwe. He also introduced wilderness trails, backpacking with groups of up to 6, walking through National Parks and sleeping under the stars in big game areas. During the off-season he assisted with camp management and guiding at Camp Amalinda. He later became Head Guide of a Botswana mobile safari operation.
1. ** 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
2. 14 Day Botswana and Zimbabwe Classic Safari (May-Dec) - From $7,195.00
The combination of Hwange in Zimbabwe along with the traditional safari game-viewing in Botswana makes this program a true wildlife experience! Hwange offers great walking, and day and night game drives and the opportunity to see the Big 5! Finish with the amazing game viewing opportunities that Botswana offers in the Linyanti and the Okavango Delta. Nov 2013-Apr 15, 2014 - Please request our Six Countries Special offering unprecedented savings!...view safari
3. 12 Day Running Wild Exclusive Safari to Botswana - From $10,425.00
This has to be the best way to go in Botswana. Running Wild around Botswana lead by an expert Private naturalist guide and your private vehicle!...view safari
4. 12 Day Zimbabwe Legends Safari - From $4,395.00
Exceptional value pricing. This flying safari is an introduction to the parks of Hwange and Mana Pools (open May-November). Activities include game drives in open 4-wheel drive vehicles, game viewing by canoe, morning walks, and magnificent Victoria Falls. The Zimbabwe professional guides in each camp have some of the highest guide qualifications on the continent....view safari
5. 15 Days Hidden Gems of Zimbabwe - From $4,500.00
The uniqueness of this trip arises from the combination of truly magnificent ecological surroundings coupled with the nature of the local communities around Matobo and Hwange. For clarification, a VolunTourism trip implies that there is a tourism element combined with local communities, conservation projects and a traditional safari....view safari