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Nick Murray

Nick is a 48-year-old Professional Guide from Zimbabwe. He attended high school in Zimbabwe and university in South Africa where he graduated with a Bsc. in Zoology. 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.

His wildlife career began as a learner guide from 1988-1990 at Fothergill Island, 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. He also served as an examiner/observer on the board for the Professional Guides proficiency test.  

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.

Client Feedback

We enjoyed the canoeing and walking with Nick Murray at Vundu, and Alan was treated to a Poo Cake to celebrate at belated birthday. That was good for a laugh for several days. Nick said for me to tell Elena that we had some quality time with “Mudzi” the elephant….a wonderful experience. We received a gift at both Mombo and Jao as a returning customer, a pleasant surprise. Also, it was nice for you to arrange for the guide to be with us at both camps; it was very considerate, but not necessary.Read More 
Linda and Skip Shipman
Both Dave Carson and Nick Murray were very skilled, professional guides. Dave has a joy for his work that is contagious. He was excited about wildlife whether it was a guinea fowl or a lion. We saw many animals - learned about tracking - and hiked many miles with Dave and his tracker, Felix. Dave' camp crew was wonderful - great meals in difficult conditions - they were always very helpful with any problem.

Nick Murray certainly knows the Zambezi River and how to get to older, inexperienced paddlers safely down the river. This was my favorite part of the trip - I loved the closeness of the hippos, crocs and elephants and the time spent on the water. With Nick's coaching and patience, we were able to paddle ourselves the whole way'¦
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Steve & Cheryl Hall


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