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Nick Murray

Nick is a Professional Guide from Zimbabwe. He attended high school in Zimbabwe and university in South Africa where he graduated with a Bsc. in Zoology. He is now working towards his PhD studying wild-dog in Mana Pools. 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. Nick serves as an examiner/observer on the board for the Professional Guides proficiency test.

His wildlife career began as a learner guide from 1988-1990 at Fothergill Island in Matusadona, 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.

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.

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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
We felt very privileged to have Dave Carson as our guide throughout Hwange National Park. We were impressed with his expertise on all the animal species as well as his amazing tracking abilities. He has a deep passion to find the animals for himself as much as for the group. We were amazed at how many elephants we saw each day as well as so many other species, including watching a heard of over 1,000 Cape buffalo pass by us as we sat quietly on a fallen tree limb. From Hwange National Park, we flew to Mana Pools, where we were met by Nick Murray. Dave had already told us to call him 'Indiana Jones'. Now we know why. As one of his staff mentioned, she calls Nick the 'Elephant Whisperer'. Never had any of us been so close to elephants, as Nick coaxed them to us. He even has them named and these elephants definitely know his voice from years of being with him. Our safari included a 2 day canoe trip down the Zambezi River. Nick was careful to zig-zag us past countless pods of giant hippos. It was quite a rush when one 'breached' right in front of the canoe. As we left, my husband looked over to Nick and said, 'You are a hero in my book'.Read More 
Barbara Brundage

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