In 2008 Nic made a life-changing leap, leaving his home and career in the UK behind for the great wide-open spaces of Southern Africa.
Having qualified as an FGASA Guide, Nic’s guiding career began in the arid Little Karoo biome, before developing his bush skills tracking in the Kalahari and on specialist bird tours of the Afro-Montane and coastal forests of South Africa.
In 2010, Nic moved to the Greater Kruger National Park as an advanced trails guide, walking back-up to some of The Kruger’s most experienced guides, logging his hours and approaches with big game at close quarters and qualifying him as a lead rifle. No mean feat considering his very first trip to Africa had begun just two years before.
In 2012, looking for new adventures, Nic, accompanied by his partner Jana, arrived in Tanzania, where they ran the historic Sand Rivers Selous – walking, boating and fly-camping on the mighty Rufiji River. In 2013, Nic and Jana became custodians of the outstanding ‘Lamai Serengeti ‘ – their passion put the lodge on the map as the highest ranked accommodation in Africa’s most famous and iconic National Park.
Nic has explored the remotest corners of Tanzania and has led expeditions in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique & South Africa. His great love for the finer details provides a deeper insight into the remarkable places he explores with his guests. With a keen awareness of animal behaviour, track and sign he can captivate with interpretation while setting astonishing photographic opportunities. Now, led by his passion for wildlife and adventure, Nic has returned to the bush to the share his expert knowledge and create unique and personal experiences in Africa’s wildest places.
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After traveling the world for 3 years, Jana’s first visit to Africa was in 2009, when she arrived in the Cape, on assignment for a photographic production. Her desire to explore and an unwillingness to return to a European winter found her living in The Greater Kruger National Park were she worked as a lodge manager and later as a guide.
In 2012, Jana – accompanied by her partner Nic – arrived in Tanzania, where they ran a beach lodge for a year …only to find themselves pulled back into the Bush by the historic Sand Rivers Selous Camp – were they led walking, boating and fly camping safaris on the mighty Rufiji River. In 2013, Jana and Nic became custodians of the outstanding ‘Lamai Serengeti ‘ – their passion put the lodge on the map as the highest ranked accommodation in Africa’s most famous and iconic National Park.
Jana is a qualified Fgasa Trails Guide. She is an extremely creative person with an eye for detail and a great love for photography. Combining her ardour for nature with an artistic flare, she can completely change your viewpoint on a photographic encounter.
Having entertained families in some of the remotest parts of East Africa, Jana has a well-refined ability to deliver safari experiences to children and adults alike. With a great sense of fun and adventure she’s never short of ideas when it comes to games and activities. She is highly focused on sustainable travel and has visited varied cooperatives, craft makers and community development projects on her journey.
Jana has explored the remotest corners of Tanzania and has led expeditions in Uganda, Kenya & South Africa.When she’s not out bushwhacking she fills her time cycling around Europe, nosing through galleries and museums, creating in the kitchen and writing about herself in the third person.