Founder & Safari Designer
With one foot in Africa and the other firmly planted in the Pacific Northwest, Nick has been traveling and living internationally since he was very young and now lives in Kirkland, Washington. Nick has a deep passion for wildlife, adventure and incredible wilderness experiences.
Nick grew up camping which helped spark a love of nature and the outdoors. He lived in Paris, France for 3 years and traveled extensively in Europe.
Nick’s family became part owners of a game reserve in South Africa while Nick was a teenager, which allowed him to spend lots of time in the African bush. Nick then lived in Tanzania while completing his BA in Environmental & African studies and spent several months camping and doing homestays with families near Arusha and Lake Natron. He traveled extensively throughout the wildlife reserves and game parks of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Nick then moved to South Africa and passed his Field Guides Association of Southern Africa exams in 2006 and worked for a short time as a game ranger at a lodge near Hoedspruit under the guidance of a former game warden of Sabi Sand Game Reserve but eventually returned back to Seattle to be closer to family.
For the past decade, Nick has continued to spend extensive time in Africa each year and has been planning unique trips and safari experiences throughout the region. He has worked as both a custom tour planner as well as a sales & marketing specialist for luxury safari lodges, destination management companies, and private aircraft operators. Your Private Africa was conceived out of Nick’s desire to do even more for his clients by focusing on personalized service and experiences and leveraging his network of partners on the ground in each destination.
What Nick loves most about his job is that he gets to wake up each day and help make people’s dreams come true by designing exciting, personalized travel adventures for each client. Nick brings a practical sense and deep knowledge base of the game reserves, camps, lodges, guide and local specialists to build his clients unrivaled travel experiences.