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Nick Buys

Namibia is an easy country to explore and most tours will visit the same attractions to which we aim to show you a different side. We slow down the pace, take you off the beaten track to our favourite spots and aim to make the safari more personal. This is your safari and your adventure. I am very fortunate to call Namibia home and look forward to welcoming you to this place of stunning beauty, amazing contrasts, fascinating friendly people and incredible wildlife.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Planning unique off the beaten track safaris. Conservation tourism via our conservation and vet safaris. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Nature Travel Namibia’s story started with my love for Namibia, wildlife, nature and conservation. Exploring the most scenic country in Africa and sharing this with people visiting for the first time is the reason I started Nature Travel Namibia. With my veterinary background, I am fortunate to be involved in wildlife conservation working as a Wildlife Conservation Vet. Based on this I have tried to include a conservation aspect into all our safaris and I have created a few conservation safaris where you can get a behind the scenes look at wildlife conservation and the idea is that by doing the safari you make an active contribution to conservation in Namibia. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On a recent Nature Travel Namibia safari in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana we came across a beautiful male leopard walking along the floodplain next to the Kwai River. After following him for about 45 minutes going about his business of marking his territory he made his way down to the river for a drink. While enjoying this great sighting being the only vehicle there suddenly there's alarm calls everywhere as 7 African Wild Dogs are chasing a female impala along the river straight towards the leopard. The leopard crouches down and jumps up after the impala as she tries to leap over the cat. The leopard manages to get hold of the impala and drags her down just to see the dogs almost on top of him. He lets go of the impala, which jumps into the river to escape, and runs up a nearby small tree with 3 dogs sitting below the tree and the rest waiting for the impala to come out of the water. After a few minutes of this stalemate all the dogs are back at the river and the leopard tries to make a silent escape only for a small branch to break and falls down with a lot of noise and dust everywhere. He just manages to make it too a bigger tree with a couple of dogs after him chasing a roosting Giant Eagle Owl out as he makes his way up. A lot of spitting and hissing but he is safe for now. Meanwhile a hippo tries to persuade the impala to get out of the water but off course she is not going anywhere. Eventually the hippo disappears only for two big crocodiles to move in to see what is causing the commotion. Then with amazing speed the crocodile goes for the impala almost snapping her in half. With one quick ripple she is never seen again. Eventually the wild dogs and leopard moves off as we make our way to camp and try and digest and make sense of what we just witnessed. A once in a lifetime sighting!"

Nick is part of the following groups: Zimbabwe Travel Agents, Botswana Travel Agents, Namibia Travel Agents
Namibia Photography Tour: Windhoek, Sossusvlei Dunes, Etosha Game Reserve
Namibia Photography Tour: Windhoek, Sossusvlei Dunes, Etosha Game Reserve - 10 Days

"Chasing the light", a photographer's true calling, has never been this invigorating as you explore mesmerizing dunes, rivers, coastlines, and rocky plateaus across the sandy lands of Namibia. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, start with an urban exploration of Namibia's capital, Windhoek, before capturing sunrises and sunsets in front of quiver trees and deep in canyons. Explore eerie ghost towns, enjoy several safaris, photograph rhinos, and discover your inner child as you roll down the tallest dunes in Sossusvlei.