The Best in the Business

It is widely recognised that due to the rigour of the certification process, the safari guides in Zimbabwe are amongst the very best in Africa. The four-year training ensures that our guides can safely lead guests closer to wildlife than most others can. The Bushlife Safaris guiding team have received many awards over the years, and we continue to strive to provide the best safari experience possible for our guests.

Between 1995-1998 he worked for various camps in Kariba-Matusadona, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Parks , Chizarira and Gonarezhou as a freelance safari guide. In 2002 he married Desiree, who is also a licensed professional safari guide (and canoe guide) in Zimbabwe; in fact, she was the best candidate on the proficiency exam for professional guides in 1997, being the first woman to ever received the award. Together with Desiree, he has spent a lot of time canoeing Zambezi River since 1997 and Nick earned his Canoe Guides License just one year later. They have been running Bushlife Safaris in Mana Pools for the past two decades.


More recently, Nick and Desiree Murray and their team of expert guides from Bushlife Safaris worked for four years from 2014 to 2018 with BBC Earth production crew and world-renowned presenter, Sir David Attenborough to capture the fascinating journey into the lives of the Painted Wolves of Mana Pools for the Dynasties series.

“Keeping up with the painted wolves was down to the tracking skills of our guides. Nick Murray has spent so long tracking the painted wolves that he knew the exact routes they needed to travel in the wet season to get around” Nick Lyon, Executive Episode Producer.

Mark Friend