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Oliver Nicklin

Oliver Nicklin

Born and bred in Kenya, Oliver spent much of his childhood on the east African coast and exploring the bush. With a surfer for a father and a safari guide for an uncle, Oliver developed a passion for water sports and a parallel love of the African wilderness. 

An unconventional student with a love of physical and mental challenges, on leaving school Oliver set up a kite-surfing business in Watamu. For three years Oliver ran the business successfully, teaching kite-surfing, organising tailor-made trips for clients and guiding kite-surfing safaris along the coastline. During this period, he travelled extensively around East Africa- climbing Mount Kenya, fishing on remote lakes and camping in diverse landscapes. He also broadened his experience with trips to South East Asia,South Africa and Europe - surfing in Indonesia and Vietnam and travelling by train around Europe. 

Oliver decided that it was time for a change and a challenge, and shifted his career from the beach to the bush. He studied business in South Africa and completed an EcoTraining course in Borana, Kenya. Since then, he has worked on a multitude of safaris as a professional guide through Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.   

Oliver also managed the Sabyinyo SilverBack Lodge in Rwanda where he immersed himself in the inspiring Rwandan history and gained in depth knowledge of the incredible mountain gorillas. Invigorated and inspired, he is passionate about conserving Kenya’s wildlife and habitats on land and in the ocean. 

Oliver is a professional, informative and entertaining guide with an infectious love of wilderness and exploration.

Oliver Nicklin

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