Nick always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they would pretend they were by watching wildlife documentaries and making animal tracks in the garden at home.
After high school, Nick spent a year teaching sport in England and then returned to South Africa to study Engineering at Stellenbosch University. It was in the mountains of Stellenbosch where Nick further cultivated his passion for nature and after graduating he returned to the place where this passion all began; the Lowveld and Londolozi