Evans was born and raised on a large cattle ranch in southeastern Zimbabwe, and it was here that his chosen life in the African bush began. Born into a family that has been in Africa for four generations, Squack's
bush heritage is a long one. His great-grandfather hunted for ivory from Northern Rhodesia to Kenya, though subsequent generations of the family, including his grandfather, Jasper Evans, have pursued conservation-focused safari work, including the pioneering of camel safaris in Kenya. It seems only natural that Squack
would follow in their footsteps. Educated at a remote boarding school in the Zimbabwe bush, his love affair with all things wild continued. After finishing school, Squack
worked in Kenya running camel-assisted walking safaris for his uncle Simon Evans through remote northern parts of the country, then pursued travels in Europe and Australia.
After successfully completing the first of the Zimbabwean professional guide examinations, he took up guiding full time in Hwange National Park. Continuing his licensing exams through 2001 while heeding the call of longer walking safaris, he returned to East Africa to run Sabuk Lodge and conduct camel safaris once more. Based in Laikipia for 2-1/2 years, he guided many safaris in the region as well as trips to the Maasai Mara and elsewhere in Kenya.
Following the political and economic upheaval in Zimbabwe, Squack's
remaining family moved across the border into Zambia, and he took a job in game ranch management near them. After a year, however, East Africa beckoned again, and Squack
came to Tanzania to run Chada Katavi camp in Katavi National Park, one of the wildest and most remote parks left in Africa. Over the next two years, Squack's
and infectious enthusiasm became known throughout the region, helping to put Katavi, and the camp, on the map as a singular destination in western Tanzania. His special love remains walking safaris, where he enthralls guests with his attention to minute, fascinating detail on all aspects of the bush.
Praise from NHA travelers:
"I know people tend to become very attached to their main guides or expedition leaders... I've been around the block on this issue...my wife and I both agree that our expedition leader was as good as you could possibly hope in all phases."