Daniel Bailey, an ORYX Photo Tour Leader, is a passionate explorer and wildlife photographer dedicated to capturing the beauty of African wildlife. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he developed a profound love for nature and the untamed landscapes of Africa. After completing his degree at Stellenbosch University, Dan pursued his dream of becoming a ranger and professional photography guide.
Dan’s career began in South Africa’s Eastern Cape before joining the renowned MalaMala Game Reserve in 2015. As a specialist photographic ranger, he combined his passion for photography and cinematography with his deep connection to the wild.
With a decade of experience photographing African wildlife, Dan has guided guests throughout Africa, specializing in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. His exceptional understanding of animal behavior and ability to position guests for optimal photographic opportunities set him apart. Dan’s extensive safari experience, including at MalaMala Game Reserve, and his international guiding expertise in places like Madagascar (lemurs) and India’s Himalayas (snow leopards) have further honed his skills. Dan’s adventurous spirit continues to lead him to new horizons. He is currently preparing to travel with guests to Svalbard in search of Arctic wildlife and polar bears.
His commitment to conservation is evident through his contribution to the “Remembering Lions” charity book, raising awareness about the challenges faced by these majestic creatures.
With a warm and relaxed demeanor, Dan effortlessly connects with safari-goers, guiding them on their photographic journeys. He provides personalized photographic tuition, offering expert advice on camera settings and post-processing guidance. Dan’s dedication to teaching extends to cinematic video editing as well.
Daniel Bailey’s exceptional talent, extensive knowledge of African wildlife, and commitment to conservation make him an outstanding ORYX Photo Tour Leader. Through his guidance, guests can capture the breathtaking beauty of the natural world, expand their photography and cinematography skills, and have an unforgettable experience.