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daniel bailey

Daniel Bailey

Growing up in Zimbabwe instilled in Dan a deep love for nature, conservation and African wildlife. He spent much of his childhood exploring Africa’s truly wild and untouched places.

After finishing his degree at Stellenbosch University, Dan decided to forego tradition and follow his boyhood dream of becoming a ranger / professional field guide. He started his guiding career at some of the foremost game reserves in the Eastern Cape of South Africa before moving to MalaMala Game Reserve in 2015. Here Dan revelled in the opportunity of being at one of Africa’s most iconic reserves and became their specialist photographic ranger.

Photography and cinematography initially started as a hobby that came from the desire to document nature’s most thrilling spectacles and intimate moments. It grew into an insatiable passion.

For the last seven years, Dan has guided some of the world’s best wildlife photographers, as well as their clients, in one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations. A decade spent observing and photographing African wildlife has gifted Dan with a specialised and in-depth knowledge on all aspects of Africa’s wildlife. His ability to predict animal behaviour is a priceless skill when it comes to maximising once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunities out in the field.

Dan placed an image in “Remembering Lions”, a highly acclaimed “Remembering Wildlife” series of charity books. The book is full of images donated by more than 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers, with an aim to raise awareness of the plight facing lions, and to raise funds to protect them.

His lodge based guiding experience at esteemed private game reserves, coupled with his amiable and relaxed manner, enables Dan to instantly connect with, and guide, both new and seasoned safari goers through their personal photographic journey.

Client Testimonials

  • Private ZambiaJenny Brown, South Africa

    My recent private photo safari to the lower Zambezi National Park with ORYX Photo tours, was nothing less than incredible!

    What an amazing destination. Game viewing extends from options to canoe and explore the river via boat, as well as the conventional land cruiser. I even got try my hand at fishing for a tiger fish!

    Photographic opportunities were quite unique with the inlets from the Zambezi creating small oases in the bush for animals to drinks and feed at. The expanse of the river also provides beautiful photographic opportunities of hippos and crocodile not to mention incredible sunsets and early morning light! The winter thorn groves capture light in a way that makes for romantic bush scenes. Wildlife is abundant and pristine.

    All that’s left to say is I am counting the days until I can return.

    ORYX managed all my trip requirements and took the stress of travel out of my trip. I am already rebooked on another tour!

  • Private South AfricaJenny Brown, South Africa

    I recently travelled with ORYX to the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. I called on them at the 11th hour and they seamlessly booked and planned everything. The destination was amazing, boasting incredible sightings. I look forward to many more photo tours exploring and learning in the wild places of Africa!

Upcoming Tours with Daniel

Spaces Available
1 Aug 2023 - 8 Aug 2023
8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Kenya photo safari Spaces Available
6 Sep 2023 - 13 Sep 2023
8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
serengeti photo tour Spaces Available
15 Sep 2023 - 21 Sep 2023
7 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
south africa photo tour24 NEW TOUR
1 Nov 2024 - 6 Nov 2024
6 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader

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