Dana Allen

Dana Allen, originally from California, has lived and worked in southern, central, and east Africa for the past 25 years and currently resides in Zimbabwe. Acquiring his first camera at an early age, Dana studied photography at Arizona State University and was awarded both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts with the highest honors. He has taught photography in universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe, where he was the head of the Photographic and Printing & Graphic Arts Department for five years. Dana has been a safari guide in Africa for many years and has led many Wilderness Travel safaris. His keen knowledge of not only wildlife and environmental issues but also of local cultures and customs make him uniquely suited to the task. Dana's work with gorillas includes several visits to photograph the mountain gorillas of Rwanda as well as a two-week stay in Odzala National Park to document the wildlife and ecosystems of the area, including the magnificent population of western lowland gorillas in the park.

Upcoming Trips:

Namibia Photo Safari, August 23-September 3, 2014

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

Client Testimonials:


Dan was excellent. He has a masterful eye in composing the right conditions for a great shot on a photographic safari.
Steven W., San Diego, CA
Dana is always a pleasure to learn from. I especially enjoyed evening technique lectures. Petra W., Cincinnati, OH
Botswana Photo Safari
Dana knows his stuff and was able to convey that knowledge and experience in a very helpful and friendly way. Luis C., Burnaby, British Columbia
Zambia and Zimbabwe Photo Safari
Dana is a true professional, patient, accommodating, and a delight to travel with. Charlotte B., New Canaan, CT
Primates and Predators
Dana was a fantastic tour leader. He gave us photo tips, held a short workshop, and always made sure we were comfortable. Pamela H., Depew, NY
Primates and Predators
Dana is an outstanding trip leader. His willingness to share his knowledge about wildlife photography was an added value. I'd go with him again anywhere! Hugh K., Anacortes, WA
Primates and Predators