Chairman & Founder
Combining a love of Africa and everything it has to offer with a taste of adventure makes Alan the ideal person to market safari and adventure experiences in Tanzania and to market Infinite Safari’s custom adventures to clients in the United States.
Alan has been traveling to Africa for more than a decade making many friends, seeing extraordinary wildlife; and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. On a later safari, he, along with Steve Chumbley was one of the first people ever to kayak off the coast of Tanzania.
Kayaking and a passion for adventure has taken him all over the world where he has among other things, climbed, hiked, scuba dived, explored voodoo culture, and has had personal encounters with whales and orcas and chimps.
Alan is a certified kayak instructor, scuba diver, guide and avid wildlife photographer whose work has appeared in Wavelength Magazine, Los Angeles Times, AOL’s online Patch newspapers and Paddling.net. He is also a member of the Adventurer’s Club of Los Angeles and is the Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the Explorer’s Club. In addition to his Dog Collar giving back program, Alan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Lead Guide & Ground Operations Genius
Steve is a Zoology Graduate who was born in England but lived in Malawi as a young boy, which is where his interest in wildlife and exploring really started.
He worked in education for many years – helping to set up new schools in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Nigeria. He has been working in the Tanzanian safari business since 1992 while moving closer to his goal of setting up his own safari business and eventually started his own safari operations to meet the needs of clients in the way he knew was the best.
In this time he has jointly managed with Teena a 40-room lodge in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, a 10-tent permanent luxury camp in Tarangire National Park (Tanzania) and a permanent luxury camp in Tanzania’s remote Mahale Mountains.
As well as this he has guided safari groups through Northern Tanzania and built several Luxury Mobile Camps for other companies. This involved managing, designing, budgeting, purchasing, making equipment and putting in place the operating systems. Steve was also the water and boat coordinator for the recent History Channel production of “Expedition Africa” which recreated the journey of Stanley and Livingston.
Steve is fluent in Kiswahili.
Logistics Coordinator & Expert Problem Solver
Raised on a wheat and sheep property in remote Western Australia, Teena worked on the family farm before pursuing a successful career in education.
After jobs in the Middle East and West Africa, she finally gave up a position as Vice Principal in Nigeria to follow a shared dream with Steve of establishing and operating a business in tourism in Tanzania. She has jointly managed properties with Steve in Kenya and Tanzania.
Raising a son in Africa and being involved in various opportunities such as Chimpanzee Conservation, a BBC production filmed in Tanzania and exploration of new safari routes ensures an vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.
Vice President of Marketing
Diane is a former staff writer of the Los Angeles Times, where she specialized in arts, entertainment and travel writing. (Check out Diane’s story (with Alan’s photos) about tracking wild chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains: http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-chimps16jul16.) Diane, in addition to assiting with marketing duties is a current contributor to Nikki Finke’s infamous Deadline Hollywood website.
Diane is also the co-author and/or contributor to two books – “The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide to a Meaningful Life” (Penguin Plume 2007) and the recently-released literary anthology “A Voice From the Planet” (Harvard Square Editions), which includes short fiction from writers from all over the world, including Africa. All proceeds from the sale of the anthology go to Doctors Without Borders.
Jansen Photo Expeditions is a collaboration of two spirited and adventurous photographers, Mark and Holly Jansen. With a successful photographic career of bringing natural landscapes into peoples lives through many successful photographic installations and art exhibits, Mark has teamed with Holly over the last 17 years with Sierra Crest Photography and Mark Jansen Fine Art Photography.
Mark and Holly share components of their instinctual ability to find photographic solutions in any natural environment with the tools nature provides. They have associated with many well known outdoor groups and outings throughout the years. This has helped give them a unique perspective for the details of the natural environment. They have now affiliated with Infinite Safari Adventures to bring their abilities to Africa and help those photo enthusiasts take their photographic abilities to the next level.