Who We Are
Alan Feldstein, Kayaker, Adventurer, Photographer
Chairman & Founder
Combining a love of Africa and everything it has to offer with a taste of adventure has made Alan the ideal person to market safari and adventure experiences throughout Africa and to market Infinite Safari’s custom adventures to clients throughout the world. Alan has been traveling to Africa for over 15 years, making many friends, seeing extraordinary wildlife; and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. On a later safari, he, along with his African based ground partner were some 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 cheetahs, whales and orcas, chimps and gorillas.
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 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.
Steve Chumbley, BSc Hons Zoology, Dip. Ed.
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.
Teena Chumbley, BSc Biology, Dip Ed Science
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.
Diane Haithman Writer, Author, Journalist
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://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/16/travel/tr-chimps16.) 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.
Social Media Guru
Handling all Social Media for Infinite Safari Adventures, Denéa began digging into social media in order to market her grassroots food and wine publication in Australia. Social media makes sense to Denéa and her notoriety for her social media ingenuity has helped clients in such diverse areas as restaurants, celebrities, tourism bodies and customer-facing enterprises. Her innovative approach to socializing a brand builds a strong and dedicated audience, people who are passionate about not only a company’s products, but its core ethics and values. When she isn’t creating digital networks, Denéa is a scuba diver, world traveler, explorer, and loves adventure. Passionate about conservation, education and giving back, Denéa is an active volunteer and works with several non-profit organizations including those that Infinite Safari Adventures supports.
Greg Dyro is an artist and photo educator who has worked extensively in the entertainment industry where images are key. Greg was instrumental in the transition from chemical to digital photography at Warner Bros. Studios and helped shape the digital future of Hollywood. He has been a photographer for over 40 years. He teaches Digital Filmmaking on board Crystal Cruises ships around the world. His strong traditional art background allows him to explore light, color and texture in the new world of digital capture. His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows in the United States and is included in the Warner Bros. image archive as well as private individual collections around the world. He lectures and teaches frequently about photographic art and the influences of mobile photography. He lives with his wife in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains near Los Angeles. Now in cooperation with Infinite Safari Adventures, Greg is offering custom travel/photography experiences in Africa catering to safari participants who want to learn and improve their photography skills and this amazing part of the world.