Growing up in Zambia, Dave developed a passion for the wilderness, learning how to survive in harsh environments, tracking animals and accompanying anti-poaching patrols to combat elephant and rhino poaching in the wild Luangwa Valley. He spent his early guiding days in Zimbabwe's Matusadona National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana where he managed various safari camps and also captained a houseboat dedicated to wildlife viewing. Dave has traveled extensively in southern and central Africa, including Madagascar and the Seychelles. In Malawi, he managed a lakeside lodge specializing in unique kayaking trips and scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters.
Dave has led privately guided photo safaris throughout southern Africa for many years, assisting both amateur and professional photographers in their quest to capture outstanding wildlife images. Dave's images have been published in Harper’s magazine (UK) and Wilderness Safaris brochures and have been used by the Botswana Tourism Board in their marketing. Dave has worked alongside and consulted with fellow photographers Art Wolfe, Bobby Haas, Michael Poliza, Dana Allen and Chris Johns. He was a finalist in the Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year competition.
As a Natural Habitat "Hall of Fame" Expedition Leader, Dave has led adventures to varied nature destinations worldwide, including Wapusk National Park on Hudson Bay in the Canadian subarctic to search for polar bears, to Uganda to track gorillas and chimpanzees, and to Tanzania during the great wildebeest/zebra migration. In addition to being one of Africa's most respected safari guides, Dave has also has been involved with the "Children in the Wilderness” program – a grassroots environmental education project founded by Paul Newman. When he's not out guiding safaris, Dave's passions include photography, mountain hiking and biking, scuba diving in the Indian Ocean, and fly-fishing.