Dr. Kristofer M. Helgen

Dominyk Lever is one of my favorite safari guides in Africa. Originally from Australia, Dom lives in Tanzania and has worked extensively in East Africa, Zambia, and Ethiopia. I am proud to call him a friend, and I have learned many things from him in our travels together. To every safari Dom brings a passion for nature and the bush, extensive experience as a world traveler, training in environmental science, and, especially, remarkable skills as a professional photographer. His warmth, wisdom, and humor resonate deeply with all of his clients. A safari with Dom is the experience of a lifetime.

Dr. Kristofer M. HelgenCurator of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C.
Ken (2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013)

The point of taking a safari, really, is to have fun.  I have now traveled with Dom on several occasions to Tanzania and Ethiopia and each safari still brims with happy memories.  Aside from being an expert naturalist and an astonishing photographer, Dom has firmly established himself as one of the “go-to” guides for off-the-beaten-path trips.  His knowledge of Ethiopia, for example, is unmatched.

On my recent expedition to Ethiopia with Dom, he introduced me to the wildest, most fascinating destinations in the most efficient, seamless way — a remarkable achievement, given the nascent state of the tourism industry in Ethiopia.  Without Dom’s “insider” knowledge, this would not have been possible.

Ken (2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013)Connecticut, USA
Gail (April 2015)

We just returned from an amazing safari in Tanzania and I would like to recommend Dominyk Lever without reservation.  You will be able to work directly with him to design a tour to meet your specific needs and wishes including dates, budget and the kinds of things you want to see. We were so impressed with his expertise and professionalism about every aspect of the trip.

His knowledge of the ecosystem of the Serengeti, the animal species, their habitat and behavior and his ability to spot animals and pick them out of the vast expanse of plains and forest, was extraordinary.  We were able to make some sightings specifically because of Dom’s knowledge of animal behavior.  He is also a professional photographer and when possible positioned the safari vehicle to get a good vantage point for observation and picture taking.

He is attentive to every detail of the trip while on safari and it is obvious that he puts a lot of personal effort and care into making each safari special for his clients.  He is also an extremely enjoyable traveling companion.  Another very important fact is that he employs a separate driver, so his focus is on your trip and the sightings. We learned that most other safari groups had one driver/guide.  Our amazing sights were not luck; they were due to the expertise of Dom and he was as excited as we were to watch and learn from these gorgeous animals.

Gail (April 2015)Michigan, USA
Rob (March 2015)

If you’re looking for a Tanzanian adventure, you should absolutely check-out Zoom Photo Safaris and Dominyk Lever. Dom created and delivered a life time of memories over a wonderful 10 day safari. The Zoom Photo Safaris Toyota Landcruiser was a perfect platform for our adventure, comfortably fitting our touring foursome plus Dom, ably assisted by his assistant guide & driver Rajabu. Dom served as guide, photography master instructor and encyclopedic observer of the flora, fauna and landscape. Rajabu provided us the luxury of having Dom spot game and discuss with us what was going on instead of worrying about driving the vehicle.

Our rewards included a leisurely hour watching a pride of 11 lions with no one else around, tawny eagles confronting a jackal as it tried to move in on their killed hare, and night drives where we encountered a mother and baby porcupine, civets, genets, a serval, and a lion drinking from a stream. We also had numerous occasions to watch adult and baby elephants cooling off in a water hole, and Dom readily identified almost all of the myriad of birds we had the pleasure of observing

We stayed at a repurposed coffee estate, a luxurious tent camp and two more rustic camps, each with excellent service. In summary, we were treated to an up close view of the countryside, its inhabitants, and the wonderful plants, birds and animals. For us, it was a trip not to be missed and we couldn’t recommend Zoom Photo Safaris and Dominyk’s services more highly!

Rob (March 2015)Princeton, USA
Jared (February 2014)

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have Dom as a guide, photographer, and trip planner for our Tanzanian safari. After much research, we were fortunate to be connected to Dom through a mutual friend. From the moment we began working with him, we knew that we were in good hands. He meticulously planned each part of the trip and customized the experience to meet our interests—creating a truly bespoke safari.

Upon arriving in Tanzania, it was clear that Dom had put many hours of hard work into setting up our safari. From day one, the entire trip was executed flawlessly. Furthermore, Dom not only knows the best locations to view the scenery and wildlife (many spots off the beaten track), he also brings his extensive knowledge, sense of humor, and infectious enthusiasm for his work (both photography & wildlife)—all of which combined to make this a trip of a lifetime. To make the experience even better, Dom created a video of our trip and shared many of his amazing photos within a few weeks of the trips conclusion.

After our incredible experience in Tanzania, we hope to travel again with Dom to India in the very near future.

Jared (February 2014)Washington DC, USA

Jennie (2011, July/August 2012)

My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania 5 years ago with another couple on a tented Safari.  It was the most incredible trip and we absolutely fell in love with the African culture, landscape and people.  We knew at that time that we would be back and we would bring our four children ages 12 to 17 years.  We were blessed the first time to have Dom as our guide.  His knowledge and expertise was evident and truly made our Safari a dream come true.

Because of his outstanding service and experience we chose to schedule a Safari for our family of 6 that following summer.  Dom’s attention to detail and his desire to customize our Safari to fit our specific needs allowed us to have an amazing experience, one that will never be forgotten. Our children loved his outgoing and fun loving personality. We felt safe and knew we were in good hands!

Jennie (2011, July/August 2012)Gig Harbor, USA
Andrew (July 2011 & March 2012)

Our family has enjoyed several trips to Tanzania and Galapagos with Dom. His creativity, attention to detail and flexibility allowed us to customize our trips which helped us realize what will be lifelong memories. Dom also is great with families and children of all ages.

He has a kind heart and is very patient and open to new ideas and a keen sense of wonderment that brought out the best in everyone on our trips. We would highly recommend Dom to anyone looking for incredible family journeys and to turn money into memories.

Andrew (July 2011 & March 2012)Houston, USA
Cynthia (October 2011)

We arranged a trip to Tanzania with Zoom Photo Safaris in 2011 for a group of eight friends. Dom was recommended by a friend who had used his services earlier in the year for a trip to Tanznaia and could not say enough positive things about it or about him.

From our very first encounter with Dom, he was engaging, professional and informed with a good sense of humor. He went out of his way to help us plan our trip to include activities individualized to each group member and not as a pre-packaged łone size fits all˛ itinerary.

We had two vehicles and two guides including Dom. Dom split his time between the two safari vehicles, and although we preferred his unique perspectives, the other guides were also excellent. Dom Lever is also a gifted photographer and each traveler was treated to a video of the trip with photographs taken by the group and Dom. Dom spliced and diced to make these videos a wonderful memory for all of us to review over and over.

Dom is an extremely knowledgeable guide regarding every aspect of Tanzanian life, history, fauna, flora, etc. Our accommodations and meals throughout Tanzania including the Serengeti were of the highest quality. Without reservation we would recommend his services whether in Africa, India or South America.

Cynthia (October 2011)Seattle, USA
Carolyn (January/February 2010 & September 2011)

My husband and I first met Dominyk as a young man at the Highland Show in Goroka, Papua New Guinea in 2000.  We are both professional photographers and had been seriously travelling and photographing the world countries since 1996.  We had been organizing our own trips until 2000 when my Multiple Sclerosis became so bad I had to travel in a wheel chair. Remembering that Dom’s father had told us he had moved to Tanzania where he was operating his own safari company we contacted him about a trip to East Africa including Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia – a dream travel destination for me and a country that I would not have visited had it not been for Dom’s expertise there.

We travelled to East Africa with Zoom Photo Safaris and Dom in January of 2011 where we first visited Ethiopia and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela – not easy for able-bodied people let alone someone in a wheelchair. With the help of Dom and some local boys it was taken care of and I was able to access all of the main church complexes. Our next part of the Ethiopia sector of our trip was to the remote tribes of the Omo Valley where Dom successfully organized us to photograph and visit five remote tribes.

Travelling though the Serengeti in Tanzania next was logistically easier but many groups we encountered there would come back at night very disappointed at the lack of animals that they saw. With Dom’s experience and knowledge we saw the Big 5 in the first hour!

We have undertaken other trips to Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania with Dom and all of our trips have been excellent  – tuned to my requests and carried out with the utmost care. His experience and knowledge are unsurpassed and we particularly loved his sense of humour. We cannot recommend Dom and Zoom Photo Safaris more – we not only came home with sensational photographs but memories that will live with us forever!

Carolyn (January/February 2010 & September 2011)Melbourne, Australia
Sean (July 2009 & August 2011)

I’ve been on safari with Dominyk in Tanzania with my father in 2009 and he returned again in 2011. I have also recommended him a number of times to family and friends who have used him to put together customised itineraries. He has never failed to impress us all with his attention to detail and his local knowledge, always making sure we get the most out of the time we have, and always making sure each trip feels like a once in a lifetime experience.

There is a world of difference between a package safari, and one that really gets you away from the crowds to experience wildlife in it’s true natural habitat, and Dominyk goes the extra mile to make sure you always experience the “real” thing. He is also a gifted photographer, and went out of his way to teach us all a great deal, while ensuring we had special memories of our trip, which was a huge bonus. I highly recommend using him for a trip that you’ll never forget.

Sean (July 2009 & August 2011)Sydney, Australia