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We Create Custom Safaris Just for You
Fleming Safari Company, LLC will start by learning about what you want to experience. Is it the land, the people and culture, mammals or birds, or all of the above? Is this your first experience or do you want something very different from your last trip?
We offer small group escorted safaris to the Serengeti plains and National Parks of Northern Tanzania in East Africa, the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert of Botswana, Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and the Pico Bonito National Park of Honduras. Each of these is a unique area offering surprising experiences and a variety of options for the new or experienced safari traveler.
The Serengeti is home to some 4 million animals, including the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, many differing ecosystems, indigenous Maasai people and Hadzabe bushmen and some of the most interesting sights on earth. Each safari is custom designed to meet your needs and interests. The itinerary can range from observing the Big 5 (Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino), to the more elusive Cheetah or African Painted Dog, or may focus more on seeing local peoples or "The Cradle of Mankind": The Olduvai Gorge and one the oldest hominid sites of the East African Rift Valley. Safari accommodations range from 3 to 5 star lodges, to permanent tented camps, to mobile tented camps and prices are inclusive of meals and local transportation in specially customized safari vehicles.
The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is Africa's last wetland wilderness. It's a large inland delta in the center of Botswana where massive amounts of water flow into a basin only to, over time, evaporate. The area supports both permanent and migratory animals including 160 different mammals, 155 reptile species, unique subspecies of bush elephant, bush giraffe, numerous packs of African Painted Dog, the largest remaining migratory herds of elephant (80,000 at last count) and nearly 60,000 Lechwe, a type of antelope. Accommodations are private mobile tented camps, classic walk-in safari tents with beds and mattresses and linens. The camps are strategically located, so that we will be as close as possible to the wildlife and our game viewing.
The Chobe River, Botswana, The Chobe River in the Okavango Delta of Botswana is one of the richest wildlife and photographic environments in Africa. We will be photographing from a specially designed boat that allows us to get at eye level of all the wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior.
The Kalahari Desert is a spectacular place to visit. It is not a true desert like the Sahara, but rather a semi-arid place full of vegetation, plants, birds, animals and unique vistas. Sunrise and Sunset are extraordinary. Meerkat colonies, including those habituated to the presence of photographers, are a highlight of any trip. We will take a walking tour with the meerkats as they hunt. Another favorite is spending time with the San People, hunter-gatherers who speak a click language and have made their home here for the last 20,000 years. A walking tour through the desert with the San reveals the unbelievable diversity of the environment and the richness of human adaptation to the land in which they live. Safari accommodations are available in luxury lodges and and tented camps.
Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, along with the contiguous Sapi and Chewore World Heritage site, is one of the premier photographic destination in all of the southern part of Africa. Located along the banks of the Zambezi River, this forested woodland and savanna is protected and home to over 450 species of birds and huge herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, various antelope species, hippopotamus, and predators including lion, hyena and crocodile. It is also home to the highly endangered African Wild Dog. Walking safaris are a specialty with safety at the forefront. Mobile tented camps provide excellent accommodation and a true adventure for the willing.
Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa, Zimanga Game Reserve is one of the premier reserves in South Africa. It's location is three hours north of Durban, South Africa and an easy flight from Johannesburg. Everything about this reserve is done with no expense spared and with the ultimate conservation efforts for all animals on the reserve as well as South Africa. Built with the wildlife photographer in mind, there are several hides from which to observe and photograph the wildlife in it's natural state, many have air-conditioning. If you are one that has been hesitant to travel to Africa due to the extreme weather or difficult travel and lodging, then this is the trip for you.
Barbara, owner and operator of Fleming Safaris, and her local outfitters design your trip to provide a truly individualized travel plan with every interest taken into consideration. Additionally, Barbara works hard to get the best prices for your budget without any compromise to safety, comfort or game viewing.
Activities and Focus
What are your dreams? We will help select those that will make your trip a fit just for you. Some ideas to consider:
Animals - viewing and understanding their behavior.
Birding - be close and personal to some of the most colorful and dynamic bird species in the world.
Migration - the breathtaking Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra moving with the rains and the predators the stalk them.
Single Animal Species - follow on the hunt with the highly endangered African Wild Dog in the company of expert trackers and guides.
Barbara specializes in photographic tours. Whether you are a novice or an expert, she has something to offer each of you. She's logged thousands of hours in the field, learning animal and bird behavior which is key to anticipating the best shots. Getting to the right place at the right time to optimize your experience is critical. When the travel is by vehicle, she plans one person per row ensuring optimal viewing and shooting. If the tour is on foot, she will help you prepare for the journey and the approach to excellent viewing, background selection and action.
A handbook customized for your safari comes as part of your experience, providing you with every piece of information you will need to prepare for your journey, suggested reading lists and other useful information.
A safari oriented around the special needs of children is wonderful. We can organize an entire safari for all ages and needs. We try our best to pick lodging that is close to the game and has a swimming pool for a warm afternoon.
Some of the special requests for children have been:
Getting a similar-aged Maasai penpal before departure, then meeting them when you visit the village
Going out with the young Maasai children to herd the goats, sheep and cattle
Visit the local schools in one of the villages along the way
Get the latest information on your favorite species and learn what it's like to study them in the field. Set up a meeting with one of the many wildlife researchers in the field, elephant, lion cheetah, whatever your interests may be.