Walk Botswana Safaris is owned and operated by Gareth and Robyn Flemix, a husband and wife team living and working in Botswana. Together with their incredible compliment of staff, Gareth and Robyn are your first point of contact; tailor making your safari journey all the way through to guiding and hosting you on your actual safari.
Gareth has been in the bush since he was a small boy being drawn to the wildlife and exploration of their habitat like a honey guide to a bee hive. With South Africa providing his initial stomping grounds, Gareth spent all of his school holidays with friend Craig Kelly-Maartens, whose father Basie Marteens, a professional hunter taught Gareth the knowledge of the trade. After leaving school, Gareth spent years as an apprentice under Basie finally ‘graduating’ to a fully qualified professional hunter in 1998. From there Gareth moved into the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, an area known for its luxurious accommodation and service, quality guiding and almost unbelievable game viewing opportunities. Here Gareth worked at a few of the top of the top luxury lodges learning the essential aspect of the ‘small details’, contributing in great proportions to the guest’s safari experience. Gareth made his move into Botswana in 2002, living and working in the Linyanti region under Kwando Safaris where he acted as camp and concession manager. In 2005, Gareth was able to open his own company and began freelance guiding and hunting all over Botswana. These safaris took him from the remote stretches of Xai Xai to the bustling river front of the Chobe River and the deepest parts of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. While Gareth may know Botswana’s wild places like the palm of his hand, he too has had the opportunity of guiding and operating safaris in 9 other African countries. Dabbling in videography for a few years, Gareth has a keen eye for wildlife photography providing much of the wildlife photos on this website and in Walk Botswana Safaris marketing content. Qualified as a specialist guide and walking connoisseur, Gareth has on foot experience with all the Big 5 but is expert in noticing the small and intimate complexities of the ecosystems in which he guides. Passionate about conservation and all things wildlife, Gareth is an honorary wildlife officer under the Department of Wildlife and National Parks here in Botswana – most certainly a prestigious standing within the wildlife community. With 24 years of safari-based experience in the wilds of Africa, he is known for his high level of guiding, ability to keep his guests entertained and operating in areas most people wouldn’t dream of venturing. Gareth leads almost all of Walk Botswana safaris trips, assists in compiling tailor-made itineraries for guests, maintains all safari equipment and vehicles and is certainly the back bone of the entire operation.
Robyn, a conservation ecologist by trade, joined the family business in 2017 as reservationist, marketing doer and operations guru. Robyn was lucky enough to move to Botswana in 2011, living and working in the Okavango Delta and Chobe region conducting research and wildlife monitoring till 2017 after which she became permanently based in Maun with the arrival of her and Gareth’s first-born daughter, Rayne. While Botswana is now home, Robyn is able to call a number of other places in Africa home, including Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Born in South Africa, to a Zimbabwean orientated family, she grew up in the wild spaces of Namibia and Kenya, returning to South Africa for university while promptly moving on to Botswana following her studies.
While operating a safari business was never on the agenda for Robyn until she met Gareth, safaris, exploration and all things adventure do indeed run in her blood. Descendent of the famous explorer, Henry Hartley, Robyn’s family line established themselves in Southern Africa in the early 1800’s. Henry Hartley was in fact the first white man to view the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in 1849 years before David Livingstone saw, named and announced the falls under the name of his Queen, Victoria in 1855. Henry Hartley and his descendants continued to explore and navigate what was then an unknown continent, recording much of what later geographers and explorers used to circumnavigate Southern Africa.
With safari blood pumping through her body and a passion and knowledge for the wild spaces and wildlife of Africa, Robyn brings to the business a focus on conservation, continually investigating ways and means to operate the business in a more eco-friendly manner, while working in areas where photographic tourism directly benefits conservation.
‘I have always been grateful that I was born into a world and shall die in one where the lion, however diminished in number, is still roaring.’ – Author Unknown
Needless to say, with a thirst for adventure and exploration of the remote areas of Africa, Gareth and Robyn together with the knowledge of the continent are confident in their ability to provide their guests with once in a life time safari experiences.
WHY CHOOSE US?
- Private tailor-made journeys
- Authentic and ethical experience providers
- Adventure enthusiasts with attention to detail
- Small, owner managed business
- Passionate conservation and nature enthusiasts
- Eco-friendly travel opportunity