WILDERNESS WALKING SAFARI
Gareth Flemix was born in South Africa and raised in the bush, becoming a wildlife enthusiast at a very young age. In his youth, Gareth learned the hunting trade from his friend’s father, a professional hunter. This experience left a profound impression on him, and upon completing his formal schooling, Gareth became a qualified professional hunter in 1998.
From there, Gareth went on to guide in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (part of the Greater Kruger National Park) in South Africa, an area renowned for its luxurious accommodations and service, quality guiding, and sought-after game viewing. Having gained in-depth experience in the South Africa safari guiding world, Gareth moved to Botswana in 2002, where he worked for Kwando Safaris in the Linyanti region before starting his own company in 2005.
From remote stretches of Xai Xai to the bustling Chobe riverfront and the furthest reaches of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Gareth has an extensive and intimate knowledge of Botswana’s wild places and a keen eye for wildlife photography. His passion for the conservation of Botswana's wild places also earned Gareth an honorary wildlife officer designation under the Department of Wildlife and National Parks—a prestigious recognition within Botswana’s wildlife community.
With nearly 25 years of safari-based experience in the wilds of Africa, Gareth is known for his high-caliber guiding, his ability to keep his guests entertained, and for operating in areas most people wouldn’t dream of venturing. Gareth leads nearly all of Mountain Kora’s Walk Botswana safaris, custom-designing each itinerary alongside his wife, Robyn. He also maintains all of our safari equipment and vehicles and is certainly the backbone of the entire operation!
Robyn Flemix, a conservation ecologist by trade, joined the family business in 2017, working in marketing and operations. Born in South Africa to a Zimbabwean family, she grew up in the wild spaces of Namibia and Kenya, completing her university coursework in South Africa, and eventually settling in Botswana in 2011. Prior to joining the Walk Botswana team, she worked in the Okavango Delta and Chobe regions of Botswana, conducting research and wildlife monitoring. Robyn now lives in Maun with Gareth and their two young children.
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. Descended from the famous explorer, Henry Hartley, Robyn’s family first established themselves in Southern Africa in the early 1800’s. In fact, Hartley was the first white man to view Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in 1849—years before David Livingstone saw, named, and announced the falls under the name of Queen Victoria in 1855. Hartley and his descendants continued to explore and navigate what was then an unknown continent, recording much of what later geographers and explorers would use to circumnavigate Southern Africa.
With a passion and knowledge for wild spaces and the wildlife of Africa, Robyn brings a focus on conservation to the business, continually investigating ways to operate in a more eco-friendly manner while working in areas where photographic tourism directly benefits conservation.