"Fledge, you and your mission teams have changed the lives of so many people, never stop."
I have had the pleasure over the past six years of Son Safaris donating their time, money and expertise to help conservation and under privileged people from all walks of life.
Son Safaris teams lead by Fledge Fiamingo have helped many people to understand what amazing people with or without money can do when they are dedicated and passionate.
Fledge and his teams who have visited our operations in both Botswana and South Africa, have given us all a new perspective on life and have show that there are such amazing, caring people out there in the world.
No matter where I work, I will also endeavor to get Son Safaris to follow me to my new place of work, they bring such an amazing opportunity for our organizations to help and assist local underprivileged communities through hard work, passion and love...
Son Safaris missions to Africa are a life changing experience for everyone involved and would certainly be a memory that the volunteer on the mission and everyone they meet and help will never forget.
Fledge you and your mission teams have changed the lives of so many people, never stop.
Bradley Schroder CEO-Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
"She came back a different person."
I have known Fledge for over 10 years. His work with Son Safaris changes lives. I know because my daughter recently traveled to South Africa with a team of college students. She came back a different person. For parents who may be hesitant to allow their kids to go to South Africa with Fledge, you have nothing to worry about. Fledge's experience, leadership skills, and common sense is exemplary. I would not allow my daughter to go on the trip if I did not have complete confidence in Fledge. My prayer each day she was gone was that God would use her and the team to reach others. That is exactly what happened. It was inspiring to see how God work in raising the funds to go to South Africa, and in using Gracie and the rest of the team as they served the people there.
"My girls were going again."
My girls (now 25 and 23) first went to Africa with Fledge. May I say it was against what I thought was my better judgement? But their judgement was better than mine and those two weeks in South Africa were an incredible experience. My photographer daughter would have gone for the animals alone, and my mission-oriented daughter threw herself into helping the children and building homes (she drug her sister along). They were safe and well-cared for and wanted to go again.
This time, my 20 year old son and I joined them.
It truly is a life-changing event. So unreal to know that a plane ride away from Atlanta there is an entirely separate and well-formed culture. Absolutely everything is different there, from the electrical current to the food, and the rhythm is set by sunrise and sunset – put your watch away.
To know that the Children’s Home is run by young adults barely older than my children was inspirational. Don’t even get me started on the animal treks.
Safety was never an issue, and no two days were the same. It was by far the most amazing week of my life. I am so grateful to have had this experience, and as a parent, would not hesitate to recommend the trip for offspring of all ages. They will come back to you wiser and inspired.
I have been twice to the area where my husband serves with Son Safaris, once on our own, and once with our 3 small children - ages 3, 5, and 7. I have never feared malaria because we went in the USA summer - South Africa winter - when there are limited bugs and we were in malaria free zones. We took our family and never once questioned our decision to not take anti-malaria medicine. As an experienced ranger, my husband can tell horrible tales of people who were taking anti-malaria medicines and who were disabled for days during their trip, often spending their entire trip in bed, instead of enjoying God’s beautiful creation.
Although there are areas in AFRICA where this disease is prevalent, it is a HUGE continent and South Africa is a small part of it. The area where Son Safaris serves is 'Malaria Free'.
"We 'lived the experience' by being connected with the Team Leader!"
Mission trips are life-changing experiences not only for the ones going on the trip but also for those awaiting their arrival and for those who stay behind. Our family has had the opportunity to be the ones going and the ones left behind and have allowed the Lord to use these experiences to stretch our faith.
Questions begin to flood your mind....how am I going to raise all of that financial support, be away from my safety net of family and friends, will I be safe, can I sit on an airplane that long, etc...all are opportunities to see the Lord work things out for His glory.
Our daughter, JoHannah (JoJo) Biang, just returned from a two week mission trip to South Africa with Fledge Fiamingo from Son Safaris. His love for the South African people is truly evident in all aspects. From working with children's homes, building bomas, hand mixing concrete, cooking over an open fire, leading a game run to hearing the excitement in his voice as the team experiences Africa. WhatsApp is a great way to experience the trip through their eyes. I loved being able to hear and see the day's events through texts, video clips, and photos.
Thank you Fledge for your watch care over the team and for keeping us so well informed. We felt as though we were there with you as you shared your love for the people of South Africa. Matthew 9:36-38 We are His hands and feet.
"Fledge gave us a comfort level that we needed that he was going to take care of our kids."
First of all, let us say THANK YOU for giving of yourself for some college students from the University of Georgia to experience the trip of a lifetime. WOW! WOW! WOW! (Fledge-one of your favorite sayings and we love it!) What an amazing journey for 8 college students plus a spirit-filled leader who loves the Lord and gives so much of his time and energy so that college students can experience a ministry led mission opportunity.
At first, we were nervous and skeptical but the more we learned about Fledge and the Son Safaris organization, the more comfortable we became. Sending your child (even though a college student) to a foreign country on another continent is quite overwhelming and scary. We were concerned about their safety, diseases, etc. Fledge answered every question, however silly, and gave us a comfort level that we needed that he was going to take care of our kids. AND HE DID! We trusted Fledge wholeheartedly and would be glad to send our child with him again wherever he wanted to go.
Fledge has a special burden and love for his home country of South Africa and we can see how the kids became so attached as well. Our son, Alex, has not stopped talking about his experience and sharing his stories-even some of the special foods he encountered. He especially loved the children, and he said he hopes not to see a shovel again for the next five years. It was definitely HARD work, but very rewarding. Fledge kept our families (Team Loved Ones) informed of the group's daily activities and every day, we received audios and/or videos from the team. He was sure to include all the team members throughout the duration of the trip. We loved seeing and
hearing from the group and how they were blessed and being a blessing to those they were there to serve.
THANKS AGAIN Fledge for everything you did to make this trip happen for our kids!
Renee and Eddie Herring
"I will definitely be returning with Son Safaris in the near future!"
I have traveled to Africa with Fledge through Son Safaris not once but twice to serve the people there. Both trips were unique, uplifting, and as safe as any mission trip that I have been on! I have been on multiple mission trips besides these with several different mission organizations and Son Safaris by far ranks at the top of my list! Son Safaris is a very professional mission organization that allows you to experience local culture, work to conserve the environment, and most importantly share the love of Christ with the local people.
I will use no other organization than Son Safaris as my avenue to serve in South Africa. I will definitely be returning with Son Safaris in the near future. As a Resident Director for Johnson University I plan to encourage my students to serve in South Africa with me through this great mission of Son Safaris. I also have children of my own and hope that the opportunity will present itself for us as a family to serve through Son Safaris.
Weldon Davis Resident Director, Johnson University
"I didn’t think my life would change before I left."
I thought my life would change after we landed in South Africa…and it did. I met loving, wonderful people who softened my heart. I saw insanely big giraffes and scarily small scorpions. I watched a house go up and a life change forever. I got to get up everyday and have my life changed by eight amazing faces that loved and encouraged me.
But I didn’t think my life would change before I left. The whole planning process—from “I want to go to South Africa” to “How in the world am I going to raise $4000”— changed my life. It was humbling to dial each phone call and nervously ask, “Would you be willing to take a leap of faith with me?” That’s where my heart was worked on in a different way. Raising the money wasn’t the obstacle. My small faith was. So if the cost scares you, you’re not alone. It terrified me, but I serve a God that is bigger than my fear…and my $4000 goal.
"Seeing God’s love halfway around the world in the faces of people in heart breaking conditions will change you."
This was my first international mission trip (first time on a plane, actually).
I could not have imagined going with a better leader. Not once on this trip did I, or any of my teammates, feel unsafe or unclear of our expectations. Being neglected, or misinformed just isn’t part of the equation with Son Safaris. We worked hard, but all of this work was for beautiful, Christ-centered purposes. Our work included conservation projects at our reserve camp, visiting children's homes to spend time with the kids, and building a home for a children's home staff member.
There's plenty of manual labor, but there's work for everybody of all skill levels and interests.
Equally part of the trip, as the Safari in Son Safaris suggests, was taking game drives on the reserve, observing so much of the wonder God has created and animals I did not even know existed.
As a college student who has had very little mission experience, I had a great feeling about traveling with Fledge from the beginning, and that was not in vain. His ability to keep us encouraged and informed is second to none. I gained perspective on this trip that will guide me for the rest of my life. Seeing God’s love halfway around the world in the faces of people in heart breaking conditions will change you. If you, or a child are considering international missions, do yourself a favor and give Son Safaris a serious look.
"I joined another Team -This Time for 6 weeks!"
I just came back from a trip with Son Safaris. This is an amazing Christian non-profit. We as team members had the unique opportunity to work on conservation projects on a game reserve as well as help at children's homes. We were able to show Christ's love in so many unique ways.
Fledge is so good at making you feel safe and as prepared as possible.
I loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back.
"I would recommend Son Safaris to anyone who is committed or curious about Christ creation, South Africa or their own existence."
Son Safaris is a organization run by the most loving people I have ever met. They live for the cause and it is so inspiring to be around them. The trip not only opens your perspective of South Africa and its people and nature, it also gives you food for thought for personal development. I would recommend Son Safaris to anyone who is committed or curious about Christ, creation, South Africa, or their own existence.
"Before I left I was nervous that I would feel unsafe but this entire trip I felt more safe there than I do at home."
SonSafaris was by far the best decision I have made in a very long time. After going on this trip I truly feel like a changed person I feel better as a whole. The entire experience was very well organized and planned out. There was never once where there is any type of fumble or confusion. Our meals were all planned out to the T. And our schedules were very tightly organized to include a little bit of everything on a daily basis.
We were able to have such exclusive one-on-one time with the animals. We were able to go on many safaris which was just a huge benefit to our overall goal. We got to have fun while working at the children's home. Every day was an adventure and we never had a down time. Each day we learn something new and two weeks went by far too quickly. I highly suggest this to anyone wanting to go on any type of mission trip because this is not strictly a religious trip you do a lot of humanitarian work and work with animals. And you get to stay on the animal reserve and wake up every morning to see zebras right out of your front door. Before I left I was nervous that I would feel unsafe but this entire trip I felt more safe there than I do at home.
"Fledge uses his love of Christ and his love of being a safari ranger and combines them into an amazing experience where you serve others and experience God's creation in South Africa."
Son Safaris is a Christ-centered mission where you get to not only experience the amazing wildlife in South Africa by staying on a reserve but you get to witness the love for the children that the people have who run The Fold and Bushveld children's homes. By volunteering with Son Safaris, you get to work for 2 amazing children homes by either teaching or playing with the children. I'm an avid biker so I got to ride bikes with the children and it was awesome seeing the joy that was brought to these children by just playing with them! We also built bunkbeds for their rooms and did some clean-up work on the premises for both children's homes.
Not only did we volunteer at the children's homes but we also did work on the reserve itself. The reserve is trying to implement a vermaculture (worm compost) area so we helped with that project also.
What makes Son Safaris uniquely different from other missions is that it is a "thinking outside of the box" mission where you get to stay on a reserve, so you get to go on game drives with the rangers. Fledge Fiamingo, the heart and brains behind Son Safaris, used to be a safari ranger in South Africa before moving to America. Fledge has a very special relationship with the reserve and the people on the reserve where you stay so immediately you feel right at home. He uses his love of Christ and his love of being a safari ranger and combines them into an amazing experience where you serve others and experience God's creation in South Africa.
I would definitely recommend Son Safaris to anyone looking to volunteer for a non-profit.
"Thank you Fledge for a remarkable experience! I came back so elated that I can't wait to go back!"
My daughter and I joined Fledge Fiamingo on a two-week mission trip to South Africa in June 2017. I'm well traveled, but this was my first experience as part of a mission team. During our trip, we completed projects and served at two children's homes, and worked on two conservation projects at a game reserve. The trip, alone, was a wonderful adventure, made so much more special by sharing it with my daughter. But several things made this one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Meeting so many people who selflessly serve others everyday; being surrounded by some amazing young people so strong in their faith and love of life; Fledge's passion for Son Safaris' vision and his enthusiasm in sharing his story and professional knowledge as a former ranger - these are just a few things that stood out for me. Son Safaris provides such a unique opportunity to serve. We were able to work at both children's homes AND on a game reserve, while staying on the reserve surrounded by wildlife. Thank you Fledge for a remarkable experience! I came back so elated that I can't wait to go back!
"You get the opportunity to partner with their mission and help in projects that last much longer than you."
Going on Son Safaris was a unique and once in a lifetime experience. You not only learn about the needs of the locals, helping children's homes, but you are also taught about God's creation and the animals that are only in Africa. It truly opens your eyes to the wonders and needs of the world and you get the opportunity to partner with their mission and help in projects that last much longer than you. It is all about the big picture and giving the locals what they need, not what we think they need.
"This was my first International trip and Fledge made it really easy by taking care of all of the travel arrangements and making sure we didn't have to worry about how we were getting anywhere!"
This was my first International trip and Fledge made it really easy by taking care of all of the travel arrangements and making sure we didn't have to worry about how we were getting anywhere!
Once in South Africa, I enjoyed the chance to participate in International community with people from around the world at the camp we stayed at, have conversations about my faith and see others talk to people about theirs, see prayers answered and meet inspirational people such as the leaders of The Fold Children's Home and the people who run Save the Waterberg Rhino.
I enjoyed my experience with Son Safaris' and would recommend it to people interested in traveling abroad, living out their faith, and helping others.
"My experience with this ministry changed my life! The opportunity to serve my Creator in South Africa is one that I'll never forget and one that everyone should experience."
My experience with this ministry changed my life! The opportunity to serve my Creator in South Africa is one that I'll never forget and one that everyone should experience. Fledge's love for God's creation is unparalleled and his passion for sharing it with other people is truly inspiring. South Africa and its people will always have a special place in my heart.
"Honestly, it's not possible to have an experience like this and come back unchanged, and I just can't describe how glad I am that I went."
I really don't think I could write enough good things about Son Safaris. When I decided to join a team in late February of this year (2017), I had no idea what an experience I was signing up for. Fledge Fiamingo, the trip's leader, was with me every step of the way as I prepared to go. He kept me updated with all the information I needed and was always ready to talk if I needed any support. He even talked to my parents, reassuring after I came home and declared that I wanted to go on a mission trip halfway around the world. Seeing the funds and plans for the trip come together was amazing, but it didn't even compare to what happened once I got to South Africa.
Seeing the team come together was simply unbelievable. Ten people from around the country, most of whom were complete strangers before meeting at the airport, all built great relationships on the common ground of their love for Jesus and their belief in service. Once that happened, everything else fell into place. Our work at the children's home was something that I'm honored to have been a part of. We came into that community and did some incredible things, including work as simple as playing with the children who live there and as large as building dozens of screened windows to keep bugs out of the home. I know that I left a big part of my heart with the children there. Just as amazing was the conservation work we got to participate in. By assisting with collaring antelope and microchipping a rhino, we got to be part of what will hopefully be a solution to the poaching crisis in South Africa. Stewarding God's creation is an incredible part of mission work, and getting so close to some of the most awesome creatures in the world is something that I will never forget.
Going on this trip is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned so much about Christlike service, and I hope these lessons will continue to impact the way I live now that I'm back home, so that I might be a force for good in my own community. Honestly, it's not possible to have an experience like this and come back unchanged, and I just can't describe how glad I am that I went.
"Going on this Son Safaris mission trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
Going on this Son Safaris mission trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a very eye opening, life changing, and incredible experience! I loved every second of it! Fledge was an amazing leader who inspired everyone about God and His beautiful creation around us. When I first signed up I knew I was going to be able to see animals close up but I never imagined that I would be able to touch and hear a Rhino's heartbeat. We did this while helping with anti-poaching efforts. We also got to spend a lot of time at The Fold which is a children's home. I loved being able to play with and love on all the kids there and build mosquito windows for them. This mission trip is one that I hope everyone gets a chance to do. I know I will definitely be going again!
"Fledge's passion for God's creation is so evident in everything that he does. He can make you so excited about the tiniest grass seed!"
This trip was so eye opening and life changing! I spent three weeks with Son Safaris in the summer of 2017. From planning months in advance through the flight home everything went so smoothly. Fledge's passion for God's creation is so evident in everything that he does. He can make you so excited about the tiniest grass seed! Meeting the kids at The Fold and being able to love and serve them is something that I hope everyone gets the chance to do. I came on this trip prepared to work and serve at the Fold, however, I didn't expect to get so many hands-on opportunities with the wildlife. Being able to help with a rhino anti-poaching team, as well as a game capture for collaring animals was a once in a lifetime experience. I gained so much knowledge and experience that are going to help me with school and ultimately my career. The best part was being able to do all these things with the same love and grace that Christ shows me every day.
"I have never been so completely overwhelmed with the delight of God's majesty as I was on safari, nor more excited to be His hands and feet than I was working at The Fold."
I signed up for this trip somewhat reluctantly, but agreed because I was sure it was where God was calling me. I was nervous about the daunting task of raising the money, but I haven't regretted it for a second and would LOVE to go back. It was so incredible to see God's provision at work through the generosity of the Body during the fundraising process and Fledge constantly made himself available to answer questions and encourage. He is a gifted leader with a heart and passion for sharing the true wonder of God's creation and he genuinely loves people with the love of Christ. I have never been so completely overwhelmed with the delight of God's majesty as I was on safari, nor more excited to be His hands and feet than I was working at The Fold (a children's home we partnered with). I could go on, but suffice it to say that this was a life changing experience and Son Safaris is doing fantastic work for the kingdom! They are worth every second of time, every moment of prayer, and every cent you can spare. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who is ready for God to rock their socks ❤️❤️
The best 2 weeks I have ever had
This mission trip with Son Safaris was the best 2 weeks I have ever had. This trip was such a great learning experience for me, not just about the wonderful animals I got to see but also with my faith. I grew in my faith so much on this trip that it made this experience so much more memorable. Fledge has an amazing ministry and I pray that many more people will get to embark on that journey to see God’s creation like I got the chance to. I would go back again in a heartbeat!
The trip changed my world view
If you would have asked me a year and a half ago I would have sworn up and down that I would never go to South Africa or out of the country for that matter but over the past couple of years I had friends that went with Fledge and their stories were just so amazing. I prayed about it a lot last summer before finally just throwing the towel in and committing to going. The fundraising process was really hard for me considering I am a very independent person and do not like to ask anyone for help but Fledge and Grace were always encouraging and told me what I needed to hear even if I didn't want to hear it. As soon as we got to the reserve the day after landing I knew that I was meant to be there. I about jumped out of the van at the first sight of an animal. I enjoyed everything we did in the two weeks we were there. The main conservation project that we did was put up camera traps in order to track the leopards and it was really cool to ride around the reserve and do that and be able to see how the data from that would help the species and the reserve in the long run. At the children's home we did a lot of different projects to improve the facility and were able to play with the kids and their smiles will melt your heart. My favorite thing out of all of it thought was cooking together as a team and sitting around a dinner table in the dark with people from all different countries and talking about God or singing camp fire songs. The trip changed my world view and it also taught me some new things about myself... Including getting over some lifetime fears.
I would absolutely recommend anyone with any setbacks, go with Fledge and his team.
Fledge is a dear friend of mine and I've gotten to know him through serving him coffee daily at Starbucks! I found out I was pregnant 4 weeks prior to the trip, and was scared to go. But Fledge and the team were the kindest, most accommodating people to me and made me feel at home! The trip was both informative and life-changing, and Fledge's love for God shines so brightly through his passion for God's creation. I would absolutely recommend anyone, with any setbacks, go with Fledge and his team.