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Son Safaris Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Protestant, Religion, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Target demographics: Conservation of animals. Improve the lives of local people in both body and spirit.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Anti poaching teams, 2 children homes, water filters for 2 townships, donated 500 Bibles to local pastors in South Africa, 25 people took short term trips

Geographic areas served: South Africa and USA

Programs: Short term trips to game reserves in South Africa to do conservation projects and assist in local children homes.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michael M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fledge is always a True professional but more than that, he's a true friend and a true disciple of God. I have been to South Africa with Son Safaris twice, now, and haven't had any issues. Son Safaris' website is an encyclopedia of information to help raise money, pack belongings, and prepare expectations. I will happily go with Son Safaris again at my next availability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SonSafaris was by far the best decision I have made in a very long time. After going in 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sons safari is a organisation 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 give you food for thought for personal development. I would recommend Son Safari to anyone who is committed or curious about Christ creation, South Africa or their own existing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Going on Son Safaris was a unique and once in a life time 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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 Safari's and would recommend it to people interested in traveling abroad, living out their faith and helping others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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, 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 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Going on this Son Safari mission trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a very eye opening, life changing, and incrediable 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 Rhinos 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!

1 Rachel188

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This trip was so eye opening and life changing! I spend 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 life time 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fledge was a fantastic choice for our group! He came and spoke at one of our club meetings at Lincoln memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. He gave the perfect amount of the gospel and love for Jesus while still being considerate of those who didn't know Christ. Everyone mentioned how much they enjoyed having him come and how encouraging he was. A month later and people are STILL talking about him! You can't go wrong getting Fledge to come speak to your group!
- Rachel Biggers
LMU-CVM
Christian Veterinary Fellowship President

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 ❤️❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing, life-changing trip! Fledge is a great leader who helps you through the fund-raising process. We got to work with 3 fantastic organizations to spread the love of Jesus, build relationships, provide help, and have a little fun along the way. I highly recommend going on a trip with this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 (work 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 safaris 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter and I joined Fledge Fiamingo on a 2-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!

1 Jim_178

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fledge has spoken at two of our Fall Retreats and he does not disappoint! The students loved his stories of his encounters with exotic animals. I loved how he used those stories to proclaim biblical truth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

God did it again, this time getting His word out to us in sin city - Las Vegas. Thanks Fledge for speaking on His behalf. GSCO Ovis Convention - Henry McNatt

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fledge is an awesome man of God working for God's glory. Fledge brought a powerful message and was submissive to the Holy Spirit who worked through him. Fledge's expertise in the field of study allowed him to capture the attention of all audiences and draw them into the scripture that did the work in lives. I am looking forward to working with Fledge and Son Safaris again in the future.

2 pastormattshaw

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was a privilege to have Fledge from Son Safaris present and interact with our church. We used Fledge to speak at a Men's Retreat with 4 sessions, and he did a great job connecting in and out of sessions with our men and giving unique and dynamic presentations. During the same weekend, Fledge spoke during our 3 weekend services and the congregation loved his Lions vs. Hyenas sermon. He was approachable, professional, and relatable. He also spoke a relevant message to our youth. This man can taylor his message to a wide variety of audiences. Also, I appreciated Fledge explaining his mission but not being pushy. He is defiantly someone that you want to get on board with and we are planning on having him back in the future. Highly Recommend.

Sean30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fledge Fiamingo of Son Safaris is a master and South Africa was incredible. 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Mike Thompson