Mama Tembo Tours is owned and operated by Leslie Nevison. Always a committed traveler, she and her husband of 30 years first went overseas to live in 1990. They have since called ten countries home, including Tanzania, Zambia, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Benin. MTT originated in the Canadian province of British Columbia but has found a permanent home in Lusaka, Zambia.
MTT Zambia customizes private wildlife, cultural and walking safaris for individuals, couples, and small groups, bringing to each an insider's knowledge of the African countries in which Leslie has resided. MTT's signature creations are diverse safari programs which include remote location "gems", spontaneous cultural interactions as well as first class wildlife highlights. Leslie's programs appeal to those seeking highly personal, quality travel; informed advice over the sugar coating of a destination; and who are as comfortable with bumpy roads in the search for uniqueness as they are with a luxury tented camp or seaside resort. See www.MTTZambia.com
Currently, MTT offers travel to Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Central Africa (the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Cameroon) and West Africa (Gabon and Sao Tome/Principe).
MTT Inc is not a travel agency. Although it provides assistance and advice on booking tickets to African destinations, travelers are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the continent. MTT Inc is an independent operator working directly with tried and trusted companies and wildlife and culture guides in Africa. As the word independent implies, MTT is able to work freely with a diverse collection of lodge and tented camp owners and associates in Africa. This way she can best serve each client's unique needs.
In the case of Central Africa, MTT Inc's Congo Wildlife Adventures is a ground operation, with a crew based in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s capital. CWA consists of two brands: MTT Congo works with independent and adventure travelers, scientists and filmmakers. Congo Gorilla Tours makes unique programs in the Congo Basin available to the travel trade. Both brands facilitate visits to the remote Congo Basin national parks of Nouabale-Ndoki and Dzanga-Ndoki where it is crucial that sustainable tourism ensures the survival of the parks' habituated and wild Western Lowland gorillas and Forest elephants. A safari to these remote parks is arguably one of the best adventures on the African continent today. Please see www.CongoWildlifeAdventures.com; www.MTTCongo.com; and www.CongoGorillaSafaris.com
MTT/CWA also works with film crews to African wildlife and cultural destinations. As logistics manager and fixer, MTT/CWA is responsible for acquiring documentation and permits. It recommends, locates, hires, and manages all local sub contractors of a complex film project.
It is rare that anyone returns home disappointed with their safari, but they might not be aware of what they didn't see, how much better it could have been. Leslie wants to ensure that her clients are aware of every option for their African adventure of a lifetime, no matter how they define that adventure. She gives informed, honest and independent advice, and provides one-on-one support from the early days of safari selection, through the booking process, to departure day for Africa, to the day clients return home. Leslie's clients become her good friends, many of whom return to Africa to travel with her again.