Tammie's safaris


Dr Tammie Matson personally leads 2-3 safaris every year to her favourite parts of Africa.  Joining one of these safaris is a special experience among like-minded people in small groups of 9-12 people, with your own personal zoologist on board!  Numbers are strictly limited so to join one of these journeys you need to sign up quickly.


Tammie’s Small Group Journeys

Serengeti Green Season Safari, Tanzania – 23-30 May 2020  SOLD OUT
Best of Botswana Safari1-10 June 2020  SOLD OUT
Elephants & Gorillas Rwanda Safari – 1-11 Dec 2020

Namibian Flying Safari – 13-19 July 2021
Botswana Magic Safari  – 20-27 July 2021
Kenya & Tanzania Safari – 28 July- 4 August 2021

All of Tammie's safari's are limited to 12 people


Dates: 1-11 December 2020 (7 or 10 nights)

This totally unique safari combines time spent participating in Tammie’s elephant research project in Akagera National Park, the chance to learn about the behind the scenes of running the park, a village visit and even a night drive, while being in a magnificent national park known for huge concentrations of hippos and the chance to see the recently reintroduced lions and rhinos.  You will learn more about elephants than you ever thought possible while out in the field observing their behaviour and recording data.  By exploring the southern and northern parts of Akagera, you will get to know this amazing wilderness well, prior to your trek with the endangered mountain gorillas in the ancient forests of Volcanoes National Park.  As this is a low season journey, the first gorilla permit is 30% off, which is a big saving! This is a journey that will truly touch your soul. It’s also one that gives back more than most safaris because each gorilla permit is a direct contribution to the future survival of the species and we only stay in lodges that support conservation and local communities.

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Dates: 13-19 July 2021

This stunning 6 night flying itinerary combines three of the most exclusive and remote regions of Namibia – the NamibRand nature reserve bordering Sossosvlei in the Namib Desert, Hoanib Valley where desert elephants and giraffes roam, and the Skeleton Coast, home of desert lions, flamingos, brown hyenas and seals.  You’ll explore the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and learn about the fascinating desert-adapted flora and fauna, either by vehicle, on foot or by quad bike.  The scenic flights are a big part of this unique journey as the plane sweeps over gnarled shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast, over vast sand dunes and along dry riverbeds lined with Ana trees, food for desert-dwelling elephants that slide down sand dunes.  We’ll also spend time with a local Himba community and learn about their traditional culture.  For a complete mind-shift in perspective and to have your breath taken away by the most majestic landscapes Africa has to offer, this is the safari for you.  1.5% of all turnover from these safari camps is allocated to conservation and community projects in the areas you'll visit.



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Dates: 20-27 July 2021

Botswana is on many people's bucket lists and for good reason!  The World Heritage Okavango Delta and surrounding habitats support a vast array of wildlife in some of the wildest areas you're likely to find in Africa (and with the benefit of fewer tourists!).  Botswana has the largest population of elephants in Africa and excellent populations of lions, hyaenas, antelope, hippos, African wild dogs, plus lots more.  Picture yourself in a scene from The Lion King?  This is it! 

Tammie's safari in July 2021 encompasses two of the best wildlife areas in Botswana. We start in Khwai Private Reserve, an area renowned for elephants, Cape Buffaloes, African wild dogs, lions and leopards.  Here you can sit back and watch the wildlife from an open game viewing vehicle, from camp overlooking the waterhole, or from the restful position of a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) on the wetlands.  Then you also will have the opportunity to 'sleep out' in luxury at the extraordinary Skybeds, a truly unforgettable wilderness experience under the stars on a three story platform by a waterhole.  Finally, we explore the northern Okavango Delta, based at Mapula Lodge on an island surrounded by glassy lagoons rich with wildlife.  More elephants! Basking hippos and crocodiles!  Birds galore! 

This safari is something special in partnership with our friends at Natural Selection.  1.5% of all turnover from Natural Selection is allocated to conservation and community projects in the areas you'll visit.

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Dates: 28 July - 4 August 2021

The ultimate bucket-list safari for wildlife lovers, this safari is timed to be in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem at the time of the crossings of the Great Migration over the Mara River.  You will feel like you’re right in the middle of a David Attenborough documentary when the thousands of wildebeest sprint past you and dodge the Nile crocs as they cross the Mara River! Experience the big cats up close including the possibility to see lions that climb trees and there is also a good chance to see cheetahs and leopards.

We’ll be staying at two exclusive, luxury camps run by ethical operator Asilia Africa in Kenya and Tanzania, ensuring your experience is exclusive, in the best areas to see the wildlife, and gives back to the community and wildlife.  This safari is great for families and kids will love getting to know their Maasai warrior guides.  The Maasai Mara and Serengeti are world famous for good reason and we are going at the ultimate time of year for wildlife viewing on the stunning 'Out of Africa' short-grass plains.  A real wildlife extravaganza, you'll be raving about this safari for years to come.


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