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 2019 Journeys 

Tanzania Great Migration – 17-27 August

Akagera Elephant Project, Rwanda – 3-10 December

Gorillas and Savannahs Safari, Rwanda –  10-16 December


Dates: 17 or 20 - 27 August 2019 (7 or 10 day options)

In August 2019 Tammie will lead a conservation safari to 3 of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas, the Serengeti during the heart of the Great Migration, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. 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 crocs as they cross the Mara River! Experience the big cats up close including the rare sight of lions that climb trees. Learn about elephant behaviour in Tarangire as you drive through the baobab-dotted bushland. We’ll be staying at exclusive, luxury camps run by ethical operator Asilia Africa in Tanzania, ensuring your experience is exclusive, in the best areas to see the wildlife and gives back to the community and wildlife.

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Limited to 12 people plus Tammie (minimum of 8).

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Dates: 3 – 10 December 2019

In 1975, there were no elephants left in Akagera National Park when it was decided to translocate 26 orphans of an elephant cull elsewhere in Rwanda to the park. These young orphans, the oldest no more than 8 years of age, learned how to be elephants in the absence of any older elephants to teach them how. The Akagera Elephant Project will, for the first time, assess the current population of elephants in the park, which now numbers about 100 animals. We will also be investigating the behaviour of these elephants, with direct conservation implications for the increasing number of orphaned elephants across Africa as a result of the recent poaching crisis. Join elephant expert, Dr Tammie Matson, in Akagera National Park’s first elephant conservation project and actively participate not only in this research project but also in management activities by African Parks rangers, such as walking the park fence line to check for breaks. This is not your average safari, but is for those who are looking for the opportunity to get actively involved in conservation as part of their safari. You can do as little or as much as you like, but just by coming along you are enabling the Akagera Elephant Project to collect valuable data for the conservation of these elephants and providing support for African Parks in the management of the park.

Read more about the project here.



Photo credit: Sarah Hall, African Parks 

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Dates: 10 December – 16 December 2019

Nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring experience of trekking in the green heart of Africa to the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. This incredible journey starts in Kigali and includes 3 nights in the Virunga Mountains plus two days gorilla trekking. As this is a low season journey, gorilla permits are 30% off which is a big saving! This is a journey that will 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. The second part of this safari is to the new Wilderness Safaris’ classic tented camp, Magashi, in northern Akagera National Park, where both lions and rhinos have been reintroduced by conservation organisation, African Parks. Akagera is Rwanda’s only ‘Big Five’ park and boasts a population of elephants, lots of hippos and Cape Buffaloes, in addition to common species like impalas and zebras. You’ll be supporting the management of this amazing conservation area just by visiting this very special park!

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