Tammie's safaris


Dr Tammie Matson personally leads 2-3 safaris every year to her favourite parts of Africa and Australia.  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

Great Australian Safari – 21-29 June 2021
Elephants & Gorillas Rwanda Safari – 1-10 Dec 2021
  Serengeti Green Season Safari, Tanzania – 21-28 May 2022
Best of Botswana Safari – 30 May-8 June 2022
Kenya & Tanzania Safari – TBC August 2022
Botswana Magic Safari  – 22-29 June 2023

Namibian Flying Safari – TBC July 2023

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


Dates: 21-29 June 2021

Where else can you combine three extraordinary, iconic Australian biomes in one week but in Far North Queensland?

This wild and epic safari combines the ancient Daintree Rainforest of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the Great Barrier Reef and the open savannahs of the Outback. Together with expert local guides, you will learn about the Indigenous culture of the region, search for unique wildlife from endangered cassowaries to saltwater crocodiles, explore the wild on foot, by canoe and boat, and experience the Great Barrier Reef with a marine biologist on a private eco-vessel as part of a coral restoration research project.

We have tried to create as much as possible the standard of the African safari experience that our guests have come to know and love as much as we do. Travelling in the comfort of luxurious private 4x4s and staying at the best accommodation we have been able to find, why not join us by the campfire for a very special Australian safari?

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Dates: 1-10 Dec 2021

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: 21-28 May 2022

Encompassing two stunning parts of the Serengeti within driving distance of each other, this green season safari is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most iconic safari destinations.

At Dunia Camp, we will enjoy being in Tanzania’s only all-female run safari camp in central Serengeti, at a time of year before the crowds of tourists arrive. This area is excellent for big cats and plains species all year round and we will be able to drive to the area where the wildebeest migration is.

Next it’s Namiri Plains Camp, a luxurious camp in an area famous for cheetahs and part of a cheetah research project, which we will participate in while there.

Serengeti Safari

PHOTO CREDIT: Asilia Afria

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Dates: 30 May-8 June 2022 (Best of Botswana)
Dates: 22-29 June 2023 (Botswana Magic)

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. Tammie's safaris in Botswana encompass two-three of the best wildlife areas in the country. These include the Makgadigadi National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Khwai Private Reserve, famous for their sightings of African elephants, Cape Buffaloes, African wild dogs, giraffes, lions and leopards. These safaris are 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: TBC August 2022

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 suitable for families.


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Dates: TBC July 2023

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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