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 – 23-30 May 2020
Best of Botswana Safari1-10 June 2020  SOLD OUT
Elephants & Gorillas Rwanda Safari – 1-11 December 2020
Botswana Magic Safari  – 20-27 July 2021
Great Migration & Big Cats Tanzania Safari29 July-8 August 2021
Elephants & Gorillas Rwanda Safari – Nov/Dec 2021

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


Dates: 23-30 May 2020

Always wanted to go to the iconic Serengeti in Tanzania but can’t afford peak season prices or simply want to avoid the big crowds? Then this is the journey for you! The Serengeti is great for big cats and general wildlife all year round so if you’re not bothered about seeing the wildebeests crossing the river, you still have a chance to see the vast herds in central/eastern Serengeti as they migrate throughout this ecosystem and the excitement of seeing so many other species on the open plains and rocky outcrops. May brings green grass on the plains following the wet season and hopefully lots of baby animals will have entered the world in the months prior, making the cute factor on this safari extra high! This is also a great time of year for birding, with species coming to the area during the rains. An extra special treat on this safari is that the group has the chance to participate in the local cheetah research project while staying at the divine Namiri Plains Camp. We will also be staying at the Serengeti’s only all-female-run Dunia Camp, accessing a private and more exclusive part of the national park.

Serengeti Green Season Safari

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Dates: 1-11 December 2020 & late Nov/early Dec 2021 (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: 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 June 2020 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: 29 July-8 August 2021 (7 or 10 day options available)

Encompassing three of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas, the Serengeti during the heart of the Great Migration, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, this safari has it all and is truly a bucket list experience. 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. Learn about elephant behaviour in Tarangire as you drive through the Acacia bushland and experience the thrill of a guided walk and a night drive, both activities that are not available in most national parks in Africa.  Fall asleep to the sounds of thousands of wildebeests grunting, hippos grazing by your tent and lions roaring in the night.

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.  Just when you think a day on safari can't get any better, it does!  Our guests who have previously been on this safari with Tammie describe it as "the most amazing experience ever" and "truly life-changing".  If you are looking for the ultimate bucket-list African trip, this is the one for you!

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