About Shadows of Africa

Natasa Fras

Natasa Fras first came to Tanzania in 2008 to study wildlife at Mweka College of African Wildlife Management.
During her studies, she fell in love with the country and decided to make it her home.
She started Shadows of Africa in 2010 and this passion project has since expanded to a company with offices in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, South Africa, and beyond.
Over the past eight years she has assembled a team of like-minded people who have spent an extensive amount of time living and traveling around Africa.
With her son, Ty, she calls Arusha home to this day and continues to expand the Shadows of Africa family.

Excellent Reviews

We at Shadows of Africa pride ourselves on our exemplary customer service. You don’t need to take our word for it, either.
Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor and Safari Bookings to see how satisfied our clients are with their experiences.

Mission Statement

At Shadows of Africa, we elevate safari experiences to unparalleled levels of adventure and excellence. Our mission is to provide high-quality, unforgettable adventures that showcase the natural wonders of Africa. With a commitment to quality and attention to detail, we aim to be the forefront of safari excellence, delivering exceptional wildlife encounters and extraordinary travel moments. Guided by principles of environmental stewardship, cultural reverence, and community empowerment, we strive to promote responsible tourism.

Local Expertise

Every member of the Shadows of Africa team has an immense amount of passion and knowledge when it comes to Africa.
From our local staff to our international agents, every single person on the Shadows of Africa team can lay claim to being a safari expert.
We’ve visited the hotels, explored the parks, and haggled with the airlines so that you’re getting the best price and experience possible.

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Tailor Made, Private Tours
Tailor Made, Private Tours
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Your One Stop African Operator
Your One Stop African Operator


The Best Guides in Africa

Your guide is your link to Africa and Shadows of Africa only employs the most knowledgeable and personable drivers. All of our guides are fluent English speakers with a real passion for the wildlife, birdlife, and plant life of Africa. They know it all and they’re only too happy to answer your questions!
Our guides not only handle the driving each day, they’ll also be your window into the parks you visit, the animals you encounter, the people you interact with, and more.
Whether Dickson or Bashiru or Lomayani or Alex or one of our other highly-skilled drivers, you’re in safe hands.
Shadows of Africa can also arrange guides who speak other languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Korean etc. upon request.

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Bespoke Itineraries

Shadows of Africa specializes in building bespoke, private safaris tailored to your every need.
Whether you’re aspiring to get back to nature with a budget-friendly camping and trekking safari or you’re looking to spend your time in Africa in the lap of luxury, we’re with you every step of the way to plan the perfect itinerary.
We pride ourselves on providing world class customer service and meeting our customers’ every need.

Unlimited Game Drives

While many other safari operators place mileage or gas limits on their game drives, Shadows of Africa offers unlimited game drives between 6 am and 6 pm every day of your trip.
You’re in complete control of your day.
Want to spend an entire day out on safari and enjoy a picnic lunch on the Serengeti? You can!
Want to sleep in and have a lazy morning before heading out for a sunset game drive? You can!
You’re the boss!

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A Top-Notch Fleet of Vehicles

Your chariot awaits!

Shadows of Africa’s fleet of custom-built safari vehicles are the perfect way to explore Africa’s parks.
Our safari vehicles are 4WD Land Cruisers that have been specifically customised for your comfort and safety with features such as pop-up roofs, sliding windows, and an extended body to ensure you have a 360-degree view of the action.
All our vehicles are taken in for maintenance at the conclusion of each safari and also undertake yearly refurbishment to meet stringent safety and comfort standards.
In addition, all of our vehicles come standard with in-car charging stations, first-aid kits, refrigerators, and WiFi (Tanzania only).



Delicious Lunchboxes

“Safari lunchbox” has become a bit of a dirty word on the safari scene.
While every lodge tries its hardest to create an interesting lunchbox experience, there’s just no avoiding a bit of repetition.
Shadows of Africa has enlisted the services of a professional chef to prepare our day one lunchbox, and the contrast in quality is obvious.
Why settle for dry sandwiches and a packet of chips when you could be eating a hot meal, enjoying fresh baked sweets, and washing it all down with a hot cup of fresh-brewed coffee?

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For all of these reasons and more, Shadows of Africa is the perfect team to create your dream African safari.

If you haven’t already, be sure to Contact Us to begin planning your perfect safari.