Featured Safaris

Zimbabwe Rediscovered

2 - 14 September 2018

From: NZD13,875.00 (pp)

Zimbabwe is back on the list of ‘must visit’ destinations in Africa! On this safari you’ll explore three of the most remote wilderness areas in Zimbabwe – Mana Pools and...

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Botswana & Victoria Falls

27 May 2019 - 7 Jun 2019

From: NZD13,850.00 (pp)

Bookings closed for this group departure! Enquire about independent or customised departures.  This outstanding 'adventure in comfort' to Botswana & Victoria Falls takes you to three of the country's best...

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Ultimate Namibia

6 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

From: NZD11,510.00 (pp)

Our Ultimate Namibia safari is all about incredible landscapes. The landscape is Namibia’s defining natural asset and people use all sorts of words to describe it: vast, endless, magnificent, unimaginable,...

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What our clients are saying...

African Encounters was recommended to us by friends in 2013. Since then we have been on three AFRICAN ENCOUNTERS which we have embraced and totally enjoyed. The organising and planning of our trips has been first class and exceeded our expectations. 

The last trip in 2016 was to Western Tanzania and Kenya. Travelling in a small group enables ease of movement between destinations and is very friendly.

THE SAFARIS are breathtaking as you do not know what you will encounter each day and to see African wildlife up very close and in their natural environment from a safari vehicle is awe-inspiring with great photographic opportunities.

We are looking forward to travelling again this year with African Encounters and we are and will continue to recommend African Encounters.

George & Lyn Wilson – Western Tanzania & Kenya

Karen Platzer

Founder, African Encounters Limited

Africa is a dream destination - home to some of the world’s last wild places with incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery and fascinating cultures.

AFRICA – from the vast savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania – teeming with game, to the lush waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta; from the amber glow of Namibia’s spectacular sand dunes, Zimbabwe’s magnificent wildlife and Zambia’s remote but outstanding bush camps to exotic Zanzibar and idyllic Indian Ocean beaches – a truly amazing adventure awaits you!

If you dream of an African safari staying in small luxury camps in private conservancies – off the tourist route and away from the crowds, visiting schools and villages and supporting local communities, not to mention the magnificent wildlife – we can make that dream come to life!

You’ll enjoy game drives in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles – no ubiquitous minibuses or overland trucks here! You’ll stay in stunning small camps in private wildlife conservancies and enjoy night game drives and walks across the vast African savannah with Maasai tribesmen or San Bushmen – activities which are not permitted in National Parks and Reserves.

If your backpacking days are over and ‘roughing it’ doesn’t appeal, Africa offers a superb selection of award-winning safari camps with just 6 – 8 luxury tents. Your tent will have a very comfortable bed with pillows and duvets, an en-suite bathroom with shower or bath and flush toilet, and a private deck where you can relax with a cold drink and watch elephants or other wildlife passing by.

In the evening, after drinks around the campfire, you’ll wine and dine on gourmet cuisine under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of the African night. If that sounds like your dream safari we need to talk!

Africa has been our passion for more than 30 years – come and explore off the tourist route with us!