Featured Safaris

East Africa Wildlife Safari


Kenya & Tanzania 19 Aug - 05 Sept 2019
Kenya only 19 - 28 August 2019
Tanzania only 29 August - 05 Sept 2019

East Africa is where safaris began, and this Kenya and Tanzania safari is for the true wildlife enthusiast. If you want to venture off the regular tourist route with knowledgeable...

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Madagascar – Lemurs & Landscapes

17 May 2018 - 2 Jun 2018

From: NZD7,995.00 (pp)


Madagascar is home to many unique, and very strange creatures - some most people have probably never heard of! More than 50 different species of lemur and over 70 different...

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Southern Tanzania & Zanzibar

19 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018

From: NZD14,295.00 (pp)


Escape the crowds in remote southern Tanzania. On this exclusive African Encounters safari you’ll get off the beaten track in remote southern Tanzania - a peaceful oasis well away from...

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What our clients are saying...

Having received newsletters for some years the decision was made to do the Botswana Safari 2016. The trip notes and itinerary indicated an interesting holiday. What we got was an amazing, not to be missed, experience. The organisation was seamless, the camps, food, knowledgeable Guides and the opportunity to see, close up, a huge range of wildlife and birds. It was a photographers paradise and such a great experience that Kenya 2017 Safari is booked. If you want the trip of a lifetime contact Karen at African Encounters, you won’t be disappointed.

Jenny Anderson – Botswana & Victoria Falls

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!