Featured Safaris

The Lion King Safari


Daily departures

From: NZD9,775.00 (pp)


With the much-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King” released this month, we've put together a special 10 day Kenya safari! This new version of the animated 1994 original...

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Namibia’s Dunes & Wildlife


Weekly departures

From: NZD6,105.00 (pp)


Explore this amazing country in comfort on our Namibia's Dunes & Wildlife safari. Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of...

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Community & Conservation in Zimbabwe


Daily departures

From: NZD11,815.00 (pp)


Community and conservation form the basis of all our trips, but on this safari you'll get a real insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Our partners in Zimbabwe...

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What our clients are saying...

Apart from the fact that Africa is THE destination we want to go to, travel with Karen is the only way we would do it. We have traveled to Africa with Karen 3 times now and just love the small intimate group sizes and the feeling that the whole trip is planned with just us in mind. And the daily surprises!! We stayed in some amazing places and so varied. Meals excellent and the drivers are a part of the incredible experience that is Africa. We love Karen’s philosophy about travel and her intimate knowledge of and love for Africa. We can’t wait for the next adventure!!”

Helen & Patti Ranson – Namibia Dunes & Wildlife

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!