Featured Safaris

Zimbabwe & Zambia Safari

7 Sep 2019 - 23 Sep 2019

From: NZD19,690.00 (pp)


Zimbabwe & Zambia - a wildlife extravaganza! Your Zimbabwe & Zambia safari offers one incredible highlight after another! From magnificent parks and exceptional wildlife to stunning safari camps and delicious...

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Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana

5 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019

From: NZD13,155.00 (pp)


Bookings closed for this group departure! Enquire about independent or customised departures.                                     ...

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Namibia Under Canvas

30 Oct 2019 - 12 Nov 2019

From: NZD12,250.00 (pp)


New Safari! On this Namibia Under Canvas safari you'll share a stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery with a small group of fellow travellers. You'll avoid the crowds by...

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What our clients are saying...

“This safari was meant to cure the “Africa bug” but it has done the opposite.

My first with Karen and I cannot recommend her highly enough.  Her attention to detail and knowledge is outstanding – from the small group size to the four perfectly chosen and sequenced small camps all with dedicated guides and staff, the meals produced from these “bush camps” are amazing. Even Anzac biscuits for safari afternoon tea!!

Every day a new adventure of animals (too many to list and so close at times but the Meerkats and Wild Dogs were pretty special) not to forget the Botswanan people and scenery.  Thank you Karen.”

Anne Luther – Botswana & Victoria Falls 2017

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!