Featured Safaris

Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana

5 Jun 2019 - 18 Jun 2019

From: NZD14,155.00 (pp)

The best of Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana! Your Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana adventure starts in Zambia where you’ll enjoy two days at our beautiful lodge on the...

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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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Zambia, the Zambezi & Lake Malawi

13 Sep 2019 - 26 Sep 2019

From: NZD16,295.00 (pp)

This exceptional safari stays in small and exclusive owner operated camps in two of Zambia's premier wildlife destinations; the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. These parks are much...

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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!