Featured Safaris

African Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe

18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020

From: NZD10,850.00 (pp)


African Wild Dogs - also known as Painted Wolves or African Hunting Dogs - are fascinating social animals. Only found in Africa these beautiful animals are now classified as threatened,...

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Kenya: In the Footsteps of Elsa

3 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020

From: NZD14,570.00 (pp)


Kenya: In the Footsteps of Elsa On your Kenya safari you'll follow in the footsteps of Elsa, the lioness made famous by Joy Adamson's book 'Born Free'. If you want...

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Namibia Under Canvas

30 Oct 2019 - 12 Nov 2019

From: NZD12,250.00 (pp)


Just 2 places left! 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...

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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!