Small Group African Safaris
30 years of African Travel

Small Group African Safaris

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Our Popular Safaris

Mara elephants and vehicle
9 - 20 June 2025

Kenya’s Northern Frontier
Samburu & Maasai Mara

Kenya's Northern Frontier District is largely unexplored and uninhabited, but rich in colour and traditions. This vast, arid land with its stunning landscapes and unique wildlife, is home to the fascinating Samburu people.
(1 Review)
Victoria Falls Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe
2-11 November 2024

Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana

Botswana, Zambia, & Zimbabwe are southern Africa's crown jewels. Experience the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and spectacular sunsets on the mighty Zambezi River. This small group safari is an authentic African experience with exceptional game viewing, community and conservation, and luxury small safari camps!
(1 Review)
leopard ruaha tanzania
28 Sep - 5 Oct 2024

Tanzania’s Secret South

Venture off the beaten track in Tanzania's Secret South on guided walks, day and night game drives, boating and fishing in Ruaha and Nyerere parks. Tanzania’s vast southern areas are remote and wild.
(2 Reviews)

Why Choose African Encounters for Your African Safari?

We Are Your Africa Experts

African Encounters is an independent tour operator proudly based in New Zealand. With decades of firsthand experience living and working across Africa, I’ve gathered a wealth of safari knowledge that goes beyond what you’ll find in typical brochures and websites. 

Our focus is on creating intimate small-group tours, with a maximum of 10 participants. We stay in premium safari camps and lodges with just a few rooms, ensuring you experience personal service, meticulous attention to detail, exceptional guiding, and our trademark surprises!

When you choose to travel with African Encounters, you’re not just making memories; you’re actively contributing to the well-being of local wildlife and communities in Africa. Our carefully selected African partners share our commitment to sustainability, minimizing ecological footprints, and supporting local conservation and community projects.

Our superb camps and lodges are in private conservancies, providing an exclusive safari experience by limiting the number of visitors and vehicles allowed. Join us on a journey that combines adventure, luxury, and a positive impact on the beautiful landscapes and communities of Africa.

somalisa camp zimbabwe
3 tours
Breezes view
1 tour
elephant in camp lower zambezi
3 tours
Tanzania - what not to wear on safari
5 tours
balloon flight
1 tour
Kaya Mawa Malawi
1 tour
lion cub Amboseli Kenya
3 tours
Meerkats & the Okavango Delta
3 tours
Group at Chobe Botswana

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