Behind the scenes – how it all began

How African Encounters began…

African Encounters founder and tour director, Karen Platzer is a widely-travelled New Zealander who lived in Switzerland for 20 years and then in Kenya for several years. She escorted tours throughout Europe and South America for 20 years, but it was Africa that captured her heart on her first visit 33 years ago.

Every year Karen escorts several small group safaris to her favourite places in East- and Southern Africa, sharing her love for this amazing continent with her clients. These ‘safaris in comfort’ are exclusive to African Encounters and are very popular with our loyal clients who keep coming back for another African Encounter with Karen!

Why should you choose African Encounters for your dream safari?

  • You’ll travel in a small, friendly group of maximum 8 participants.
  • You’ll enjoy game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles for optimal wildlife viewing and photography.
  • You’ll stay in luxury accommodation on private conservancies which are not accessible to large groups.
  • Private conservancies offer incredible game viewing and you’ll often be the only spectators – no herds of minibuses here.
  • They also provide the opportunity for guided walks and night game drives which are not allowed in National Parks.
  • Responsible travel: small groups = less environmental impact, and we support the communities we are privileged to visit.
  • Our trusted partners in Africa have won many awards for their eco-friendly small camps and their conservation policies.
  • We know Africa, we’ve lived there and worked there for more than 30 years! We’ll take you off the tourist route.
African Encounters is not your big, faceless safari company. We specialise in bringing the personal touch to our safaris. That’s because we’ve lived in Africa and worked there for over 30 years! We not only know all the best places to explore but all the secret ones too.

Karen’s level of knowledge about Africa is outstanding, and is one reason why our clients keep coming back for another African adventure! African Encounters will take you on a safari which exceeds your expectations, each and every time. Surprise picnics, amazing bush dinners and memorable sundowners are all part of your adventure with African Encounters!

If the dates for Karen’s personally-escorted safaris don’t suit your travel plans we also offer scheduled departures with our award-winning partners in Africa who specialise in small group ’safaris in comfort’.

Custom-built private safaris for family groups, friends or clubs are also possible. We’d love to help you plan an amazing safari tailor-made just for you!

African Encounters

PO Box 5158
Napier 4145
New Zealand

Ph: +64 6 976 1118


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