Safaris - African Encounters


Karen with elephants
Kalahari Camp - Sundowners

Karen’s Signature Safaris

Our Signature Safaris are unique small group safaris in East Africa and Southern Africa, personally designed and escorted by African Encounters founder and director Karen Platzer. In more than 30 years of travel in Africa I’ve discovered some true gems tucked away from the main tourist routes and I’d love to share them with you.



Scheduled Departures

On these daily or weekly departures, you’ll travel with a small group of like-minded international travellers. Our trusted ground operators share our philosophy of personalised small group travel, staying in small luxury camps in private conservancies away from the crowds, and supporting local communities. 




Tailor-made Safaris

Maybe you’d like to go on a private safari with a group of friends or family members? Do you have a special interest, maybe birds, culture, or conservation projects? We can customize any of our safaris to suit, or create a completely new itinerary for you. We will put together your accommodation, transfers, and itinerary to fit your travel dates and interests. Add on a few extra days, choose your level of accommodation, or even add extra destinations you would like to visit.