Karen's Safaris

Karen's Safaris are unique and personalised small group safaris in East Africa and Southern Africa, escorted by African Encounters director Karen Platzer. In more than 30 years of travel in Africa Karen has discovered some real gems which she loves to share with her fellow travellers on these safaris which are exclusive to African Encounters.

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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Botswana’s Wildlife & Victoria Falls

5 May 2020 - 17 May 2020

From: NZD14,780.00 (pp)


Botswana's wildlife guarantees a superb safari experience! This outstanding ‘adventure in comfort’ to Botswana & Victoria Falls takes you to three of the country’s best National Parks and Game Reserves. ...

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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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Namibia Under Canvas

5 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020

From: NZD16,205.00 (pp)


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 crowds by staying in...

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Tanzania: Baby Animal Season

16 Feb 2020 - 1 Mar 2020

From: NZD16,125.00 (pp)


Fully booked! February is baby animal season in the Serengeti! It's perhaps the greatest spectacle of the Serengeti - the migration few know about. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes gather...

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Two Rivers in Zambia

19 Sep 2020 - 30 Sep 2020

From: NZD14,750.00 (pp)


On our Two Rivers in Zambia safari you'll stay in small and exclusive owner operated camps in two of Zambia's premier wildlife destinations; the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National...

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Small Group Safaris

Our Small Group Safaris offer flexible travel options if the dates for Karen’s Safaris don’t work for you. Our trusted suppliers in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe share our philosophy of personalised small group travel, staying in small luxury camps in private conservancies away from the crowds, and supporting local communities. These safaris are escorted by professional local guides who take great pride in ensuring their guests experience a fantastic safari.

Botswana’s Great North Road


Fortnightly departures April - December

From: NZD6,120.00 (pp)


The Great North Road Our Great North Road safari is a mobile camping safari from Maun to Kasane. The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem, a river delta located in...

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Cape Town – Vineyards & Beaches


Daily departures

From: NZD1,055.00 (pp)


A few days in charming Cape Town is the perfect way to start or end your safari in southern Africa. If you are travelling through Johannesburg this is an ideal...

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Community & Conservation in Zimbabwe


Daily departures

From: NZD11,815.00 (pp)


Community and conservation form the basis of all our trips, but on this safari you'll get a real insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Our partners in Zimbabwe...

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Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari


Daily departures, minimum 2 people.
Not available in April and May when camps are closed.

From: NZD11,275.00 (pp)


This Kenya and Tanzania wildlife safari is for the true wildlife enthusiast. If you want to avoid the crowds in the national parks and venture off the regular tourist route...

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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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Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti


Daily departures June – November (minimum 2 people)

From: NZD8,565.00 (pp)


Take in the incredible resident wildlife within the Ngorongoro Crater before following the wildebeest migration from our mobile Serengeti Safari Camp - getting you in the right place at the...

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Tanzania’s Secret South


Daily departures (minimum 2 people)
Camps are closed during the rainy season mid March - early June

From: NZD7,115.00 (pp)


Get off the beaten track in stunning southern Tanzania on guided walks, day and night game drives, boating and fishing in Ruaha and Selous parks. Tanzania’s vast southern areas are remote,...

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The Lion King Safari


Daily departures

From: NZD9,775.00 (pp)


With the much-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King” released this month, we've put together a special 10 day Kenya safari! This new version of the animated 1994 original...

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Zanzibar, the Spice Island


Daily departures

From: NZD2,950.00 (pp)


Zanzibar is a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean Located off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar consists of three main islands, Unguja, Pemba and Mafia Islands. It is home to...

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