Signature Safaris - African Encounters
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Signature Safaris

Our Signature Safaris are unique small group safaris in East Africa and Southern Africa, personally 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.

1 - 12 May 2023
Botswana

Meerkats & the Okavango Delta

Botswana’s wildlife guarantees a superb safari experience! On your Meerkats & the Okavango Delta safari you’ll explore two of Botswana’s most fascinating landscapes, from one of the world’s largest saltpans to meandering waterways and lily-covered lagoons. Both of these incredible landscapes are teeming with animal and bird life. A sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi […]
(1 Review)
4 - 17 September 2023
elephants etosha

Namibia: Desert, Dunes & Wildlife

From$15,091
The landscape is Namibia’s defining natural asset – blue skies, endless space, and kaleidoscopic colours. People use all sorts of words to describe it: vast, endless, magnificent, unimaginable, among others. But nothing comes close to seeing the sunrise on the magnificent sand dunes at Sossusvlei or the shimmering salt pan of Etosha National Park. With […]
(1 Review)
18 - 29 September 2023
leopard and vehicle

A Silent Safari in Zambia

From$16,476
What is a ‘Silent Safari’ and what makes it such a superb safari experience? Our partners in Zambia use solar energy to power their lodges and camps, vehicles, and boats. Their silent electric vehicles allow you to get very close to wildlife on land and water without a noisy diesel engine disturbing the peaceful scene. […]
(1 Review)
28 February - 13 March 2023
Cheetahs-Kenya

Kenya Safari & Lamu Island

From$15,712
If you want to venture off the regular tourist route with exceptional safari guides, and experience wildlife conservation first-hand, then this Kenya safari is for you! Amboseli and Maasai Mara The private conservancies in Amboseli and Maasai Mara provide an important dispersal area for wildlife. The animals have discovered the tranquility of the conservancies in contrast […]
(1 Review)
September 2023
village scene Likoma Island Malawi

Magical Malawi
the warm heart of Africa

From$15,387
Malawi, a little-known gem in southern Africa, has much to offer: wildlife, culture, scenery, and, of course, crystal-clear Lake Malawi with its gorgeous sandy beaches. This tiny landlocked country is wedged between Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique, at the southern end of the East African Great Rift Valley. Lake Malawi, at almost 600 km long, is […]
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12 - 25 May 2023
Botswana & Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls

From$17,650
Your Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls safari is an authentic African experience with all the trimmings – action, adventure, and luxury! You’ll explore three of Zimbabwe’s finest wilderness areas: Mana Pools and the mighty Zambezi River – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Lake Kariba, where wildlife moves freely between Matusadona National Park and your private concession.Hwange National […]
(1 Review)
20 - 28 February 2023
Tanzania - what not to wear on safari

Tanzania’s Secret South

From$10,365
Get 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, wild and beautiful. Unlike the popular north, relatively few people venture this far. And yet these superb parks boast some of the richest wildlife […]
(2 Reviews)