From our guestbook... - African Encounters

From our guestbook…

  • Apart from the fact that Africa is THE destination we want to go to, travel with Karen is the only way we would do it. We have travelled to Africa with Karen 6 times now and just love the small intimate groups and the feeling that the whole trip is planned with just us in mind. And the daily surprises!! We stayed in some amazing places and so varied. The meals are excellent and the drivers are a part of the incredible experience that is Africa. We love Karen’s philosophy about travel and her intimate knowledge of and love for Africa.

    Helen & Pat Ranson, Rotorua
  • We did back to back Namibia with Mozambique extension and Botswana, with Karen. Each awesome in their own way but the standout impression is that it is definitely worth spending some extra and going off the beaten tourist track into the private conservancies. There is more game, less people, the camp staff are genuinely happy to host us, they are also happy to share what tourism is giving back to their local communities.

    Sue & Richard Lovett, Stewart Island
  • My second safari with Karen, another very special experience. Small group, small camps, wonderful meals and nothing too much trouble. Karen’s itineraries are well researched and paced with 2 to 4 nights in each camp. Time to feel at home! Such professional and knowledgeable guides in each camp.
    We had some wonderful close encounters with the animals especially the elephants. The ever amazing birdlife was either posing for or challenging the photographers.
    This was meant to be my “grande finale” after 3 trips to Africa but maybe not, these safaris are addictive. Thank you Karen.

    Anne Luther, Auckland
  • I’ve now been on four trips with Karen, and they have all been above expectations. My most recent trip was to Tanzania in February with great travelling companions and wonderful experiences especially enjoying the animals in a private conservancy without loads of other people around as well as a terrific day spent in the Ngorongoro Crater. The camps are gorgeous, and the food and service – just glorious, with the scenery and wildlife the icing on the cake. All magic!

    Silva Bassett, Auckland
  • For the trip of a lifetime Karen’s AFRICAN ENCOUNTERS are magic. Fabulous itineraries in wonderful places for small groups. Up close encounters with the animal and bird life are a photographers dream come true.
    The small group boutique camps offer true comfort, fabulous food and unique ambience.
    After two Safari’s to Botswana and Kenya with Karen I’m about to embark on a third to Zimbabwe and Zambia and I can’t wait – African Encounters Safari’s are addictive!

    Jenny Anderson, Napier
  • We chose African Encounters because we liked the small groups escorted by Karen which appealed to our idea of a “boutique” safari instead of being packed into a zebra-stripe van full of tourists.
    The game camps without exception are of a very high standard and are superbly located in the pristine wilderness. What constantly amazes is the mouth-watering cuisine produced in basic “bush kitchens” which seems so appropriate. On our daily game drives the guides are not only experts on wild game, birds, fauna and insects, but enthusiastically share their love of their country. We would just like to say thank you for another wonderful trip. Hard to believe we have done 10 safaris!! We have 1500 photos to sort…

    Karen de Willimoff
  • Amazing experience above expectations. A chance to see wildlife in their own environment minus the truckloads of tourists. Staff extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their environment.
    Impressed with the effort towards sustainability and green environment. Many concessions having Green awards. Need to highlight this more.
    Accommodation at each concession was beautifully presented with comfortable beds.
    Food and wine excellent, served by friendly staff.
    Highly recommend.

    Julia Staines, Hamilton