Get inspiration & insider tips for your African safari! - African Encounters

Get inspiration & insider tips for your African safari!


Get inspiration & insider tips for your African safari!

African Encounters is an independent New Zealand-owned tour operator. We create ‘safaris in comfort’ for adventurous travellers aged 50+. Subscribe to our newsletter for inspiration and handy tips to plan your African safari!


  • Our friendly small-group tours (10 max) enjoy personal service, attention to detail, and our famous surprises!
  • We avoid the crowds by staying in private conservancies that limit the number of visitors and vehicles in their concessions for an exclusive safari experience.
  • My personally escorted safaris this year include Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe… and subscribers will have priority access to earlybird specials for 2024 safaris coming soon…
  • Giving back is important to us and every tour booking contributes to local community and conservation projects in the areas you will visit.
  • Join the African Encounters tribe for access to exclusive subscriber-only offers and earlybird specials!

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At my stage in life (60+) I prefer travelling in comfort, so the opportunity to go glamping in Africa was very appealing. The small group approach staying in private conservancies meant we were often the only spectators. I was quite nervous about going to Africa but I felt in very safe hands the whole time. Africa is magical! If you get the chance- go for it! African Encounters will deliver a truly memorable experience!

Karen & John

In 2014 we went to Botswana with a gentle nudge from Karen for a one-off visit to Africa. We were instantly addicted.  We have recently returned from Safari number 10. We just love it!! Karen’s trips are boutique and extremely well organized. We stay in small camps with wonderful staff who make you feel special and the knowledge of the guides never fails to amaze. 


Helen & Patti

Travelling in Africa with Karen has provided us with the best memories of our lives. Africa gets under your skin – it is seductive, exhilarating, and stimulating to all the senses. Karen’s knowledge and passion for Africa is unrivaled and her safaris are packed with surprises and excitement. Her small group tours mean that you are especially well catered for and get to see amazing animal sightings without hoards of other tourists blocking the view. 

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