Close Encounters is a family-run tour operator which specializes in small group, personalized, budget-conscious trips to Africa. Most of our tours take place within South Africa, allowing us to showcase the magnificence of this "world in one country". All of our trips are accompanied by knowledgeable local guides (3 of which are part of the family) and the size of each group is limited to 8 persons, offering an intimate experience that would be difficult to find anywhere else. We have been operating since 1998, and have successfully completed many tours with hundreds of happy guests.
Come and have fun with us - you will not be disappointed!
Close Encounters truly cares about the wildlife of Africa. We hold a number of fundraising events every year, and all of the proceeds are donated to conservation. In addition, $50 out of every booking is added to this fund. Our primary beneficiary is Rhino Revolution - click on the image below to find out more: -
Latest News - June 2021
Greetings from a cold South Africa! Winter has set in, and, as predicted, COVID-19 cases here have begun to rise again as people start to congregate indoors. Although the numbers are still fairly low, there are definite indications that the country is entering a third wave of new infections. The vaccine rollout has been relatively slow so far, with mainly just health professionals and persons over 60 being vaccinated, but the number of vaccination centers is increasing, and it is hoped that the majority of the population will receive their shots within the next 6 months.
New cases in the USA are way down at the moment, but now is not the time to become complacent. As of today, less than half of the USA population has been fully vaccinated (41%), and it is still ...