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 - February 2021
Greetings from a very wet South Africa! The country is normally not affected by tropical cyclones (or hurricanes as they are called in the Northern Hemisphere), but Cyclone Eloise, which smashed into the Mozambican coastline about 10 days ago, continued inland and dumped lashings of rain on the north-eastern regions. This came on top of an already bumper rainy season, so many ...