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 - August 2021
Greetings once again! July was a tumultuous month in South Africa, to say the least. COVID-19 numbers spiked again, riots broke out across much of the country (ostensibly because of the imprisonment of ex-president Jacob Zuma), and temperatures plummeted during one of the worst cold spells experienced in decades. But South Africans are resilient, and it was heartening to see how everyone came together to get through this difficult period. Onward and upward!
Just when we thought that we were going to get away with a fairly mild winter, the weather gods decided otherwise. A series of cold fronts supported by icy polar winds swept across the country ...