Close Encounters is a 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 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 - October 2021
Greetings from a very wet Johannesburg! After an icy-cold winter (at least 19 record low temperatures were recorded), meteorologists are now predicting that we are going to be in for an unusually high rainfall season as well. In a water-stressed country like South Africa this is always good news, although everyone is hoping that we don’t end up with floods as we did back in February earlier this year. Like everywhere else in the world, it is easy to see how climate patterns in this country have changed in what has been a relatively short period of time. Whether this is part of a ...