In 2011 Art Safari took the specialist safari company Close Encounters under its wing.

Now its not only artists who can benefit from our knowledge, trusted contacts and creative planning.

Make your ultimate wishlist and be in touch with us today.

You can visit the Close Encounters website here and start dreaming about where you want to go.

Ring us on 0844 415 0155 or 01394 382235 to build your own tailor made tour in southern African countries including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Madagascar and the Pacific Islands. 

Ulrich Sri Lanka beach sceneUnder Close Encounters Travel we also offer tours in India, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  We can book you on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.  We can book flights and make sure you have the right car to drive around if you want to self-drive.

For your financial security we are ATOL protected.

Close Encounters Travel offers an unrivalled range of holiday opportunities, from safaris and beach holidays to conservation projects and eco-tourism. Specalising in organising tailor-made safaris, holidays and weddings in Southern Africa, from Botswana to Zambia, from honeymoons to retirement holidays, from beaches to big game safaris – Close Encounters Travel helps you to see it all. 

For advice, consultations and bookings, contact Close Encounters Travel on 0844 415 0155 (local rates) or 01394 382235 or email us

Lions in Massai Mara by Art Safari MA Bartlett

     Close Encounters Travel is ATOL registered No.9916 for your financial protection    

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: