Bespoke Safaris

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.
Bespoke Safaris

Close Encounters Travel is a small, friendly team of travel experts who have first-hand experience of a wide range of incredible destinations – from the African bush to Antarctica.

We offer a broad range of holidays, from wildlife and birdwatching itineraries to beach holidays, and cultural journeys to conservation projects.  Talk to us about privately guided trips, self-drive adventures, mobile safaris, cruises and small group travel.

We know Africa very well and have spent many decades living, safari-guiding and travelling in Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania as well as other countries in the region.

You might like to look at our own Zambian safari lodge, Thornicroft Lodge in South Luangwa National Park which Mary-Anne Bartlett built with travel and safari colleagues in 2008.  Our wonderful team will welcome you into this untouched part of the world where elephants, giraffe, leopard and lions’ rule…

Some of our other favourite locations, which we visit regularly, are the Galapagos, India, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

We appreciate that everyone is different and so is their ideal holiday.  We look forward to planning the perfect trip with you, to match your taste, style and budget.

We’ve included a few sample tours here for you to start dreaming about…

Zambia: South Luangwa Safari and Victoria Falls

Malawi: Bush and Beach Break

Namibia: Self-drive Safari

Zimbabwe: Private family or group trip, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls

Get in touch today to share your travel plans and let us help make them a reality.

You can call us on +44 (0)1394 382235, or email [email protected]

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