Rare Encounters is specialist in exceptional, bespoke African safaris, tailor-made by a passionate expert who cares about sustainable, responsible holidays. Going above and beyond whether you’re booking a luxury holiday, a honeymoon, a family trip, a solo journey, a group tour, a classic safari or an off-the-beaten track adventure, I work with partners in various locations, and I am often able to offer preferential rates. What’s more, I can show you undiscovered places and unique experiences in Africa.
I work within your budget and design your trip around what you want, offering additional suggestions to make your adventure even more exciting – doing all the hard work for you to make sure it’s your ultimate dream holiday.
Rare Encounters is the sister agency of Morelli Travel for holidays anywhere in the world, both independent travel companies and franchises of the group Explorer Travel.
Experience Africa’s exhilarating wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes for a holiday of a lifetime.
Kenya Safari & Beach
12 days, 11 nights Stay at the fabulous Giraffe Manor, followed by a thrilling safari to the world-famous Masai Mara, and finally relax in Mombasa at a beautiful beachfront hotel.
Prices from £3,595pp – flights from London included.
Travel on the 6 or 13 March 2021 Book by 31 July 2020 Subject to availability, based on 2 people sharing.
Highlights of Kenya
8 days, 7 nights Search for the ‘big five’ while on safari in Lake Naivasha and the world famous Masai Mara for 3 nights then relax by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Prices from £1,399pp – including international flights from London. Special: 2 for 1 Masai Mara Ballooning Offer
£275 Buy one get one FREE
Travel on the 08 June 2021. Book by 31 July 2020 Subject to availability, based on 2 people sharing
All in one Uganda
10 days, 9 nights This immersive itinerary showcases the beauty of Uganda with game drives, boat rides and trekking, bringing you face to face with the magnificent Chimpanzees and Gorillas.
Prices from £3,865pp – flights from London included.
Travel between 09 July 2021
Book by 31 July 2020 Subject to availability, based on 2 people sharing
Last year we took our 6 & 7 year old children on a trip around the world. We planned everything ourselves except Africa. We hired Rare Encounters to help plan our trip to Africa. Geraldine is a wealth of knowledge on all things Africa. I would not have trusted anyone else to plan our trip. We had so my questions and really didn’t know what to expect. She helped us narrow down all our... options and came up with an incredible itinerary. We made three stops: Botswana, Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe. Each stop was completely different from each other. Geraldine helped us choose options that accommodated our six and seven year olds in all aspects including their picky appetites. Out of the 9 countries and 14 cities we visited, our trip to Africa was the highlight. It was incredible and an experience we talk about together as a family all the time. I can highly recommend Geraldine to plan your trip! She can accommodate any budget level, any adventure level and any age level. We look forward to working with her to plan our next Safari!read more
Geraldine is undoubtedly a fantastic and passionate African safari specialist, but she also organises holidays to other destinations, in our case we had her help in planning a family trip to Greece with our toddler. Every step of the way Geraldine's attention to detail and efficiency was second to none and she managed to tick every box of our requirements (and there were quite a few!) to find us... the perfect location and accommodation! We had the most wonderful time, which will stay with us forever, and we're very grateful for Geraldine's expertise and commitment to delivering such a professional and caring service - thank you!read more
I would give Geraldine and Rare Encounters 10 stars if possible! Geraldine goes out of her way to accomodate any budget, any wishes and any needs. Me & my friend booked our very first trip to Kenya with Geraldine and it was the best thing I did in my life. We had 24/7 support before, during and after the trip. Geraldine was so incredibly supportive and we built a special bond. To this date we... exchange tips about holidays! We stayed in the most amazing places and everything was perfectly organised for us. Geraldine really listens to what you want from the trip and builds it around it! If you're thinking to book through Rare Encounters - stop thinking and start booking! You won't get a better experience and value for money!read more
Top safari en famille selon mon fils son plus beau voyage ! Des conditions top, un guide driver adorable prudent et très attentif, un safari en vélo extraordinaire, des lodges tip top, les animaux au rendez vous et je redoutais le monde mais finalement avec un guide malin on réussit à éviter et à vivre un vrai safari nature et tranquille ! Extraordinaire voyage organisé par Geraldine... hyper pro compétente disponible ! Geraldine a même réussi à nous organiser à la demande de mon mari un transfert un train chose rarement demandée ! Du sur mesure impeccable ! A refaire et à recommander sans hésiter !read more
I wanted to have a long vacation in Namibia last Year , driving around with my friend . It was a very ambitious itinerary but when I contacted Geraldine , she immediately started to plan it and made very good suggestions and gave us excellent advice for the route . She was excellent for answering all my questions and showed great care for choosing all the accommodations. All the details were... carried out efficiently and promptly . Needless to say that our vacation was absolutely perfect . We did not have any issues and the accommodations were breathtaking. One of the best vacations I have had . I am using Geraldine for my future travel in Africa . She is excellent and experienced agent who truly enjoys putting together amazing tours in Africa .read more