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About Us

We are so glad you wanted to learn a little bit more about us!

Award winning Africa travel specialist Bench Africa is Australia's leading Africa travel company. Our passionate and knowledgeable team of experts are on hand to personally help design your ideal Africa experience - organising everything from the moment you call us until the moment you arrive safely back in Australia.


Why Travel with Bench Africa?



We take the time to understand what you enjoy so we can create the perfect holiday for you.


Established in 1969, Bench Africa is Australia’s oldest and most trusted Africa safari specialist. This year we celebrate 50 years of providing stylish, unusual and utterly memorable Africa holidays. That means we have half a century's worth of experience under our belts. And what's more, in July 2018 Bench Africa were proud to be named 'Best Specialty Wholesaler' determined by a panel of industry experts at the National Travel Industry Awards.


Every member of the Bench family has a true passion for Africa and has travelled extensively throughout the continent, with many having lived and worked there.


We see tourism as a vital tool for protecting Africa's remarkable wildlife and culture and at Bench Africa we pride ourselves on our approach to ethical tourism, upholding these values across our 'Big Five' pillars. With these pillars in place, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are visiting these extraordinary countries in Africa with the utmost respect, leaving the picturesque places as you might like to find them and ensuring that local communities benefit from your visit.


Our advice comes from first-hand experience and we work hard so that our clients can make well-informed decisions and book their perfect holiday. Our quality of service and expertise makes our value for money very hard to beat.



Bench Africa has the experience and knowledge of Africa to ensure that any holiday booked with us exceeds your expectations! We have designed tailor-made itineraries for thousands of very happy guests over the years because we understand that this may be your ‘once in a lifetime’ dream to travel to Africa. It is our job to make sure that it is everything that you dreamed it could be... and more.

Don't just take our word for it... make sure you take a peek at our independent customer reviews on Trustpilot.

We look forward to helping you choose the African experience that suits you, whether you've been before or are going for the very first time.

All Part of the Bench Africa Service

Expert Africa Travel Consultation

Expert Consultation

Bench Africa offers a no obligation fully personalised, valuable and friendly consultation with one of our Africa experts who will tailor-make a special itinerary to suit you and your requirements.



From flights to accommodation, tours and transfers to a varied range of exciting activities we offer a one-stop-shop for booking your Africa adventures. Our aim is to exceed every expectation.


We send out your personalised safari documentation for you to take on your travels. These little touches make your safari experience even more special and your documents are the perfect keepsake!

24/7 Support While Travelling

We have offices in South Africa & Kenya, as well as a 24-hour Bench Africa Emergency Support Desk in Australia. We are with you every step of the way, until you land safely back in your home country.

The History of Bench Africa - The Experts in Africa Travel

Africa travel experts historyThe story began when Charles Bench initially arrived in Australia 50 years ago to play tennis from one continent to the other, while taking a break from his duties as Sales Manager for South African Airways in London. Making many friends along the way, he discovered that holidays to South Africa from Australia were almost non-existent. What a golden opportunity! With his love of the safari life and encouraged at being a pioneer, Charles migrated to Australia in March 1969 and opened his doors for business. Bench Africa was established.

Interest in South Africa exploded in the 70's and for the next 38 years the safari company grew from strength to strength with Charles at the helm surrounding himself with a team of Africa travel specialists sharing his passion for Africa and cementing Bench's reputation for being the "Africa Experts". When Charles retired in 2007, the company was sold to his ground operator in East Africa - Southern Cross Safaris - a Kenya based company with an even longer history of taking clients on quality safaris. Since then, Bench Africa has gone again from strength to strength, increasing their portfolio of destinations and variety of experiences offered throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Charles' principles of 'an in-depth knowledge and passion for Africa' will never change at Bench, so you will always find an enthusiastic and knowledgeable reservations team to assist with any enquiry.

The Bench Africa Travel Specialist Team

We believe we have the best team of Africa experts in the industry who are passionate about the destination and specialise solely in holidays to Africa. With their knowledge and personal experiences, they will happily assist in planning your ideal safari holiday. There are also several other behind-the-scenes members of the Bench staff that assist with marketing, operations and accounts, and are vital in the success of the company. Please read more about our fantastic team of experts in the right hand section of the page.

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