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by Lara Behrens
28th December 2016 Staff Recommended
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The Experts at Bench Africa
The Experts at Bench Africa

1. Lyndal | Africa Expert - You are going to have to book earlier this year!

Africa has really taken off this year. South Africa especially is such a great value destination right now that Aussies are flocking over in their droves.

Availability for the more popular destinations is starting to get a bit scarce, and there are already properties that have completely booked out for 2018 (can you believe it?) so please get in touch with us as early as you can! Why not get the ball rolling now, and something on hold with us?

We don't want you to miss out!

2. James | Africa Expert - Don't be Afraid to Travel in Shoulder Season

Travel in the shoulder season means discounted rates, with a more exclusive safari experience due to lower tourist numbers.

In theory, the downside of going on safari at this time of year, aside from unpredictable weather, and the possibility of afternoon rain showers is that finding wildlife can be a little more tricky. When it does rain though it brings an explosion of colour, plant life, babies animals, and migrating birds which makes for a truly special safari and amazing photographs.

3. Maria | Africa Expert - Why not self drive in Africa?

In South Africa and Namibia you have the option of self-driving.

Not only is this is a safe option in these countries but it's also a brilliant way to keep down costs AND you can travel at your own pace, stopping to take in the wonders whenever the mood takes you!

I did a self-drive in Namibia and would highly recommend it. I never once felt unsafe and loved the freedom it gave me to see and do what I wanted to.

4. Karen | Africa Expert - You have to see East Africa!

While you'll undoubtedly arrive in East Africa accompanied by your own visions of what it will be like, you can be sure that your expectations will be blown out of the water by the diversity and vibrancy of the region. From the quintessential grasslands of the Kenyan savannah to the lush jungles and tea plantations of Uganda, you will be awestruck at the variety this exceptional corner of the world offers.

5. Julie | Africa Expert - Look out for our Africa special offers

Budget conscious travellers should keep an eye on the website or our Facebook page for our Bench Africa special offers.

Or, of course you can just speak to our Africa experts who know all our special offers and will be able to recommend an itinerary which offers excellent value for money thanks to free night offers, discounted rates, or other value-adds that we have negotiated for our clients.

6. Cameron | Africa Expert - Enrol in Safari School

To go hand in hand with the release of Bench Africa’s new website, we are very excited to announce the public launch of Bench Africa’s Safari School - a FREE Africa informational hub!

As one of the leading authorities in Australia regarding safaris to Africa, we feel responsible for educating and assisting you to develop your knowledge of Africa.

Safari School is a new and exclusive Africa training tool to give you all the information you need to help you learn about travel in Africa to help you plan your Africa adventure!

Safari School is made up of five modules, representing one of Africa Big 5 animals (Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Rhino and Leopard). Within each module there are short videos full of useful information and fun facts. These bite-sized videos cover everything from introducing Africa, the different areas you can visit, getting there, the highlights, the wildlife, seasons of travel and much much more.

7. Nicky | Africa Expert - Be prepared!

Before you head off on your adventure in Africa you are definitely going to want to check out our country-specific Trip Planner, for handy tips on everything from when to travel, visa requirements and recommended reading. It’s our job to make sure that you are fully prepared before you head off into the wilds of Africa!

Here’s an example of our South Africa Trip Planner, as an example. (You can select your preferred Trip Planner using the left-hand bar on the website).

8. Gideon | Africa Expert - Don’t forget the importance of your safari guide.

When you adventure into amazing, wild and exhilarating Africa, there is one thing you must have – an experienced friend, to safely guide you on the best ways to enjoy the adventure of your lifetime.

Your guide can make or break your whole safari experience!

9. Hank | Africa Expert - Don’t put it off!

South Africa is renowned for providing visitors with some of the most incredible experiences around, from splashing in the surf at Cape Town to holding your breath as you watch a pride of lions on a game drive.

However, for a number of people, the very things that make South Africa unique can also make the prospect of visiting a daunting one. Fortunately, we're here to dispel some of the myths surrounding travel in South Africa, so you can get stuck into planning your next adventure.

10. Martin | General Manager - Speak to one of our Africa experts!

There are so many things to weigh up when travelling to Africa… when is the best time to go? What should I see and do? How long should I go for? How much will it cost? All of these can vary immensely, and the first question to ask yourself is where in Africa you want to visit…

For many first time travellers to Africa, deciding between South Africa and East Africa can be quite difficult – especially if it is a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip. There is no denying that a safari holiday is a costly experience, so choosing the correct option is important. So, which destination should you choose?

Our Africa experts can help you work through your ideas and tailor-make an itinerary to suit your requirements. Call us on 1300 AFRICA (237 422)



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