Happy New Year one and all! 2017 was an absolutely incredible year for Africa travel! Bench had a record year and introduced thousands to the magic of Africa. Some of you returned to the continent for a second, third or even fourth time. And with a continent as large and diverse as Africa who can blame you?
New Year resolutions have been made and we hope that travel made it onto the short list! Here are our reasons that you should bump Africa travel up to the very top of your list this year...
Firstly, there really is nowhere else on the planet that compare when it comes to wildlife, wild lands and rich traditions, which is why Africa is so addictive.
If you choose to travel to Africa with Bench Africa then we can show you the magnificent ‘Big Five’ and the endangered mountain gorillas and give you the opportunity to witness the great wildebeest migration or the majesty of Victoria Falls.
Let Bench introduce you to the vibrant people and cultures of Africa, as well as a new way of thinking - 'hakuna matata'!
What's even better is that your travel can contribute to the local communities, as well as some amazing wildlife conservation programs.
Here are some of our top ideas to inspire your Africa travel in 2018.
Each of these carefully handcrafted itineraries is guaranteed to leave you with memories to last you a lifetime.
A safari in East Africa offers a unique and wonderfully authentic safari experience. This small group tour traverses through Kenya and Tanzania by road visiting the ultimate safari highlights. Venture into the stunning Serengeti National Park, the famous Masai Mara, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park which stands in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain - Mt Kilimanjaro.
Two countries, six distinctive game areas and 12 days of adventure and wildlife charm; this is East Africa at its finest.
A safari doesn’t have to cost the earth, and Makutsi is a fantastic example of this. This family-owned lodge is the perfect option for those who want to experience Africa on a shoestring. The lodge is unique in that it specialises in long stays, with guests staying for a minimum of a week at a time, with a high number returning time and time again.
Choose between a stay at the main camp, experiencing the daily game drives and excursions or you can venture out on a more adventurous walking safari, staying at a combination of their Main Camp and Tented Camp. The walking safari offers a perfect mix of diversity, comfort and adventure. Get up close and personal with nature and let experienced nature guides show you all the stories the South African bush has to tell.
Experience in a week the fascinating world of Africa’s animals on this scheduled small group departure with a maximum of seven passengers.
This small group traverses through the country by road, visiting all the ultimate safari Kenyan highlights. First venture into the world famous Masai Mara where you can witness the largest concentration of animals in Africa. Glimpse the rare reticulated giraffe in Samburu, enjoy breathtaking birding in Lake Nakuru National Park and learn about the world-renowned conservation efforts in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
This Journey takes us through some of Botswana’s and Zimbabwe’s magnificent game reserves. Starting and ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Just some of the highlights of this trip include a game drive in Hwange National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve, Greater Khwai, a two-day Okavango Delta excursion and the Chobe National Park
Gorilla trekking is a bucket list experience that everyone should experience once in their lives.
This friendly and simple lodge is located approximately 10 minutes from the park offices, at the base of Sabyinyo Volcano, with exceptional views. The lodge is set in well maintained gardens, the main area houses a bar and restaurant serving buffet style home cooked food and local entertainment is offered in the evenings.
The gorilla permit is not included in the price of the price quoted, and in Rwanda costs $1,500 per person. Much of the revenue from the gorilla permits is dedicated to fighting poaching and revenue from tourism is the only way that these endangered species will ever survive.
Internationally regarded as one of the most scenic regions in the world with year round sunshine and no malaria, the Eastern Cape is a much sought after destination.
Join us on a group tour journeying through South Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’ and experience the highlights of Route 62, magnificent scenery, quaint, charming towns and Knysna Lagoon in this premier tourist destination. With pristine beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, the Garden Route is a place to restore your soul and revitalise your body and mind.
For sheer weight of number and species of animals, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably one of the world’s best and most rewarding safari experiences. The open grasslands offer excellent game spotting opportunities and the phenomena of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, together with the crossing of the Mara River, is one of the world’s most remarkable sights.
With a choice of Classic or Superior accommodation, this unique safari operates weekly between the prime months of July and October and with four nights spent in the Mara itself, offers the opportunity to witness some of these world-renowned and documented sights.
A journey with lots of contrast from the game enriched plains of the famous Serengeti to the salt pans of Lake Manyara. A further high point of your journey is the Ngorongoro Crater and Ol’Duvai Gorge, both unique sites and a must for any visitor to Tanzania.
With a choice of Classic or Superior accommodation, this safari is a perfect add-on to one of our Kenyan safaris.
South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Zimbabwe
Your journey kicks off in Cape Town on this small group safari with a maximum of 12 passengers.
Travel through the Cederberg Mountains, explore the Orange River by canoe and marvel at the Fish River Canyon. Experience breathtaking sand dunes in Sossusvlei and encounter seals at Cape Cross. Continue north for some wonderful game viewing in Etosha National Park before travelling through the outstanding Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana and on to the iconic Victoria Falls, where the safari ends.
Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country with its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife.
Experience the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park.
The trip is interspersed with activities such as game drives, scenic walks and visiting the spectacular and ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – altogether a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat.
WHY BENCH AFRICA?
TAILORED TO YOU
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 original and most prominent Africa safari specialist. This year we are celebrating 48 years of providing stylish, unusual and utterly memorable Africa holidays.
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.
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Our quality of service and expertise makes our value for money very hard to beat.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
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.
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