Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
Set high on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, and minutes from the Victoria Falls by road, the multi award-winning four star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge prides itself on its hospitality and food, rivalled only by the location with uninterrupted views over the bush, and waterholes often teeming with wildlife during the day and night. Each of the 72 newly renovated en-suite rooms is air-conditioned with its own terrace or balcony overlooking the bush. The Safari Suites are a unique set of spacious suites, perfect for families, with two or three bedrooms, wonderful views of the surrounding bush and a waterhole that attracts amazing wildlife to the area.
Day 1 - Victoria Falls
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Dinner this evening will be taken at the lodge. (D)
Late afternoon you will be collected and transferred to the Zambezi River for a Sunset cruise with sundowner drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge for dinner. River Usage Fee: USD10.00 per person payable locally to the driver.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a plateau, which forms a natural boundary to the unfenced Zambezi National Park. Just four kms from the Victoria Falls, this lovely lodge with 72 rooms has a truly African ambience and prides itself on its hospitality, food and uninterrupted views overlooking a water-hole that attracts a variety of game including elephant and large herds of buffalo.
Day 2 to Day 3 - Victoria Falls
Enjoy a morning tour of the Falls: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World the Victoria Falls is a truly spectacular sight. Experience the awesome unspoilt grandeur starting at Livingstone’s statue and Devil’s Cataract and proceed through the rain forest to Danger Point. The walk is 3km and there are many view points to stop at along the way.
Entry into Victoria Falls National Park is USD30.00 per person payable to Zimbabwe National Parks at the gate.
Return to the Lodge to enjoy a “Vulture Culture” table d’hote lunch at Makuwa Kuwa restaurant. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
This evening you will take the shuttle transfer from the main reception to ‘The Boma – Place of Eating’. The Boma nestles in a Gusu Forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies. The Boma provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. Specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, everyone’s tastes are catered for and the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews. Traditional dancing and drumming takes place throughout the evening to entertain you. (BLD)
Day 4 - End of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 19 Sep 20 - 14 Nov 20 $1,100 $1,330
- 15 Nov 20 - 20 Dec 20 $795 $960
- 21 Dec 20 - 31 Dec 20 $1,100 $1,330
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Once in a Lifetime
We travelled to Africa as our once in a lifetime visit to experience a cross section of Southern and Eastern Africa. As a couple travelling with a good friend on single supplement, the three of us were totally impressed with Katelyn's ability to ensure that our requested 'in country' travel itinerary was arranged perfectly. We booked our own international flights before we chose Bench Africa to complete the 'in country itinerary'. Our trip involved a mix of various tours and independent requests/arrangements all booked through Bench Africa. All of these worked perfectly, with the accommodation, meals and transport (land and air) very well coordinated by Katelyn such that there were no problems with this relatively complicated itinerary. The standard of accommodation, meals and travel exceeded our expectations. Our 5 weeks included South Africa (rail, road and air), Kenya / Tanzania (12 day Safari), Zambia/ Zimbabwe and Botswana (land and air). Whilst we paid more than what we initially thought, Katelyn expanded our horizons on what was possible with the result that we achieved more than that we wanted to achieve for this adventure. This journey was faultless, value for money and a credit to Katelyn and Bench Africa. We highly recommend Bench Africa.Henry, Sue and Jean Destination: Kenya
Trip of a lifetime
I was travelling solo and had a budget for my Africa trip. Katelyn at Bench Africa arranged my holiday around specific interests I requested and within a time frame. And it was well executed and planned from start to finish, nothing was left out from the timing of transfers, reputable accommodation at all 3 destinations, internal flights, prepaid meals, pre paid events etc. Katelyn was very thorough and any issues I had raised was resolved promptly.
I started at Cape Town, then in Kruger for my safari, then onwards to Victoria Falls.
Katelyn also reassured me that travelling solo in South Africa would be safe and I certainly can say I never felt uneasy or needed to be worried. This gave me the confidence to enjoy my holiday much more.
I highly recommend Bench Africa to take care of your next holiday to Africa, it will make it stress free and organised, so you can just relax and enjoy!Ali Destination: South Africa
Realiable and Proffessional
We first came across Bench Africa via their great tour booklet at the travel agents. We then went to a travel expo and spoke to Nicky who was absolutely bursting with enthusiasm about us booking a trip. Our plans which thanks to Bench all came together without a hitch - we stayed at Chobe Marina Lodge in Botswana, then onto Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, then a night in Johannesburg before finishing off at Makanyane in Madikwe. Everything was booked and noted for us in a folder with loads of extra information, contact numbers for pick ups along the way etc.
I think for piece of mind it is SO worth using a trustworthy and reliable company when booking a trip to Africa as you do not want to waste a minute of your time trying to arrange things once you get there.
I can't wait to go back to Africa and experience even more.
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Fantastic experience from the booking all the way through to returning home!Shannon Woodward Destination: Kenya
Every experience was better than the next
We were in Southern Africa for 2 weeks and everything ran smoothly. Everything ran on time and we never had a worry. Would recommend bench to anyoneDianne and Craig Punshon Destination: South Africa
A fantastic trip organised by Bench
Bench Africa organised an excellent trip to Southern Africa for me in June/July 2017. Choice of hotels, safari experiences, tours & transfers exceeded my expectations. I particularly loved Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The details of my trip were beautifully presented in an A5 spiral booklet , giving lots of extra information such as tipping etc, and keeping everything together. I have been recommending Bench to my friends since my return. Thanks so much! Trip of a lifetime.Anne Fortune
Very experienced in African Travel
Very experienced in African Travel, tailored our trip to our likes and dislikes, pricing was also matched to our budget.
Everything went to plan, no hidden surprises, all tour companies used in Africa were experienced and reliable.
Accommodation chosen was superb.
Tanzania, Kenya, Victoria Falls and South Africa, absolutely AMAZING!
We booked and chose our African experience through our local travel agent. After perusing all the booklets and catalogues available on Africa, Bench International had by far the more comprehensive trips and covered exactly what we were looking for. They covered a variety of levels of accommodation, sights and tour sizes. We were looking for small group, personalised safari's staying in secure accommodation along with a self-drive garden route finish within our budget. Bench put together the most amazing 5 weeks of our lives in August/September this year, covering our total wish list and more. They then provided ALL the information possible in a travel booklet including our itinerary, country information, approximately what amount of money we would require,tipping advice etc that we used like a bible on a daily basis.
We started our trip in Arusha where we arrived at lunch time and had the afternoon to spare. Our Bench advisor 'Charles' who met at us our Hotel after being collected from the airport by our first tour guide 'Edwin', advised us not to leave the secured grounds of our accommodation. At our disappointment of being stuck in a room all afternoon (after 5 flights from Australia over the previous 2 days) Charles went over and beyond our expectations and arranged for a friend to come and collect us and take us for a 31/2 hour walk through Arusha and experience the local people and markets, then onto the local Tanzanite museum. We felt very secure in his company and had the most amazing insight into this city that would otherwise never have been available to us. The next morning 'Edwin' began our 7 day, Tanzanian part of the '12 day Highlights of East Africa' tour including Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti N/P & Lake Manyara N/P. Bench matched us perfectly with another couple of similar age and personality to make our small group tour extremely enjoyable - and found us new life long friends. Edwin had over 10 years experience as a tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable and could not do enough for us before leaving us at the Kenyan border for 'Freddie' our next very experienced tour guide. Freddie took us on to Amboseli N/P, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru & Nairobi. By the time Freddie completed our Highlights of East Africa tour, we had seen ALL of the Big 5, some several times over! This included a Lioness killing a Warthog, Leopard attack on Gazelle, mating Rhino's & Lions, many Elephants and Buffalo on a daily basis - ALL at very close range. AMAZING! From here we flew to Zimbabwe for 4 days at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. We are so glad Bench offered the extra optional activities of a Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls & the Zambezi River which gives a whole different appreciation of this landscape from the sky; Elephant Back Safari and Lion encounter which gave us very personal time learning about these amazing animals and walking/riding with them through their natural environment and not in caged areas. From here we flew to Cape Town and on our own began a 12 day self-drive Garden Route trip. With a suggestion list from Bench we explored Cape Town, the Winelands and the garden route up to Port Elizabeth. Our hire car & accommodation once again was perfectly arranged to our taste and budget.
During our trip we stayed in top hotels, tented lodges and on a coffee farm. All this accommodation was immaculate, well presented and many provided 3 meals a day including a packed lunch box on the days we were on Safari drives. At no time on our tour did we feel unsecure as our guides were local people with great local knowledge. Everything went perfectly to plan with our very experienced tour guides Edwin and Freddie offering over and above what we expected. We would highly recommend Bench International to anyone and if we were ever to return to these beautiful countries would never travel with anyone else. Thank you Bench and your tour staff for a once in a lifetime most amazing holiday to Africa.
Rob & Carleen Hargreaves, Queensland