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The Safari Guide


Bench Africa proudly presents The Safari Guide; a digital magazine brought to you by our team of proud and passionate Africa experts at Bench Africa. This stylish digital magazine, aimed at the sophisticated, savvy traveller, was born out of an innate desire to encourage more meaningful travel throughout the continent of Africa - in all its rich diversity. Each issue is packed with Africa travel news, sustainable travel ideas, insider tips, fervent tales, electrifying videos and dramatic imagery. If you care about our planet, if you’re desperate to get off the beaten track, if you want to mingle with the locals or just experience ‘the extraordinary’ in Africa then The Safari Guide has it all.


The Africa Travel Inspiration App

Bench Africa proudly presents 'The Safari Guide'! A digital Africa travel magazine brought to you by our team of proud and passionate Africa experts at Bench Africa.

This stylish digital magazine, aimed at the sophisticated, savvy traveller, was born out of an innate desire to encourage more meaningful travel throughout the continent of Africa - in all its rich diversity. Each issue is packed with Africa travel news, sustainable travel ideas, insider tips, fervent tales, electrifying videos, and dramatic imagery. If you care about our planet, if you’re desperate to get off the beaten track, if you want to mingle with the locals or just experience ‘the extraordinary’ in Africa then The Safari Guide has it all.

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When it comes to Africa travel from Australia Bench Africa are the trailblazers. Bench was the very first Africa travel specialist here in Australia, over 50 years ago, and we are proud to still be recognised as the most prominent Africa travel specialist in this part of the world.

The Safari Guide is our niche in-house magazine, highlighting the unexplored and unusual travel destinations and experiences in Africa. We have lovingly handcrafted this publication with the intention of showcasing the amazing victories in conservation and sustainable tourism. Our mission? To constantly challenge our readers to expand your imagination, step out of your comfort zone and lose yourselves in a remarkable journey in Africa, beyond mass-market package tours.

We believe that The Safari Guide is the most effective way to inspire you to travel the path less trodden and promote awareness, admiration, and respect for the varying cultures, wildlife, and landscapes of Africa.

The Story Behind The Safari Guide


The magazine was launched in January 2019 to mark Bench Africa's momentous 50th anniversary. Working on the magazine really got us thinking about the origins of Bench Africa and how much we have evolved over our 50 years. In 1969, when Bench was born, many people’s perception of Africa was limited, having only ever been exposed to a few big highlights, such as Kruger and the Masai Mara. At that time our biggest role was getting Africa into the spotlight!

Today, our responsibility is more complex and a heck of a lot more rewarding.

As Sir David Attenborough said, ‘every single one of us has a responsibility' for our earth and we see tourism as a vital tool for protecting Africa’s wildlife, landscapes, and culture. The more visitors who go on safari, the greater the impact that we can have on a local level and so we strive to convey a fresh twist on the better-known places, and uncover travel destinations in Africa that you may not yet be aware of – these are the areas that need our help most of all.

We are grateful to everyone who has shared our journey over the past 50 years and we look forward to helping you embrace the road less travelled.

We guarantee it will make all the difference


The Safari Guide Magazine Editor Lara Behrens and Publisher Martin Edwards - the Africa safari experts at Bench Africa


WHY TRAVEL WITH BENCH AFRICA?

TAILORED TO YOU

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

RENOWNED SERVICE

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.

FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE

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 CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE

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.

WE BELIEVE IN VALUE

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.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

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.

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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.


Booking

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.


Documentation

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.



Get in touch today to discuss your Africa safari tour!
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