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Australia's original African Safari Company

South Africa • Namibia • Botswana • Zimbabwe • Zambia • Malawi • Kenya • Tanzania • Zanzibar • Uganda • Rwanda • Madagascar • Mauritius • Mozambique • Egypt • Morocco • Jordan • Oman • Dubai • Abu Dhabi

The Benchmark for African Travel since 1969

Bench Africa pioneered the concept of safaris to Africa from Australia in 1969 and continues to set the benchmark for quality and excellence in the industry, solidifying its position as the premier provider of the finest African safaris. To this day, Bench Africa remains dedicated to upholding its high standards and providing its customers with unforgettable African safari experiences.

The Bench Africa team of consultants has travelled and experienced Africa and is as passionate about this beautiful continent and what it offers in the way of wildlife, culture and the many varied landscapes as you will be.

This is a collection of incomparable experiences throughout Africa from natural landscapes to cityscapes to mountains, salt pans, rivers, waterfalls, beaches and oceans.

Choose the African experience that suits you, whether you've been before or are going for the very first time.

Bench Africa has been taking Australians on safari in Africa for over 50 years and has long-standing relationships with their operators on the ground, ensuring smooth, effortless travel to Africa's best spots.

Enjoy the wildlife, culture and scenery of countries as far apart as South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. Add the attractions of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and, more recently, Malawi and you have countless opportunities for an unforgettable "African Experience".


Highlights featured include Kruger National Park, the Blue Train and the Cape Winelands in South Africa, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, home to 3 million animals, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the incredible sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia, the great animal migration through Tanzania and Kenya to the Masai Mara, Kilimanjaro in Kenya, the incredible experience of trekking through gorilla territory in Rwanda and Uganda, seeing the pyramids and the museums in Egypt… plus details on how to top it all off with an island stay in Mauritius, Mozambique, Lamu or Zanzibar.

Tailor Made Safaris

As an alternative to joining one of the many scheduled departures throughout Africa, why not consider your very own private safari? Bench Africa has the flexibility to tailor an itinerary to suit you – and in some areas even with your own personal driver/guide. This way you can travel when you wish, to the destinations that you choose. From small boutique hotels in Cape Town to popular game lodges and remote tented camps in the bush, there is something for everyone. No matter how off the beaten track you go, you will find elegance, ambience and top quality service, ranging from private homesteads and luxury tented camps to the larger game lodges and more moderately priced hotels.

Small Group Tours

Bench Africa offers small locally escorted group tours in Africa, from weekly departures in East Africa, with a maximum of seven passengers, to those wanting to join a select group of only 12 guests in Southern Africa. Travelling with a dedicated professional, discover some of our favourite places and stay at exclusive properties in comfort and style. Rest assured you will be taken care of from the very moment you arrive until you depart with some truly memorable experiences.

Flying Safaris

Travel to Africa on a journey that is as exceptional as the destination. In Kenya, experience a unique combination of adventure, relaxation, service and culinary delights amid the African wilderness, on safari in our luxury Cessna Caravan taking you to some of Kenya's best National Parks and Reserves. With air-conditioning, personal intercom system and qualified safari guide onboard, this offers something very different to any other air safari in Africa.


Hiring a car in either South Africa or Namibia is much easier than you would expect. With a range of vehicles available and the ease of driving on the left, self-driving between areas gives guests the flexibility to move at their ideal pace and stop for sightseeing detours whenever desired. Tailoring an itinerary, a self-drive journey will allow you to make the absolute most of your holiday at an affordable price.

Rail Journeys

Southern Africa is blessed by the legacy of comprehensive rail tracks left by former colonists, with a large network covering South Africa but also stretching into neighbouring countries and as far north as Tanzania in East Africa. Highlights include the Rovos Rail, referred to as 'The Most Luxurious Train in the World', and the South African travel icon, The Blue Train. With journeys from two to 15 days, why not consider incorporating a rail journey into your African experience.


Africa is one of the most romantic continents in the world for honeymoons! Whether you want to find privacy in the African bush under mosquito nets, in a secluded tree top hideaway, be treated like royalty with private dinners on white sandy beaches lapping the Indian Ocean, or toast your life together with a glass of Champagne at the world renowned Victoria Falls, we can arrange it all, and leave you with memories never to be forgotten.

Family Holidays

The popularity of family safaris to Africa is booming with parents and grandparents wanting their families to experience a fun-filled holiday with the added educational aspect of the animals, bush environment and African culture. In South Africa there are several malaria-free areas that add to the attraction of taking young children on safari without worrying about medication. Many of the lodges and camps throughout East and Southern Africa now welcome and cater for families.

Your Own Group Tour

If you'd like to explore destinations with your family or a group of friends, Africa won't disappoint. There are a number of wonderful locations in Africa perfect for group travel. Bench Africa specialises in arranging various types of packages for group travellers and can craft a travel plan that's ideal for your 'herd'. You can choose from different types of travel itineraries, escorted or independent, photographic or special interest.

Indian Ocean Island Holidays

Many travellers are choosing to finish off their safari experience with a relaxing beach break at exotic spots like Zanzibar, Lamu Island, Mauritius, Madagascar or the hidden gems along the coast of Mozambique. Africa's neighbouring islands in the Indian Ocean and the beautiful coastlines of Kenya and Mozambique provide ideal settings for relaxing post-safari holidays. With their beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and tropical vegetation comes a choice of superb accommodation in places like Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mozambique and Mauritius. A highlight of all these popular destinations is the exotic cuisine, ranging from rich Creole flavours, Indian curries, Muslim biryanis to tangy Chinese stir-fries.

Like many of Bench Africa's guests, you're bound to come back more than once to experience it all!

Contents include:

  • Tailor made Safaris & Group Tours
  • Best Selling Tours
  • South Africa
  • Train Journeys
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zambia & Zimbabwe
  • Kenya & Tanzania
  • Uganda & Rwanda
  • Madagascar
  • Indian Ocean –  Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Mozambique
  • Egypt
  • North Africa & Arabia – Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi

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