If you’re a former Bench Africa employee, then you might want to avoid reading this for fear that one major past decision may have cost you the trip of a lifetime – a completely no-strings-attached African safari.

Bench Africa invited the industry around to a special 50th-anniversary lunch this week, during which the tour operator announced that as a birthday present it was giving its entire hard-working team a free trip.

Anyone else kicking themselves right now for not considering a position with the African experts sooner?


The African safari will be supported by Bench Africa’s long-time partners, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, who are also celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

The joint celebration will see Bench fly its team to South Africa where they’ll sleep at the luxurious Sabi Sabi private lodges in South Africa for four nights. The whirlwind trip will include safaris, fine food and many a champagne toasting to Bench’s 50 years.


“50 years is a remarkable achievement in any industry, especially one that can be as temperamental as African travel.”

Martin Edwards, Bench Africa General Manager

“We all share a passion for Africa so for this special occasion why not share this experience with each other?”

The tour operator is planning to continue its 50th-anniversary celebrations with Travel Advisors during its upcoming roadshows. Keep an eye out on KARRYON for more details.


In the meantime, consultants can log onto Bench Africa’s new ‘Bench! Help!’ website (click here to check it out) that’s designed to assist trade with consulting and converting Africa enquiries.

Working with the experienced team of reservations consultants, the tour operator has developed a list of the most important qualifying questions to be asked, so consultants can get the best answers from their clients.

“It’s taking the stress out of an African enquiry and nice to know that giving your clients the trip that best suits is as simple as asking Bench for help,” says Trade Relations Manager Cameron Neill.


How did your company celebrate its last major anniversary?