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Botswana Tourism Board Trade Newsletter December 2009 - 2nd Issue
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Family Friedly Safaris

Family Friendly Safaris

Not sure if a Botswana safari adventure is suitable for families? Wonder no more. Botswana is an ideal country to introduce children to the wonders of nature and to the joy of a safari. With several Tour Operators and Botswana Safari Camps creating specially tailored ‘family friendly’ adventure, your clients can be enjoying a family adventure of a lifetime. Click on the headlines below to find out more about three companies’ offerings.

Families Come First With Family Safaris by &Beyond (formerly CC Africa)
Tour operator & Beyond: caters to adventurers of all ages with family friendly safaris designed to keep the young ones entertained and the adults enthralled with wildlife, delectable dining, and family friendly activities in this natural and extraordinary playground.

Scavenger Hunts, Kiddie Game Drives, Tracking Safaris, Pod and Seed collecting, and so much more await children and their families at & Beyond’s family safari adventures. Children are brought into the safari experience with activities that appeal to kids of all ages.

To learn more visit:

Families Rule at Ker and Downey Botswana Young Explorers Camp
A personal chef, two professional guides, and a private camp just for the family! Ker and Downey Botswana's Young Explorers Camp offers an exclusive family safari experience unlike any other…

Based at Edo’s camp on a game conservancy in the western Kalahari, this safari adventure provides families with the opportunity to have their own private camp with a staff dedicated exclusively to their needs and an adventure tailor-made to keep children engaged in the safari experience.

To learn more visit:

Funky Fun for Families with Uncharted Africa Safari co.
Families can go off the beaten path and explore Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert environment at a selection of family friendly camps, such as San Camp and Camp Kalahari, and Planet Baobab - the fresh, funky and affordable oasis in amongst a grove of ancient baobabs. Activities include quad bike safaris across the pans, camping out under the stars, habituated meerkats and much much more. To explore family friendly itineraries and options, visit:

Desert & Delta Safaris Expands Family Travel Camp Options
Desert & Delta Safari has just released a number of changes to their child policy, enabling families to enjoy an African Safari together.

- Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge now accept children of all ages

- Sayute Safari Lodge, Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge and Leroo La Tau now accept children older than six.

For more information contact:

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Check out these travel specials: Letaka Safaris, African Travel, Botswana Holiday Check Out These Travel Specials

Letaka Safaris …Take A Seat On Us!
Letaka Safaris will give you a free seat if you arrange a group of six or more persons excluding yourself for any birding safari (please check availability first). Check out the birding safari page for more details on itineraries click here.

The company also offers special rates for late bookings on safaris that are not yet fully booked as well as reconnaissance trips they undertake to explore new areas. To learn more click here

African Travel … Deal of the Decade!

African Travel has extended it’s 2 for 1 special for bookings now thru March 2010. Offer includes 11 days at three luxury camps that offer game drives in open vehicles, guided nature walks, and mokoro (canoe) rides through the delta. For more information click here

Botswana Holiday…Special Packages for Spring Travel

Botswana Holidays is offering a verity of package deals valid now thru March 2010. Packages include trips to various regions in Botswana such as, Okavange Delta, Makgadikgadi, Maun, Kalahari, Moremi and Linyanti. For more information about these special offers click here

Sanctuary Retreats…Valentines Special Offer
Reserve 3 nights and only pay for 2 when you stay at one of the following Sanctuary Retreat camps, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp or Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp. Offer valid for travel between December 1, 2009-February 28, 2010. For more information click here

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Educational Travel Conference in Providence, Rhode Island - Feb. 3 - 6

Botswana Tourism will be exhibiting at these North American trade / consumer shows in February 2010:

Educational Travel Conference in Providence, Rhode Island – Feb. 3 - 6
Sponsored and Hosted by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), the Educational Travel Conference, is the world’s only meeting dedicated to addressing the issues and opportunities of affinity and educational travel. It is a must-attend event for anyone involved in educational and specialty travel. We will be there highlighting Botswana’s strong appeal as an experiential travel destination for affinity group travel.

Focus on Africa Conference, February 25, New York City; plus The NY Times Travel Show at Jacob Javits Center, Feb 26 - 28
With 500 exhibitors from over 150 nations, the New York Times Travel Show is North America's premiere travel show attracting a unique global representation of the world's leading tourism markets. Botswana Tourism will be participating in both the trade day and the consumer travel show. Visit us at our exhibit booth and learn more about Botswana as a destination your clients will remember far beyond their visit!

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News from Botswana Camps Updates from Botswana Camps:

Desert and Delta Safaris reports the following camps are closing temporarily for annual maintenance:
Camp Moremi Xugana Island Lodge and Leroo La Tau: January 8- February 10, 2010
Sayute Safari Lodge and Camp Okavango: February 10- March 15, 2010
Chobe Savanna Lodge April 1- May 1, 2010

Wilderness Safaris: Two Botswana camps will be temporarily closed in December to paying guests in order to take part in the Children in the Wilderness program. Children in the Wilderness host disadvantaged children from different regions of Africa to teach them about the importance of conservation of land and animals, and to provide them a first-hand experience of life in the bush.
Jacana Camp December 2-7, 2009
Kings Pool December 10-20, 2009

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1From our team to yours, happy holidays! It’s been a challenging year for the tourism industry, so please know you have our gratitude and appreciation for promoting travel to Botswana during 2009. We look forward to providing you with continued destination support in 2010. We wish you, your colleagues, and your loved ones a bright and prosperous New Year filled with many blessings.

Yours in travel,
Botswana Tourism, North America

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