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Lions & Leopards: A Multi-media Exhibition by Dereck and Beverly Joubert in D.C.

Do you have clients located in or visiting the Washington, D.C. metro area? If so, be sure to have them visit the ‘Lions & Leopards’ multi-media exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, on display now through October 4th. Produced by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Explorers-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, the exhibition contains stunning footage and intimate fine art prints of these fascinating super predators. 

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are internationally renowned filmmakers, researchers, and conservationists based in Botswana. For over 25 years, this award-winning husband-and-wife team has made it their mission to use their particular talents to enhance African wildlife conservation. Much of their research and film work has focused on two of the big cats of Africa – lions and leopards. This exhibition is a reflection of their life with Big Cats over 28 years of research and filmmaking.

The National Geographic Museum is located at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C., USA, 20036  Telephone: +1 202 857 7588. This free to the public exhibition is on display through October 4, 2009.


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1 Five Botswana Lodges and Camps Rated Tops in Travel+Leisure Magazine's World's Best Awards

The results are in and congratulations are in order.  Travel + Leisure readers have recognized five Botswana camps and lodges as providing the highest level of service quality, distinctive style, unique ambiance, and overall value that places them amongst the World’s Best hotels and resorts. The award-winning properties are:  Jack’s Camp, Eagle Island Camp, Khwai River Lodge, Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, and Savute Elephant Camp. 

In this annual T+L readers’ survey, respondents rate properties on a combination of characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. According to Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief, Nancy Novogrod, the ratings this year reflect their readers’ top priorities in this economic climate of delivering intimacy, service, discovery, and value.

For more information on each award winning property, visit their company web sites:

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11 Spotlight on:  Botswana Safaris for People with Disabilities

Do any of your clients long to go on safari in Botswana, but have a physical impairment that makes them think this vacation of a lifetime is logistically impossible? Well, it may not be an impossible dream, thanks to Endeavour Safaris. Founded by Michael and Silvia Hill, Endeavour Safaris specializes in disabled travel, wheelchair accessible safaris and tours, and senior adventures for people with disabilities. Their goal is to “make the impossible possible” thus providing all travelers a sense of independence and the opportunity to experience a safari adventure of a lifetime!  This company welcomes the opportunity to work with you to help you arrange the perfect safari experience for your clients with disabilities. For more information, visit the Endeavour Safaris web site at www.endeavour-safaris.com or call +267 686 0887.



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1 Trade Updates from Botswana-based Suppliers

Highlighted here are recent trade updates submitted by Botswana-based suppliers about their new products/service offerings. Please contact the companies directly for more information.

Product Re-Opening: Gudigwa Cultural Lodge is reopening, September 2009. The lodge is fully owned by Keyway Enterprises (Pty) Ltd and is a community-based partnership with the Bukakhwe San people.  Located on the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta in Botswana and spread over 6 hectares of bushveld, it has  20 well-appointed Chalets: 10 luxurious Traditional Chalets in the form of a Cultural Village, developed from the unique architecture of the Bukakhwe San people, and 10 Luxurious Tented Chalets nestled amongst trees on a raised timber deck. Contact Peter Macharia, Executive Chairman, Keyway Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, Botswana.
Email: keywayenterprises@gmail.com, Cell:+267 7184 3657

New product: Desert & Delta Safaris / Air Botswana - Chobe Packages.  To support the re-introduction of Air Botswana scheduled service between Johannesburg and Kasane, considerably improving access to the magnificent Chobe National Park, Desert & Delta Safaris have introduced a number of packages with the emphasis on Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge.  A package also allows for the Chobe to be combined with the Okavango Delta. For more information, net rates and detailed itineraries, please contact: info@desertdelta.com

Last Minute Product Availability: Family-Friendly Mobile Expedition from Unchartered Africa. Children of all ages welcome (at parent discretion). This experience allows guests to see all 3 Okavango Delta eco-systems and a sleep out on the island: Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Sleep under the stars. Scheduled Departure dates (with min. 4 – max. 12 people): 
31 August – 05 September;  5 nights, including 1 night on an Island
27 September – 02 October; 5 nights, including 1 night on an Island
Enquiries at office@unchartedafrica.com; Contact person - Charmaine de’Ath

New Product for 2010:  Safari Destinations, a Botswana-based ground handler experienced in working with international travel trade, announces two new products:  Authentic Guided Lodge Safari, a driven safari with a private vehicle and guide, and the Magic Rivers Guided Lodge Safari. Please contact Lorraine@safaridestinations.net for more information.


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1We hope you learned something new in this issue of Botswana news, and encourage you to share it with your colleagues. As always, we welcome your comments. To submit news of interest to the travel trade, including product/service news and updates, for future trade newsletters, Contact Us or email info@botswanatourism.us.

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