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Botswana Trade March 2011


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last lions Visit Botswana Tourism Booth at Indaba 2011

Going to Indaba?  Meet us there to learn about new Botswana products and suppliers, renew friendships, and make new contacts. Botswana Tourism is exhibiting in SADC Hall, Booth # SADCC013.  Forty-four (44) suppliers from Botswana, along with the BTO headquarters marketing team and Leslee Hall from the BTO-USA office, will be in attendance.  To make an appointment with Leslee or to inquire about suppliers exhibiting on the stand, please contact Leslee at info@botswanatourism.us or call 410.224.7688 x107.

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Camp Updates Historic Opening of the Selinda/Zarafa Waterway in Botswana

The Selinda Reserve is situated in the Linyanti Region of Northern Botswana and forms a vital conservation link between the Okavango Delta in the North West and Savuti / Chobe areas in the East. A river channel, known as the Selinda Spillway, ribbons through the reserve flowing eastward from the Okavango Delta into the Zibidianja Lagoon before splitting into the Linyanti and Chobe rivers to feed the Savute Channel.

Up until two years ago, the Selinda Spillway was an interrupted waterway. Through increased rainfall levels in Angola, and theories of substrata seismic activity in 2008, the spillway now runs freely from the Okavango through to the Zibidianja Lagoon.

This incredible change has already had a marked impact on the activities of the Selinda Reserve. Fishing and boat cruises are expanded on the spillway and guests can arrive in camp by boat from the airstrip. Increased water levels have eliminated the two hour drive between Selinda Camp and Zarafa Camp. Guests can now find themselves in either the northern or southern parts of the reserve in less than thirty minutes.

To learn more about the newly opened waterway and all the fun activities it enables, go to http://www.greatplainsconservation.com/bushbuzz/?p=1025

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last lions Special Travel Offers

The Last Lions Travel Specials
Do your clients want to visit the land of The Last Lions and help the cause? Click here to check out The Last Lions special travel packages and start planning their unique safari adventure today!

Elephant Trails Safari Co. Photography Workshop Safari Led by Noted Botswana Photographer.
Elephant Trails Safari Co. is pleased to offer a wildlife photography workshop led by professional wildlife guide and photographer, Steve Stockhall. On this 8 night/9 day field safari workshop, your clients can choose between luxury or more affordable accommodation. Steve's passion and enthusiasm shine through as he teaches the finer points of wildlife photography and animal behavior. For more information visit http://www.elephanttrails.com/photography-workshops.html

A Canoeing Adventure from Great Plains Conservation for Adventure Travel Enthusiasts
Your active adventure clients will not want to miss out on this fabulous experience! The Selinda Canoe Trail is a 4 day/3 night adventure along the Selinda Spillway. The rains have been heavy allowing access to huge areas deep in the Selinda Reserve. This offer is unique in that it hosts a mere eight guests on each departure. The Trail reflects the spirit of safaris of old, when days were spent on impromptu exploration and each night was spent camping along the banks of a river. Today, this adventure can be enjoyed on the Selinda Canoe Trail. For more information visit http://www.greatplainsconservation.com/canoe_trails/index.html

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Camp Updates Who's Who? A Closer Look at Deception Valley Lodge

Bushman Camp at Deception Valley Lodge
Since its opening 12 years ago, Deception Valley Lodge has become renowned for the way in which guests can experience the uniqueness of the Kalahari in stylish comfort. The lodge has been praised by guests for its delectable meals, décor featuring Bushmen artifacts, and the professionalism of the guides. But over and above these highlights, guests marvel about their interaction with the San Bushmen.

To give guests the opportunity to truly interact with these gentle people, and to share in their deep love of the Kalahari and extensive knowledge of the bush, the Lodge now offers a night in a simulated traditional Bushman camp. Guests are invited on this unique cultural evening, starting with a walk guided by a Bushman, witnessing firsthand the bush skills which enabled these little people to survive in this area more than 20,000 years.

The walk of about 2km brings the party to a grouping of four Bushmen huts in the wilderness. By light of a typical bush fire, assisted by oil lamps, guests enjoy an indigenous meal around the fire. They share in the Bushmen stories, told in Naru, with its more than 30 clicking sounds. Lots of laughter, awe and respect usually accompany an encounter like this, after which guests retire to comfortable beds for a sound night's sleep, dreaming of eland hunts, while all around, the nocturnal game make their rounds.

Early coffee and snacks prepare the party for the short walk back to the main lodge for a scrumptious hot breakfast and lots of stories to tell.
The Bushman Camp needs to be booked in advance and is suitable for those visitors longing for the "real unadulterated bush." For more info, go to http://www.dvl.co.za or email res@dvl.co.za.

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a Camp Updates

Optional Dining Experiences Now Offered at Orient-Express Camps. Orient-Express is pleased to announce that their three Botswana properties - Eagle Island Camp, Khwai River Lodge and Savute Elephant Camp -  have tweaked their daily programs so that your clients have the opportunity to spend as much time as they wish out in the bush with the animals.
Not being constrained by camp dining schedules means that if your clients are having a fascinating morning game-drive (or mekoro trip) and are far too excited to go back to the lodge, just to have brunch, well, they  don’t have to – their breakfast served in the bush will be substantial and their  brunch will be available back at the camp. If they are in Khwai River Lodge or at Eagle Island Camp, the same will apply for their evening drive. For more information, please contact gabrielle.palmer@orient-express.com

Foot Steps in Africa Adding Two Camps to their Portfolio
The addition of two new camps based in the Savuti area is certainly good news! These new camps compete in distinctly separate price ranges:  Camp Savuti is a classic camp whilst Savuti Ghoha is a superior camp, offering a more up-market experience.

CAMP SAVUTI (Classic Camp):
This small, intimate camp has 5 rooms. Opening in April, the camp can be accessed via self- drive or the Savuti airstrip – a 20 minute game drive from camp.
Opening Special – US$ 270 net p/p sharing
Valid from the 2nd April – 30th June 2011.

SAVUTI GHOHA (Superior Camp):
This private and secluded camp will be opening its doors later in 2011.
Savuti Ghoha will be a traditional safari lodge with 10 thatch and canvas chalets situated on the Ghoha Hills with spectacular views over the whole of northern Botswana. Based in the heart of Chobe National Park, access is via Savuti airstrip or by self-drive 4x4 vehicles.

For more information and bookings contact: res3@footsteps-in-africa.com or res2@footsteps-in-africa.com

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We appreciate all you do to promote and sell travel to beautiful Botswana. We hope you found this issue informative and a pleasure to read. As always, we welcome your comments. We are only an email or phone call away: info@botswanatourism.us  1-888-675-7660.

Tsamaya Sentle ("go well" in Setswana),
Botswana Tourism - USA office

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