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Botswana Trade News for July 2010

In this Issue:

Spotlight On...Botswana Suppliers Mix Sports and Philanthropy to Make a Difference

Travel Specials... Newly Announced Agent Commssionable Travel Offers
What's New... from Botswana Camps and Lodges
Introducing... Botswana-based Suppliers
On the Road with... Botswana Tourism - USA Office

Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners

Spotlight On...Botswana Suppliers Mix Sports and Philanthropy to Make a Difference

Wilderness Safaris' Tour de Tuli Raises Funds for Children in the Wilderness

In August over 420 cyclists from many difference countries, including the USA, participated in the Medscheme Tour de Tuli 2010, a 4-day cycling tour through Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This mountain biking trek provided cyclists with an incredible opportunity to ride through amazing wilderness areas while at the same time raising funds for a worthy non-profit organization - Children in the Wilderness.

Created in cooperation with Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness is dedicated to bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife within Africa through early leadership development. Its programs host disadvantaged children at Wilderness Safari camps throughout southern Africa where children learn to interpret and appreciate their environment and are taught life skills. Their mission is to increase these kids’ ability to cope with life’s challenges by educating, empowering, and inspiring them to reach their greatest potential and contribute to a legacy of conservation. 

Particpating cyclists were once again thrilled to have the Honourable Minister, Kitso Mokaila, the Botswana Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism open the event in Botswana. Over 4 days, cyclists traversed some of the finest places that the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) has to offer, namely the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, the Tuli Safari area, Shashe and Maramani villages and the Sentinel paleontological sites. The highlights of the tour included some excellent elephant sightings (some at close range) and hyaena sightings and even a lion kill.  However, what the cyclists will remember the most are both the warm welcomes of the communities along the way and the sight of the children they are aiding.

To learn more about Children in the Wilderness, go to:  For more information on the Tour de Tuli 2010 event, click here.

Ker & Downey Botswana Specialist Guide to Run in the New York City Marathon to Support Bana Ba Letsatsi.
Paul Moleseng, a specialist guide with Ker and Downey Botswana, will be running in the New York City Marathon this November. He is running in support of Bana Ba Letsatsi (BBL), a non-profit organization that supports over 240 vulnerable, at-risk and orphaned children and youth in Maun, Botswana. Paul will be joined by nineteen year old orphaned twins Itsing and Tirafalo Batsholelewang, who have been supported by BBL since 2004.

Paul is a multi-faceted safari guide, able to relate equally well to families on safari and the children of Bana Ba Letsatsi.  He runs Ker and Downey Botswana’s highly regarded ‘Footsteps Across the Delta’ project, where he often guides children taking part in Ker & Downey Botswana’s ‘Young Explorer’ program.  What sets him apart from his peers, however, is his active involvement with Bana Ba Letsatsi, whose mission is to keep disadvantaged children off the streets and away from negative influences by empowering them through educational and youth development programs, temporary shelter and additional means of care-giver support. Whenever he is out of the bush Paul hosts the Bana Ba Letsatsi Wildlife Club where he brings the bush to the underprivileged children of Maun, who ironically, have almost no positive contact with nature. 

Through his hard work, endurance and commitment to this organization, Paul not only hopes to bring inspiration and recognition to Bana Ba Letsatsi, but to the people who are touched by it. Contact Paul via his website, or email: to extend your best wishes and support. For more information about Bana Ba Letsatsi, which means ‘children of the sun’, visit

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a Travel Specials... Newly Announced Agent Commissionable Travel Offers

Discover Elephant Interaction Activity with Sanctuary Retreats
Sanctuary Retreats is pleased to offer your clients 15% off their Elephant Interaction Activities for the remainder of 2010.  Guests staying at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp in the Okavango Delta have the opportunity to book this very special learning experience at an exceptional price.  Clients explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective, walking in the enormous and silent footsteps of nature’s gentle giant.  Sanctuary Retreats recommends pre-booking at  This offer is valid for new bookings made in 2010.   

Kalahari Desert Camp Celebrating Opening with Specials Rates through November 30, 2010
To celebrate the opening of Kalahari Desert Camp, Footsteps in Africa is offering the trade a substantial rate discount for the remainder of 2010- $250 net p/p sharing per night. This special rate is valid from June 10- November 30, 2010.  At Kalahari Desert Camp, your clients can explore a full spectrum of activities from day drives and night drives to bush walks with guides and trackers.  For more information or to book your clients’ stay, please contact or or visit

Sanctuary Retreats Offers The Botswana Sound Safari November 7-13, 2010
This is a unique opportunity for visitors to experience their safari in a completely new way. The Sanctuary Sound Safari with Nature’s Orchestra invites your clients to take part in a different kind of African adventure hosted by Derek Solomon, one of the leading freelance safari guides and also a specialist naturalist for National Geographic.  While on game viewing activities, guests will be able to link into powerful microphones via individual headsets to tune into the sights as well as the sounds of Africa: a pod of hippos “chatting” underwater, the call of a leopard, the hiss of a Snouted cobra.  The Botswana Sound Safari will take place from November 7-13, 2010 with three nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp and 3 nights at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.  For more information, please contact or visit  

&Beyond Botswana & Victoria Falls Stay 6 Nights/Pay for 4 for the Remainder of 2010
&Beyond is offering your clients an incentive to travel to Botswana and Victoria Falls this fall for six nights and only pay for four.  The offer is available at the following lodges: &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, &Beyond Savute Under Canvas, &Beyond Moremi Under Canvas, &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas, and &Beyond Matetsi Water Lodge.  Offer is valid until December 31, 2010.  For more information, contact  or visit

Golden Okavango offers Botswana Green Season Photography Workshop November 20 - December 14, 2010.
Golden Okavango will be hosting its Botswana Green Season Photography Workshop from November 20- December 14, 2010.  Whether your clients are professionals or keen amateur photographers, this trip will provide them with thrilling memories, incomparable education, and enough photos to fill a book.  Exploring the magnificent diversity of habitat, wildlife and scenery found across Northern Botswana, this workshop should not be missed by the die-hard wildlife photographer. Headed by professional photographer and guide Steven Stockhall, the workshop will explore the delights of the Okavango Delta, Khwai, Linyanti, Savuti, and Central Kalahari. For more information, contact or visit

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a What's New... from Botswana Camps and Lodges

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Gunn's Camp Reopening
Gunn’s Camp is thrilled to announce its reopening as an intimate, renovated camp.  Previously an 8 tented camp, Gunn’s Camp reopened in July of 2010 as an exclusive 6 tented camp with new and considerably larger luxury vintage safari tents, each featuring a spacious and stylishly furnished lounge. All tents are discreetly set within the densely-treed island thus ensuring privacy and tranquility.  Individually and traditionally styled with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture, Gunn’s Camp is renowned for its Monet-inspired views.  As a result of the refurbishment, the new and more intimate Gunn’s Camp will be offering a more affordable yet highly personalized and exclusive Okavango experience for your clients.

For more information, contact, visit

Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort Opening Soon
The Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort is scheduled to open in September 2010. The new hotel, located in the heart of Botswana's Premier Golf Estate in Gaborone, encompasses spacious en-suite accommodation with panoramic views over the 18-hole championship golf course. The 80 room hotel features modern architectural design and interior décor with the needs of today's business, conference, and upscale leisure traveler.  Facilities include WIFI Internet connectivity, an internationally recognized Health Spa, swimming pool, ample conference facilities, a fine dining restaurant, and the pleasure of the challenging golf experience. For more information and images, visit For reservations inquiries, contact
&Beyond Launches New Tented Camp in Moremi
&Beyond will launch a new mobile tented camp in Moremi in September 2010.  Moremi Under Canvas joins &Beyond’s existing ‘Botswana Under Canvas’ mobile tented camps in Chobe National Park and Savute. The new Moremi camp will be positioned at exclusive semi-permanent campsites throughout the vast floodplains, open grasslands and thick forests of the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Offering an authentic safari experience, the intimate camp will feature 5 safari tents containing comfortable double beds and ensuite bathrooms.  The common guest areas will comprise spacious tents for dining and socializing. The warm, hospitable staff will cater to your clients’ every need, while delicious meals and traditional bush dinners will be served under the stars.  For more information, contact or visit

Classic Africa Safaris Opens Kalahari Desert Camp
Offer your clients a romantic Kalahari getaway with Classic Africa Safaris.  Classic Africa Safaris has opened its new camp, Kalahari Desert Camp.  Situated on a prime and private concession within the Kalahari, the camp offers 5 luxury tents which are exquisitely furnished and offer the perfect getaway.  Ensuite facilities include flush toilets and hot showers.  The Kalahari Desert Camp also has an enchanting honeymoon suite complete with outside shower, air-conditioning and private swimming pool.   For more information, contact or visit

Kudos to Sanctuary Chief's Camp on Travel+Leisure Magazine 'Worlds Best' Award
Botswana Tourism congratulates Sanctuary Retreats on earning a Travel + Leisure Magazine’s  coveted “World’s Best” award for Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. This Botswana camp was voted by T+L readers as one of the top resorts and camps in Africa as well as the top safari lodge in Botswana.  Sanctuary Chief’s Camp lies on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the season floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. The lodge sits tucked away in the exclusive Mombo Concession, part of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, an area is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'.

 For more information on Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, go to

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a Introducing... Botswana-Based Suppliers

Liquid Giraffe - Maun, Botswana Based Full Service Travel Centre
Liquid Giraffe
offers a range of Botswana based travel services including advanced and last-minute client bookings for: yoga safaris within Botswana, with lodges, camps, and mobile tented safaris throughout Botswana; horse riding safaris to the Okavango Delta; honeymoon bush and beach safaris to Botswana and Mozambique, scenic flights over The Okavango Delta by light aircraft and helicopter, and add-on packages in neighboring countries of Namibia and Zambia. This travel agency can also handle your clients’ campsite reservations at national parks and game reserves.

Liquid Giraffe’s reputation for providing personalized service and matching perfect packages to the clients’ interests and budgets remains their business focus. This  includes personal site inspections of all properties they promote and book, and only working with safari and charter companies, guides and safari specialists they know and trust.

The travel centre is located in the heart of Maun, just across the street from the airport. With an internet café, phone, fax, and mailing supplies & services (including a FedEx shipping centre), plus a range of locally produced crafts for sale all under one roof, Liquid Giraffe is a convenient one stop shop for all visitors to Botswana.
Email: or
Tel/Fax: +267 6801054   Fax: +267 6801054

Sango Safari Camp- New Camp in Khwai Area
Recently opened Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve, the camp’s prime location is the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat. Activities include open vehicle game drives both in the Moremi and Khwai concession areas, self drives, guided bush walks, and night drives.  Designed in the style of the classic tented safari camps of days gone by, the camp can accommodate 10 guests in 5 en-suite meru tents. With its open-air bucket showers, hand crafted furnishings and classic styling, Sango Safari Camp aims to blend the rustic with the luxurious.This intimate safari camp is named after the Sango Family – some of the original inhabitants of the Khwai area, and now part-owners of the camp.


African Horseback Safaris - Adventures on Horseback for Novice to Advanced Riders
African Horseback Safaris repeat winner of the “Best Riding Safari” award from the Good Safari Guide, has recently updated its facilities with a new tree house and refurbished airstrip. Based at Macatoo Camp, situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, the landscape offers the perfect setting for a horse safari.  Your clients can experience the joy of riding over this breathtaking landscape, spotting game at every turn.  The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring birdlife, and sometimes dashing through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe. Typically safaris are 7-nights or longer, enabling your clients to experience the Okavango Delta in depth by staying out at the mobile fly-camp (weather permitting).  Otherwise, a 3-night stay is recommended. Macatoo camp features large, walk-in twin bedded tents, each with their own en-suite shower.  The large furbished mess tent is centrally located, and the camp includes a private pool for guests’ use.  With over 40 horses at the camp, all trained to meet your clients’ needs, any level of rider can enjoy an unforgettable adventure on horseback in the Okavango Delta. 


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line On the Road with... Botswana Tourism USA Office

Botswana Tourism-USA office will be participating in several events this fall at a trade conference and a national consumer expo to promote awareness of, and travel to, Botswana. 

September 8-10:  Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, Portland, OR.  This annual conference bring together 500+ business leaders, tourism professionals and community stakeholders to delve into the latest on sustainable business strategies, networking, and knowledge-sharing experiences. Botswana Tourism is tasked with implementing the Botswana National Ecotourism Strategy policy and recently launched the Botswana Ecotourism Certification system for facilities and tour companies. 
September 15-18: Botswana Economic Development Mission across Canada. Botswana Tourism USA has been requested to join in this Foreign Service Trade Mission to present tourism foreign investment opportunities to Canadian investors.
September 30- October 2: The AARP Convention & Expo, Orlando, FL. AARP boasts more than 40 million members aged 50+, and 25,000 of these retired, nearly retired, or wishing to be retired consumers and active travelers attend the Expo every year. We will be promoting the lure of an awe-inspiring Botswana safari for family/multigenerational travel, second honeymoon, or ‘just for the fun’ authentic travel vacation.

October 1-3:  Middfest International’s Botswana Celebration, Middletown, OH:  This year Middfest International welcomes Botswana as its featured country for this annual cultural event. Officers from the Botswana Embassy will be on hand in the Botswana Tourism booth to promote travel to Botswana. Festival activities feature Botswana’s rich cultural history through dance and music performances, storytelling, crafts and culinary demonstrations.  

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We appreciate your interest in and support of travel to Botswana. We hope you found this issue informative and a pleasure to read. As always, we welcome your feedback and comments. We are only an email or phone call away:, 1-866-675-7660.

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