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Botswana Trade August 2013

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Lansmore Masa Square – a Business-First Luxury Hotel
For clients traveling on business to Gaborone, look no further than the Lansmore Masa Square Hotel. This business-first luxury hotel is redefining the hospitality experience of business travelers in Botswana. As part of the Lonrho Hotels, Lansmore Masa Square is uniquely positioned to ensure guests have a wonderful experience each and every time they stay. Lonrho’s knowledge of Africa enables them to exceed expectations – from having the most delectable fruits at breakfast to freshly ground African coffee, to an uninterrupted power supply and internet access via their own designated satellite connection.

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Located in one of the two towers in the iconic new Masa Square in Gaborone, the Lansmore has 153 rooms, comprised of standard rooms, club rooms and suites; all feature high-speed internet access and an ample work area for the business traveler. A pool, restaurant, conference center and a non-affiliated casino complete the property. In the center of the complex is a beautifully designed piazza with three additional restaurants, upscale shopping, and a cinema. The setting is poised to be the ultimate work, shop, play and stay location in Gaborone.

For more information, please visit www.lonrhohotels.com.

Elegant Simplicity at Newly-Opened Kana Kara Camp
Straddling the Selinda spillway and the Vumbura River lays a vast wilderness area, home to an abundance of wildlife and vistas from horizon to horizon. It is along the shoreline that your clients will find Kana Kara tented safari camp.

Kana Kara is not a game lodge, but rather a semi-permanent tented safari camp comprised of 6 meru style tents, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. The facilities are modest yet comfortable, positioned to command uninterrupted views of the northern delta – an authentic safari camp, elegant in its simplicity. Lodge features include a dining area and open air boma, LED lights and charging points for electronics.

Along with the ideal location and authentic camp, Kana Kara offers your clients year-round activities including morning mokoro trips, guided bush walks exploring the islands, afternoon and evening game drives with a sundowner stop, and fishing on request. These unforgettable activities will punctuate your client’s safari experience.

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Reached by light aircraft from either Maun or Kasane, Kana Kara is perfectly located for clients traveling either to or from the Chobe/Victoria Falls region, or from the Kalahari. For more information, please visit www.africananthology.co.za.

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What’s New What’s New: Product Updates

Footsteps in Africa to Host TRADE Webinars this Month
Footsteps in Africa will be conducting two training webinars this month. Slated for Tuesday, August 27th and Wednesday August 28th, these webinars will provide an overview of the Footsteps in Africa camps and lodges. Travel professionals will also have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have regarding the lodges, the camps and/or the logistics of travel in Botswana. The webinars will take place as follows:

August 27, 2013 at 10:00am EDT
August 28, 2013 at 9:00am PDT

To join, please follow these easy steps:

Step 1 – Click on the following link or copy and paste the below into a browser:  
https://join.me/WB-Consulting
Step 2 – Enter name
Step 3 – Click on Green telephone in the top menu and select Call via internet
Step 4 – Download the desktop app – it is 5 MB and only takes a few minutes
Step 5 – Once app has downloaded, you will be able to hear the audio in addition to the visuals straight away. If the audio does not happen, it may be a compatibility issue with the internet browser and another browser should be used.

Please note – Anyone running Flash Player 10 or above and one of the following browsers can join a meeting: Internet Explorer 8 or above, or the latest Firefox, Chrome, Safari.  Please note that only the latest browser of Firefox will work.

Android device or iPad/iPhone users can also access this web meeting. Requirements are on the join.me mobile viewer and personal link.

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For any questions, please email wilna@wb-consulting.co.za.

Safari and Guide Services Upgrades Game Drive
Who’s got the keys to the jeep? Safari and Guide Services, that’s who! As a leading mobile safari operator in Botswana, Safari and Guide Services continues to strive to provide your clients with the very best. This inbound operator recently added a new Toyota Land Cruiser game drive vehicle to its fleet for mobile safaris. This has come as a result (and fortunate necessity) of continued growth over the past four years, with 2013 on record to be the best year yet! The vehicle has been converted to a customized game drive vehicle and had its first outing into the Savute in June. Though the channel is now flowing again, in June it was dry and leopards were having a ball fishing for barbell in the drying pools.

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For more information, please visit www.sgsafrica.com.

&Beyond Announces Rebuild of Iconic Botswana Lodge - Sandibe
Leading experiential travel company &Beyond is committed to delivering extraordinary guest experiences. In line with this, the company has planned a considerable investment in its safari camps and lodges across Africa. The initial phase will reinvent &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, in the southern region of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The lodge will be completely rebuilt and re-launched in July 2014.

The reconstruction of Sandibe has been planned in four stages to minimize the impact on guests. Retaining the camp’s romantic, ethereal essence, the new design will draw its inspiration from nature, pioneering a new look that is serene, earthy and organic. In keeping with &Beyond’s ethos of sustainable luxury, the new construction will remove all traces of concrete, as well as utilize the latest technology to decrease the camp’s footprint, with a total energy reduction of over 70%. The common guest areas will be moved forward and upward to maximize the views of the Santantadibe channel. Other updates will include comfortable indoor and outdoor lounging areas, an interactive kitchen and an interpretive naturalist library. Guest suites will increase from 8 to 15; the suites will be raised above the papyrus, camouflaged under the canopy of wild palm and fig trees, and boast a private plunge pool, and a fireplace for those cool winter nights.

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Eight of Sandibe’s new suites will open July 2014, with the remainder welcoming their first guests in September 2014. For more information on the timing and rebuild details, visit www.andbeyond.com or contact your &Beyond representative.

Under One Botswana Sky’s Newest Addition – Chobe Bush Lodge
Have you heard about Under One Botswana Sky’s newest addition? Chobe Bush Lodge has been added to Under One Botswana Sky’s portfolio. Scheduled to open in early 2014, Chobe Bush Lodge will be situated in Kasane directly on the border with Chobe National Park. Only a stones throw away from Victoria Falls, the lodge is an excellent gateway location to Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls or Caprivi.

What’s New

Reflecting Under One Botswana Sky’s ethos of offering affordable luxury, Chobe Bush Lodge’s flagship accommodation will consist of 38 spacious deluxe en-suite rooms, each one with an open plan bathroom (featuring both bath and a shower), air-conditioning, TV and room safe. The rooms will be completed in modern-bush style design. There will be four large exclusive family rooms consisting of two separate bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities. The rooms and facilities of Chobe Bush Lodge will have mixed views over Chobe National Park and the Chobe floodplains in the far distance.

For more information, please contact Miriam Slovakova at marketing@underonebotswanasky.com, Ken Hermer, or visit www.chobebushlodge.com.

Ker & Downey Botswana Launches New Website
Ker & Downey Botswana – not to be confused with the US-based operator Ker & Downey – recently launched a new website. Get a feel for the company and what they offer, check out the new promotional video “6 days in 6 minutes,” discover the image gallery and more! For a sneak peek, visit www.kerdowneybotswana.com.

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Desert & Delta Safaris Welcomes Xakanaxa Camp
Xakanaxa Camp, located within the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve, is the latest addition to the Desert & Delta Safaris collection of camps and lodges.

Established in the early 1960s and constructed with local timber, reed and thatch, Xakanaxa Camp was the very first camp within the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. With this long history comes a true African feel to the camp with a genuine and natural safari experience. The property is comprised of 12 beautifully appointed traditional en-suite tents with a unique water spray system to aid cooling in the midday heat. The camp offers a choice of activities for its guests including game drives, motorboat excursions and mokoro activities.

Xakanaxa Camp has earned its place both within the Botswana tourism industry, and amongst a wide range of loyal international tour operators, as a respected, high quality property, offering years of safari experiences to enthusiastic safari travelers. Xakanaxa Camp will fit in perfectly with Desert & Delta’s current portfolio, offering both agents and travelers even more choice and availability in one of Botswana’s key safari destinations.

What’s New

For more information, please visit www.xakanaxa-camp.com or take a few minutes to watch the camp’s promotional video here.

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Just In

Just In: New Botswana Suppliers’ Travel Specials

Come See Botswana with Orient-Express
By bringing together exceptional individual experiences, Orient-Express creates unique and inspiring journeys for your clients, traveling beyond the boundaries of the expected. Check out their latest offers below:

Birds of a Feather – An exclusive journey of a lifetime with motivational speaker, Braam Malherbe, to discover the endangered Wattled Cranes. Click here for more information.

The City on Us – Planning a safari getaway? Look no further than Orient-Express and they will include a night of luxury on them!

City on Us 4- Nights
City on Us 6- Nights

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For more information, please visit www.orient-express.com.

Special Offer from John Chase Safaris
Old world values, modern comforts... John Chase Safaris has been offering tented luxury safaris throughout Botswana for over 15 years. Enjoy 4-days in Moremi/Khwai or 4-days in Chobe, or combine both for an unforgettable 8-day safari... all at unbeatable prices. Check out their latest special offer here.

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For more information, please visit www.johnchasesafaris.com.

Encounter the Soul of Botswana with Yoga Safari – this September
Do you have a client interested in combining wellness and safari holiday? Here’s a last minute special that’s sure to please. Enjoy a slice of heaven on earth with Deborah Carter, Yoga Alliance accredited yoga instructor, and Yoga Safari. This September, Yoga Safari is offering a 6-day tented mobile yoga safari for $3,996 per person, sharing. Running from September 25 – 30, 2013, this safari includes visits to the Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai River. Explore the rich wildlife areas, enjoy the Okavango Delta by boat, meditate under the stars and take in all of Botswana.

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For more information about this special September offer or future yoga safari excursions, please visit www.yogasafari.com.

New Green Season Special from Safari Destinations
The green season in Botswana is becoming increasingly more and more popular. The first rain of the season is always a welcoming relief from the October heat. The scenery is refreshingly lush and vibrant as the flowers burst into life. Take advantage of this spectacular season with Safari Destinations and their 8 Night Okavango Sundance Special. Highlights include Chobe, Khwai, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls all for the low price of $2,770 per person, sharing. Valid for travel from December 1, 2013 – March 2014.

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For more information, please visit www.safaridestinations.net and log-in to their Agent’s Corner.

Discover the Green Desert with Under One Botswana Sky
Under One Botswana Sky is pleased to offer your clients superb green season itineraries. Under One Botswana Sky has combined its properties into a fully inclusive, fly-in safari circuit called “The Green Desert.” These packages are competitively priced and offer flexible 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 night itinerary options. All properties have been recently refurbished or rebuilt and feature new and significantly larger luxury tents. Package options include:

4 Night Package
Starting at $1,435 per person sharing 
Okavango Delta/Moremi
2 nights Pom Pom Camp, 2 nights Moremi Crossing/Gunn's Camp

6 Night Package
Starting at $2,035 per person sharing
Chobe & Okavango Delta/Moremi
2 nights Chobe Safari Lodge/Chobe Bush Lodge, 2 nights Pom Pom Camp, 2 nights Moremi Crossing/Gunn's Camp

7 Night Package 
Starting at $2,385 per person sharing
Chobe with full day Victoria Falls trip, Okavango Delta/Moremi
3 nights Chobe Safari Lodge/Chobe Bush Lodge, full day Victoria Falls day trip, 2 nights Pom Pom Camp, 2 nights Moremi Crossing/Gunn's Camp

These rates are valid November 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.

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For more information, please visit www.underonebotswanasky.com.

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In the News In the News: Footsteps in Africa Making a Difference

Footsteps in Africa is working to make a difference… for their wild friends. Working hand-in-hand with Botswana’s Department of Wildlife, on the Predator Protection Project, this initiative was started at Grassland Bushman Lodge to shield some of Africa’s most beautiful and endangered predators.

Grassland Bushman Lodge is situated on the western side of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, surrounded by cattle ranches. Predators move from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to these cattle ranches on a regular basis as it offers easy prey and a reliable source of water. Farmers in Botswana are often able to protect their valuable livestock, by, unfortunately, taking the lives of some of these predators.

This project works to save these predators, capturing and keeping them in semi-captivity at the lodge. The purpose of temporarily housing these predators is to save them from potential harm, with the intention of reintroducing them back into the wild in the future, as well as to breed the wild dogs. Visitors are also educated about this dilemma and have the opportunity to learn that projects like this can help improve the gene pool of Botswana’s predators.

Wild dogs used to be very common in all areas of Africa, and today they only exist in six African countries, including Botswana. With the current wild dog population just under 3000, they are on the verge of becoming extinct. But we all can help by “adopting” a wild dog! Adoption parents will receive a certificate with a photo and description of the wild dog, two monthly updates via email, PLUS the proud parent of a wild dog will qualify for a one-time only special rate at the lodge!

The adoption process is easy as 1-2-3. Find out more here or visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com for more information.

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