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Botswana Trade November 2012

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In the Know In the Know: Botswana Bans Commercial Game Hunting for Sport

Animals rejoice! The government of Botswana has officially banned hunting wild game for sport beginning January 2014. Confirmed by His Excellency the President in his recent State of the Nation Address, the government of Botswana has decided to indefinitely suspend commercial hunting of wildlife in public or controlled hunting areas beginning January 1, 2014.

President Khama explains that with the growing concern about the sharp decline in wildlife populations subject to licensed hunting, it was only a matter of time that this decline pose a genuine threat to both the conservation of Botswana's natural heritage as well as the long-term health of the tourism industry. Realizing that the shooting of wild game purely for sport is no longer compatible with the national commitment to conserve and preserve local fauna, existing hunting zones will be converted into photographic areas beginning January 2014 and safaris will continue sustainably.

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Discover Botswana’s Hidden Gem in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Do you have clients with a passion for rhinos and rhino conservation? Encourage a visit to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Located near Serowe, the sanctuary can be added as a day trip or weekend excursion from Gaborone. Referred to as "Botswana's hidden gem: guaranteed to delight," the sanctuary offers a wide range of services including a variety of accommodation facilities ideal for families, groups or individuals; a full-service restaurant; environmental education center and conference facilities; a curio shop; and self drive or guided safari around the park.

But Khama Rhino Sanctuary is more than just a hidden escape. As a community-based wildlife project, the sanctuary’s team has worked long and hard to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state, and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. The sanctuary actively promotes ecotourism, offering continuing environmental education programs via lectures and pamphlets to all visitors and taking part in community clean-up campaigns, shows and exhibitions.

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For more information, please visit www.khamarhinosanctuary.org.bw.

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What's New What's New: Product Updates

Great Plains Conservation Camp Accepted into Relais & Chateaux
Great Plains Conservation broke new grounds for Relais & Chateaux, a renowned reference of excellence in the hospitality world, when Zarafa Camp became one of the first properties in Africa, and first property in Botswana, to be accredited and accepted into this prestigious association. According to the Relais & Chateaux Board, Great Plains Conservation embodies the 5C's ethos of Relais & Chateaux: calm, charm, character, courtesy and cuisine. Though a very low-environmental-impact camp, Zarafa Camp does not forfeit luxury to do so; this exclusive camp is second-to-none. The partnership between Great Plains Conservation and Relais & Chateaux will enhance mutual offerings of an environmentally friendly, abundant wildlife experience with the finest in hospitality – the perfect combination of heart and soul.

What's New

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

Total Upgrade in Store for African Horseback Safaris' Macatoo Camp
African Horseback Safaris has exciting plans to rejuvenate Macatoo Camp in early 2013. Please make note that Macatoo Camp will be closing from January 6 – February 7, 2013 to complete the renovations. What's in store? Without losing the "authentic bush camp" feel, the popular Okavango Delta horseback operation looks forward to offering your clients an improved, elevated view of the pristine, game-filled floodplains that surround their tented accommodations. New wooden platforms, with private viewing decks, will be erected to accommodate larger tents. These tents will be complete with brand-new bathrooms, providing more flexibility for accommodating a small family or group of friends. Other developments at Macatoo Camp will consist of a new honeymoon suite, which will include a larger, more private deck where couples can enjoy a romantic dining experience. A family and friends suite is also being planned, where two tents will be linked by a new walkway and viewing deck above ground, to provide direct, easy access and peace of mind for parents, children and single travelers.

What's New

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

Footsteps in Africa Launches New Website
Footsteps in Africa understands the need to have information at your fingertips, which is why they recently unveiled their new website. The updated site is complete with easy-to-use navigation, downloadable images, an online availability tool and other great functionality to make selling trips to their camps even easier! And why not catch up on the latest views, news, sights and sounds from the Botswana bush on the Footsteps in Africa Blog? Check out all these news goodies and share them with your clients!  

What's New

For more information, please visit the new and improved www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

Orient-Express Offers Guests an Up Close in the Wild Viewing Experience
Effective immediately, guests at Orient-Express' safari camps in Botswana can gaze at the wild up closer than ever before. The introduction of the Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42T binoculars at Eagle Island Camp, Khwai River Lodge and Savute Elephant Camp bring guests one huge step closer to being eye-to-eye with wild animals in the African bush. These binoculars are designed to deliver a high-definition view, uniform image quality and a natural, rich-color rendition. A secret, previously hidden world will be revealed as the Zeiss binoculars deepen the perspective, sharpen the senses and give a greater understanding of the Botswana wilderness to your clients.

What's New

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

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Just In Just In: More Botswana Supplier Travel Specials

&Beyond Launches Honeymoon Signature Offer
Invite your clients to celebrate the beginning of their “happily ever after” together with unforgettable memories of an African safari. &Beyond is more than happy to provide the first wedding gift – the bride only pays 50% at all &Beyond lodges. Sorry grooms, it was her big day, after all. Valid from January 1 – December 31, 2013, offer includes all &Beyond camps and lodges and romantic honeymoon surprises (will vary depending on accommodation selection).

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

Green Season Offers from Letaka Safaris
For January, February and March 2013, Letaka Safaris is pleased to offer their scheduled Northern Highlights 10-day safari at only $2,430 rack per person and their Miracle Rivers 7-day safari at a fraction of the cost, $1,500 rack per person. Departures are fully inclusive of all meals, drinks, and activities as per the itineraries, and offer your clients a phenomenal opportunity to visit Botswana at an affordable price.

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

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In the News In the News

Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert Interview on “60 Minutes”
Did you miss CBS news program “60 Minutes” featuring a segment on Botswana filmmaker/conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert? Watch as Lara Logan and the CBS “60 Minutes” crew traveled to Duba Island in the Okavango Delta to interview the Jouberts about their life’s work in Botswana documenting Big Cats. Click here to view.

Push for a Million
Speaking of Big Cats, help us hit a million views for “The Last Lions” trailer on YouTube. For every trailer viewing, National Geographic will contribute $.10 to lion and other big cat conservation efforts in Botswana. Check it out and share with your clients, family and friends! Click here to view the trailer.

Fodor’s Names Botswana Camp “Trip of a Lifetime”

In the News

We want to share the good news! Fodor’s recently named our friends at Uncharted Africa Safari part of their elite “Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards.” For the “Trip of a Lifetime” category, San Camp was the top pick. More than just a safari experience, San Camp offers an intimate getaway like no other. Check out the article here.

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