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Botswana Trade December 2013

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Experience Botswana with Dumela Botswana
Dumela Botswana, an inbound operator based in Maun, is ready to help you plan your clients’ Botswana safaris and lodge holidays in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, and Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi National Park. Whether your clients wish to explore the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro, view game to their hearts’ content in the Moremi Game Reserve or enjoy a close encounter with elephants in Chobe National Park, Dumela Botswana can tailor your clients’ itineraries across a wide range of travel budgets and interests.

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With a combined knowledge of more than 26 years in Botswana, the Dumela Botswana consultants in Maun are available to you and your clients 24/7, and will work to give your clients the best Botswana experience possible. All itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your clients’ needs, requirements and expectations – from fly-in lodge safaris, exclusive private mobile safaris and combinations of both for the young and adventurous and the young at heart – Dumela Botswana will enable your clients to travel the less-trodden paths of Botswana.

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

An Okavango Riverside Experience at Nxamaseri Island Lodge
Do you have clients interested in experiencing a different part of the Okavango Delta, where they can fish, go birding, visit local villages and hike the sacred Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? If so, a stay at Nxamaseri Island Lodge should be on their itinerary. Situated on the permanent waters of the spectacular Okavango Delta region in the north, the lodge is designed to show off the area’s breathtaking scenery, with décor handcrafted by local artisans, original Botswana artwork, rustic charm and warm hospitality. Owner-run, Nxamaseri is an intimate way to experience the peaceful beauty of the Okavango Delta.

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge prides itself on providing a personal touch. Highly exclusive featuring seven double en-suite chalets and a charming tree house, the lodge maintains an intimate atmosphere for those requiring true relaxation. Each secluded room is surrounded by indigenous forest and enjoys a private deck overlooking the waters of the Okavango Delta. Teak walkways link the chalets to the lodge and main area, providing an opportunity to witness at close range the remarkable birdlife that inhabits the tree canopy above.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge, the perfect spot for combining birding, fishing, mokoro trips, Tsodilo Hills, and village visits in one location. For more information, please visit www.nxamaseri.com.

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What’s New What’s New: Product Updates

Zarafa Camp Captures Relais & Châteaux’s Prestigious Environment Trophy
Congratulations to Great Plains Conservation, whose Zarafa Camp, a Botswana Ecotourism-Certified property, has captured Relais & Châteaux’s prestigious Environment Trophy for its deep commitment to sustainable operations. Just one year after being selected as a Relais & Châteaux member, Zarafa Camp was chosen from the collection's 465 properties from 50 countries as the standout winner.

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“This is a great honor,” said Dereck Joubert, co-founder of Great Plains Conservation. “Relais & Châteaux is well known for excellence in fine cuisine and the art of fine hosting, but with 7 billion people in the world we also need to be paying attention to the art of fine living... carefully and sustainably. This award shows that the association does take sustainability and the environment seriously. ‘Green’ or ‘environmental’ is often associated with homemade or somehow lesser, not ultimate luxury. The Zarafa Camp experience defies that and getting this award from the most prestigious and recognized brand in the luxury accommodation market shows that you can be both: high-end and sustainable.”

For more information on Great Plains Conservation, Zarafa Camp and their operations, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com.

Unforgettable Experiences on Horseback with Footsteps in Africa
Now, even less-than-expert equestrians can experience the thrill of Botswana on horseback. Grasslands Bushman Lodge, part of Footsteps in Africa’s portfolio, is now offering unforgettable horse-riding activities within the Kalahari that not only give your clients up-close encounters with wildlife, but also allow them the opportunity to gain a different perspective on the culture and environment. Guests can enjoy rides accompanied by the local Bushmen who will point out interesting features and plants, adding to the riding experience.

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Currently, 10 horses are available for these excursions. Six of these horses can be used by beginners, where the remaining four are trained for more experienced riders. Rides are tailored to fit the guests’ needs – whether they prefer a one-hour walking ride or a three-hour trotting adventure.

For more information, click here or visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

Family Safaris with Muchenje Safari Lodge
Muchenje Safari Lodge, located to the west of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, is an owner run and managed lodge with outstanding personalized guest service. Offering incredible safari experiences for both discerning clientele and newcomers to the bush alike, Muchenje Safari Lodge is pleased to announce the addition of family safaris!

These wonderful family-oriented safaris are priced at an all-inclusive rate for two adults and two children up to 14 years with special accommodation, activities and facilities for a special safari experience for all ages. Families will receive a private family-sized suite and personal safari guide and game vehicle. Child-friendly game drives are offered along with a "Junior-Ranger training course" where children can learn to track and recognize footprints and droppings. The guide will also teach them how to make a fire, search for things to drink, and make rope in the "Bush craft and skills course."

A safari is about more than seeing the game and wildlife; guests may also be interested in the local culture, heritage and communities. Muchenje’s Family Safari offers a "Make an African Friend Session" where guests can see what everyday life is like for an African child, including school life. To top off the fabulous family safari for the children, they will receive a unique Junior Ranger Certificate as an "Honorary Custodian of Chobe."

Enjoy the wonders of a Family Safari at Muchenje Safari Lodge starting at $1,185, available November – March. Prices are rack rate per night for two adults and two children (up to 14 years).

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For more information, please email matt@muchenje.com or visit www.muchenje.com.

A Journey like No Other with Orient-Express
The catchphrase of Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., A journey like no other, is perfectly expressed in the latest offering from their luxury safari lodges in northern Botswana.

Introducing the first luxury self-drive safari in Botswana, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. now offers your clients the adventure of a lifetime – to drive themselves across the vast wilderness terrain and deserts of northern Botswana.

The fully air-conditioned, short-wheelbase Toyota Land Cruiser 76 has a long-range fuel-tank and will be equipped with a GPS, satellite phone, chairs, Zeiss binoculars, emergency equipment, reference books full of interesting information about passing terrain and wild animals, as well as a fridge for cool drinks and a gas cooker and barbeque.

A senior specialist safari guide will assist the designated drivers in maneuvering through rivers, thick sand and muddy swamps. The guide will be with your clients in the 4x4 as a safety precaution, but also as an expert animal finder and someone who knows the cultural, historical and geological significance of the terrain.

Clients will be given maps of various routes that can take them to their destination, and these will not be the well-worn traditional routes. Clients can choose whether to pass by a remote village, meet some of the inhabitants and purchase local crafts, or drive all the way to Baobab Hill to see the Bushman paintings near the Savute Marsh and perhaps go on an exhilarating night drive. Whatever route chosen, your clients will be surrounded by beautiful scenery and areas rich in wildlife. Whether the destination be Khwai River Lodge or Savute Elephant Camp, guests will still be the master of their destiny and have the ability to drive wherever they like, whenever they like (the only limitation is adhering to the rules of the area being traversed).

Self-drives are available during the first two weeks of December, and January through the end of March, with a maximum of three guests.

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For more information, please email safaris@orient-express.com or visit www.orient-express.com.

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Just In

Just in: Botswana Suppliers’ Travel Specials

Kalahari Summer Special from Footsteps in Africa
This month, Footsteps in Africa launched their Kalahari Summer Special, where travelers can experience the wonderland of the crystal-clear channels of the Okavango Delta, explore the incredible Kalahari Desert and discover the abundant wildlife in Chobe National Park.

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Footsteps in Africa offers a circuit of independent camps and lodges in Botswana that are committed to providing a quality and rewarding, yet affordable, safari experience for guests. Applicable to trade partners only, the Kalahari Summer Special requires a minimum of three nights at one single lodge or a minimum of four nights at two or more different lodges for only $295 per person, per night sharing. This offer is on a fully inclusive basis and applicable at Deception Valley Lodge, Grasslands Bushman Lodge, Delta Camp, Camp Savuti, Camp Linyanti and Oddballs’ Enclave. Valid from December 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.

For more information, click here or visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

Celebrate the Green Season with Safari Destinations
While November marks the end of high season, Botswana’s safari season shows no sign of slowing down. To celebrate, Safari Destinations, an inbound operator working with trade partners worldwide, has launched their Green Season Special.

In the Green Season, game sightings are just as good as ever. The migrant birds have all started arriving, from carmine bee-eaters to woodland kingfishers, and while the water in the delta is dropping, small rain showers are slowly turning things a little greener and the tracks a little less sandy to drive on. What better time to book a great deal for travel in the green season?

Safari Destinations’ 9-night Green Season Special takes advantage of it all. Starting at $2,410 per person sharing, your clients will start with two nights in Victoria Falls and then spend the remaining seven nights discovering Botswana.

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No matter what the season, it is always safari season in Botswana. For more information click here or visit www.safaridestinations.net.

Rest and Relaxation with Yoga Safari
Add a healthy twist to your traditional safari in Botswana with Yoga Safari. Together with Yoga Alliance-accredited yoga teacher Deborah Carter, Yoga Safari has put together a magical experience for June 2014.

This safari will visit three of Botswana’s prime destinations: Khwai, Savute and Chobe. Each day will include game viewing adventures by vehicle, boat or on foot. The day wouldn’t be complete without some yoga practice! There is nothing quite as wonderful as standing in a yoga pose gazing out into the wild and seeing elephants browsing on the trees. It is magical!

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Taking place June 20-29, 2014, pricing starts at $3,230 per person sharing for the 9-night safari. For more information, click here or visit www.yogasafari.com.

Back by Popular Demand – Kwando Safaris’ 5 Rivers Program
Kwando Safaris is pleased to bring back their popular “5 Rivers Safari” program, with some new additions to the portfolio. The 5 Rivers Safari offers an affordable range of safari camps, covering all major wildlife locations that occur around the five major rivers in the region.

Running through March 31, 2014, the 5 Rivers Safari offers an opportunity to experience 10 stunning properties and endless combinations for one fantastic price: $321 per person per night. Minimum stay of three nights in one camp/lodge or four nights in two camps/lodges required.

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For more details on this safari, click here or email Kwando safaris at info@kwando.co.bw.

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Wildlife Sightings Wildlife Sightings

Wildlife Sightings:
You won’t need binoculars to see the latest wildlife sightings sent to us from various camps throughout Botswana. Our jaws just dropped when we saw the recent images of wild dogs at Macatoo Camp from African Horseback Safaris. Kwando Safaris is keeping busy with rare sightings of rhino in the Kwara Concession while Great Plains Conservation has been enjoying some serious wildlife action. And the circle of life strikes again at Abu Camp with the announcement of a beautiful baby elephant. Check them all out below:

African Horseback Safaris Rides among Wild Dogs
Kwando Sightings Report
Great Plains Conservation Bush Buzz
Abu Camp Announces Birth of New Elephant Calf

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From the Botswana Tourism – U.S. Office, we want to thank you, our valued trade partners, for your support and interest in promoting travel to Botswana.

We wish you all the joys and wonder of this festive season, and look forward to working with you in 2014 to promote travel to beautiful Botswana in 2014!

Festive Season

Yours in travel,

Botswana Tourism – U.S. Office

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