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Botswana Trade February 2013

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Share the Wilderness with Kalahari Tours
Nestled in Botswana’s Northeast lies the world-famous Chobe National Park. Home to the largest elephant density, scores of other large herbivores, amazing birdlife and Africa’s largest predators – that is the world of Chobe National Park and the focus of Kalahari Tours. Dedicated to sharing the wilderness with your clients, Kalahari Tours is a long established, professional outfitter with experienced guides and helpful staff. Whether a client prefers a day of wildlife viewing on land and water, opts for a traditional overnight camping safari in the heart of the reserve, wishes to battle with the mighty Tiger Fish on a fishing excursion, or to take it all in on a relaxing boat cruise – Kalahari Tours aims to provide the most memorable experience at the most affordable price.

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

Tailor-Made Adventures by Umpengu Tours & Safaris
Are your clients looking for something different? Offering outstanding personalized service, Umpengu Tours & Safaris tailors each package to best suit your clients’ preferences and budget.

Owner managed by the Chika family, Umpengu promises to take a personal interest in every tour right from the start. The friendly and intelligent staff will cater to your clients' every need, ensuring comfort and world-class treatment. The knowledge and passion of the tour guides, combined with this personalized service, has been the real key to Umpengu’s success. Offerings include:

  • Transfers
  • Boat Cruises
  • Game Drives
  • Day Trips to Victoria Falls and Livingstone
  • Mobile Safaris in Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi and Kgalagadi

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

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What's New What's New: Product Updates

Tuli Safari Lodge Temporarily Closes After Limpopo River Floods
From one extreme to the other: Tuli Safari Lodge was desperate for rain after months and months of drought, and then was hit with devastating floods after 18 inches of rain fell in just a few days. Currently undergoing a full assessment, the lodge will remain closed until further notice. To read more, check out Tuli Safari Lodge’s blog here or visit www.tulilodge.com.

Great Plains Conservation Wins Big at the 2013 Safari Awards
Great Plains Conservation continues to shine as a three-time winner at the prestigious annual Safari Awards in London this January 30th. Great Plains Conservation camps, lodges and experiences were shortlisted for five awards, and received the following accolades:

  • Winner Best Safari Accommodation Group in Africa: Great Plains Conservation
  • Winner Best Safari Property in Southern Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Winner Best Safari Property in Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Runner-up Best Ecological Safari Property in Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Runner-up Best Mobile Safari Operator in Africa: Selinda Canoe Trip

Great Plains Conservation CEO, Dereck Joubert said, “Winning at the Safari Awards is important to us at Great Plains Conservation especially because we are still a young company. Getting acknowledged by a respected organization like the Good Safari Guide sends a signal to us and our staff that we are on the right path. We aren’t there yet, but the direction is being acknowledged, and I can see the difference in our teams as they stand just a little prouder and try just a little harder as a result. I see staff helping one another to improve because of this new Corps d’Esprit.”

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To learn more about Great Plain Conservation, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com.

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Just In Just In: More Botswana Supplier Travel Specials

The Luxuries of Botswana with Lion World Tours
Explore some of the world’s most unspoiled game-viewing areas in Botswana. Lion World Tours has released their “Luxury Botswana” package that features visits to the unique Okavango Delta and the vast Linyanti Game Reserve, both teeming with wildlife. Mix thrilling adventures with lavish accommodations for one unforgettable safari experience!

Fully commissionable, this 7-night package starts at $5,799 for departures between November 9 and December 9, 2013 and January 11 to March 14, 2014. Price includes:

  • Roundtrip, international, economy airfare from Washington, D.C. or New York to Johannesburg including all fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Regional, round-trip airfare between Johannesburg and Maun
  • 1 night at the 5-star Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg
  • 3 nights at Kwetsani Camp, offering luxury chalet accommodation
  • 3 nights at Duma Tau in a suite tent
  • 7 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 6 dinners
  • All transfers, sightseeing excursions and game viewing activities
  • Lion World Tours representative Meet and Greet upon arrival

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Invite your clients to discover the luxuries of Botswana with Lion World Tours. For more information or to view the full itinerary, please visit www.lionworldtours.com.

10-Night Authentic Lodge and Mobile Package from Safari Destinations
Are your clients looking to combine the adventure of a mobile safari with the comfort of a lodge fly-in? Safari Destinations’ Authentic Lodge and Mobile packages are the perfect choice. The 10-Night Authentic Lodge and Mobile Package has become a big hit with clients and Safari Destinations is now holding allotments for the remaining 2013 itineraries, guaranteeing space during high and shoulder season. With regular departures throughout 2013, clients can visit the Okavango Delta, Khwai, Savuti, Chobe and Victoria Falls.

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Passionate about sharing their experiences, Safari Destinations invites your clients to experience a one-of-a-kind safari. For more information, please visit www.safaridestinations.net.

Fly Around Botswana with &Beyond
Fly between the wildlife hot spots of Botswana for free with &Beyond! Invite your clients to indulge in a seven-day adventure through Botswana’s spectacular wildlife havens, from the magical Okavango Delta to the game-rich Chobe National Park and the mysterious Savute. &Beyond will throw in all flights between the lodges or camps free of charge. Complimentary flights and an unforgettable adventure – this deal can’t be beat!

For more information, click here.

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In the News In the News

Blogging about Botswana
Sometimes, when Botswana is more than just a plane ride away, we like to curl up with a hot cup of tea and read about our favorite country. Whether it is a journey to the Makgadikgadi Pans, an ultimate educational experiment in the Kalahari Desert, mokoro tours of the Okavango Delta or a hotel room that left an impression – it all brings us a little bit closer. Check out some of our favorites from the last few months:

Botswana on the Road
The month of January kept the Botswana Tourism – U.S. team busy traveling to New York City and participating in the APTA NE "Gathering Gala," speaking at Focus on Africa trade professionals day, exhibiting at the New York Times Travel Show, and then off to Florida, participating in the Educational Travel Conference. We want to thank all those in attendance for their support during the shows. Next up: speaking at the Trade Day of the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on destination support to the travel trade.

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