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Botswana Trade January 2014

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Travel like a Local:  Botswana on a Budget with Central Kalahari Wild Tours
Based in Gaborone and Maun, Central Kalahari Wild Tours is one of Botswana’s leading budget mobile tour operators, offering your clients unforgettable adventures at affordable prices. Since launching in 2011, the brother team of Dulang and Stephen has combined their skills and resources to provide guests with a modest vacation budget a chance to realize their dream safari holiday in Botswana.

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Central Kalahari Wild Tours recognizes not all clients can afford or desire a five-star luxury safari. Still, they want the convenience of customizing their holiday their way, from day trips or self-drive safaris, to tailor-made, guided safaris. The citizen owners of Central Kalahari Wild Tours, Dulang and Stephen, can provide this service for your clients on a budget. Dulang and Stephen are also keenly aware of North American travelers’ high interest in authentic cultural experiences, and with their extensive knowledge and Batswana network connection, they easily incorporate local cultural interaction – as an observer or participant – into their itineraries. Of course, they also arrange other more traditional safari activities, including hiking and walking tours, mokoro trips, boating cruises, scenic flights, and game drives.

For more information, please visit http://centralkhalahariwildtours.com.

Classic Luxury Mobile Camping with Last Eden Safaris
Experience the soul of Africa with Last Eden Safaris. Taking guests directly to the heart of the pristine and less traveled wilderness areas of Botswana, Last Eden Safaris offers a comprehensive selection of luxury mobile safari packages that cater to every need and comfort.

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The flexibility of a mobile safari allows your clients access to remote wilderness areas within Botswana’s national parks and reserves, far beyond the reaches of a morning or afternoon drive out of a lodge. A typical mobile safari itinerary may vary between six and 10 nights in length, visiting various different areas within national parks and reserves, and spending two to three nights at any one location. With a professional, knowledgeable Last Eden safari guide, days are spent away from well-traveled routes discovering the wildlife, ending around the campfire under the starry Botswana night, dining on delicious bush cuisine and recounting the day’s event with fellow travelers. All safari overnights are in exclusive wilderness campsites, located in some of the most renowned wildlife areas of Botswana.

Last Eden Safaris is the true epitome of classic safari style and comfort in mobile travel, tailored to suit every whim. Realizing that a safari is a journey of a lifetime, they will ensure that every moment is worthwhile for your client. For more information, please visit www.last-edensafaris.com.

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What’s New What’s New: Product Updates

Botswana Safari Camps Selected to Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List
We’re proud to share the good news! Camp Okavango and Mombo and Little Mombo Camps in Botswana are recognized on the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List of CNT readers’ favorite places to stay in the world. Both properties are repeat winners on the Gold List, with the sister Mombo and Little Mombo Camps having been chosen by CNT readers for five years running as one of the best-of-the-best resorts in the world.

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These popular camps are all located in the iconic Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a wetland paradise in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The enchanting Camp Okavango, a Desert and Delta Safaris property, sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on the Nxaragha Island. The luxurious Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Wilderness Safaris properties, are situated overlooking a large floodplain on the northern point of Chief’s Island. Abundant predator sightings include lion, spotted hyena and leopard. Chief’s Island is also home to the only white and black rhino found in the Okavango Delta.

Botswana is home to some of the finest safari lodges and camps in all of Africa. Their exquisite attention to detail, outstanding personalized service, and respect for the surrounding environment blend to create an outstanding guest experience on safari. We are delighted that Condé Nast Traveler readers agree, and congratulate these companies and their staff on this well-deserved recognition.

For more information on these award-winning camps, visit their respective company websites at www.desertdelta.com and www.wilderness-safaris.com.

New Developments from Desert & Delta Safaris
Desert & Delta Safaris is starting 2014 fresh with some exciting updates and developments:

Best of Desert & Delta Safari Packages (BODDS) – These new and innovative packages will make booking your clients’ Botswana safaris much easier. Apart from the value-add that these packages enable, they provide ease in booking an all inclusive package. BODDS packages include all the individual costing elements of flights, taxes and accommodation – in one package. Additionally, every BODDS package booked will incur a direct donation to one of the social responsibility programs supported by Desert & Delta Safaris. Packages start with a simple three night rate and range to 10 nights all inclusive. Click here for more information.

The Ultimate Family Safari – The number of families traveling with children on safari has grown substantially in the past couple of years. Desert & Delta Safaris have adapted their portfolio to better suit the needs of families and are pleased to introduce the Ultimate Family Safari. This all-inclusive, 10-night set itinerary package allows families to make the most of Botswana by incorporating five different areas and camps into one unforgettable adventure. Families with children six years and older are accepted. Rooms within the camps will be configured differently to accommodate various family sizes. Activities and safari experiences are designed to be fun and educational for every family member. For more information, fact sheets and rates, please email marketing@desertdelta.com.

Camp Xakanaxa Fully Integrated into Desert & Delta Safaris – In August 2013, Desert & Delta Safaris announced that Xakanaxa Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve had become the newest addition to the Desert & Delta Safaris circuit. As of January 1, 2014, the camp is now a fully-fledged Desert & Delta Safaris property. The camp will be closing from February 18 – March 8, 2014 for scheduled maintenance and soft refurbish, including replacing and upgrading much of the furniture and décor. For more information, please visit www.xakanaxa-camp.com.

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For more updates and information on Desert and Delta Safaris, please visit www.desertdelta.com.

Happy Endings at Tuli Safari Lodge’s Community Project
Tuli Safari Lodge is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of its involvement in the community project at Molema, which took place in the Tuli Block of Botswana.

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Tuli Safari Lodge formed a joint venture with three local villages to create a new tourism venture at Molema in 2006, to enable the local community to participate in and benefit from tourism to the region. The goal was to establish a new self-catering and camping facility, and for the operation to be ultimately transferred back to the community.

Tuli Safari Lodge is proud to announce that, effective January 1, 2014, Molema reverted to full community ownership. The community will have the support of another local tourism business, Tuli Wilderness, which will further assist in developing tourism and conservation initiatives in the adjacent village areas. 

All bookings at Molema will be fully honored, and all inquiries about future reservations should be directed to info@tulitrails.com. For further information, please visit www.tulitrails.com.

Flame of Africa Updates their Botswana Activity Selection
To maintain a level of excellence and continue to offer your clients the best of Botswana, Flame of Africa has enhanced their portfolio of Botswana activities, which can be booked separately or as part of a customized vacation package. Some new offerings include:

Boma Evening (at Mowana Cultural Village) – A chance to experience local Botswana food and culture. From the high reed walls to the flickering paraffin lanterns, your clients will have the opportunity to immerse their senses, both culinary and visually, with a gastronomical feast and village entertainment for an unforgettable evening that entertains and enlightens visitors with local culture and traditions.

Evening of Star Gazing – In today’s fast paced life, it is so seldom one can “stop and smell the roses,” let alone take the opportunity to look to the sky and admire a star-studded night. With this activity, a “star guide” will take your clients on a voyage of discovery, sharing folklore of the San bushmen with the knowledge of the ancient Greek astronomers. Your clients will learn about different constellations of the Southern Hemisphere as they recline on a bed of reeds with scatter cushions for headrests. 

Chobe Day Trips / Chobe Game Drives – Experience one of Africa’s true wildlife gems where predators like lion, leopard and wild dog abound; it is no wonder Chobe has been referred to as the Galapagos of Africa.

Game Viewing by Boat – The custom designed game viewing boats are fully equipped and designed to go where the larger game viewing boats cannot. Guests provide their drink requests to the boat captain prior to departure, so they can enjoy their favorite sundowner on the boat cruise.

Fishing – No trip to Chobe would be complete without trying your hand at fishing. These particular waters are home to the notorious Tiger fish, a true challenge to catch for even an experienced angler! The fishing guides were born and raised in the area and know exactly where the best options are to land one of these fish. Though ‘capture and release’ only is practiced with the Tiger fish, the “hook and cook” concept is practiced for fishing the delicious Bream.

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For a complete list of activities and more information, please visit www.flameofafrica.com.

Dates Added for Great Plains Conservation’s Selinda Canoe Trail
Due to good rains this green season, Great Plains Conservation has extended their Selinda Canoe Trail by four weeks. By popular demand for additional adventure and exploration, some 2014 tours have also increased to four nights. The updated itinerary extends this sought-after adventure by one day allowing for an even more extraordinary experience. Now slated to start in mid-May, these tours will run through mid-September. The additional dates are:

May 16 – May 19, 2014
May 21 – May 24, 2014
May 26 – May 30, 2014
September 5 – September 9, 2014
September 11 – September 15, 2014

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Click here for more information.

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Just In Just in: New Botswana Supplier Travel Specials

A Chobe Experience like No Other with Flame of Africa
Do you have clients who want to explore the Chobe region in depth, at an affordable price? Flame of Africa has a six-day safari in Chobe and Victoria Falls. Your clients will discover wide-open spaces, abundant game, pristine waterways and unforgettable sunsets that will forever etch themselves into your clients’ memories.

Starting at $1,655 per person sharing, the package includes game drives, tranquil boat cruises, and unique village tours. Price includes accommodations, meals, drinks, transfers and activities as indicated.

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For more information, please email foa@flameofafrica.com or visit www.flameofafrica.com.

Discover Botswana with Great Plains Conservation
Great Plains Conservation is pleased to share the following 2014 special offers with you and your clients:

Botswana Green Season Rates Extension – Discover the season for outstanding wildlife photography and lush surroundings. Valid until April 15, 2014, GPC has extended their phenomenal green season special rates at their Botswana Camps – Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp and Duba Plains Camp. Subject to availability. Click here for more information.

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Come Fly With Us – Free scenic helicopter upgrade between Duba Plains and Selinda Reserve. For guests staying at Selinda Camp and/or Zarafa Camp combined with Duba Plains for a minimum of six nights. Not combinable with any other offer. Click here for more information.

For reservations and more information, please email reservations@greatplainsconservation.com or visit www.greatplainsconservation.com.

Fall in Love with Sanctuary Retreats
Experience a romantic honeymoon under the star-laden skies of the Okavango Delta. Immerse yourself in the tranquil and serene setting of Chobe with the Stars and Spa six-night safari from Sanctuary Retreats. Spend two nights at Sanctuary Baines Camp enjoying a romantic star bath after the night drive or slumber under the stars in a sumptuous four-poster bed. Next, head to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp for two nights and take in stunning views over the floodplains on the decked lounge while dining on fine cuisine and sipping stunning wines. The last two nights will be spent at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero unwinding with a pampering session in the full service spa.

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For more information, click here or visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com.

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In the News Botswana in the News

From gold-listed camps to kayaking adventures, Botswana continues to pop up all over the media. Check out the recent coverage:

Diamonds may be forever in Botswana, but all we are seeing is gold. Condé Nast Traveler readers recently included three Botswana safari camps on their 2014 Gold List. This list reflects the best of the best, voted on by you, the travelers. Read more about it here.

Traveling to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Traveling there seven times is a blessing. This go-around, Ann McGaw of Frost Illustrated was able to cross off a “to see” animal while in Botswana. Read which animal she was thrilled to see and more here.

Botswana has some of the last remaining free-roaming populations of wild animals on the planet. National Geographic’s News Watch shares how urban wildlife corridors could save Africa’s free-roaming elephants. Read more here.

Our friends at Tauck teamed up with BBC Earth for a series of nature-focused trips to begin this year called Earth Journeys. The New York Times shared more information on these five itineraries here.

Feel at one with nature as BBC’s “Around the World” discovers the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans. Check out what it is like to get up close and personal with the wildlife here.

Kayaking the Okavango is a one-of-a-kind adventure that offers a new perspective on this beautiful country. Weather.com recently shared the perks of exploring the Delta by kayak. Read more here.

Business Insider recently included Botswana on their “14 Places You Should Plan to Visit in 2014” list. Read more here.

HuffingtonPost.com recently featured our friends at Equitrekking as they stop by a local village in Botswana. Watch what happens here.

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