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Botswana Trade June 2011


In this Issue:

a Indaba 2011: It's a Wrap!

Over 40 Botswana-based suppliers met with hundreds of Indaba attendees at the Botswana Tourism stand in May to renew friendships, make new contacts and conduct business. Several suppliers at the BTO stand were new to Indaba this year, and over the next 3 months we will provide you more information about them. Click Here for contact information and business descriptions of travel partner participants on the BTO stand. Who knows, your next new product may come from one of these suppliers!

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Who's who Who's Who

Roger Dugmore Safaris
If your clients want to roam the wild, but still enjoy the finer things in life, we have the supplier for them. Roger Dugmore Safaris offers luxury mobile safaris within Botswana, providing great opportunities for your clients to choose sites according to season movements of game and local conditions. Roger uses his experience to site camps according to your clients' interests and desires to explore the wilderness. Catering to a maximum of 12 guests, Roger Dugmore prefers to keep the safaris private and personal.

While on safari your clients can be guaranteed a degree of luxury: camps have a full staff including a chef, waitress, tent keepers and drivers. Meals are prepared according to the highest standards and your clients' dietary requirements. When not enjoying the luxuries of base camp, your clients can undertake a number of different adventures depending on the area- embark on walks through the African bush, explore the many lagoons and channels of the Okavango by boat, cross the wide open spaces of salt pans by quad bike, or take game drives during the day and night to see the amazing variety of animal life.

For more information, please visit www.rogerdugmoresafaris.com or email rdsafaris@ngami.net

Safari Life Africa
Safari Life Africa is a company dedicated to wildlife, and for this team of dedicated and passionate wildlife enthusiasts, their joy of work and living are intermingled. They view running Safari Life Africa as a lifestyle choice and are dedicated to spreading their enthusiasm and passion for wildlife to your clients.

Offering tailor made safaris, this company gets most of its business from repeat and referral guests, which speaks volumes about the company. The no-set departure dates and tailor-made safaris have been a huge hit and allow Safari Life Africa to cater to your clients' dates and needs.

Opting to remain affordable, Safari Life Africa offers comfortable safaris to those genuinely interested in wildlife and preserving the ecology of this distinctive part of the world. These safaris are low impact on the environment with no heavy trucks or generators in rotation. A guide and camp assistant are with guests at all times to take care of all camp chores while your clients focus on nature and the safari experience.

At Safari Life Africa your clients not only get a quality safari, but they also get a chance to enjoy a truly memorable life experience. For more information, please visit www.safarilifeafrica.com or email Hayley@safarilifeafrica.com .

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Lodging Lodging & Ground Operator Updates

The Newly Opened Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel
Situated just outside Botswana's capital city, the recently opened Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel is an ideal choice for your business or leisure clients desiring an upscale resort property in an urban area The multi-million dollar Clubhouse and international standard 18-hole golf course offers both corporate and leisure traveler a host of activities in extravagant style. This luxurious 80-bedroom hotel also provides your clients with a choice of 5 restaurants, a variety of golf, conference and private function packages and function venues. For more information, please visit www.phakalane.com or email sales@phakalane.co.bw .

Delta Belle Houseboat Latest Addition on the Okavango River
The Okavango River has a new inhabitant… the Delta Belle Houseboat. Moored in Shakawe, a small village located in the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta, the owner-operated Delta Belle can accommodate up to 8 guests in four en-suite luxury cabins. It is the perfect trip for small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River safari. Attractions and activities on the houseboat are designed to appeal to children as well as adults, making it a unique and fun lodge option for family vacations. No matter what the age, the powerful forces of nature combined with the sheer beauty of the Delta will delight your clients. 

The Delta Belle Houseboat offers tour operators up to 20% commission and travel agents 25% commission on qualified bookings. For more information on the Delta Belle Houseboat, please visit www.deltabelle.com or email deltabelle.bw@gmail.com  

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Wilderness Safaris Announces All-New Brand - Delta AdventurerWilderness Safaris is pleased to announce their newest brand, Delta Adventurer. This brand will appeal to travelers looking to exclusively explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta system in the world. This is the ultimate African adventure where your clients are invited to discover this unique ecosystem on foot, by traditional mokoro and on game drives. The camps, Xigera Mokoro Trails and Khwai Discoverer Camp, allow for close-up encounters with wildlife. Xigera Mokoro Trails is set up on an island in the remote Xigera area, exposing the permanently flooded inner Delta where the islands and serene waterways are home to a paradise of bird species and diverse wildlife. Khwai Discoverer Camp, just north of the Khwai River, is where the woodland meets floodplains, wetlands and grasslands, home to an array of large mammals and predators. Authentic and off the beaten path, Delta Adventurer revels in the picturesque beauty of the range of habitats which the Delta has to offer. For more information, click here

The Rebranding of Wilderness
Over the past six months, Wilderness has been reorganizing their business in a way that will not only allow the unique features of the different elements of the company to stand out, but also allows them to focus on their core purpose. The conservation company has moved from a “house of brands” – in other words, a grouping together of individual entities – into a “branded house,” where each aspect of Wilderness is represented in a visual way as being more closely connected to its roots. As such, the group brand is now simply ‘Wilderness’, with the tag line ‘for the long run’ paying homage to their roots in sustainability, as well as their commitment to their partners. Though names may change and reorganizing may take place, Wilderness will continue to provide the same excellent service and experience as always, but now just falling more clearly into the greater Wilderness family.

For more information on Wilderness’ rebranding efforts, click here

Tuli Safari Lodge Announces New Flights
Tuli Safari Lodge is pleased to announce that flights between Gaborone and Tuli are now available! This flight addition allows Tuli to become more accessible to the traveler, offering a 1.5 hour scenic flight along the Limpopo River. Flights can be booked separately and are scheduled to coincide with arrivals and departures to key destinations such as Maun and Johannesburg in order to work with your clients’ itineraries. These flights are offered through Flying Mission and depart Gaborone on Friday afternoons, returning on Sunday afternoons.

To celebrate these newly announced flights, Tuli Safari Lodge is offering a Weekend Getaway Package, a relaxing two-night escape to Tuli Safari Lodge. Let your clients come and enjoy the Tuli magic – spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history. This special Tuli Weekend Getaway Package is valid from the 1st of June to the 30th of November 2011.

For more information on these new flights, the Weekend Getaway Package or Tuli Safari Lodge, please visit www.tulilodge.com or contact info@tulilodge.com.

 

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Cheetah Plight Plight of the Cheetah: Lions aren't the only Species in Danger!

The cheetah. The oldest of the African “big cats” and the fastest land mammal on earth is now racing against its toughest opponent to date… Extinction.

Though the cheetah may struggle to compete with healthy populations of more powerful predators within reserves and national parks, the cats were thriving within marginal lands. However, due to rural communities’ dependency upon livestock farming, the lives of the cheetahs throughout Africa have been jeopardized. Wildlife vs. Human Conflict has had a devastating impact throughout the world on all big cat populations and it is an issue largely responsible for the loss of 90% of the cheetah population. The Cheetah Conservation Botswana is actively stepping in and trying to save the cheetahs.

Formed in 2003 and funded by grant aid and donor support, the Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB) aims to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and education, and working with rural communities to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of predator species. The biggest challenge is improving community awareness towards the cheetah and ensuring that retaliatory killings do not continue while supporting and protecting the community welfare at the same time. By working together with communities on initiatives tailored to meet their needs and priorities, CCB hopes to encourage an attitude of coexistence that will allow cheetahs to remain as an essential component in this remarkable ecosystem.

For more information and ways you can become involved, visit www.cheetahbotswana.com.

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Travel Offers Newly Announced Travel Offers

Sanctuary's Heart of the Elephant - STAY 5 PAY 4 Special Offer
Invite your clients to spend two nights at either Sanctuary Baines’ Camp or Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta and enjoy the unique elephant interaction experience at the low season rate of US$300 per person during high season. They will then spend three nights at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, bordering the Chobe National Park, where one of the nights is free! The Chobe National Park is famous for being home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world. Over 80,000 of them roam between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana and can be seen close to the lodge most days of the year. Valid for new bookings made from 1 April 2011. Valid for travel 1 April – 31 December 2011.

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Stay Longer for Less in Botswana with &Beyond
&Beyond offers luxury experiences in some of the most beautiful natural kingdoms, promising to reawaken the soul with incredible encounters that captures the imagination of travelers of all ages. For a limited time, your clients can stay longer for less in Botswana with their “Stay 6, Pay 4” program. Your clients can spend 6 nights and only pay for 4 at any combination of the following &Beyond Botswana lodges:

Availability in September and November with Roger Dugmore Safaris
Roger Dugmore Safaris, offering luxury mobile safaris within Botswana, still have seats available on three of their safaris in September and November, at unbelievably attractive rates for a luxury safari. Starting at a NET price of $450 per person per night sharing, fully inclusive, your clients can discover some of the most striking and unique places in Africa! For more information, please visit www.rogerdugmoresafaris.com  

Photographic Workshops this Fall w/ The Elephant Trails Safari Co.
Bringing decades of combined guiding experience to specialized wildlife expeditions in Botswana, The Elephant Trails Safari Co. is bringing a new workshop to the safari table.  In late May, The Elephant Trails Safari Co. set off on its first Photographic Workshop. With May being one of the finest months to explore Botswana and the clear, blue skies and great natural light this month offers, the photographic opportunities were endless! Led by professional wildlife photographer, Steve Stockhall, Steve’s passion and enthusiasm shine through as he teaches the finer points of wildlife photography and animal behavior. The Elephant Trails Safari Co. will be offering two more workshops with seats still available in July and October. For more information or to book your client, please visit www.elephanttrails.com

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I hope that you enjoyed reading this first of three "post-Indaba" newsletters, and that you will reach out to the suppliers highlighted here as you look to solidify or expand your Botswana product portfolio. We truly appreciate all you do to promote and sell Botswana travel.

Kea leboga (I thank you),

Leslee Hall

Botswana Tourism – USA office

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