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Botswana Trade June 2014

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Raw Wilderness with Kubu Lodge
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Kubu Lodge is a small, owner-managed lodge that epitomizes the hospitality of Africa. The 11 en-suite chalets on raised decks are set out beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees on shaded lawns that extend to the river’s edge. The thatched wooden chalets, each with a deck, are fully serviced and tastefully furnished providing your clients with the comfort of home.

The Leathaba (Sunrise) Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, where each meal is carefully and freshly prepared then savored al fresco with stunning views over the Chobe River and birdlife for company. Enjoy a drink from the Morubisi (Owl) Bar on the outside deck, or take a swim in the pool – all overlooking the Chobe River. For a cool spot to relax, wind down at the Bushbuck Reading Lounge.

Game drives and boat cruises are offered in the world renowned Chobe National Park – home to Africa’s single largest population of elephant. Other activities include an afternoon cruise to the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers; a day trip to Victoria Falls; visit to a working crocodile farm; guided tours of a reptile park; or nature walks on the property of the lodge.

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For an intimate, safari camp feel outside the bustle of Kasane, book your clients at Kubu Lodge, where tranquility and beauty mix with raw wilderness. For more information, please visit http://kubulodge.net/.

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What’s New What’s New: Product News and Updates

New Luxury Camp Opens in Okavango Delta
Beginning August 2014, you can offer your clients a luxury, 5-star level accommodation experience in the Okavango Delta at 3-4 star pricing – in peak season!

An African Anthology is pleased to announce the August 2014 opening of Kadizora Camp, located in the far-northern section of the Delta. With just 10 luxury tents, this intimate camp is ideally situated to offer both land and water activities year round… and an exciting “above the ground” activity, for the first time ever in Botswana, hot air ballooning, over the Okavango Delta!

Priced to provide incredible value, rack rates are $750.00 ppn sharing June through October, and $500.00 ppn sharing November through May.

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For more information or to book this property, please contact the marketing rep for An African Anthology, Ronnie Harris at Tel:+1 (414) 306-2539 Office; Email: ronnie@underafricanskies.net

Ker & Downey Botswana’s Okuti Camp is Refurbished
Located in one of Botswana prime game viewing regions, Okuti Camp, a Ker & Downey Botswana property, is getting a facelift. The Camp retains its understated luxury combined with a touch of rustic charm and provides the perfect backdrop for your client’s Botswana safari experience in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

What’s New

The newly refurbished Okuti Camp draws its influence from the Moanachira River, which flows in front of the camp. Okuti Camp has five twin/double and two family “mosasas” (ancient tribal word for ‘house of reeds’), each with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. Amidst the updates, Okuti Camp continues to remain an oasis of serenity and peacefulness. For more information, please visit www.kerdowneybotswana.com.

Mokoro Trails are Back at Footsteps in Africa
Calling all adventurers at heart – the water is on the rise and Footsteps in Africa is pleased to announce the return of Mokoro Trails. This is a great experience for your clients who love the Delta and want to return to experience it with more active and varied activity.

After spending a night at Oddballs’ Camp or Oddballs’ Enclave, acclimatizing to the bush, your clients will set off for a minimum of two nights (or as many as they like) into the Okavango in a dug-out canoe with camping equipment and guide. Guests sleep in dome tents set up by the team and get involved with preparing meals. Days are spent exploring the Delta “up close,” and nights are for listening to nocturnal animal sounds. On the final day of the trail, guests will return to Oddballs’, again for a minimum of one night, and slowly re-enter “civilization.”

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For more information, please visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

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Just In

Just in: New Botswana Supplier Travel Specials

A Fundraising Safari with Great Plains Foundation
Great Plains Conservation (GPC) has committed alongside its industry partner (&Beyond) to undertake a relocation of rhinos on a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana. This fundraising campaign, Zeros for Rhinos, will ensure this relocation initiative is a success; striving to rescue this treasured species from spiraling to extinction.

To help fund this initiative, Great Plains Conservation has contributed a limited number of safari bednights to the Great Plains Foundation. The cost of your client’s stay in these camps will be donated to the Zeros for Rhinos campaign! Join Great Plains Conservation at Zarafa, Selinda or Selinda Explorers camps – an exclusive way of experiencing Africa while contributing to this tremendous initiative.

Book a GPC camp in Botswana and help save rhinos. Can’t make it on safari? Clients, or your company, can still contribute to the campaign by clicking here. Any amount counts and matters!

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For additional details click here or email Caitlin Carter of Great Plains Foundation at info@greatplainsfoundation.com.

Classic Okavango Safaris from Roger Dugmore Safaris
Roger Dugmore Safaris has limited spaces available this July and August for their Classic Okavango Safaris. These fully-inclusive, set departure mobile guided safaris include seven nights of unforgettable adventure in two exclusive bush camps. Only $550 rack per person per night, sharing! Inclusive of road transfers to and from Maun, all meals and drinks, all games drives on safari, a day of boating on the Okavango Delta, services of a professional guide, park and reserve fees and all camp services.

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

Discover the Migration Routes with Wilderness Safaris
Here’s a different safari experience for adventure lovers from Wilderness Safaris. They’ll follow the fault lines of northern Botswana, and track the ancient footpaths of its wildlife for a close connection with nature and spectacular game viewing.

This 10-day adventurous route explores the crystal-clear waterways and fertile green islands of the Okavango Delta, and the continually moving wildlife of northern Botswana within the broad vistas of the Linyanti with its wooded deciduous forests, ending at the thundering waters of the Victoria Falls.

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For more information, rates and a list of set departure dates, click here.

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Botswana in the News Botswana in the News:

Brides Magazine Falls in Love with Wilderness Safaris in their “Best Honeymoon” Edition
As part of the 2014 Brides Best Honeymoon Awards, Brides Magazine shared the top 10 resorts for newlyweds to stay in Africa and the Middle East. It comes as no surprise that Brides has fallen in love with Wilderness SafarisMombo and Little Mombo Camps. With raised tents allowing for unforgettable views, tents outfitted with everything one would desire and staff that will feel like family (that is, the ones you like!), Wilderness Safaris offers your clients the most lavish of camping experiences. Read more here.

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&Beyond Wins Conservation Category at We Are Africa Innovation Awards
Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond was announced as the winner in the Conservation category of the We Are Africa Innovation Awards. The inaugural awards were designed to recognize the most imaginative and innovative projects in six categories. Voted by the key players in African travel, the awards honor the most visionary, inventive and forward-thinking companies in the travel industry.

&Beyond received top honors in the Conservation category, which rewards the most innovative project for the protection of wildlife or sustainable travel, for its ongoing initiatives to help save Africa’s rhino from the scourge of poaching. Last year, in the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, &Beyond translocated six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

&Beyond believes translocations are fundamental to securing the ongoing survival of endangered species and its project was aimed at increasing Africa’s dwindling rhino populations. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place, with the country’s military helping to protect the endangered species.

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Hearty congratulations to our friends at &Beyond – keep up the good work!

Abu Camp and Zarafa Camp Take Home Top Honors in Robb Reports “World’s Top 100 Resorts”
This month, Robb Report released their “World’s Top 100 Resorts” list, a compilation of the world’s most exclusive retreats. Botswana’s very own Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta and Zarafa Camp in the Selinda Reserve were included. Read on here.

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Professional Wildlife Photographer Gets Up Close and Personal with Meerkats
Professional wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, recently shared some behind the scenes footage of his meerkat photography project in Botswana. Check out just how up close and personal Will got with the mobs of meerkats, including some scene-stealing time from adorable baby meerkats!

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Doing Good in Botswana Doing Good in Botswana: Having a Ball in Botswana

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers, developing environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage so that they become the custodians of these areas in the future. By exposing the children to their wildlife heritage, CITW aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts, conserves and cares for our children and our planet. CITW, in partnership with professional soccer player, Gordon Gilbert, brought Soccer in the Wilderness to Maun, Botswana in early April 2014. The inspirational program combines the fun of sport with education, in order to raise environmental awareness in local communities in Botswana.

Botswana’s Soccer in the Wilderness clinic was conducted at the Maun Sports Complex, and was attended by 90 children from various schools around Maun who participate in CITW’s Eco-Club program. Mary Hastag, CITW coordinator for Botswana, reveals that “It was an amazing experience for the children as well as the community of Maun. They learnt from Gordon about commitment; whatever one wants to do in life is possible as long as one commits to it and sets personal goals in order to achieve it. CITW has committed to educating the young ones about environment issues and conservation – receiving this message through sport is something that the children really enjoyed.”

Doing Good in Botswana

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

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Botswana Tourism – U.S. Office

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