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Botswana Trade March 2012

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Spotlight Spotlight On: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Riding Safaris with Okavango Horse Safaris

Riding Safari

Founded by PJ and Barney Bestelink in 1986, Okavango Horse Safaris was one of the pioneering riding safari companies in Southern Africa. The focus is on journeys through the diverse landscape of the Okavango Delta and working towards understanding the ecosystem in this truly incomparable area. In joining a riding safari with OHS, your clients are guaranteed to experience a pristine wilderness with unique landscapes.

The specialized team of horses at OHS are classed within the industry as amongst the best safari horses in the world. Precise care is taken to match horse and rider, with top quality tack, excellent standards of guiding, personal attention and high standards of accommodation. Your clients will soon have a new friend!

OHS uses three camps: Kujwana, featuring luxury en-suite tents raised on teak decking under a fabulous natural canopy; Mokolwane, with tree houses along the edge of the Matsibe River; and Qwaapo camp overlooking a beautiful hippo lagoon. The remote camps are accessed by helicopter, based in a private concession. Though exploring by horse is the main attraction, your clients will also experience the delta from mokoro and on foot, as well as game and night drives. A maximum of eight  guests are  booked on 5-, 7- or 10-night safari options and non-riders can be accommodated.

For more information, please visit www.okavangohorse.com or email safaris@okavangohorse.com

Northgate Lodge – An Ideal Stopover in Nata

Northgate Lodge


Do you have self drive clients seeking a convenient and comfortable accommodation en route to the Okavango Delta or Chobe Game Reserve from Eastern Botswana? Situated in the heart of Nata, among a forest of Llala Palms Northgate Lodge is the ideal stopover spot after a long journey, or an ideal destination to start a new adventure.

Accommodations consist of 22 rooms - 10 executive, 10 standard and two family - all fully air conditioned with private bathrooms, mosquito nets and televisions. The lodge is also an ideal place to hold local events, in the professional, state-of-the-art conference room that holds up to 100 people.

Your clients can enjoy five-star European style cuisine (or be adventurous and try savoring the traditional cuisine), ice cold drinks from the fully stocked bar, or just relax by the cooling waters of the sparkling swimming pool.

Make Northgate the base for your clients to spend days exploring the plentiful places of interest in this vast, untapped beauty of Botswana, which offers game viewing, bird watching, camping, and much, much more.

For more information, please visit www.northgate.co.bw or email northgatelodge@yahoo.com.

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What's New

 

What's New: Lodging and Ground Operator Updates

Chobe Game Lodge Welcomes James Wilson

Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge would like to extend a warm welcome to James Wilson, who recently joined the Desert & Delta Safaris team. Bringing with him a wealth of travel industry experience gained in his career in the long-haul travel market, James will be focusing on business development and building trade partnerships for Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge properties. Having grown up in South Africa, James a keen bird watcher, an avid hiker and is passionate about wildlife, is the perfect fit for the safaris team. This appointment is great news for Desert & Delta’s trade partners who will now have further sales support and training opportunities, and who will be able to increase their business through a close working relationship with James.

For more information, please email James directly at james.wilson@chobegamelodge.co.bw.

 

Okavango Guiding School Joins Facebook

Okavango Guiding School


Now both you and your clients can follow Okavango Guiding School on Facebook. The OGS page features updates on the Delta’s packs, prides and predators; guiding and sighting reports; and the opportunity to sponsor further guide training for their guides or for an aspiring young local guide. OGS’s Facebook page has become a one-stop for everything related to guiding and conservation in Northern Botswana.

This Facebook upgrade allows your clients to follow Okavango Guiding School as you’re planning their trip.

Sunway Safaris Launches New Website

Sunway Safaris

After what seemed like endless hours in the production room, Sunway Safaris is delighted to announce the launch of their new website, which includes some great new agent-friendly tools!

Some exciting new features include:

  • Live availability: up-to-the-minute availability status on every safari;
  • Online booking agent: ability to make provisional bookings online directly from website;
  • Chat online with an expert: online message service available during Sunway office hours with icon indicating availability for an online chat;
  • Agent login: access to downloadable high-resolution images and the Sunway Agent Notice Board. Please email Richard at marketing@sunway-safaris.com to be issued a username and password.

In addition to these new features, Sunway Safaris will continue to have all tour information, itineraries, dates, online brochures, and general Sunway Safari’s information available online.

Please visit www.sunway-safaris.com to familiarize yourself with all of the new features, as well as the new look!

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Making a DIfference Making a Difference: Children in the Wilderness

Botswana continues to be keen on instilling the importance of conservation with local children. Children in the Wilderness, which began operating in 2001 as an environmental and life skills educational program, continues to help bridge the divide that exists between communities and wildlife. This program not only teaches children the importance of conservation, but strives to inspire in them a passion for the environment so that they can one day become the custodians of these wilderness areas.

2011 was another busy year for the program. At Limpopo Camp, Children in the Wilderness put their focus on the next generation of rural decision makers. Coming from the nearby Lentswe le Moriti School, situated in the village within the boundaries of the Northern Tuli Reserve, 16 children were exposed to their wildlife heritage, built and strengthened their capabilities to cope with life’s challenges, and educated on the life skills necessary to actualize their greatest potential. Out of these 16 children, nine had been on a previous camp and therefore this camp was treated as more of a “follow-up camp" with a higher level of learning.

Highlights of the camp were the game drives, which included some very exciting sightings. The children witnessed a cheetah and her cub preying on a young kudu. Lion, elephant, jackal, hyena and an abundance of plains game were also spotted. Ending on a very positive note, the outcome was a win-win for all. The children were inspired to strive to achieve their utmost potential. The program certainly inspired many little ambassadors in the peripheral villages!

A number of successful projects and results have come about from the Children in the Wilderness Limpopo program: Community clubs have been initiated in the schools, a wonderful vegetable garden has been started in the Lentswe le Moriti community and the building of a school playground for the children at the Motlhabaneng Village Primary School is also in the pipeline.

Interested in knowing more about Children in the Wilderness, and how you can help their efforts?  Visit www.childreninthewilderness.com/about.html.

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Travel Offers

Newly Announced Travel Offers

Adventure Camping Safaris with Okavango Expeditions

Travel Offers


Okavango Expeditions is pleased to announce its 2012 Botswana Adventurer program. This budget-friendly program offers a unique experience that takes your clients through Botswana’s prime national parks and reserves including Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, Okavango and the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Starting at $995 per person sharing, the package includes the services of a professional guide/driver and a cook, camping and national park fees, game drives, and more. 

With Okavango Expeditions, going on a safari is about much more than just the opportunity to see stunning wildlife in its natural setting: it’s about sitting around a campfire in the middle of the bush, listening to the distant roar of a lion, going to sleep under the beautiful stars, and the excitement of not knowing what spectacular experiences are in store for tomorrow.

For more information, click here

Delta Rain Pours Out the Offers for 2012

Delta Rain


Delta Rain is pleased to introduce their new 2012 safari offers to your clients:

Botswana Blitz - The perfect introduction for your clients to some of Botswana’s most beautiful natural wonders and the country’s friendly people. Starting at $990 per person sharing, this 7-day Kasane-Kasane adventure includes a boat cruise on the Chobe River, visit to the Makgadikgadi salt pans, overnight mokoro safari camping in the Okavango Delta and more. Great for families or independent travelers.

The Spirit of the Hills - Invite your clients to explore the mystical Tsodilo Hills. Priced from $550 per person, let your clients enjoy unforgettable rock paintings from thousands of years ago that will stir their soul on this 3-day safari.

The Kalahari Safari- One of nature’s truly spectacular places, your clients will be rewarded with stunning sunrises, vast horizons, and wildlife galore when booking the Kalahari Safari. This 5-day safari starts at $864 per person.

For more information, visit www.deltarain.com or email safaris@deltarain.com

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