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Botswana Trade March 2013

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Parade through Botswana’s Natural Beauty with Planet Wilderness Safaris
A locally owned safari company based in Maun with 30 years of combined experience in the industry, Planet Wilderness Safaris’ mission is simple – to showcase all of Botswana’s natural beauty to your valued clients. Though their forte is mobile tented/camping safaris throughout Botswana, Planet Wilderness Safaris’ range of safari products covers all of Botswana’s best wildlife destinations. From the Kalahari through to the Moremi Game Reserve, all the way to Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, there is not a place Planet Wilderness Safaris cannot go.

With a strong emphasis on offering the best wilderness experience imaginable, guests are treated to a fully catered safari where only private and exclusive camp sites are reserved with large dome tents and en-suite bathrooms. Open, customized Toyota Land Cruisers are taken on safari, with a seating capacity of 7 passengers so all are guaranteed window seating. All safaris are accompanied by expert guides, a chef and camp crew, whose sole purpose is to ensure that your clients’ holiday is a dream come true.

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

Deception Valley Lodge – An Oasis in the Kalahari
Deception Valley Lodge, situated in a private concession on the very edge of the Central Kalahari Reserve, is a luxurious oasis that provides outstanding safari experiences. Comfort set in vibrant and rustic interiors, Deception Valley can accommodate up to 16 guests with double occupancy. Most chalets consist of luxury twin rooms with en-suite Victorian-style bathrooms, an outside shower and a private, spacious lounge. The 8 chalets stand separately on stilts and are connected with the main lodge by wooden walkways. Other amenities include, but are not limited to, a swimming pool situated close to the main complex, dining area (as well as a boma), a welcoming lounge and bar area, a curio shop and small library.

What makes Deception Valley Lodge unique is the rare opportunity to meet and explore this remarkable environment with Bushman guides of the San people, one of the oldest cultures in Africa. Clients are provided with the chance to experience a rare glimpse into life as it used to be. Let your clients experience an unforgettable tour with real Bushmen, exploring the bush on foot, learning the skills of hunting and survival, culture and crafts.

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Whether your clients are interested in game-filled drives or are more smitten with experiencing the Kalahari with the Bushman at hand, Deception Valley Lodge can handle all their needs. For more information, please visit www.dvl.co.za.

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What's New What's New: Product Updates

Updates from Great Plains Conservation
March is shaping up to be a busy month for Great Plains Conservation with the launch of their reservations offices AND a camp opening for its first full seaso
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Great Plains Conservation is thrilled to announce that their independent reservations office is up and running! Please make note, Great Plains’ camps will no longer be visible on the WISH system. Great Plains sales staff are available to assist with any inquiries: simply email them at reservations@greatplainsconservation.com. For more information on Great Plains Conservation and camps, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com

Selinda Explorers Camp, an exclusive-use camp on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, opened its zips (no doors) on March 1st for its first full season through to November 30th. Here the focus of the activities is really getting back to nature: canoeing, walking, fishing and even wild-swimming! Exclusivity and this level of comfort and service make Selinda Explorers Camp one of the bargains of Botswana.

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

Botswana’s Haina Kalahari Lodge and Ngwesi Houseboat are now part of Sun Destinations Portfolio
Situated on a private reserve just north of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Haina Kalahari Lodge accommodates up to 20 guests and offers both standard and luxury safari tents. Ngwesi Houseboat roams the Okavango Delta and consists of an upper and lower deck, licensed skipper and trained staff, and tender boats for various excursions on the waterways. Moving forward, Sun Destinations will take on all reservations and marketing for both establishments.

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For rates and more information, please email brett@sundestinations.co.za or visit www.haina.co.za or www.ngwesi.co.za.

Up in the Air – JFK and Airlink Update
Please make note, and share with your clients, the following travel updates from SAA
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Effective February 13, 2013, South African Airways check-in areas at JFK International Airport were relocated to allow expansion of Terminal 4. Check-in has been relocated to Row 7 for all passengers, including Premium Business Class passengers and tickets counters will also move to a similar location adjacent to Row 7. SAA will continue to use Concourse B for arrivals and departures.

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Airlink is pleased to announce that, as of March 15th, it will be enhancing its schedule, increasing capacity and providing business class service on the convenient daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Maun (MUB). Flights will be operated with one of its fleet of 8 AVRO RJ85 regional jets, configured with 14 business class and 60 economy seats. For more information on schedule and rates, please visit www.flyairlink.com

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For anyone who missed the last newsletter, Airlink is also commencing scheduled direct service from Johannesburg (JNB) to Kasane (BBK) beginning March 22, 2013. It will initially operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with the intent to expand to daily service in August if demand supports it.

Keeping It Fresh at Wilderness Safaris
Wilderness Safaris is excited to introduce their new camp, Little Tubu. Opening for bookings on June 1st, Little Tubu is a classic safari camp located adjacent to Tubu Tree Camp on Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta. Little Tubu is made up of three tents/six beds and a delightful main area with a deck and swimming pool. Fitting in with the Wilderness Safaris' “classic” camps, Little Tubu offers a very special option for small groups and can be expanded to accommodate private groups of eight.

Meanwhile, Tube Tree Camp has undergone some work with a light rebuild, increasing its size from five to eight tented rooms, including a family room! The three new tents are set to open in June. The tents themselves will be larger with interior upgrades as well as increased deck space and a refurbished main area.

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Little Tubu and Tubu Tree Camp can be combined for groups who take sole use of Tubu with all activities and meals out of Tubu Tree Camp. For more information, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or email enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com.

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Just In

Just In: New Botswana Supplier Travel Specials

Five Rivers Program with Kwando Safaris
Kwando Safaris is proud to be part of the Five Rivers Program, offering an affordable range of safari camps covering all major wildlife locations that occur around the five major rivers in the region. The 2013/2014 validity dates run from November 15, 2013 – March 31, 2014. Rates start as low as $321, with no single supplement for the first two singles in any one group!

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For those last-minute bookings, Kwando has extended this year’s program to include April 2013, $321 per person, per night! Invite your clients to take advantage of these last-minute deals. For more information, visit www.kwando.co.za.

Wilderness Safaris Extends Botswana Summer Special
Do you have clients planning a last-minute getaway to Botswana? Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to share that they have extended the validity dates for their Summer Special to include travel in March and April! The Summer Special includes Wilderness’ Premier and Classic safari camps in the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Features of this Special:

  • Reduced accommodation and flying rates
  • No single supplements on accommodation or flying
  • 50% discount on accommodation for children between the ages of 6-14 years sharing with adults in a family room
  • Minimum of two camps per itinerary with a minimum of three nights per camp
  • All other Wilderness Safaris standard terms and conditions apply

For more information, please email enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com or visit www.wilderness-safaris.com.

Six Night Bushman and Delta Experience with Footsteps in Africa
Footsteps in Africa is bringing your clients an unforgettable adventure for an incredible rate! Their properties, Grasslands Bushman Lodge and Delta Camp, have teamed up to present the best that Botswana has to offer: a true cultural and wilderness package. Save up to $1,200 per person on the net rate if booked by March 31, 2013 – valid for travel before November 30, 2013. For more information, please visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

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Classic Safaris from Roger Dugmore Safaris
Invite your clients to experience unparalleled classic safaris to some of the most striking and unique places in Botswana with Roger Dugmore Safaris. Space is currently available on two incredible safaris:

  • 12 day Classic Kalahari & Okavango Mobile Safaris (May 2 – May 13, 2013; May 17 – May 28, 2013) – Privately guided by Roger Dugmore, this safari is fully inclusive of all accommodation in exclusive campsites, all meals and drinks, services of a professional guide, game drives, a day of boating on the Okavango Delta and all camp services including laundry. Starting at $7,250 per person sharing.

  • 7 day Classic Moremi Mobile Safari (August 17 – August 23, 2013) – Fully inclusive of a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, accommodation in exclusive campsites, all meals and drinks, services of a professional guide, game drives, a day of boating on the Okavango Delta and all camp services including laundry. Starting at $4,875 per person sharing.

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

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In the News In the News

Botswana Regarded as “Safe Haven” for Groundbreaking Rhino Conservation Project
In the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino, &Beyond has earmarked six white rhino to be translocated from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat, in part because Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the government helps to protect the
species.

After years of negotiation and planning, the translocation process has begun. Since October 2012, game scouts from Botswana have traveled to &Beyond Phinda to undergo intensive tracking and monitoring training, as they were not familiar with white rhino behavior in the southern part of the Delta. Capture-and-release bomas were built in South Africa and Botswana respectively, permits obtained and various conservation initiatives set in place to ensure that the six carefully selected rhino arrive at their destination safely.

&Beyond has made a significant contribution to the protection of rhino over the past 20 years. This project, with the final release of the six rhino scheduled to take place in April 2013, not only highlights the company’s commitment to its core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People, but also recognizes the Botswana government’s commitment and effectiveness to successful wildlife conservation. Check out the “Rhinos Without Borders” clip for updates on the project and watch as the story unfolds.

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To follow the exciting project, please visit: www.andbeyond.com.

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