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Botswana Trade May 2012

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Spotlight On: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Kwalape Safari Lodge – Paradise in Chobe
Invite your clients to enjoy paradise with Kwalape Safari Lodge. Located in Chobe, Kwalape Safari Lodge offers the perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe National Park and River, with its vast elephant herds and wildlife population. Meaning “at home” in Setswana, Kwalape aims to make all guests feel welcomed, relaxed and at home during their stay.

Constructed of canvas, wood and thatch, and completely in harmony with its luscious and naturally landscaped surroundings, Kwalape Lodge is comprised of 12 chalets, 12 safari tents, and camping facilities for overland and private tours. Facilities also include a full restaurant, bar, pool area, activity desk and a spacious conference facility. Kwalape is an ideal choice for clients seeking a safari in style, family holiday, or even a honeymoon!

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For more information, please visit www.africasafaricamps.com or email info@africasafaricamps.com

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What's New What's New: Lodging and Ground Operator Updates

Botswana Camps Named to Top 100 Resorts in the World
This month, the exclusive Robb Report announced its “Top 100 Resorts in the World” and it’s no surprise that several Botswana camps were included in the honor, including:

Abu Camp – Set within the unspoiled wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, Abu Camp offers a haven of peace and tranquility, and an experience that showcases the magnificent surrounding wildlife and landscapes. At Abu Camp, guests are invited to walk with and ride elephants, an extraordinary privilege and rare, exciting way to experience Botswana.

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San Camp – Situated on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the classic white tents of San Camp stand majestically on the shore of the enormous sparkling salt pan, each sheltered by a cluster of stately desert palms. San Camp is safari elegance paired with minimal ecological impact.

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Zarafa Camp – Located in the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve, Zarafa Camp offers exclusivity, “green” construction, and a location in prime wildlife territory. With all the components of the "ideal" safari camp, Zarafa embodies authenticity, luxury and simplicity, creating a camp that is as environmentally sensitive as possible, yet maintaining uninterrupted wilderness views.

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Take a look and be sure to share with your clients!

SAA Vacations Announces Luxurious Yet Reasonably Priced Packages to Botswana
South African Airways Vacations is pleased to announce its diverse collection of luxurious yet affordably priced vacation packages to Botswana, including to Maun, the gateway to the world-famous Okavango Delta.  Priced starting at $3,999* (restrictions apply), the packages include stays at luxurious safari camps, in-depth exploration of the region’s unspoiled habitat, and international and regional African flights on South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline.  With new service to Maun beginning June 15th, your clients will be able to arrive faster, more conveniently and more comfortably to one of the most spectacular safari destinations on earth. 

What's New

For more information, please visit SAA Vacations Botswana Specials page here.

Luxurious Refurbishment for Pom Pom Camp
Pom Pom Camp, renowned for its year-round activities, has undergone a major refurbishment. Re-opened earlier this year, the camp debuted nine new classic-style safari tents, each set on elevated wooden decks with private views overlooking the camp’s permanent lagoon. Tents have also been updated with separate lounge and bathrooms featuring both bath and outside shower. Along with eco-friendly enhancements, the dining and bar areas have been updated to emphasize luxury and functionality.  

What's New

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

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Travel Offers Newly Announced Travel Offers

Experience the Last Refuge with African Travel
Starting at $6,795 per person sharing
Invite your clients to experience the Last Refuge with African Travel. Pristine and well-managed wildlife reserves – along with the intimate nature of the camp sites – promise your clients a highly personalized and active game-viewing adventure. The camps on this tour, although secluded, are surprisingly sophisticated, attending to all your clients’ comforts in a style uniquely African. Invite your clients to explore the bush in open safari vehicles and by mokoro (canoe) with expert guides and local trackers.

For more information, please visit www.africantravelinc.com

Track Migration Routes with Game Plan Africa
Starting at $4,940 per person sharing
An experience your clients will not soon forget - tracking migration routes with Game Plan Africa. This exciting route explores the changing areas, stunning beauty and continually moving game of northern Botswana. Invite your clients on an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!

Travel Offers

For more information, please visit www.gameplanafrica.com

GoWay Invites Your Clients to Discover the Vibrant Wildlife of Botswana
Starting from $3,142 per person sharing
GoWay brings the wildlife to your clients with the Botswana Zebra Safari. Traveling to the hot spots of Botswana – the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans, Savuti and Chobe National Park – unforgettable adventures and wildlife-viewing await your clients.

Travel Offers

For more information, please visit www.goway.com

Capture the Images of Africa with SITA World Tours
Starting at $1,660 per person sharing
Capture extraordinary Images of Africa with SITA World Tours. Choose either a 5- or 7-day journey that highlights the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park – the latter famous for its concentration of elephant, buffalo and antelope.

Travel Offers

For more information, please visit www.sitatours.com

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BTO Botswana in the News

Catch Botswana on Two Hit Television Programs
Have your clients been dreaming of a trip to Botswana but prefer to see it from an armchair safari first? They are in luck, as Botswana has recently been featured prominently in two hit television programs, “Birding Adventures TV” and “Equitrekking.” 

“Equitrekking,” which recently won two Telly Awards and received its 5th Emmy nod, is airing two new episodes throughout May and June 2012 on most PBS stations. The episodes take viewers on exciting adventures as host Darley Newman travels around Botswana with local people as her guides to get an in-depth, eco-friendly look at Botswana’s natural surroundings, culture and history. Learn more about the episodes here and check your local public television listings for dates and times in your area.

Birding Adventures

Among the wild creatures of Botswana is a wide range of exotic birds, which host James Currie and the crew of Nikon’s “Birding Adventures TV” set out to explore this past February. The four-part series airs on NBC SportsNetwork, and shares with viewers Currie’s travels and adventures throughout Botswana. Episodes will continue to air on NBC SportsNetwork through June 19, 2012. If you don’t get a chance to catch the episodes, check out Birding Adventures’ YouTube Channel which now features the four-part series:

Episode 1

Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

For the full airing schedule, or for more information on “Birding Adventures” or the birds viewed while in Botswana, visit www.BirdingAdventures.com.

Let your clients get a taste of Botswana with “Birding Adventures TV” and “Equitrekking”!

Okavango Delta – a Must-See African Safari Destination

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This month, Botswana’s Okavango Delta was included in Fox News’ list of “Five must-see African safari destinations.” As one of Africa’s last remaining wetland wildernesses, the Okavango is the world’s largest inland river delta and home to diverse wildlife and extraordinary adventure, a destination and experience your clients will not want to miss. Check out the article here.

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