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Botswana Trade may 2013

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Kalahari Tours – The Chobe Experience Awaits
Kalahari Tours is a Kasane-based outfitter with more than 15 years of experience in game-viewing and camping trips. Situated in Kasane, the most northern town in Botswana, Kalahari Tours has a unique disposition – offering access to four countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and the gateway to Chobe National Park. Specializing in providing quality tours and safaris in Chobe National Park at affordable prices, Kalahari Tours also offers fishing excursions, game drives, boat cruises and arranging transfers within the area and across borders. Catering to all parties, expert guides, quality equipment and splendid meals are included.

Camping trips run regularly within Chobe National Park with various overnight options. Daily game drives are conducted and clients will enjoy optimum wildlife viewing from the comfort of specially adapted 4x4 vehicles in a wildlife paradise. Boat cruises offer some fantastic game-viewing from a variety of vessels, including a spacious double-decker boat and speedboats.

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If your client is in search of priceless experiences on a budget, look no further than Kalahari Tours. For more information, please visit www.kalaharichobe.com.

Tailor-Made, Mobile Camping Safaris with Mosu Safari Tours
With more than 20 years of guiding experience, Mosu Safari Tours offers luxurious and fun-filled mobile camping safaris throughout Botswana. Their itineraries and routes have been perfected over time ensuring that your client’s trip will run smoothly. Extensive research of the areas, routes, accommodations, vehicles and food (all of which have been tried and tested by Mosu) guarantee your clients will have the best travel experiences in Botswana.

Mosu Safari Tours will tailor any safari to suit the needs and budgets of your client. Small groups present the opportunity to experience a more personal safari adventure with the guides, chef, camp assistant and the wildlife. Typically, small group safaris are run with a maximum of eight people per safari, though Mosu will cater to any number. While on safari, activities include, but are not limited to: scenic flights, camping safaris, game drives, day trips, mokoro trips, boat cruises and cultural village walks.

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

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What's New What's New: Product Updates

WILDchild Launches at &Beyond
No more waiting in line to ride Thunder Mountain. Swap riding the loop-de-loop for tracking leopards, cooking up tasty treats in a bush kitchen, and going on “poo walks.” As a leader in the industry of experiential travel, &Beyond is launching a new WILDchild program, offering children an interactive learning safari experience, allowing your clients to bring family vacations into the bush!

The WILDchild program, offered at &Beyond lodges through Botswana, creates daily missions and excursions for children in the care of rangers, trackers, babysitters and cooks. The missions are created with the lodge and environment in mind. Equipped with a WILDchild backpack, which includes a special logbook and other goodies, children tackle missions that include:

For more details on the program, click here or visit www.andbeyond.com.

Ta Shebube to Open Three New Camps in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Ta Shebube is pleased to announce the opening of three luxurious desert camps in the heart of the Kgalagadi this year. Strategically situated along the predator-rich Nossob River Valley in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Rooiputs, Polentswa and Union’s End are each luxurious in their own unique way. Slated to open in June, Rooiputs is comprised of 11 luxury thatched chalets constructed from a beautiful mixture of wood, canvas and glass, and furnished reflecting the rich, ethnic textures of Africa and the desert. Polentswa and Union’s End are classic tented camps (nine and six tents respectively) capturing the romance of a nostalgic bygone era. A luxury desert suite and a family unit, library, plunge pool, wellness massages and bird hide will be additional features at selected camps.

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Rates are fully inclusive. For more information, please visit www.tashebube.com.

Fairground Holdings Announces Botswana Consumer Fair
Fairground Holdings is proud to announce that the Botswana Consumer Fair will be held from July 22 - 28, 2013. This one-week fair will attract more than 450 local, regional and international exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitors. If your clients are in Gaborone that week, encourage them to visit and “Shop. Discover. Explore.” for that memorable souvenir of their trip.

Consumer Fair

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

All Decked out at The Old House
As a family-run establishment, The Old House is always looking after your clients. With affordable rates, top-of-the-line service, and a prime location along the banks of the Chobe River, it is no surprise that they have been rated the #1 bed and breakfast in Kasane. To maintain their #1 status and continue to offer guests an unforgettable experience, The Old House started off 2013 by extending their restaurant deck to accommodate guests more comfortably. After a day of game drives and canoe trips, enjoying a sundowner on the deck is the perfect way to end the day.

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

African Horseback Safaris Reveals Macatoo Upgrade
African Horseback Safaris is over the moon with the newly renovated Macatoo camp and facilities. Macatoo Camp, situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, features eight luxury en-suite safari tents on raised platforms overlooking floodplains where elephant, zebra, buck and the birdlife can be seen by guests from their private verandahs or even from bed! The recent upgrades at Macatoo Camp include:

Horseback

Despite all the recent upgrades, one thing hasn’t changed: The overall feel and look of Macatoo will always be preserved to provide your clients – equestrians and non-riding guests – the most comfortable, authentic, unpretentious safari experience possible. For images of the upgrades, click here. For more information, please visit www.africanhorseback.com.

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Just In

Just in: New Botswana Travel Specials

Bonus Booking with Africa Adventure Consultants
Africa Adventure Consultants, a U.S.-based tour operator, is offering a special trade incentive with their In Livingstone’s Footsteps package. On top of the travel agent commission, AAC will offer a $50 bonus for every booked package.

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This 10-day historical and wildlife safari explores Botswana and beyond. For more information, click here or visit www.adventuresinafrica.com.

Letaka Photographic Workshops
Having two professional photographers with many years of experience photographing Botswana, divided between a maximum of six guests, is what sets this trip apart from many others. With only three guests per photographer, Letaka Safaris' Photographic Workshop Safaris with James Gifford and Steve Stockhall ensure individual attention for your client – whether a keen beginner or an experienced photographer. For more information or to book your client’s photographic safari, visit www.letakasafaris.com.

Unforgettable Adventure at Tuli Safari Lodge
Your clients will love spending five nights experiencing the best of Tuli with Tuli Safari Lodge’s Adventure Trail package. This varied, action-packed, affordable, wilderness adventure combines nights at the bush camp and hide together with stays at the lodge. Activities can be closely tailored to guests’ specific interests with an emphasis on walking safaris, plus a community visit and guided game-drives at Molema.

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For more information, visit the Tuli Adventure Trail here or www.tulilodge.com.

Take Advantage of UnitedTravel Group's Summer Bonus Commission
UnitedTravel Group promises to provide your clients with journeys to extraordinary places, but this summer, they would also like to heat things up for the agents even more commission on booking through June 30, 2013! Earn $50.00 per person on tours from $3,195 - $7,495 per person AND $150 per person on tours $7,500+ per person. This bonus commission is valid only on new bookings made between May 12 - June 30, 2013 for travel between June 1 - September 30, 2013. Bonus commission must be mentioned at time of booking.

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For more information, please download the commission form here or visit www.unitedtravelgroup.com.

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In the News Blogging about Botswana

Journalists are busy blogging about Botswana. Check out these recent blog posts:

National Geographic News Watch – Walking with Elephants

Huffington Post – Twelve Days in Heaven

Travel Truth 101 – Macatoo Camp

Bush-Bound Girl – Saying “Yes” in Botswana

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