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Botswana Trade News for June 2010

In this Issue:

What's in a Name... the New Botswana Tourism
Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners
Latest Travel Offers
Updates from Camps and Lodges
What's Up in Botswana

Botswana Tourism

What's in a Name... the New Botswana Tourism

Did you happen to notice the change in the Botswana Tourism logo? In May, legislation was passed on a new tourism act, resulting in this parastatal organization's name change from Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) to Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO).

That's quite a mouthful! So moving forward the brand logo will be shortened to Botswana Tourism. Though Botswana Tourism now has a new name, our mandates for tourism promotion remain the same. The Botswana Tourism-USA office will continue to provide the same destination trade support to North American travel professionals and media that you have come to expect.

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Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners

Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners

Each issue we shine the spotlight on one or more Botswana suppliers in order to provide you with more detailed company and product information. This month the spotlight is on:

Masson Safaris - small group, ecologically friendly mobile camping safaris to remote areas of Botswana, read on.

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris - riding safaris for experienced equestrians in Mashatu Game Reserves in the Tuli enclave, read on.

Under One Botswana Sky - a collection of affordable upscale lodges/camps in Botswana's top game viewing areas, read on.

Masson Safaris runs ecologically friendly, mobile camping safaris dedicated to game viewing, bird watching and the general appreciation of nature in remote areas of Botswana. This family-owned company, run by Evan and Sallie Masson and their competent staff, has been operating for 15 years. Safaris are limited to small groups in order to enhance their guests' experience and ensure more personal attention. Guests sleep in 3m x 3m frame tents in which one can stand. Each tent is equipped with camp beds, linens, towels, a reading light, bedside table and a washstand. Chemical-flush toilets, one per couple, and hot showers are also provided. Game drive vehicles are open, extended Land Rovers, great for birding scopes and wonderful photographic opportunities. Ewan has lived and guided in Botswana for 25 years, both Sallie and Ewan have a sound knowledge of the local fauna and flora. They are most passionate about the Desert areas in Botswana.

Tele:+267 686 2442
Contact: Ewan or Sallie Masson. or

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris operates riding safaris for experienced riders across the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli area of southeastern Botswana. Located in an area of great diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilizations, and dramatic rock formations, this land remains largely untouched by man. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife species including lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, zebra, giraffe, elephant and over 350 species of birds. An LVHS expedition offers your clients a whole new take on a Botswana safari adventure. The safaris are professionally managed and guided by owners Cor and Louise Careisen, who share a wealth of knowledge of the African bush, horses and classical horsemanship with their guests, and are ably assisted by Motswanan guides.

Guests based at the recently renovated Two Mashatus base camp enjoy creature comforts in the heart of the bush. Accommodation at Two Mashatus is luxurious A-frame tents with proper beds, wooden kists for clothes & en-suite bathrooms. Fly-camps for the mobile riding safaris span the entirety of the Mashatu Game Reserve as well as the neighboring Charter Reserve Charter. Two beautiful lodges, both based on the majestic Limpopo River, are being added to the Lodge to Lodge itineraries. Experienced riders will surely experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with the wildlife in this pristine and untamed land.


Under One Botswana Sky offers affordable, upscale accommodation in Botswana's top game viewing destinations including Chobe, Moremi, and the Okavango Delta. The company's five safari lodges and camps, Chobe Safari Lodge, Moremi Crossing, PomPom Camp, Gunn's Camp, and Nata Lodge, offer an excellent value for the price point; a welcome benefit for clients desiring upscale accommodation on a moderate budget.

aChobe Safari Lodge
Situated in Kasane on the banks of Chobe River and sharing a border with Chobe National Park, this is an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. Accommodation consists of 80 spacious, river view rooms. Family rooms with separate children room (bunk beds) also available. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and a shower, air conditioners, satellite TV's with 8 channels, telephone, safe and fan.
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aMoremi Crossing
Located near the most southern part of Chief's Island, Moremi Crossing is situated on a small palm fringed island called Ntswi which is surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains. Luxury accommodation in 16 new-style vintage safari tents, each with its own private wooden deck and magical views over the Boro River on to Chief's Island. All meru tents are large and airy with en-suite bathrooms consisting of shower and toilet.
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aPomPom Camp
In the heart of the Okavango Delta within the MATSEBE concession area, Pom Pom camp is another jewel in Botswana's crown! The camp has nine large walk-in tents, all with en suite showers, flush toilets and although roofless, the bathrooms are enclosed for privacy, security and importantly offer you a truly unique bush adventure.
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aGunn's Camp
Overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve,Gunn's Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps. The flagship accommodation offering at Gunn's Camp consists of eight fully furnished, deluxe Kenya-style meru tents with en-suite bathrooms set on raised platforms overlooking the delta plains.
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Nata Lodge
Nata Lodge is well located, approximately 10km from Nata, on the main tourist road route to Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe/Zambia and Caprivi Strip in Namibia. The lodge offers 22 air-conditioned Wooden Thatched Chalets built on stilts with en-suite bathrooms including a bath and outdoor shower. Additional accommodation includes10 Luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, as well as camping grounds.
Web site:, Res. E-mail or


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Tourism for Tomorrow Latest Travel Offers

Safari Adventure Company, Selinda Reserve, Ker & Downey Botswana, Golden Okavango, and Wilderness Dawning offer up these new, agent commissionable travel packages. Read more

Okavango and Kalahari Contrasts with Safari Adventure Company - 01 August-15 December 2010
Selinda Canoe Trail with Selinda Reserve - through 06 October 2010
Ker & Downey Safari Package - through 31 December 2010
Okavango Delta Explore with Golden Okavango - July 26 departure!Houseboating Safari with Wilderness Dawning - through 31 December 2010

Okavango and Kalahari Contrasts with Safari Adventure Company
Safari Adventure Company's motto is "Live Adventure, Love the Wild". They will help your client do just that with their new Okavango and Kalahari Contrasts package. Clients will experience the best of two extremes, spending 3 nights in the Kalahari Plains Camp, the perfect location to explore the remoteness of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, before heading off to Banoka Bush Camp for 3 nights to discover the oasis that is the Okavango Delta. Valid from August 1- December 15, 2010. Rack rate is USD3,085.00 per person, sharing. For more information, contact or click here.

Selinda Canoe & Walking Safari on the Selinda Spillway
Can you canoe? The Selinda Canoe Trail safari package is available now through October 6 only. This 4-day/ 3-night active adventure safari includes canoeing and walking along the Selinda Spillway, evoking for guests the spirit of the safaris of old, when days were spent on impromptu exploration and each night was spent camping along the banks of a river. The safari is run only when the Selinda Spillway-the waterway linking Botswana's Okavango Delta and its Linyanti and Kwando systems-is flowing. Rack rate pricing is USD1480 per person sharing, fully inclusive. Guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 guests. For more information visit

Ker & Downey Botswana 2010 Safari Package to Benefit Bana Ba Letsatsi
Would your clients like to "give back" to the local community on their next safari? In keeping with its child friendly policy and social responsibility commitments, Ker & Downey Botswana will contribute a percentage of profit on its Botswana 2010 Safari package to Bana Ba Letsatsi. This special safari package is good for stays of 4 or 6 nights at any combination of Shinde, Kanana or Okuti camps until December 31, 2010, the package includes: a donation to Bana Ba Letsaki, all flights from Maun, between camps, and Maun return, game viewing activities, accommodation, meals, park fees and more. For more information contact or visit

Okavango Delta Explorer with Golden Okavango - Scheduled Departure 26 July-04 August
Enjoy a 9 night/10 day Okavango Delta Explorer luxury mobile safari with Golden Okavango, including a private guide, fully furnished luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms, a private chef and camp staff to tend to the client's comfort and adventure in luxurious style. For seven nights, your clients will be in the midst of the amazing wildlife and scenery in the Moremi Game Reserve; followed by two days and nights exploring the waterways around Xugana Island Lodge. USD6,885.00 per person. Optional 3 night add-ons into Chobe National Park, the Kalahari, or to Zambia are available at additional cost (run with min 4; max 10 guests each add-on). For more information email: or visit

Houseboating and Tsodilo Hills Adventure with Wilderness Dawning
Wilderness Dawning
is offering guests a truly unique floating safari experience in the Panhandle of the Okavango Delta with its four night package. At a rack rate of USD690.00 per person sharing (minimum 2 guests), this package includes: 4 nights aboard Kabbo, its luxury houseboat, and all meals, one water activity on days two and three, a full day excursion to Tsodilo Hills on day four and more. For more information contact or visit

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Tourism for Tomorrow "What's New" from Botswana Suppliers

News updates from Botswana hospitality companies and local tour operators:
Ker & Downey Botswana committed to social responsibility in Botswana
Kalahari Plains Camp works in harmony with its surroundings
The Grand Palm Hotel in Gaborone receives its 5th star
Selinda Reserve welcomes new managers

Ker & Downey Botswana is committed to providing its guests the highest quality wildlife and adventure safari experience, while preserving the delicate environment and beauty of Botswana. The company is also deeply committed to social responsibility by fostering economic and social development of the local communities within Botswana, and has chosen to support Bana Ba Letsatsi (which means "children of the sun"). This organization cares for over 240 vulnerable and orphaned children in Maun, keeping them off the streets and empowering them through education and support. A number of these children were recently hosted by Ker & Downey's Young Explorer program. Based at Shinde's Footsteps Across the Delta Camp, the children not only experienced the wildlife of Botswana, but also learned practical camp and conservation skills. It was an unforgettable experience for all. For more information on Ker & Downey or the Young Explorer program, please contact or visit

Kalahari Plains Camp is an excellent example of what is possible when a company is committed to the idea of environmental sustainability and works in harmony with its surroundings. At Kalahari Plains Camp, all electricity and hot water are generated completely by solar power. After three months, Wilderness Safaris' Kalahari Plains Camp is pleased that its eco-friendly ways have paid off and the entire camp can be run on such a light footprint. For more information, contact or visit

The Peermont Walmont at The Grand Palm, commonly referred to as The Grand Palm, has been awarded 5 stars by Botswana Tourism after meeting all of BTO's accommodation grading criteria. With this achievement, The Grand Palm operates as the first full service, 5-star city hotel in Gaborone and in Botswana. This is a contemporary, deluxe 5-star 188-key business hotel offering a full range of services for executive business travelers, premium leisure travelers, conference and tour groups. The Grand Palm has also taken eco-friendly steps towards going green by installing water saving apparatus in bathrooms, launching a grey water plant, and implemented significant power saving measures. For more information, visit

Selinda Reserve welcomes David and Alice Murphy, the new managers of Selinda Camp. With their experience and enthusiasm, both will be a huge asset to the team. The Reserve would also like to welcome Executive Chef Nelson Sheenga, who joins the team from Kasane. He will not only bring delicious food to the table, but will be adding laughter to the kitchen. For more information, visit

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Tourism for Tomorrow What's Up in Botswana

What's new in Botswana?

Botswana Tourism Wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award.

Air Botswana Adding Flights into Maun

Botswana Tourism Organization Wins WTTC TOURISM FOR TOMORROW 2010 AWARD. We are "tooting our own horn" on this announcement - we hope you understand and will be thrilled with the news. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Destination Stewardship 2010 has gone to Botswana Tourism for the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site! This prestigious award recognizes Botswana Tourism for having successfully demonstrated sustainable tourism practices in the Okavango Delta region as defined by the protection of natural and cultural heritage, social and economic benefits to the local people, and upholding environmentally friendly operations. This award validates the efforts of the Okavango Delta Management Plan to provide "carefully managed, well-functioning ecosystem that equitably and sustainably provides benefits for local, national and international stakeholders." Botswana Tourism plays a critical oversight and management role to ensure successful partnerships between the government, private sector and local communities within the ODMP, and furthermore carry out Botswana's sustainable tourism vision for lower-impact and higher-tariff tourism. For additional detail on the award, visit

Air Botswana is pleased to announce additional flights on the Johannesburg - Maun route schedule effective 01 August through 28 November 2010. These additions will compliment the existing schedule and will allow more convenient connections to Maun. Late morning flights to Maun will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with returning flights in the mid-afternoon on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. These services have been loaded into the CRS and are available for sale. For more information, please visit

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We appreciate your interest in and support of travel to Botswana. We hope you found this issue informative and pleasurable to read. As always, we welcome your feedback and comments. We are only an email or phone call away:, 1-866-675-7660.

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Botswana Tourism - North America

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