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Botswana Trade November 2012

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Spotlight on Spotlight On: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Wild Africa at its Best with Letsatsi Safari and Lodge
Are your clients fascinated with Northern Botswana? Invite them to discover the magic with Letsatsi Safari and Lodge. This locally owned mobile safari company was established in 2001 and offers your clients the chance to explore the amazing attractions of Northern Botswana. From unforgettable game drives to heart-warming cultural tours to the vast experience and knowledge of the guides, your clients will leave Botswana with an unforgettable story of the country’s wildlife and wilderness.

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

Tailor-Made Photographic Safaris with Ulinda Safari Trails
Are your clients photographers or wildlife enthusiasts and in search of their next big adventure? Ulinda Safari Trails specializes in tailor-made photographic safaris in Botswana, ensuring that your clients receive the best opportunities to capture those unforgettable images. Itineraries range from as little as two nights to a 21-night excursion, making sure they will experience the best of Botswana. The vehicles used while out on safari are all equipped with a refrigerator to keep beverages cool, an inverter to charge digital equipment, and a pop-up roof, providing a 360-degree view for those once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunities. Ulinda guides are also lovers of photography and can provide feedback ranging from lighting to angles to get the best possible shot. Comfortable mobile camps, savory meals, and extraordinary photographs... Ulinda Safaris is the perfect pick for photographers of all levels.

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For more information, please visit www.ulinda.com or email ulindasafari@botsnet.bw.

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

Wilderness Safaris Introduces New Camp
Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce the opening of its much loved DumaTau Camp on an exquisite new site on the banks of the Linyanti River, just a bit upstream from its original location. As one of Wilderness’ most popular camps for more than 15 years, DumaTau has been given a new lease on life with a complete new rebuild, offering your clients the ultimate safari experience along the river and in the bush. The new location is in a prime section of the enormous Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, creating ideal conditions for prolific wildlife sightings. The classic camp’s 10 tented units (eight twin and two family) are raised off the ground to overlook the Osprey Lagoon. DumaTau Camp operates completely on solar energy and is built of FSC-standard timber. The location between two elephant corridors offers your clients an exclusive river and land experience in a completely sustainable manner.

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For more information, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com.

The Best of Linyanti at an Affordable Price
ValueSafaris is pleased to announce the opening of Camp Linyanti. This magnificent camp offers your clients five intimate, enchanting and uniquely designed rounded canvas tents, with breathtaking views over the Linyanti Marsh. Accommodating up to 10 guests, facilities include en-suite bathrooms and open sky showers. The camp has recently opened private game drive routes in this untouched part of the Chobe National Park, allowing your clients access to the last hidden Eden of the Chobe for the very first time!

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

A Cultural Experience Like No Other with Uncharted Africa Safari Co.
With cultures constantly changing and transforming, it is rare for your clients to have the opportunity to experience a traditional way of life in the bush. However, Uncharted Africa Safari Co. has done just that, enhancing the Bushmen experience at its permanent camps in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Twenty-four Bushmen – women, men and children comprised of four generations – are now residing in the area and sharing their incredible knowledge with the guests at Jack’s Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari. Leading a semi-traditional lifestyle, the Bushmen allow a glimpse into their lives to your clients, showing them how they would traditionally hunt and gather food, make jewelry and hunting equipment, and entertain themselves through story, song and dance. It allows your clients a glimpse into this quickly vanishing traditional way of life and an experience they will remember for a lifetime.

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For more information, please visit www.unchartedafrica.com

Air Botswana Releases Low Season Schedule
Air Botswana has released its low season timetable. New routes include flights from Gaborone to Cape Town, Lanseria, Lilongwe and Blantyre and flights between Maun and Victoria Falls. For complete Low Season timetable information, click here.

For more information on Air Botswana, please visit www.airbotswana.co.bw

Exciting Updates around Kwando Safaris
Kwando Safaris has been keeping busy announcing the arrival of new vehicles at camps AND children’s rates! The first new Land Cruisers for Lebala and Lagoon were scheduled to arrive into the camps starting at the end of November. However, the beginning of the month brought good news – the brand new Land Cruisers arrived at Lagoon November 5th – well ahead of schedule! Lebala should be receiving their brand spanking new vehicles by the end of year.

For those clients with children, this update will be music to their ears. Kwando is also very excited to announce the launch of their CHIDREN RATES at their properties. Children can now travel to Kwando properties for 50% off the net rate!

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For more information on the new vehicles or children rates, please visit www.kwando.co.za.

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Green Season Just In: More Botswana Supplier Green Season Specials

Stay 3 Nights, Fly for Free with Great Plains Conservation
Green season in Botswana, a time of verdant and blooming vegetation, beautiful light for photography, snarling-happy lions and smiling faces all-round. To add extra cheer, Great Plains Conservation is not only lowering rates in Botswana, but also offering free flights to your clients. Such tremendous value at this stunning time of year!

Green Season

Book your clients for three nights at either Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp or Duba Plains Camp and they fly for free! Valid for stays from now to March 31, 2013. Free flight into and out of each camp, whether that is from Maun to one of the camps, or from another Okavango region camp to the camps. Maximum of two flight sectors included. If longer flights from elsewhere in Botswana to camps are needed, such as Chobe or Makgadikgadi Pans, contact Great Plains Conservation reservation office directly at reservations@greatplainsconservation.com.

SGS Africa Announces Green Season Mobile Safari Rates
To make sure you get the most out of Botswana’s diverse seasons for your clients, SGS Africa is pleased to announce their Green Season mobile safari rates which run from the 1st of December to March 31, 2013 and are valid for all new bookings and inquiries for trips throughout Northern Botswana! Comfort Morula Mobile Safaris start at $300 NET per person, per night with ensuite tents and fully inclusive of meals and drinks. Budget Acacia Mobile Safaris are $188 NET per person, per night with all meals included.

Green Season

Invite your clients to be part of the Green season where they can enjoy the arrival of the migrant bird species, the birth of a new generation of impalas and warthogs, the transformation from parched to puddles and the return of vibrant life to the bush. For more information, please visit www.sgsafrica.com.

Seasonal Special – Kids Go Free – with Tuli Safari Lodge
Do you have clients hoping to plan a family adventure? Tuli Safari Lodge is pleased to announce their seasonal special. This family special allows kids to go free for a 3+ night stay. Offer is applicable for two under 12’s sharing with two adults in one of Tuli’s family suites, based on a minimum stay of 3 nights. This special is available for booking from now through February 28, 2013.

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

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Making a difference Making a Difference

As a responsible ecotourism company at the forefront of conservation, Wilderness Safaris is continually looking at new and innovative ways to “green” its operations. While this focus embraces all their camps across Africa, recent efforts have centered on Botswana.

Mombo Camp has seen the opening of its 4Cs Center – a stylish boutique linked to the camp’s lounge and library. The center provides Wilderness with an opportunity to highlight each of the 4Cs – Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture – in a practical and meaningful way that is relevant in the day-to-day lives of their staff and guests. This new “trading store” offers more than just high-quality trinkets and clothing. In fact, the souvenirs that guests can now take home hint at the broader vision of Wilderness’ sustainability framework.

Making a difference

All profits from sales in this and every other retail offering in the Botswana camps is reinvested into Wilderness Safaris’ sustainability projects in the country. More than this, a platform is provided for many community projects to display their work and not only generate income, but also profile and highlight cultural art, tradition and technique to a first-world audience.

Through comprehensive guest experiences, Wilderness aspires to educate and transform the way visitors perceive the world. In many ways, it is believed that the journeys of those who travel to Botswana really begin when they return home.

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Map BTO-USA Supporting Our Market

Tourism Maps Now Available
You asked and we deliver. The BTO-USA office now has newly designed tourism maps of Botswana! In addition to the illustrative map, content highlights our regional tourism areas’ activities and attractions, NA visitor travel information, a distance chart and more!

To request maps for distribution to your staff, clients or prospects, please email info@botswanatourism.us

Upcoming Shows and Conferences
Botswana Tourism will represent and promote Botswana at USTOA Annual Conference December 6-8, 2012.

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