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Botswana Trade News for October 2010

In this Issue:

Spotlight On Botswana Suppliers...Doing Well by Doing Good
Travel Specials... Newly Announced Agent Commssionable Travel Offers
What's New... from Botswana Camps and Lodges
Introducing... Botswana-based Suppliers
From The Desk Of... Botswana Tourism Organization - USA Office

Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners

Spotlight On Botswana Suppliers...Doing Well by Doing Good

This month, Botswana Tourism recognizes tourism professionals and companies whose philanthropic initiatives positively impact the quality of life for the people and wildlife of Botswana.

Marilyn Garcin Rides On to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Botswana
Marilyn and Natacia Garcin of Gaborone-based Garcin Safaris were amongst the group of 12 women that participated in the Maun to Gaborone “Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Ride Across Botswana”, in late August 2010. Marilyn and Natacia, along with fellow volunteers stopped in villages along the way to educate the public on early breast cancer detection and breast self examination. Response from the villages was excellent and volunteers had overwhelming support from local people. Local businesses and generous members of the community sponsored the Vespas driven by the volunteers and breast cancer survivors. The mission of the Journey of Hope charity is to raise One Million Pula for women in Botswana who are unable to afford breast cancer treatment and reconstruction.

Spotlight On... Botswana Supplier Partners

To learn more about Journey of Hope and how you can help, visit http://www.journeyofhopebotswana.com/

Safari Guide Paul Moleseng Running in NYC Marathon for Bana Ba Letsatsi
Next month on November 7, 2010 Paul Moleseng, a specialist guide with Ker and Downey Botswana, will run in the ING New York City Marathon. Paul is running to support Bana Ba Letsatsi (BBL), which means “children of the sun”. BBL is a nonprofit organization that strives to support orphaned children in Maun, Botswana. Running alongside Paul in the marathon will be nineteen year old orphaned twins Itsing and Tirafalo Batsholelewang, who have been supported by BBL for six years. If you or someone you know would like to support Paul and Bana Ba Lesatsi, visit Paul’s active giving page at http://www.active.com/donate/somarela2010/paulmoleseng. If you are in the New York City area November 7th you can support Paul, Itsing and Tirafalo by attending the marathon and cheering them on!



To learn more about Bana Ba Letsatsi, visit www.banabaletsatsi.com.

Desert & Delta Safaris Support Rhino
Due to the demand for Rhino horn in the Asian markets approximately 600 rhinos have been poached across the African continent in the past five years. These numbers suggest that Africa is losing rhino to poachers faster than the current populations can reproduce

Desert & Delta Safaris is working once again with the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project to ensure the well being of the existing rhino population in Botswana as well as to bring in additional animals to supplement the current populations. This initiative, which began in 2001, is a Public Private Partnership which operates on the combined efforts of Botswana’s Department of Wildlife, the Botswana Government, the Botswana Defense Force (Anti Poaching Unit) and the tourism industry private sector. The project has proven to be a true success story. Since the re-introduction of both white and black rhino onto Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta, there are now an estimated 38 white and 4 black rhino in Botswana.

Two female white rhino moved from the Mombo area in the Okavango to an area in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park near Leroo La Tau. Desert & Delta Safaris built and financed the rhino boma near Leroo La Tau to house a white rhino bull, who was then released into the wild on June 14, 2008. The bull very quickly joined up with the two females and Desert & Delta Safaris has been keeping a very close eye on this new happy family. Desert & Delta Safaris continues to support the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project, and now travelers to this region can also support the desperate plight of the rhino through Desert & Delta’s Rhino safari packages . For more information, please contact info@desertdelta.com.

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a Travel Specials... Newly Announced Agent Commissionable Travel Offers

Foot Steps in Africa Announces its ‘Kalahari Summer’ Travel Special

Foot Steps in Africa makes your client’s Botswana getaway easy and affordable during the Kalahari summer season. Special green season rates apply for travel between December 2010-March 2011. Travelers may choose between 14 camps and lodges in 7 prime tourism regions including, the Chobe river front, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari, Makadikgadi and Nxai Pans. Your clients will have the option of selecting a prearranged travel package or designing their ideal customized safari. Guest must stay a minimum of three nights at one single lodge/camp or a minimum of four nights at two or more different properties. For more information contact rihanna@foot-steps-in-Africa.com or visit www.footstepsin-africa.com

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Desert & Delta Safaris is pleased to offer your clients the opportunity to enjoy an amazing safari experience and make a positive contribution to the increasingly dire situation of the Rhino in Africa. World Wildlife Fund has designated September as Rhino Month, and Desert & Delta Safaris has developed yearlong Rhino safari packages to support the cause. A portion of proceeds from the Rhino safari packages will go directly to the Rhino project in Botswana. The following packages are now available for booking.

  • 4 Night Leroo La Tau Package
    This 4 night package is inclusive of charter flights to and from Maun, 2 nights accommodation at Leroo La Tau, inter-camp charters and two nights’ accommodation at Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge or Savute Safari Lodge.
  • 6 Night Leroo La Tau Rhino Package
    This 6 night package is inclusive of charter flights to and from Maun, 2 nights accommodation at Leroo La Tau, a choice of 2 nights’ accommodation at any of Desert & Delta Safaris camps and lodges, inclusive of Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge. A Kasane charter surcharge applies.
    Rhino packages are valid for travel from November 1, 2010- November 30, 2011.
For more information please contact info@desertdelta.com

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Sanctuary Retreats Announces January-March 2011 Green Season Rates for Botswana Camps and Lodges
Newly announced Green Season rates from Sanctuary Retreats are valid for travel from January-March 2011.  The Green Season is an ideal travel time for clients who want to experience the wonder of wildlife interacting with their young, take part in phenomenal bird watching, and witness the movement of large numbers of game. Seasonal rain turns Botswana into a lushly green landscape, providing clients with outstanding photographic opportunities. Sanctuary Retreats Green Season rates offer exceptional client value on a Botswana safari vacation.  For updated rates please contact sasales@sanctuaryretreats.com

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a What's New... from Botswana Camps and Lodges

Banoka Bush Camp is UP, OPEN and RUNNING
Safari Adventure Company’s second Botswana camp, Banoka Bush Camp, is now open … with great feedback from guests who have already been through. The Camp is situated in the Khwai Development Trust Community Concession on the banks of the Khwai River in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. Banoka Bush Camp is named in honor of the River San, or Banoka, ancestors of the Khoi and the earliest settlers of the Okavango Delta. The Khwai River is the northernmost ‘finger’ of the Delta’s alluvial fan and the camp (10 rooms including two family units) overlooks the floodplains of the Khwai River. Max Baitseng is the newly appointed General Manager of Banoka Bush Camp. During Max’s seven years with Wilderness Safaris his expertise and enthusiasm has resulted in many repeat guests! For more information, please visit http://www.safariadventurecompany.com/lodge.asp?LD_ID=42.

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Monkey Island is Proud to Announce Recent Camp Opening
Monkey Island, previously known as Firefly Lodge, is now open and offering booking specials valid thru December 31, 2010. Located on the western side of the Okavango Delta panhandle, the newly constructed eco-friendly lodge is situated in an area with permanent water, making fishing and birding the primary activities. Monkey Island can host up to 24 guests in upscale lodging and camp sites. Each camp site includes a plug point, lights, built in braai (bbq), fresh water tap, and parking area. Leading from the lodge and eating area guests can follow a path to a bar and entertainment area that host beautiful views of the water’s edge. Monkey Island is accessible by car and plane with the closest air strip being Gumare Airstrip, about a 45 minute drive. For more information on this new Botswana travel product, please visit http://www.smartstrategies.co.za/firefly.html

Kwando Safaris Launches New Website
Kwando Safaris announces the launch of its new and improved website providing comprehensive information on all its Botswana travel products. The enhancements include: improved user navigation, many new images of camps, staff and wildlife and user access to extensive photo galleries, listings of past wildlife sightings reports and guests’ personal accounts of their experience with Kwando safaris. Experience Kwando Safaris new website by visiting http://www.kwando.co.bw/

Kudos to Jack’s Camp in Botswana
Jack’s Camp in Botswana won the ‘gold medal’ in the UK Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards 2010. The camp was awarded the no.1 position in the ‘Top 25’ hotels and destinations in the world. Jack’s Camp is part of Uncharted Africa Safari co.’s portfolio of luxury lodges and camps in the Kalahari Desert. More information about Jack’s Camp and Uncharted Africa Safari co. is available online at www.unchartedafrica.com


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a Introducing... Botswana-based Suppliers

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

Steenbok Safari...Citizen-owned Safari Tour Operator
Steenbok Safari(Pty) Ltd is a fully licensed safari company operating out of Kasane, Botswana. Owned and operated by Moabi Maramboo, a Motswana with ten years experience in the safari/tourism industry, Steenbok Safari offers a variety of guided mobile safari itineraries and activities in the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. The company also transfers within Botswana as well as regional transfers to and from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. For more information on what Steenbok Safari product offerings, please visit: http://www.steenboksafari.com/activities.htm.

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line From The Desk Of... Botswana Tourism Organization - USA Office

Press Release:

GABORONE, Botswana - As of October 1, 2010, Air Botswana’s direct service between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Maun, Botswana, will cease. From October 1 on, the route will include a 20-minute tech stop in Gaborone.

The change is the result of Botswana/Republic of South Africa BASA (Banking Association of South Africa) re-negotiations held in Pretoria on July 2, 2010. The re-negotiation will continue although, according to the Botswana Ministry of Transport&Communication, a date for the resumption has not been set. 

Meanwhile, a new plan of action has been established regarding the Johannesburg/Maun route. Customs clearing and immigration will be conducted in Maun, and fares will not change. Those holding tickets for the direct route should contact Air Botswana offices for assistance with ticket reissuance. For un-ticketed bookings, agents are requested to ticket as per the current fare levels and applicable taxes based on the direct flight JNB-MUB-JNB until further notice.

A new schedule with changes to the direct JNB-MUB route has been distributed and is in the system.

Air Botswana’s North American office can be contacted at 1.800.518.7781.

AIR BOTSWANA EQUIPMENT:
Air Botswana uses a modern fleet of ATR aircraft 42-500 series and ATR 72-500.

AIR BOTSWANA OVERVIEW:
Air Botswana is based in Gaborone, Botswana, and flies to:

Maun, Kasane, Francistown, Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, and Nairobi* (code share*)

AIRLINE HIGHLIGHTS:
Air Botswana is the national carrier of Botswana and has established interline partnerships from the US with Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and South Africa Airways. Convenient connections from the US to Botswana can be made on the Delta Airline/Air Botswana combination via Johannesburg and Virgin Atlantic/Air Botswana combination via London into Botswana. Air Botswana offers special fares from USA to Botswana.

For reservations, commission, ticket procedures, and groups, call 1.800.518.7781.

Ravin Mehra Product Manager/North America Phone: 713.626.0134 Email:ravinm@airbotswana.net

For the high season route schedule, click here.

From Air Botswana:  Traveler Information Requirements as of October 1, 2010. 

With immediate effect, Air Botswana is required by both South Africa and Botswana Immigration Authorities, to supply the following information in all reservations.

  • PASSPORT NUMBER
  • DATE OF ISSUE
  • DATE OF EXPIRY
  • COUNTRY OF ISSUE
  • DATE OF BIRTH
  • GENDER
  • NATIONALITY

Please consult with your GDS as to the correct entry to use, when inserting the information.

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Yours in Travel,

Botswana Tourism - USA office

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