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Botswana Trade October 2011

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Horsing Around

"Horsing Around" with Equitrekking in Maun

Most visitors to Botswana know Maun as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the quick “airport stop” for connecting to flights that whisk them into or away from the bush.  But this iconic frontier village is great fun for an overnight stay, offering travelers the opportunity to relax and mingle with the locals, engage in a little retail therapy, and spend some fun-filled time on the back of a horse. Really – who knew?

Maun is one of the very few places in Botswana where novice riders can saddle up to view wildlife on horseback, making it a great destination for less advanced riders and families with kids who want to experience the thrill of a horseback safari with up close wildlife sightings and fun riding.

Run by Ride Botswana owners and managers David and Robyn Foot (with many years experience in the horse safari business), the stables are located in the private game reserve at Royal Tree Lodge, about 20 minutes from the heart of Maun village.

Royal Tree Lodge offers intimate luxury accommodation and warm hospitality, and is the ideal base from which to enjoy a horse safari in Maun. But no worries if your clients are staying elsewhere – this activity is open to all. So next time your clients ask what there is to do in Maun – tell them to “saddle up”!

Guided rides take place inside the private reserve or along the Thamakalane River – or both! Darley Newman, Equitrekking TV host, shares stunning photos and stories of her rides. Read about her ride in the reserve here and on the river here.


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Botswana Spotlight Spotlight On Botswana Suppliers

Fishing and Birding Paradise at Guma Lagoon Camp
Do you have clients who are avid fishermen or birders, and looking for affordable accommodation in the Okavango Delta to experience these activities?  If so, book them into Guma Lagoon Camp. Situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta, Guma is truly a fisherman’s delight and bird watcher's haven. Offering both self-catering and full board accommodations, the camp boasts 10 spacious, en-suite, canvas chalets - all lagoon facing as well as seven grassy campsites with private ablutions for budget-minded and camping enthusiast clients.

Guma offers authentic fishing and bird watching experiences and is a wonderful location for spin or fly-fishing. Other activities offered at Guma include mokoro trips and horse back riding. Your clients may choose to take part in day or overnight mokoro trips that take them into the heart of the Okavango. Horseback riding is available in the morning or afternoon allowing guest to explore the flood plains that surround Guma Lagoon.

Dinners at Guma Lagoon Camp are quite popular with the local crowd, and must be pre ordered each morning as all meals are freshly prepared. Vegetarians and children are catered for.

Guma Lagoon is the perfect solution for clients seeking an authentic fishing and bird watching adventure at affordable rates. For more information, please visit or email

Guma Lagoon

Enjoy a Warm Welcome from Cresta Riley’s Hotel
Located on the banks of the Thamakalane River in Maun, Cresta Riley’s Hotel offers your clients a warm welcome in true African hospitality. Having recently undergone a major revamp by a team of leading interior designers, the property blends seamlessly into the tranquil experience of the lush bush which envelops this retreat… just a few minutes away from the Maun airport.

Guests will enjoy the hotel’s 38 roomy, completely refurbished rooms, all with internet access and flat screen satellite TV, as well as the inviting lounge, pool and relaxation areas. The cuisine prepared by Riley’s five star chefs adds another sensory delight to the traveler’s experience.

Situated at the gateway to the Okavango Delta, Cresta arranges on offer several tours and safaris to Savuti, Moremi or the Chobe National Park.

For more information, please visit or email


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What's New Lodging & Ground Operator Updates

Ker & Downey Botswana is Delighted to Introduce Linyanti Ebony, its Newest Family-Friendly Camp
Ker & Downey Botswana continues to bring your clients the latest in luxury tented safari accommodations. Partnering with African Bush Camps, they are delighted to introduce a new camp into their growing portfolio: Linyanti Ebony.

With a custom-built family unit and no age limit restriction, Linyanti Ebony is ideal for your clients seeking a family atmosphere, as well as an authentic safari experience in the African wilderness.

Linyanti Ebony enjoys the same luxurious features and is situated with the same spectacular views of Linyanti Marsh as Linyanti Bush Camp. However, now families or small groups can enjoy the utmost exclusivity in an environment which is more suited for family travel or those looking for privacy. An added bonus... groups of five or more can enjoy a private vehicle for the duration of their safari at no extra cost!

Linyanti Ebony sleeps a maximum of eight people, and comprises a double tent complete with inter-leading doors and separate bathroom facilities. The tent also features a spacious veranda where guests can enjoy early dining for the family or private dining for small groups. Furthermore, Linyanti Ebony also enjoys its own dedicated dining area and lounge, plus a splash pool for relaxing beside during the afternoon siesta.

Clients traveling with family or friends will experience the wild while enjoying the private setting and luxuries of life at Linyanti Ebony. For more information, please visit or email

Ker & Downy

Making a Splash with Wilderness Safaris
With the rebirth of the Savute Channel, and greater inflows into the Linyanti River itself, the waterways of the Linyanti Concession area are now offering new fun ways to explore the wilderness. Wilderness Safaris makes it possible for your clients to take advantage of these water inflows, and will create unique combinations of activities like canoeing, walking and boating, depending on time of year and water levels, for their enjoyment.

At Savuti Camp, canoeing is proving to be an extremely popular activity when local water conditions allow. Boat activities provide excellent game viewing opportunities with elephant, giraffe, buffalo and hippo sighted frequently. There have even been sightings of lion and leopard and on one occasion to date, cheetah! Your clients can enjoy boat rides in the morning, at midday, or as an afternoon activity.

At Kings Pool Camp, a private barge is on hand to explore the Linyanti River. Late afternoon cruises are most popular, when the possibility of encountering animals coming to the river to drink is at its best. The barge is also able to be reserved (in advance) for special occasion activities.

Exploring Linyanti by water adds an unforgettable new dimension to your clients' safari experience with Wilderness Safaris. For more information, please visit or email


Seeing Clear with Great Plains Conservation and Swarovski Optik
Let your clients see the very best of Botswana! Great Plains Conservation and Swarovski Optik are proud to announce that the world famous optics company will be placing their latest “SLC 8 x 42 HD Field Binoculars” in all the Great Plains Conservation camps, starting immediately at Zarafa Camp in Botswana. Shortly thereafter, binoculars will be added in Great Plains Conservation’s remaining camps of Selinda and Duba Plains in Botswana.

“The binoculars are for our guests’ complimentary use during their safari with us. It’s an opportunity to enhance their game viewing experience and if they fall in love with the binoculars, sets will be available to purchase in camp. Five percent of the sale will go directly to the Big Cats Initiative, half of which is paid by Great Plains Conservation and the other half by Swarovski Optik,” said Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation. 

“We find that our guests are very interested in getting value for their money. They want the best for their safari and wilderness experience. So by adding the finest optics in the world in our camps, they can avoid the need to either buy their own before travelling, or having to lug their heavy binoculars all the way to Africa,” Dereck continued.

Both companies are delighted with the partnership. This benefit is sure to capture unforgettable wildlife moments and memories for your clients. For more information, please visit or email 


A Weekend in Tuli…Tuli Safari Lodge Makes it Easy
Do you have clients traveling to Botswana on business who want to take a short safari getaway in remote Botswana?  Send them to Tuli! Tuli Safari Lodge now makes it possible, and easy, to get to the stunning Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Regular flights are now available from Gaborone’s SSK airport on Friday afternoons returning Sunday afternoons. The scenic 1 ½ flight each way follows the course of the legendary Limpopo River, making the journey part of the adventure! These new flights make this unique, timeless corner of Africa much more accessible within Botswana and are conveniently timed to coincide with arrivals/departures from Johannesburg & Maun.

In celebration of these new flights, Tuli Safari Lodge has created a special weekend getaway package- this 2 night special includes return flights, all meals and activities (guided game drives and bush walk) and is priced at $885 per person. Flights can be booked separately if required.

Take advantage of this new flight and encourage your clients to enjoy a weekend getaway in iconic and remote Tuli while discovering Botswana. For more information, please visit or email



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Doing Well

Making a Difference: San Diego Zoo Global and Elephants Without Borders Inspiring Partnership

San Diego Zoo Global has partnered with Elephants without Borders to help reduce the conflict between humans and elephants in Botswana. Click here to watch the inspiring video.

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Travel Offers Newly Announced Travel Offers

Celebrate the Green Season with SGS Africa
SGS Africa invites your clients to be part of the Green Season. With the arrival of the migrant bird species, the birth of a new generation of impalas and warthogs (amongst others), the transformation from parched to puddles and the return of life to the bush, it is sure to be an unforgettable season in Botswana. To celebrate, SGS Africa is offering two exciting travel specials, both valid for travel from December 1, 2011- March 31, 2012.

Comfort Mobile Safari
• USD $375 per person per night
• Ensuite Tents
• Fully Inclusive of Meals and Drinks
• No Single Supplement
• Minimum 2 pax


Budget Adventure Mobile Safari
• USD $220 per person per night
• Shared Toilet and Shower
• All meals included
• Camp beds and linen included
(No sleeping on the ground during the rainy season)
• No single supplement
• Minimum 4 pax


Don’t let your clients miss out on getting wild in Botswana this Green Season with SGS Africa’s travel offers. For more information on SGS Africa, please visit or email


Big Cats Benefit with Great Plains Conservation Stays
Do you have clients that want to give back while experiencing an amazing adventure in the African bush? From November 1, 2011- April 15, 2012 (excluding December 20- January 6 and April 6-9) guests can enjoy a four night stay at any of Great Plains Conservation’s camps of Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp and Duba Plains Camp and assist in the conservation of big cats world wide. Great Plains will donate $25 per person per night to the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative on behalf of each and every guest to help save these predators. 

Explore Botswana while doing good at the same time with Great Plains Conservation. It’s a win-win situation for your clients! For more information, please visit or email



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Botswana in the News

Botswana in the News

Kudos to Botswana Conservationists & Filmmakers Beverly and Dereck on their 6th Emmy Win! Dereck Joubert was recently honored by The Academy of Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for cinematography at the 32nd annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary. This is the Joubert's sixth Emmy and 10th nomination for their work with National Geographic. The award recognizes their efforts on the National Geographic Channel TV series "Great Migrations" zebra segment, called Race to Survive. This segment shot in Botswana, documents the annual migration of zebra between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans.
The Jouberts accepted the award in the name of Botswana and hope that the attention can go to thanking the country for protecting its wildlife in a way that allows the opportunity to not only film wildlife but for people around the world to have the chance to then visit the country and admire it for themselves.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the most respected peer group in the industry, but this is shared with cameramen who contributed to the series and the editors and support crews that make it look good." says Dereck.

Of Botswana he says: "While big cats and other important wildlife populations in Africa collapse, Botswana represents the best hope we have for them enduring in the wild for a long time because of the government policies and a nation that takes that heritage seriously."

AJoin us in congradulating the Jouberts with a facebook post or tweet!

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We hope you discovered lots of new and useful information to help you plan your client’s perfect safari in Botswana, and take the opportunity to reach out to the suppliers and organizations highlighted in this issue. As always, we truly appreciate all you do to promote and sell Botswana travel. Until next month, we remain

Yours in Travel,

The Botswana Tourism USA Team

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