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Botswana Trade October 2013

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Spotlight On Spotlight on: Botswana Hospitality and Attractions

Discover Tilodi Safari Lodge
Overlooking the Kasane Forest Reserve, Tilodi Safari Lodge’s eco-friendly accommodations offer guests casual elegance, comfort and the romance of living under canvas. Featuring ten stylish luxury tents, all with extensive living areas, Tilodi is the perfect choice for travelers who want to stay near Chobe National Park but away from the crowded riverfront area.

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Each luxurious tent has full en-suite facilities and is positioned to ensure privacy and stunning vistas. In addition to the tented accommodations, the lodge offers a restaurant and boma where guest are treated to delicious meals and traditional music around the fire. A swimming pool and viewing deck (overlooking an active waterhole) make for the perfect ending to any day.

The lodge is located in an animal movement corridor, thus allowing guests unlimited sightings of wildlife at their waterhole and nearby long after the parks have closed. Activities at the lodge include morning or late afternoon game drives in Chobe National Park, sundowner boat cruises on the Chobe river, village tours, cultural nights, birding, stargazing and day trips to Victoria Falls. Other nearby activities such as spa treatments, golf and fishing can be arranged. 

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

Record Numbers at Safari and Guide Services
Safari and Guide Services would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all those who have helped make this their most successful year on record! SGS has been running safaris for over 25 years and this year they have seen record numbers that exceeds any previous year. This is only possible through the hard work and dedication of their fantastic team and the support of their agents and guests. SGS continues to work hard on offering a range of mobile safaris and lodge itineraries, as well as maintaining the flexibility to offer an experience that is truly created around the needs of your clients. The Owner-Operated nature of SGS ensures continual quality of the highest level with exceptional guiding standards and service at the forefront of their camping safaris. With a minimum of 15 years of guiding experience, each SGS guide strives to bring every aspect of the bush alive and provide a true wilderness experience for all guests.

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SGS would like to extend a big thank you to one and all, for the continued support and the prospect of working together in the 2014 season. For more information on SGS, please visit www.sgsafrica.com.

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What’s New What’s New: Product Updates

Wilderness Safaris Introduces New Child Travel Policy
Wilderness Safaris has introduced a new Child Travel Policy to make its family safari offerings more affordable and flexible. Children will now receive a 65% discount during off-peak season and a 35% discount during peak season. This reduced rate has also been extended up to, and including, age 16 – if sharing with an adult.

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“In today’s busy world, we believe that time out with your family is invaluable. A family safari offers the perfect opportunity for both parents and children to reconnect with each other, as well as with the beautiful wilderness areas in which we operate. Parents can choose to spend quality time with their children but also enjoy some much-needed down time as our dedicated staff ensure that children are entertained with an array of special activities,” said Dave Bennett, Operations Director.

Whatever the age and personal tastes of the children, the kaleidoscopic spectrum of activities on offer, as well as Wilderness Safaris’ well-trained staff and family-friendly accommodations, is guaranteed to ensure the family safari is enjoyed by all.  

Click here to read more about Wilderness’ Family Safaris. For more information on Wilderness Safaris, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com.

New Outdoor Bliss at Ngoma Safari Lodge
Forget the glossy brochures and the trumpeting “idyllic places” by property owners. Your clients want the real thing, right? Perched on a hilltop overlooking the floodplains and the Chobe River, Ngoma Safari Lodge offers a quiet refuge that exudes African style and absolute comfort. The already awe-inspiring views and incredible guest experience at Ngoma Safari Lodge is now even better with recent additions that keep both the guests and wildlife coming back for more.

Earlier this year, this 5-star bush property further enhanced its eight luxury suites by the addition of “refresh and relax” fresh water pools. Each suite now boasts a private pool located in their own enchanting outdoor sanctuary area. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views of the Caprivi Floodplain and Chobe River from their private heated outdoor shower. The pools have been a big hit…with the guests and wildlife! Various antelope, even elephants and lions, have been known to stroll in late at night for a drink, though guests’ safety is never compromised and security is ever-watchful.

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

Cruising with Footsteps in Africa
Footsteps in Africa is committed to providing a quality, rewarding and affordable safari experience for your clients. Keeping with the quality, Footsteps in Africa has some exciting news from Camp Linyanti. Camp Linyanti has taken delivery of their brand, spanking new 6m Swamp Cruiser! This impressive boat, fully kitted out for guests’ comfort, has two engines – a powerful stroke outboard motor and a quiet electric motor for moving silently through the fringes of the Linyanti lagoon and waterways, viewing birds and wildlife. This is a significant addition to the activities on offer at Camp Linyanti, and a further justification for using this superbly situated, small and intimate camp in a remote and rewarding area of Botswana.

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For more information, please visit www.footsteps-in-africa.com.

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Just In Just in: New Botswana Suppliers’ Travel Specials

Luxury for Less with Orient-Express
Authentic local experiences make travel more rewarding. They surprise. They inspire. They can challenge or entertain. Whatever they do, they keep your clients coming back for more. And this season, Orient-Express wants to give your clients the gift of luxury for less.

Book a four-night stay at any of the three Botswana camps, and only pay for three!

Eagle Island Camp
Khwai River Lodge
Savute Elephant Camp

The offer is valid for stays between November 8, 2013 – March 31, 2014.

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For more information, please visit www.orient-express.com.

Planet Wilderness Kalahari Special
Discover the Central Kalahari with Planet Wilderness and their Kalahari Special. Specializing in mobile safaris throughout Botswana, invite your clients to take advantage of this unique safari experience.

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Welcome to the Kalahari. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the starts utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting. During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife. Nothing prepares your clients for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Let your clients take advantage of all of this with Planet Wilderness; 3-night and 5-night departure dates are available at unbeatable prices. For more information, please visit the Kalahari Special page here.

Opening Special at Chobe Bush Lodge
Scheduled to open February 2014, Chobe Bush Lodge is celebrating with a travel special that cannot be beat!

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Located on the border of Chobe National Park, Chobe Bush Lodge is a new addition to Under One Botswana Sky’s value for money range of properties. The 4-star lodge will consist of 38 spacious luxury en-suite rooms all completed in a modern-bush style design, and will feature an open air restaurant, bar, swimming pool and activities center.

Starting at $390.00 per person, this Opening Special includes two nights’ accommodation, full board, activities and complimentary transfer to Kasane airport. Valid from February 1 – November 30, 2014. Invite your clients on an intimate bush experience.

For further information on this special, please contact Miriam Slovakova at marketing@underonebotswanasky.com or visit www.chobebushlodge.com.

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Making a Difference Making a Difference

Farm-to-table anyone? Children in the Wilderness, an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers, launched its first Eco-Club at Shashe Primary School in Maun, Botswana in January 2013. A mere nine months later, this innovative program has not only made a positive impact on the 55 children who are members, but also to the broader community in Maun.

The Eco-Club follows a structured curriculum and takes place once a week during the school term. The children learn a range of skills from environmental and conservation lessons, including organic farming and recycling projects, such as making bags from old newspapers and plastic. The children have also planted and nurtured a thriving vegetable garden. The first harvest was given to the Eco-Club members and the next harvest will be used for the entire school. Teachers will buy the produce and the money raised will be used to assist the Eco-Club with further projects.

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“The reason for the Eco-Club’s success is the unwavering devotion from the children and their keen interest to learn more about their environment and how to care for it. It’s an opportunity for like-minded children to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues,” said Mary Hastag, the Children in the Wilderness Coordinator for Botswana.

We look forward to hearing more about these budding superstars and their accomplishments. Who knows... maybe today’s budding farmer will someday run a successful farm-to-table restaurant in Maun?! For more information on Children in the Wilderness, please visit www.childreninthewilderness.com.

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In the News Botswana in the News

From saving the world to incredible creatures, Botswana continues to pop up all over the media... including television, print and blogs. Check out the recent coverage:

After 30 years of documenting and protecting the welfare and habitat of Africa’s majestic and endangered species, Dereck and Beverly Joubert were recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival on September 26, 2013. This is the highest honor presented by the Festival’s board of directors who selected the Jouberts for their notable impact in the media. A big congrats to the Jouberts!

Do you receive Departures magazine? Have you read the October issue yet? This issue is focused entirely on Africa, and we think it’s a must read… especially with all the mentions of Botswana! From driving on the wild side to discovering a place one never knew existed, we just couldn’t put it down!

Oh My God I had No Idea There was a Place on Earth Like This
A Drive on the Wild Side

Wall Street Journal recently featured equestrian treks that won’t disappoint. Saddle up and read more here.

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COMING SOON! GREEN SEASON travel offers... up the BTO-USA website, and a special email announcement to BTO consumer and trade databases, in Late October. A consumer marketing campaign featuring Green Season offers follows in November.

We hope you enjoyed the latest updates from Botswana Tourism and that you will share this newsletter with your colleagues.

 
Yours in travel,

Botswana Tourism – U.S. Office

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