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Botswana Trade September 2011

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Horsing Equitrekking TV “Horses Around” in Botswana

Equitrekking host Darley Newman explored and filmed four diverse areas in Botswana – the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR), Maun, the Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans. Yes, as you can imagine, exhilarating horse riding safaris are part of the adventure. But they filmed - and enjoyed - so much more:  bush walks, game viewing by boat, on foot and in 4WDs, village visits to experience the local culture, cuisine, and arts and crafts … and of course shopping for authentic souvenirs and gifts.

First stop on the itinerary: Northern Tuli Game Reserve

The production team flew Ethiopian Airlines from Washington, DC to Johannesburg, South Africa, then on to Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, via a same day connection on Air Botswana. After a good night’s sleep, they took an early morning scenic charter flight to Limpopo Valley Airport in Tuli, followed by a short (game viewing filled) drive to Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris (LVHS) at Mashatu Game Reserve. LVHS is professionally managed and guided by owners Cor and Louise Carelsen. They both share a wealth of specialist knowledge on the African bush, horses and classical horsemanship with their guests.

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Tuli for short) is located in the far-eastern tip of Botswana, bordered by South Africa and Zimbabwe. One of the largest privately-owned game reserves in Southern Africa, Tuli is referred by many as the “Land of the Giants” because of its larger than life natural attractions. Riding across the magnificent vistas bordered by the great Limpopo River in Mashatu Game Reserve, Darley and the crew discovered exactly how it got its nickname, coming upon a mixed herd of zebras and wildebeest, giraffe, elephant (plus many other creatures large and small) on their first ride. With an abundance of wildlife and dramatic rock formations – as well as archeological and historic sites and the nearby Botswana village, Motlhabaneng, with arts and culture for travelers to enjoy - it was the perfect place to start their safari adventure in Botswana.

For stunning images of their stay in Tuli view the Limpopo Horse Safaris photo gallery on
To read about Darley Newman’s excellent adventures throughout Botswana, visit her travel blog.

In the next issue: Maun!

Horsing Around

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Who's who Who’s Who: A Closer Look at Kubu Lodge

There is a place on the Chobe River in Northern Botswana where tranquility and beauty mix with raw wilderness, a place where the shy Chobe Bushbuck has sanctuary, and where the hippo and crocodiles are lords of the domain. This place is Kubu Lodge.    

Kubu Lodge, a small, privately owned and run 3-star lodge on the banks of Botswana’s Chobe River, epitomizes the hospitality of Africa with a twist of European flair in a sublimely serene setting. Eleven thatched, en-suite elevated chalets are shaded beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees and overlook a spreading lawn to the river’s edge. Tastefully appointed with hand-picked furnishings, each en-suite chalet provides all the luxuries to enjoy the natural surroundings in blissful comfort.

Dining at Kubu Lodge is an experience not to be missed! Each meal is carefully and freshly prepared then savored al fresco with stunning views over the Chobe River and delightful birdlife for company.

A short drive away is the world renowned Chobe National Park, home to Africa’s single largest population of elephant. Kubu Lodge offers the opportunity to experience the reserve’s amazing wildlife by power boat or vehicle. Other activities offered are: late afternoon cruises to the confluence of Chobe and Zambezi; day trips to Victoria Falls; fishing excursions; visits to a working crocodile farm: and guided tours of Kasane’s Snake Park. 

For more information, please visit or email


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Lodging What’s New:  Lodging and Ground Operator Updates

Exciting Refurbishment Begins 27 November at Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge will be closing from November 27 through December 9, 2011 while they conduct exciting new refurbishments to the foyer and reception area. The design of the refurbishment will refresh the foyer area reflecting the natural surroundings of the iconic Chobe River front and turning that moment of the guest’s arrival into an experience in itself!

As well as a full soft refurbishment to the interior and exterior of the foyer, work will be carried out on creating a brand new lounge arrival area around the reception, refreshing the Linyanti and Tshwene Bars with new décor and repainting the exterior of the lodge to blend with the Chobe environment.

Johan Bruwer, General Manager of Chobe Game Lodge said, “Our focus is on creating the ‘wow’ factor for our guests from the moment they step into the lodge. The design and layout will complement the new seamless check-in process and allow our guests to completely relax and soak in the stunning natural surroundings of Chobe Game Lodge and the river front. Along with the new look of Chobe Game Lodge, we will also be introducing a new elevated viewing boardwalk amongst the trees and look forward to ensuring our guest’s experience in the Chobe National Park is a memorable one.”  

Reopening on December 10, 2011, make sure you include Chobe Game Lodge and their ‘Wow’ factor on your clients’ list for 2012!

For more information, please visit or email


Wilderness Safaris’ Xigera Camp Now Solar Powered

Situated in the heart of Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris’ Xigera Camp is yet another example of how the company is committed to having a minimal environmental impact and operating in the most sustainable manner possible.

For years, Xigera has been operating off diesel generators for at least 8 hours per day and a set of batteries and an inverter system to power the camp for the rest of the day. This summer that all changed – the generators were turned off and the power for the entire camp was switched across to a new photovoltaic solar plant consisting of a total of 135 solar panels producing renewable energy – enough power from the sun to run the entire camp including all fridges and freezers!


For more information on Xigera Camp, please visit or email


&Beyond Creates “Give More Take Less” Sustainability Initiatives Booklet

&Beyond, a leading responsible luxury safari operator, has introduced a sustainability booklet titled “Give More Take Less” to the en-suite collateral in their Botswana lodges. The booklet is one of a set of 10 that have been produced for &Beyond’s African lodges, all designed to enhance your client’s guest experience and knowledge of &Beyond’s sustainability initiatives.

Written and designed in an easy-to-read format, each “Give More Take Less” booklet covers a lodge, or region-specific, conservation and research success, sustainability measures that reduce the negative impact of lodges on the environment or save precious commodities, plus the practice of measuring eco overhead that is in place at all &Beyond lodges.

In addition, each “Give More Take Less” booklet highlights Africa Foundation projects that have been completed in local communities as well as initiatives that are in the pipeline. The Botswana edition details plans to expand the facilities at the Motse Wa Tsholofelo Day Care Center in Maun where currently the kitchen is often required to double as a classroom.

Your clients will surely appreciate reading the “Give More Take Less” stories during their next &Beyond stay in Botswana.

For more information, please visit or email  

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Making a difference Making a Difference: Travelers to Botswana Can Pack for a Purpose

Have you ever been asked by your clients how they can make a difference when traveling …what can they do to give back to local communities in these special places far and wide? There is need everywhere in the world. It can be difficult however to know what items to pack that will meet the needs of the people and organizations who will be using them. That is where Pack for a Purpose comes to the rescue. 

Pack for a Purpose is a non-profit organization based in the USA that helps connect travelers to the needs of children and local communities around the world! The organization makes it easy: their easy-to-navigate website ( contains useful information about the community initiatives and their needs – around the globe. Users simply click on the continent and then the country of their upcoming travel.  A list of participating accommodation / ground operator(s) within that country pop –up; the user clicks on each to view the community initiative they support and information and items request list will also pop-up.

The ‘needed items’ list is submitted by the local community-based initiative that will receive these supplies; such as, school or (non-prescription) medical supplies, items of clothing, or even just inflatable soccer balls or other toys. All your client needs to do is pack the item(s) they want to contribute, then drop off their donation at the front desk of the participating accommodation when they arrive. The rest is taken care of, as the hotel, lodge, camp, etc will then deliver the donation.

To learn more about this great concept and organization, please visit or email

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Lion Newly Announced Travel Offers

Feel the Tuli Magic with these Tuli Safari Lodge Special Offers
Let your clients experience the Tuli magic, a timeless Botswana safari in a majestic wilderness setting, at Tuli Safari Lodge. Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, the easternmost corner of Botswana, lies a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history.

Invite your clients to take advantage of the Special Offers for family and couples travel from Tuli Safari Lodge.

Couples Retreat offer:  At Tuli Safari Lodge, couples can enjoy a 50% discount. When a couple stays a minimum of two-nights, one guest will enjoy a 50% savings. On top of the discount, the couple will also receive a complimentary bottle of house wine to enjoy at their leisure. Valid from November 1- January 12, 2012, this offer is subject to availability and is applicable to high and green season fully inclusive and dinner, bed and brunch rates.

Family Special offer:  When booking 3-nights, the Family Special allows children under 12 to go free! Valid from November 1- January 12, 2012, this offer is subject to availability and based on two children under the age of 12 sharing with two adults in the family suites and is applicable to high and green season fully inclusive and dinner, bed and brunch rates.. 

Each day at Tuli Safari Lodge brings a new and truly authentic adventure. Make sure your clients experience this magic and take advantage of these offers!


For more information on Tuli Safari Lodge, please visit or email


Olympic Equestrian Leads Horse Safari with Aardvark Adventures

Invite your clients to ride with Lucinda Green, Olympic horsewoman, through Botswana’s extraordinary Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Kalahari Desert this December!

Aardvark Adventures has teamed up with Lucinda to host a stunning riding safari across Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Crossing this truly exceptional landscape with its vast pans, sprawling woodlands and grassy islands at the height of migration season – the area is awash with zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and ostrich and the attendant predators – will be an unforgettable riding experience your client will never stop talking about. Leaving the horses for the occasional game drive, your client can track the elusive brown hyena and search for the meerkat families, one of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants. Until now, riding in Botswana has been in the watery paradise that is the Okavango Delta but this holiday opens up a whole new world of habitat and scenery to your clients.

Aardvark Adventures

For more information, click here or email

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We hope you discovered new and useful information to help you plan your client’s perfect safari in Botswana. We encourage you 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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