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Botswana Consumer News for July 2010

In this Issue:

Sports, Conservation Education and Philanthropy... Transforming Lives
and Making a Difference

What's New... Botswana Camps and Lodges
Newly Announced Travel Specials

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Sports, Conservation Education and Philanthropy... Transforming Lives and Making a Difference

Tour de Tuli 2010 to Benefit Children in the Wilderness
In August over 420 cyclists from many difference countries, including the USA, participated in the Medscheme Tour de Tuli 2010, a 4-day cycling tour through Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This mountain biking trek provided cyclists with an incredible opportunity to ride through amazing wilderness areas while at the same time raising funds for a worthy non-profit organization - Children in the Wilderness.

Created in cooperation with Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness is dedicated to bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife within Africa through early leadership development. Its programs host disadvantaged children at Wilderness Safari camps throughout southern Africa where children learn to interpret and appreciate their environment and are taught life skills. Their mission is to increase these kids’ ability to cope with life’s challenges by educating, empowering, and inspiring them to reach their greatest potential and contribute to a legacy of conservation.

Cyclists traversed some of the finest places that the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) has to offer, namely the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, the Tuli Safari area, Shashe and Maramani villages and the Sentinel paleontological sites. The highlights of the tour included some excellent elephant sightings (some at very close range – that’ll get one pedaling fast!) and hyaena sightings and even a lion kill.  However, what the cyclists will remember the most are both the warm welcomes of the communities along the way and the sight of the children they are aiding.

To learn more about Children in the Wilderness, and how you can become involved, go to: http://www.childreninthewilderness.com/. For more information on the Tour de Tuli 2010 event, click here

Ker & Downey Botswana Specialist Guide to Run in the New York City Marathon to Support Bana Ba Letsatsi
Paul Moleseng, a specialist guide with Ker and Downey Botswana, will run in The ING New York City Marathon this November 7th. He is running in support of Bana Ba Letsatsi (BBL), a non-profit organization that supports over 240 vulnerable, at-risk and orphaned children and youth in Maun, Botswana. Paul will be joined by nineteen year old orphaned twins Itsing and Tirafalo Batsholelewang, who have been supported by BBL since 2004.

Paul is a multi-faceted safari guide, able to relate equally well to families on safari and the children of Bana Ba Letsatsi.  He runs Ker and Downey Botswana’s highly regarded ‘Footsteps Across the Delta’ project, where he often guides children taking part in Ker & Downey Botswana’s ‘Young Explorers’ program.  What sets him apart from his peers, however, is his active involvement with Bana Ba Letsatsi, whose mission is to keep disadvantaged children off the streets and away from negative influences by empowering them through educational and youth development programs, temporary shelter and additional means of support. Whenever he is out of the bush Paul hosts the Bana Ba Letsatsi Wildlife Club, where he brings the bush to the underprivileged children of Maun, who ironically, have almost no positive contact with nature. 

Through his hard work, endurance and commitment to this organization, Paul not only hopes to bring inspiration and recognition to Bana Ba Letsatsi, but to the people who are touched by it. To learn more about Bana Ba Letsatsi, which means ‘children of the sun’, and how you can help support their programs, visit www.banabaletsatsi.com.

Want to wish Paul success in the marathon or contribute to this cause? Contact him via his website, http://www.paulmoleseng.com, Should you wish to support this worthy cause, donations can be made through Paul’s Active Giving page

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

Newly-opened Sango Safari Camp Welcomes Guests to the Khwai Area
A new permanent tented camp, Sango Safari Camp, has opened its doors (or should we say tent flaps?) and is welcoming guests in authentic safari style. Designed in the style of the classic tented safari camps of days gone by with its open-air bucket showers, hand crafted furnishings and classic styling, Sango Safari Camp aims to blend the rustic with the luxurious. Here you will have the chance to experience first-hand the unique lifestyle inherent in one of the most wildlife-rich areas of Botswana.

Named for the original inhabitants of the Khwai area, the Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve, Sango Safari Camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat. With the Khwai River forming a natural border between the world famous Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession, animals travel freely through the vast, unfenced wilderness. This prime location enables guests to take advantage of a host of activities including open vehicle game drives both in the Moremi and Khwai concession areas, guided bush walks, night drives, and interaction with the local villagers.

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For more information, visit: http://sangosafaricamp.com/

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Gunn’s Camp Reopening
Gunn’s Camp is thrilled to announce its reopening as an intimate tented camp. Set under leafy palms and African Ebony to blend naturally with its unique surroundings, Gunn's Camp achieves a fine balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness. Previously an 8 tented camp, Gunn’s Camp reopened in July of 2010 as a 6 tented camp, with new and considerably larger luxury vintage safari tents, each featuring a spacious and stylishly furnished lounge. All tents are discreetly set within the densely-treed island thus ensuring privacy and tranquility.  Individually and traditionally styled with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture, Gunn’s Camp is renowned for its Monet-inspired views. s a result of the refurbishment, the new and more intimate Gunn’s Camp offers guests an affordable yet highly personalized and exclusive Okavango experience. 

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For more information, visit www.gunns-camp.com.

Classic Africa Safaris Opens Kalahari Desert Camp
Want a romantic Kalahari getaway this winter? Try the honeymoon suite at the newly opened Kalahari Desert Camp. Classic Africa Safaris announces the opening of this new camp situated on a prime and private concession within the Kalahari. Accommodation includes 5 luxury tents which are exquisitely furnished, including ensuite facilities with flush toilets and hot showers.  The enchanting honeymoon suite offers you privacy and comfort, complete with outside shower, air-conditioning and private swimming pool.

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For more information, visit www.classicafricasafaris.com

New Refurbishments at African Horseback Safaris - Adventures on Horseback in the Okavango Delta
Is horseback riding your passion? African Horseback Safaris, based at Macatoo Camp, is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta. This equestrian safari camp outfitter is a repeat winner of the prestigious “Best Riding Safari” award from the Good Safari Guide, and has recently completed upgrades including a new tree house and refurbished airstrip. With miles and miles of pristine wilderness and water in the Okavango Delta, the landscape offers the perfect setting for a horse safari. Here is your chance to experience the joy of riding in this breathtaking setting surrounded by amazing wildlife, spotting game at every turn.  The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring birdlife and other times dashing through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe. With over 40 superbly trained horses at the camp, any level of rider can enjoy an unforgettable adventure on horseback in the Okavango Delta. 


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To learn more, visit:  http://www.africanhorseback.com/

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Newly Announced Travel Specials

Discover Elephant Interaction Activity with Sanctuary Retreats
Sanctuary Retreats is pleased to offer 15% off their Elephant Interaction Activities for the remainder of 2010 for guests staying at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp in the Okavango Delta.  This is opportunity to book a very special learning experience, exploring Botswana from an elephant’s perspective by walking in the enormous and silent footsteps of nature’s gentle giant. Sanctuary Retreats recommends pre-booking, and the offer is valid for new bookings made in 2010

The Botswana Sound Safari with Sanctuary Retreats
When was the last time you really listened to the sounds of the African bush? This is a unique opportunity to experience a safari in a completely new way! Join host Derek Solomon, a leading freelance safari guide and a specialist naturalist for National Geographic, on the Sanctuary Sound Safari , where Nature’s orchestra takes center stage. While on game viewing activities, guests will be able to link into powerful microphones via individual headsets to tune into the sights as well as the sounds of Africa: a pod of hippos “chatting” underwater, the call of a leopard, the hiss of a snouted cobra.  The Botswana Sound Safari takes place November 7-13, 2010 with three nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp and 3 nights at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.  For more information, visit Sanctuary Retreats - Botswana

Six for 4 with &Beyond
&Beyond is offering a special incentive to travel to Botswana and Victoria Falls this fall for six nights and pay only for four.  The offer is available at the following lodges: &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, &Beyond Savute Under Canvas, &Beyond Moremi Under Canvas, &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas, and &Beyond Matetsi Water Lodge.  Offer is valid until December 31, 2010.  For more information, contact your travel advisor or visit www.andbeyond.com.

Calling all Photographers
Claim bragging rights with your stunning photos. Golden Okavango will host its Botswana Green Season Photography Workshop November 20- December 14, 2010.  Whether you are a professional or a keen amateur photographer, this trip will provide you with thrilling memories, incomparable education, and enough photos to fill a book.  Exploring the magnificent diversity of habitat, wildlife and scenery found across Northern Botswana, this mobile camping safari workshop should not be missed by the die-hard wildlife photographer. Headed by professional photographer and guide Steven Stockhall, you will explore the delights of the Okavango Delta, Khwai, Linyanti, Savuti, and Central Kalahari.  For more information, contact rob@golden-okavango.com or visit www.golden-okavango.com

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