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Even though the long, summer days are whizzing by, there is still time to escape the summer heat! Botswana is refreshingly mild this time of year and waiting to welcome you with open arms. Read on to learn more about the latest travel offers, updates with safari outfitters, and the recent wildlife sightings.

In this Issue:

Latest Travel Offers

New Adventures in Botswana

Latest Wildlife Sightings

Spotlight On: Great Plains

Breaking News


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Latest Travel Offers
Visit Botswana for less in 2011. Check out these new travel offers below, then contact your favorite travel advisor to book a 2011 vacation:

"Choose Your Sanctuary" with Sanctuary Retreats
There has never been a better time to enjoy a safari in Botswana. With four luxury camps in Botswana, Sanctuary Retreats is pleased to extend their “Choose your Sanctuary” offer to include high season! Book any combination of their safari camps and lodges in Botswana in 2011 and your first night will be ABSOLUTELY FREE! Please note, offer excludes Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, a minimum of five nights must be booked and offer is valid for travel from 1 November – 31 December, 2011. For more information, please visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com or email info@sanctuaryretreats.com

Kwando Safaris’ “HOT” October Special
October is a prime game viewing month in Botswana! This October, Kwando Safaris is making it more affordable for everyone to come explore the magic of Botswana! Book 6 nights at ANY Kwando camp and the two most expensive nights will be reduced to the November rate! This offer is good for new bookings only and not in conjunction with any other offers. For more information, please visit www.kwando.co.bw or email Linda@kwando.co.bw.

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Photographic Workshops with Orient-Express
A picture is worth a thousand words and this year Orient-Express wants you to do less talking and more snapping! Capture your wildlife experiences forever with their photographic workshops.  Offering two workshops, one in August and one in November, with acclaimed nature photographer, Morkel Erasmus, only six privileged guests will experience the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to capture their discoveries forever in a fresh, evocative way. Guests will also learn photographic techniques, both in-camera and post-processing, to enhance future travels. This course will not only include the spectacular wildlife and bird sightings that Botswana has to offer, but also time spent capturing the breathtaking landscape of the area around the lodges, both in the day and at night. An unforgettable 35-minute scenic helicopter flight over the game-rich Okavango Delta will present the opportunity for breathtaking aerial shots. Whatever the skill level, whatever the equipment, Morkel will assist all in learning how to best use the equipment to capture vivid images of the experiences with Orient-Express. For more information, please visit www.orient-express.com or email safaris@orient-express.com


Latest Wildlife Sightings
You won't need your binoculars to see the latest wildlife sightings sent to us from our camps. Read on...

&Beyond’s Nxabega Camp’s Surprise Visitor

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From under a canopy of African ebony trees, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp faces out over expansive lagoons and channels. The nine private tented suites are strung out on either side of the handsome thatched guest areas of the camp. Accommodations fit for a King and Queen and last month, accommodations fit for a leopard! This new guest has been carrying out surprise inspections at Camp, from rearranging cushions on the guest veranda to room inspections! No need to worry, at &Beyond there is always a team of knowledgeable, trained security guards on hand to ensure guest safety at all times. For more sightings at &Beyond Camps, please visit Wild Watch by clicking here. For more information on &Beyond, please visit www.andbeyondafrica.com

Cubs, Cubs, Cubs with the Elephant Trails Safari Co.

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Young animals always have a special appeal and few have more appeal than cubs, be they lion, leopard or hyena. On a recent Photographic Workshop safari to Savuti, Moremi, and Nxai Pan, the Elephant Trails Safari Co. and guests were lucky enough to encounter lion, hyena and cheetah cubs. Not only are they fantastic photographic subjects, just watching their behavior, be it playing, feeding or just sleeping, is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences on safari. More importantly, though, seeing healthy cubs means that there is promise for the future! For more updates from the Elephant Trails Safari Co. or information, please visit www.elephanttrails.com or email reservations@elephanttrails.com


Breaking News
Extra Extra - Read All About It!

Breaking News

Grand Prize Winner for The Last Lions Sweepstakes Announced
The Last Lions Sweepstakes was a roaring success! Now, for what you all have been anxiously awaiting. Drum roll please. Dan K in Texas has won the Grand Prize sweepstakes trip - an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to explore the lush landscapes, rich wildlife and captivating culture of Botswana. Come September, Dan and his guest will visit the Okavango Delta, where The Last Lions was filmed, on a 12-day private safari. Congratulations Dan, we can’t wait to hear all about it!

We also want to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your participation and support.  Even though a winner has been announced, we all can still continue to make a difference. Watch and share The Last Lions trailer with your family and friends. Let’s keep The Last Lions legacy alive and help the lion and other big cat conservation efforts in Botswana! For more information, please click here.

Tuli Safari Lodge Nominated for World Travel Award
The Tuli magic strikes again! Tuli Safari Lodge has been nominated as Botswana’s Leading Safari Lodge in the World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. It is a wonderful accomplishment just to get nominated, but if you want the lodge to win this award, you need to vote! You can visit www.worldtravelawards.com/vote to cast your vote! 

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New Adventures in Botswana
What will Botswana safari outfitters come up with next? Read on to find out...

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Picture Perfect Service from Orient-Express
Let’s face it; it is a somewhat daunting task to travel abroad with your photographic equipment which is not only valuable but also heavy. When traveling to Orient-Express Botswana camps you can lighten your load. Orient-Express has recently introduced an amazingly handy service for guests staying in their captivating camps in Northern Botswana- Khwai River Lodge adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, Eagle Island Camp in the middle of the Okavango Delta and Savute Elephant Camp in the Chobe Desert. Providing a variety of Canon and Nikon cameras, telephoto lenses and tripods for you to use, guests can leave all their equipment at home and still be able to capture the memories forever with equipment they may have only dreamed of using. Bring your camera and rent a super long-telephoto lens or take advantage of all the available equipment. Whatever you choose to go wild with, your selected equipment will be delivered to you personally just after you touch down.

In addition to being able to choose lenses or cameras, guests also have the opportunity to hire the services of a wildlife photography private instructor who specializes in capturing the big five, wild cats or the beautiful birds of Botswana -  allowing your fantasy safari to be captured on film to share with all at home. All you need to remember is to bring along a memory stick or two! Please note that some packages are inclusive of the cost of using the photographic equipment, while other packages offer this service as an add-on.  For more information, please visit www.orient-express.com or email safaris@orient-express.com

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Upping Their Game at Tuli Bush Camps
Tuli Bush Camps is a portfolio of self-catering camps in the Tuli region that offer great getaways. Recently Tuli Bush Camps launched new user-friendly websites for their two camps: Nokalodi Tented Camp and Molema Bush Camp. Information is now only a mouse click away.  Take advantage of these new websites to check out these amazing camps!

News from the Barn at Motswiri Camp
RAW Botswana (Ride and Walk Botswana) offers exclusive riding and walking safaris in the remote and beautiful Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana at Motswiri Camp. The horses have been thriving under the management of Annie Wakefield, an expert horse manager. In particular, the youngsters have all been shining! Amigo, the pedigree Boerperd baby, is coming on leaps and bounds and maturing beautifully, while settling into camp life. Smokie has been noted as the ‘Superstar of the Year’ and nick-named the ‘Uber’horse by guests. This young, forward going and responsive chap is thoroughly enjoying the attention! Motswiri Camp is also in the process of acquiring 3 additional horses to bring the total number in the barn to 23. If interested in these unique ride and walk safaris, please visit www.rawbotswana.com or email kate@rawbotswana.co.bw.   

Wilderness Safaris Launches Stunning New Abu Camp
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is all about protecting the pristine wilderness and sharing Botswana’s wild places to their guests in a responsible manner. This is reflected in their stunning new Abu Camp, named after a special bull elephant. Situated in a vast private reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the camp is the epitome of seclusion and indulgence and offers the unique opportunity to bond with elephants firsthand. Made up of six beautiful decked Bedouin-style structures that blend flawlessly with the natural surroundings, each private villa is fitted with distinctive furnishings, exuding an air of opulence. During the day guests can interact with the resident elephant herd, much of which have been rescued from captivity, abandonment or injury, whether riding or walking with them through the bush. An extensive new camp library is the perfect place to relax.  Guests can also sleep in a one-of-a-kind ‘star bed’ in the elephant boma listening to the rumblings of the elephant herd below. For more information, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or email info@wilderness-safaris.com.


Spotlight On: Great Plains
Making a difference, one community at a time. This month we shine the spotlight on an organization making a difference for communities within Botswana. Read on...

Encouraging by Example: The Great Plains Plan to Make a Difference in Local Communities

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Great Plains is an organization dedicated to conserving and expanding natural habitats by finding the right formula between conservation, communities and commerce. They do so by taking stressed and threatened environments and surrounding them with compassionate protection and intelligent management.   Over the past year, Great Plains has formed strong relationships with two communities within Botswana.  These relationships include aiding in the employment of community members within Great Plains lodges and encouraging craft developments.

Great Plains has been developing craft skills within both the Gudigwa Village, located on the northwestern boundary of the Selinda Reserve, and the Seronga Village, located just north of Duba Plains. Project coordinator, Kea Supang, has been working with both groups to produce various crafts, net bags, and handmade cards, all which are available in the lodge curio shops. The skills that members learn within these groups also help the members within their community, at their workspace, and at their home.   

Great Plains looks forward to continued growth in both groups, as well as skill development. For more information, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com or email info@greatplainsconservation.com.

 
 

Tsamaya Sentle ("go well" in Setswana),
Botswana Tourism - USA officea

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