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Summer in North America brings more play time, travel time, and most of all more time to swelter in the heat! But in Botswana the weather this time of year is cooling off, and people there are bringing out their jackets. The weather may be cooler, but everything else is heating up! Take a moment to discover all the "hot" news Botswana Tourism and our travel partners have to share with you this month. Enjoy!

In this Issue:

Latest Travel Offers

New Adventures in Botswana

Latest Wildlife Sightings

Spotlight On: Cheetah Conservation Botswana

Last Lions Update


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Latest Travel Offers

Sanctuary's Heart of the Elephant - STAY 5 PAY 4 Special Offer

Spend two nights at either Sanctuary Baines’ Camp or Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta and enjoy the unique elephant interaction experience at the low season rate during high season. Next, spend three nights at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, bordering the Chobe National Park, where one of the nights is free! The Chobe National Park is famous for being home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world. Over 80,000 of them roam between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana and can be seen close to the lodge most days of the year. Valid for new bookings only for travel until 31 December 2011. Contact your travel advisor or a Botswana travel specialist for more information.

Stay Longer for Less in Botswana with &Beyond

&Beyond offers luxury experiences in some of the most beautiful natural kingdoms, promising to reawaken the soul with incredible encounters that capture the imagination of travelers of all ages. For a limited time, &Beyond is allowing guests to stay longer for less in Botswana with their “Stay 6, Pay 4” program. Spend 6 nights and only pay for 4 at any combination of the following &Beyond Botswana lodges:

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Savute Under Canvas
Chobe Under Canvas

Valid for new bookings only for travel until 20 December 2011. Contact your travel advisor or a Botswana travel specialist for more information.

Availability in September and November with Roger Dugmore Safaris

Roger Dugmore Safaris, a mobile luxury classic tented safari outfitter in Botswana, has a limited number of seats available on three of their safaris in September and November. The seats are being offered at an extremely attractive rate for a fully inclusive safari. Come discover some of the most striking and unique places in Botswana! For more information, please visit www.rogerdugmoresafaris.com, or contact your travel advisor or a Botswana travel specialist for more information.


Latest Wildlife Sightings

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Nodene is a young female leopard born about two years ago in the Moremi Game Reserve not far from Sanctuary Chief's Camp. Nodene recently became a mother for the first time giving birth to two healthy cubs. If they are anything like their curious and fearless mother, we will be in for a real treat! Leopards hide their cubs for the first couple of weeks and after much anticipation we have finally been able to catch our first glimpse of the two new additions. This photo of Nodene's cubs, one female and one male, was taken by the managers at Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Rory and Jade. Rory and Jade were the first people to spot Nodene's offspring and in recognition the guides have named the cubs in their honor.

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Click Here for the Kwando Safari Sightings update.


The Last Lions Update

Travel Specials

The Last Lions movie may be winding down in theaters and the sweepstakes has ended, but there are still several ways you can make a difference. Visit the Last Lions trailer on Youtube, share with your friends and family, help us hit a million views! For every trailer viewing, National Geographic will contribute $.10 to lion and other big cat conservation efforts in Botswana. Check it out and share with your friends!

Want to visit the land of The Last Lions, and support Botswana wildlife conservation efforts? Check out specially designed Last Lions Travel Specials travel packages created by North American tour operators. Click here to view these exclusive offers and start planning your dream safari in the land of the last lions today.

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New Adventures in Botswana

Elephants

Photographic Workshops with The Elephant Trails Safari Co.
Is photographing big game and other wildlife against the backdrop of Botswana’s stunning landscape high on your bucket list? Why not take a Photographic Workshop on safari led by professional wildlife photographer Steve Stockhall and The Elephant Trails Safari Co. this year? This safari outfitter brings decades of combined guiding and photography experience to specialized wildlife expeditions in Botswana. Steve’s passion and enthusiasm shine through as he teaches the finer points of wildlife photography and animal behavior. A limited number of seats are still available for the workshop safaris in July and October. For more information, please visit www.elephanttrails.com

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Wilderness Announces All-New Brand – Delta Adventurer
Wilderness Safaris is pleased to announce their all-new brand, Delta Adventurer.  Delta Adventurer appeals to those looking to explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta system in the world.  This is the ultimate African adventure where guests will discover this unique ecosystem on foot, by traditional mokoro and on game drives.  The camps, Xigera Mokoro Trails and Khwai Discoverer Camp, allow for close-up encounters with wildlife.  Xigera Mokoro Trails is set up on an island in the remote Xigera area, exposing the permanetly flooded inner Delta where the islands and serene waterways are home to a paradise of bird species and diverse wildlife.  Khwai Discoverer Camp, just north of the Khwai River, is where the woodland meets floodplains, wetlands and grasslands, and home to an array of large mammals and predators.  Authentic and off the beaten path, Delta Adventurer revels in the picturesque beauty of the range of habitats which the Delta has to offer.  For more information, click here 


Spotlight On: Cheetah Conservation Botswana

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Plight of the Cheetah...Cheetah Conservation Efforts in Botswana

The cheetah. The oldest of the African “big cats” and the fastest land mammal on earth is now racing against its toughest opponent to date - Extinction. 

Though the cheetah may struggle to compete with healthy populations of more powerful predators within reserves and national parks, the cats were thriving within marginal lands.  However, due to rural communities’ dependency on livestock farming, the lives of the cheetahs have been jeopardized.  The common perception that not only cheetahs, but predators in general, can have a major impact on rural welfare has lead to indiscriminate retaliatory killings.  Wildlife vs. Human conflict has had a devastating impact throughout the world and it is an issue largely responsible for the loss of 90% of the cheetah population.  The Cheetah Conservation Botswana is now stepping in and trying to save the cheetahs.

Formed in 2003 and funded by grant aid and donor support, the Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB) aims to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and education, and working with rural communities to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of predator species.  The biggest challenge is improving community awareness towards the cheetah and ensuring that retaliatory killings do not continue while supporting and protecting the community welfare at the same time.  By working together with communities with initiatives tailored to meet their needs and priorities, does CCB hope to encourage the attitudes of coexistence that will allow cheetahs to remain as an essential component in this remarkable ecosystem. 

For more information, visit www.cheetahbotswana.com.

 
 

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

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