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Okavango Guiding School Joins Facebook
Okavango Guiding School has hit the social media world and joined Facebook. The OGS page features updates on the Delta’s packs, prides and predators; guiding and sighting reports; and the opportunity to sponsor further guide training for their guides or for an aspiring young local guide. OGS’s Facebook page has become a one-stop destination for everything related to guiding and conservation in Northern Botswana. This Facebook upgrade allows you to follow Okavango Guiding School as you’re planning your next trip.
Sunway Safaris Launches New Website
After what seemed like endless hours in the production room, Sunway Safaris is delighted to announce the launch of their new website.
Some exciting new features include:
• Live availability: up-to-the-minute availability status on every safari;
• Online booking agent: ability to make provisional bookings online directly from website;
• Chat online with an expert: online message service available during Sunway office hours with icon indicating availability for an online chat.
In addition to these new features, Sunway Safaris will continue to have all tour information, itineraries, dates, online brochures, and general Sunway Safaris information available online.
Visit www.sunway-safaris.com to check out their new look!
A Luxurious Facelift for Pom Pom Camp
Pom Pom Camp, renowned for its ability to offer all its activities year-round, has undergone an exciting and major “facelift” of its facilities. The camp now offers 9 NEW classic safari-style tents complete with separate lounge and bathrooms featuring both a bath and outside shower. These luxury tents will each be set on elevated, wooden decks with private views overlooking the camp’s permanent lagoon where you can catch hippos frolicking all night or enjoy an evening cocktail while tuning in to the sounds of the wild just beyond your vision.
For more information, visit www.pompomcamp.com or email email@example.com
The Most Romantic Camp in Africa is Back
Come fall in love all over again, with each other and with Botswana, at San Camp. The newly redesigned camp will open for its first full season on April 16, 2012. A spiritual oasis on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi salt pans, the new property offers a desert experience with a spiritual focus in one of the world’s most remote and inspiring landscapes.
San Camp is a true enclave of style, luxury and serenity. Spacious and airy, the white tents, paired with traditional décor, are designed to transport guests to the original days of safari under canvas. The camp offers a large mess tent with a unique collection of historic artifacts, antiques and books, along with a designated tea tent. The six stylish guest tents offer four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and spacious verandas.
Imbued with such dreamy serenity and an overwhelming sense of space and freedom, it was inevitable that a respect for the environment and a sense of romance would influence both the design and building principles of this camp. All the wood used at San Camp is sustainably harvested teak. San Camp’s energy requirement is also supplied almost entirely by solar energy, thus dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Escape life. Experience San Camp. For more information, visit www.unchartedafrica.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a Difference in Maun
With their broad smiles and all-embracing welcome, the communities surrounding &Beyond’s conservation areas welcome guests with their genuine affection and warm hospitality. The Africa Foundation plays a part in ensuring that this boundless generosity is returned to the communities to support them and help them thrive. Creating long-term partnerships can make a real difference in the lives of people in rural Africa, while also supporting wildlife conservation. By ensuring that the communities living in and around conservation areas understand and benefit from conservation, Botswana wins vital support in protecting Africa’s threatened ecosystems.
This year, &Beyond in partnership with Africa Foundation, and with the assistance of Orient Express and Water Africa, traveled to Maun to make a difference. They installed a 5,000-liter water tank, pressure pump and plumbing at the Motse Wa Tsholofelo Day Care Centre in Maun. This organization cares for more than 30 orphaned and vulnerable children between the ages of two and five. This water tank will provide much-needed water to the ablution and kitchen facilities.
The Centre’s coordinator, Mr. Mokgadi, said “The Management Board of Motse Wa Tsholofelo Day Care Centre feels grateful and blessed to &Beyond, Water Africa, Orient Express and Africa Foundation for the generous support of a 5,000-liter Jojo tank and a pressure pump to the school, which will now provide an adequate water supply for cooking, ablution block and daily requirements of the centre to include drinking and water supply to vegetable gardens.”
This forms a vital component of Africa Foundation’s current focus on mitigating against climate change-induced droughts by providing water relief to many rural African communities surrounding &Beyond’s wilderness areas. A job well done to our Botswana family and Africa Foundation for teaming up to make such a wonderful difference in the lives of these children and their caregivers.
For more information, please visit www.andbeyond.com