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March in Botswana offers exciting adventures in every direction you look. The bush is teeming with new life and the lush landscapes are unforgettable this time of year. This issue offers up the latest travel offers and happenings in Botswana this spring… so take a moment to read, dream, and plan your next adventure in Botswana! Read on...

In this Issue:

Latest Travel Offers

What's New: Lodging and Ground Operator Updates

In the Wild: Seasonal Sightings of Botswana Wildlife

Making a Difference in Maun


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Latest Travel Offers

Adventure Camping Safaris with Okavango Expeditions

Latest Travel Offers

Okavango Expeditions is pleased to announce its 2012 Botswana Adventurer program. This budget-friendly program offers up an exclusive experience, taking you through Botswana’s prime national parks and reserves including Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, Okavango and the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Starting at $995 per person sharing, the package includes the services of a professional guide/driver and a cook, camping and national park fees, game drives, and more.

With Okavango Expeditions, going on a safari is about much more than just the opportunity to see stunning wildlife in its natural setting: it’s about sitting around a campfire in the middle of the bush, listening to the distant roar of a lion, going to sleep under the beautiful stars, and the excitement of not knowing what spectacular experiences are in store for tomorrow.

For more information, click here.

Delta Rain Pours out the Offers for 2012

Latest Travel Offers

Latest Travel Offers

Delta Rain is pleased to introduce their new 2012 safari offers:

Botswana Blitz- The perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Botswana’s most beautiful natural wonders and the country’s friendly people. Starting at $990 per person sharing, this 7-day Kasane-Kasane adventure includes a boat cruise on the Chobe River, visit to the Makgadikgadi salt pans, overnight mokoro safari camping in the Okavango Delta and more. Great for families or independent travelers.

The Spirit of the Hills- Come explore the mystical Tsodilo Hills. Priced from $550 per person, enjoy unforgettable rock paintings from thousands of years ago that will stir the soul on this 3-day safari.

The Kalahari Safari- One of nature’s truly spectacular places, enjoy stunning sunrises, vast horizons, and wildlife galore when on this Kalahari Safari. This 5-day safari starts at $864 per person.

For more information, visit www.deltarain.com or email safaris@deltarain.com


In the Wild: Seasonal Sightings of Botswana Wildlife

It’s a Girl at Abu Camp

Sightings

2011 ended on a high note at Abu Camp as they welcomed a new baby elephant into the family. Shireni, one of the resident elephants, gave birth to her third calf, a healthy female, on December 17, 2011. Handlers have decided to name her Warona, a Setswana name meaning "For Us." Closely watched over by the herd, the newborn calf is already showing signs of playfulness. This new member brings the Abu herd to seven elephants.

Sightings

For more information and updates, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or email info@wilderness-safaris.com 

Kwando Safari Sightings

Sightings

Kwando Safaris welcomed the new year with incredible sightings of predators, prey, birds and of course dramatic sunrises and sunsets. From lionesses resting under the shake, escaping the heat, to tracking a male leopard, Botswana’s wild have been out and about celebrating the start of 2012! Read more about these incredible sightings here.

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What's New: Lodging and Ground Operator Updates

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

Sunway

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

Luxurious

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 reservations@pompomcamp.com 

The Most Romantic Camp in Africa is Back

Romantic

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 reservations@unchartedafrica.com


Making a Difference in Maun

Making a Difference

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

 
 

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

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