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Botswana Trade News for June 2010

In this Issue:

Newly Announced Travel Specials
Botswana Tourism Wins Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Practices
The "Lost" River Flows Again in Savute
"Celebrity" Sightings Botswana

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Botswana Tourism

Travel Specials

Looking for a special travel package to Botswana? Several new tour operator packages are now listed on the Botswana Tourism website's Travel Specials page.

Also check out these latest travel offers from Botswana suppliers:
Last Minute Offer (late July): Okavango Delta Explorer with Golden Okavango
Honeymoon in Botswana with Safari Destinations
Escape the pre-Christmas Madness with Letaka Safaris
Travel to the Okavango Delta with Getaway Magazine
Free Night at Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Selinda Canoe Trail Safari in Selinda Reserve

Okavango Delta Explorer
Enjoy the 9 night/ 10 day Okavango Delta Explorer safari with Golden Okavango. Taking place from July 26th- August 4, 2010, come discover the wildlife and scenery of Khwai, enjoy a 7-night luxurious mobile safari in the Moremi Game Reserve, and finish off with two days and nights exploring the waterways around Xugana Island Lodge. $6,885.00 per person. For more information contact rob@golden-okavango.com or visit www.golden-okavango.com.

Celebrate Your Honeymoon in Botswana
Looking for that special romantic honeymoon spot to celebrate your love? Get Romantic in Botswana, with Safari Destinations 13-night Bush & Beach Honeymoon Special Offer. Newlyweds not only receive a 40% discount, but also a rare gift, a Botswana diamond, that will forever symbolize the promise of your everlasting love. The package includes sparkling wine in room on arrival, private dinners, sunset cruises, helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, and much more. For more information and to book the package, contact your travel agent or email info@safaridestinations.net.

Escape the pre-Christmas Madness with a December Birding Safari
Letaka Safaris is offering guests the chance to get away from the pre-Christmas madness and travel to Botswana for an unforgettable 17-day trip taking in some of the best birding spots in Southern Africa. Normally priced at $4,350.00 per person, the December departure is now only $3,625.00 per person sharing and includes spacious and comfortable tented accommodations, a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, all meals and drinks and so much more. For more information contact info@letakasafaris.com or visit www.letakasafaris.com

Travel to the Okavango Delta with Getaway Magazine
Safari and Guide Service has teamed up with Getaway Magazine to offer a special trip to the Okavango Delta. This trip combines the best of adventure, camping, and waterways of the Delta. Explore the beauty of one of Africa's most famous eco-systems on this safari discovering the vast waterways of the Delta then driving deep into the Moremi Game Reserve. This is a real wilderness adventure you do not want to miss. For more information visit www.getaway.co.za

4th Night Free at Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Sanctuary Chief's Camp has reopened after extensive upgrades that include the lounge and dining area extension, new thatch roof, addition of a boma area offering incredible views over the flood plain, as well as the bar area and gift shop being extended and refurbished. To celebrate this opening, the camp is offering an extraordinary deal, spend 3 nights and get the 4th free. For more information contact info@sanctuaryretreats.com or visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com

Selinda Canoe Trail Safari - Can You Canoe?
Do you want to experience the spirit of the "safaris of old', when days were spent on impromptu exploration and each night was spent camping along the banks of a river? Join Selinda Reserve on its Selinda Canoe Trails safari now through first week of October 2010 - and satisfy the adventurer's spirit within you. This 3 night/4 day paddling and walking safari takes place along the Selinda Spillway, the waterway linking Botswana's Okavango Delta and its Linyanti and Kwando systems. For more information visit http://www.selindareserve.com/walkselinda_dates.html

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Botswana Tourism Organization Wins Prestigious WTTC Tourism For Tomorrow Award

We are delighted to announce that Botswana Tourism has been recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council for our successful work in advancing sustainable tourism best practices in the Okavango Delta, wining the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship 2010 Award. What does that mean to you as a traveler? The Botswana government and private sector are mutually committed to the protection of natural and cultural heritage, delivering social and economic benefits to and with the local people, and upholding environmentally friendly operations. It is this commitment that will ensure that generations beyond ours will enjoy the thrill of a "once-in-a-lifetime safari" in the Okavango Delta.

For additional detail on the award, visit http://www.tourismfortomorrow.com/Winners/2010_Winners_and_Finalists/.

Click here to learn more about Botswana Tourism's ecotourism policy and practices: http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/grading/ecotourism_manual.html.

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Tourism for Tomorrow Savute Channel - The "Lost River" Flows Again

After nearly three decades of being a "lost river" the Savute (or Savuti) Channel is flowing again all the way to the Savute Marsh. Be one of the fortunate travelers lucky enough to bear witness to this momentous natural event and experience incredible wildlife encounters. Read on

Tourism for Tomorrow
The Savute Channel is located in a prime game viewing area in south western Chobe National Park, known for its marvelous array of animals such as large herds of zebra, impala and wildebeest, and abundant predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. One of the greatest mysteries and fascinations of northern Botswana, the river flows intermittently and then mysteriously dries up. After nearly three decades of being a "lost river" the Savute (or Savuti) Channel is flowing again all the way to the Savute Marsh. The extraordinary flow of fresh water in the Savute Channel is bringing new life to the entire region. Elephants frolicking in the river, literally hundreds of zebras have remained in the nutrient rich grasslands along the riverbed, and oh yes... the hippos are back! The area is teaming with wildlife and birdlife and the famous Savute lions are having a field day, offering visitors to this area extraordinary wildlife encounters. No one knows for how long the Savute Channel will continue to flow, so book your trip now to Botswana's Savute region. Be one of the fortunate travelers lucky enough to bear witness to this momentous natural event and experience one of the great mysteries and fascinations of Northern Botswana. Contact your travel agent today, or visit the www.botswanatourism.us tour operator page: http://www.botswanatourism.us/botswana_transportation/tour_operators.html

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Tourism for Tomorrow Celebrity News from Botswana

What do America's Joe Jonas, Britain's Prince William, and Botswana's Precious Remotswe have in common? They all are committed to doing good works in Botswana. Okay, so Mma Remotswe is a fictitious character, but still...

Earlier this month, America's pop star Joe Jonas and Britain's Prince William, met each other for the first time in Maun, Botswana while both were on separate visits to support their respective charities. They joined forces in Botswana to attend and lend support to a soccer event for area schoolchildren run by an innovative conservation project called Coaching For Conservation, which blends soccer skills to wildlife protection. This project, managed by the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, also teaches children self respect and awareness of the environment around them. Prince William, in Botswana with his brother Harry on their first joint Royal engagement overseas, toured several conservation and humanitarian projects of Tusk Trust, the conservation charity of which Prince William is Patron. Joe Jonas was in Botswana on behalf of Love Botswana Outreach Mission Trust.

Meanwhile, Botswana's fictional celebrity, Precious Remotswe , continues to help improve the lives of Botswana citizens as she solves the mysteries of their lives in The Double Comfort Safari Club." In Alexander McCall Smith's newly released 11th novel in 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, Mma Remotswe ventures to Eagle Island, which lies in the middle of the Okavango Delta. After his second visit to Orient Express's Eagle Island Camp, McCall Smith said he knew that he must include this camp in his latest book. "Eagle Island is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in Botswana. It features in my novel, The Double Comfort Safari Club, in which Mma Ramotswe herself makes a visit. I am happy to say that she like it," says McCall Smith.

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We hope you enjoyed reading the latest news from Botswana Tourism, and that it spurs your interest in going on a safari adventure in Botswana. This beautiful, peaceful country and our warm and welcoming people await you. For more information on Botswana and to help you plan your trip, visit www.botswanatourism.us

Tsamalya Sentle,
Botswana Tourism - USA office


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