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Dumela bomma and borra...we've got lots of treats for you this autumn! From the latest travel offers to an Emmy win for a Botswana conservationist and filmmaker, you won't want to miss a single word.
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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: San Diego Zoo Global and Elephants Without Borders

Equitrekking TV "Horses Around" in Botswana

Breaking News


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Latest Travel Offers

Latest Travel Offers

Celebrate the Green Season with SGS Africa
SGS Africa invites you to celebrate the wonder of Botswana’s Green Season. With the arrival of the migrant bird species, the birth of a new generation of impalas and warthogs (amongst others), the transformation from parched to puddles and the return of life to the bush, it is sure to be another unforgettable green season in Botswana. To celebrate, SGS Africa is offering two exciting travel specials, both valid for travel from December 1, 2011- March 31, 2012.
 
Comfort Mobile Safari
• USD $375 per person per night  
• Guided Safari, Non-participatory (we do the work, you have the fun!)
• Ensuite Tents – comfortable raised camp beds and private ablutions
• Fully Inclusive of Meals and Drinks
• No Single Supplement
• Minimum 2 people

Camp

Budget Adventure Mobile Safari (Guided)
• USD $220 per person per night
• Shared Restrooms
• All meals included
• Camp beds and linen included (No sleeping on the ground during the rainy season)
• Guided Safari, Semi-participatory (you have fun and you help with camping dutiies)
• No single supplement
• Minimum 4 people

Camp

Take advantage of SGS Africa’s travel offers and get wild in Botswana this Green Season.

For more information on SGS Africa, please visit www.sgsafrica.com or email reservations@sgsafrica.com

Big Cats Benefit with Great Plains Conservation Camps Stay
Want to help save the big cats? From November 1, 2011- April 15, 2012 (excluding December 20- January 6 and April 6-9) you can enjoy a four night stay at any of Great Plains Conservation’s camps including Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp and Duba Plains Camp and assist in the conservation of big cats world wide. Great Plains will donate $25 per person per night to the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative on behalf of each and every guest to help save these predators.

Explore Botswana while doing good at the same time with Great Plains Conservation. It’s a win-win situation!

Optik

For more information, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com or email alex@greatplainsconservation.com


Latest Wildlife Sightings

Lions

Close-Up Encounters with &Beyond
The wildlife sightings at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge have been fantastic! Recent guests Raymond & Adelle were treated to several close-up encounters with two of Africa’s Big Five. A pride of four young lions was seen regularly on the concession for about a week, and the lodge staff are hoping they will soon establish territory there! Adelle, who loves elephants, was delighted to see them once from a boat and again from a mokoro. A herd even visited the lodge just outside Raymond and Adelle’s suite!

Kwando Safaris’ Sightings Report
The wildlife sightings have been abundant recently in Botswana, including the 19 strong lion pride in Lebala. Check out Kwando’s Safaris recent sightings report for some amazing reporting on the recent sightings.

Great Plains Sightings Report
The bush is alive with wildlife activity!  Click here to read about the latest wildlife sighting reports from Great Plain Conservation, including news from Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp and Duba Plains!


Equitrekking TV "Horses Around" in Maun, Botswana

Equitrekking

Most visitors to Botswana know Maun as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the quick “airport stop” for connecting to flights that whisk you into or away from the bush.  But this iconic frontier village is a great overnight stop, offering you the opportunity to relax and mingle with the locals, engage in a little retail therapy, and spend some fun-filled time on the back of a horse. Really – who knew?

Maun is one of the very few places in Botswana where novice riders can saddle up to view wildlife on horseback, making it a great destination for less advanced riders and families with kids who want to experience the thrill of a horseback safari with up close sightings and fun riding.

Equitrekking

Ride Botswana owners and managers David and Robyn Foot (with many years experience in the horse safari business), maintain stables in the private game reserve at Royal Tree Lodge, about 20 minutes from the heart of the village.

Royal Tree Lodge offers intimate luxury accommodation and warm hospitality, and is the ideal base from which to enjoy a horse safari in Maun. But no worries if you are staying elsewhere – this activity is open to all. So if you’re wondering how to spend some time time in Maun, saddle on up!

Guided rides take place inside the private reserve or along the Thamakalane River – or both! Darley Newman, Equitrekking TV host, did both; see stunning photos and read about her ride in the reserve here and on the river here.

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What's New in Botswana Lodges and Camps

What will Botswana safari outfitters come up with next? To find out who's doing what, check out these new travel product and service updates:

Linyanti

Ker & Downey Botswana is Delighted to Introduce its Newest Family-Friendly Camp- Linyanti Ebony
Ker & Downey Botswana has partnered with African Bush Camps, and is delighted to introduce a new camp into their growing portfolio of luxury tented safari accommodations: Linyanti Ebony.

With a custom-built family unit and no age limit restriction, Linyanti Ebony is a perfect addition for families looking to experience an authentic safari in the African Wilderness.
Linyanti Ebony enjoys the same luxurious features and is situated with the same spectacular views of Linyanti Marsh as Linyanti Bush Camp. But now families or small groups can enjoy the utmost exclusivity in an environment which is more suited for family travel or those looking for privacy. In addition, groups of five or more can enjoy a private vehicle for the duration of their safari at no extra cost.

Linyanti Ebony sleeps a maximum of eight people, and comprises a double tent complete with inter-leading doors and separate bathroom facilities. The tent also features a spacious veranda where guests can enjoy early dining for the family or private dining for small groups. Furthermore, Linyanti Ebony also enjoys its own dedicated dining area and lounge, plus a splash pool for relaxing beside during the afternoon siesta.

Come experience the wild while enjoying the luxuries of home at Linyanti Ebony.

Ker & Downy

For more information, please visit www.kerdowneybotswana.com or contact your trusted travel advisor.

Making a Splash with Wilderness Safaris
With the rebirth of the Savute Channel, and greater inflows into the Linyanti River itself, the waterways of the Linyanti Concession area are now offering new fun, ways to explore the wilderness. Wilderness Safaris makes it possible for you to take advantage of these water inflows, and will create unique combinations of activities like canoeing, walking and boating, depending on time of year and water levels, for your enjoyment.

At Savuti Camp, canoeing is proving to be an extremely popular activity when local water conditions allow. Boat activities provide excellent game viewing opportunities with elephant, giraffe, buffalo and hippo sighted frequently. There have even been sightings of lion and leopard and on one occasion to date, cheetah! This makes it  possible to  enjoy boat rides in the morning, at midday, or as an afternoon activity.

At Kings Pool Camp, a private barge is on hand to explore the Linyanti River. Late afternoon cruises are most popular, when the possibility of encountering animals coming to the river to drink is at its best. The barge is also able to be reserved (in advance) for special occasion activities.

Explore

Exploring Linyanti by water adds an unforgettable new dimension to your safari experience with Wilderness Safaris. For more information, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or contact your trusted travel advisor.

Seeing Clear with Great Plains Conservation and Swarovski Optik
Want to see clearly out across the savannahs of Botswana, without lugging along your binoculars?  At Great Plains Conservation camps, you can!  Great Plains Conservation and Swarovski Optik are proud to announce that the world famous optics company will be placing their latest “SLC 8 x 42 HD Field Binoculars” in all the Great Plains Conservation camps, starting immediately at Zarafa Camp in Botswana. Shortly thereafter, binoculars will be added in Great Plains Conservation’s remaining camps of Selinda and Duba Plains in Botswana.

“The binoculars are for our guests’ complimentary use during their safari with us. It’s an opportunity to enhance their game viewing experience and if they fall in love with the binoculars, sets will be available to purchase in camp. Five percent of the sale will go directly to the Big Cats Initiative, half of which is paid by Great Plains Conservation and the other half by Swarovski Optik,” said Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation. 

“We find that our guests are very interested in getting value for their money. They want the best for their safari and wilderness experience. So by adding the finest optics in the world in our camps, they can avoid the need to either buy their own before travelling, or having to lug their heavy binoculars all the way to Africa,” Dereck continued.

Optik

This benefit is sure to capture unforgettable wildlife moments and memories for safari travelers. For more information, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com or contact your trusted travel advisor.

Tuli Safari Lodge Makes a Weekend Getaway Easy with New Scheduled Scenic Flight from Gaborone!
A scheduled flight is now available from Gaborone to Tuli on Friday afternoons returning Sunday afternoons. These new flights make this unique, timeless corner of Africa much more accessible within Botswana and are conveniently timed to coincide with arrivals/departures from Johannesburg & Maun. The scenic 1 ½ hour flight follows the course of the legendary Limpopo River, making the journey part of the adventure!

In celebration of this new flight serivce, Tuli Safari Lodge has created a special weekend getaway package. This two-night special includes return flights, all meals and activities (guided game drives and bush walk) and is priced at $885 per person. Flights can be booked separately if required.

Take advantage of this new flight and enjoy a weekend getaway in Tuli while discovering Botswana.

Tuli

For more information, please visit www.tulilodge.com , email info@tulilodge.com, or contact your trusted travel advisor.


Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Making a Difference: San Diego Zoo Global and Elephants Without Borders Inspiring Partnership 
With increasing elephant and human populations in Botswana, there is a continued competition between the two for space. Elephants Without Borders is a charitable organization dedicated to reducing the conflict between elephants and humans. Elephants Without Borders and San Diego Zoo Global have teamed up and are using their combined resources to help the elephants and people of Botswana to live harmoniously. Click here to view a video on how the two organizations are working together.

For more information on this charitable organization, please visit www.elephantswithoutborders.org or contact info@elephantswithoutborders.org  


Breaking News
Extra, extra read all about it!

Jouberts

Dereck Joubert, Botswana conservationist and filmmaker, wins 6th Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography, News & Documentary
Kudos to Botswana Conservationists & Filmmakers Beverly and Dereck on their 6th Emmy Win! Dereck Joubert was recently honored by The Academy of Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for cinematography at the 32nd annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary. This is the Jouberts' sixth Emmy and 10th nomination for their work with National Geographic, The award comes for their efforts on the National Geographic Channel's TV series" Great Migrations" zebra segment called Race to Survive. This segment shot in Botswana, documents the annual migration of zebra between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Jouberts accepted the award in the name of Botswana and hope that the attention can go to thanking the country for protecting its wildlife in a way that allows the opportunity to not only film wildlife but for people around the world to have the chance to then visit the country and admire it for themselves. "It is an honor to be recognized by the most respected peer group in the industry, but this is shared with cameramen who contributed to the series and the editors and support crews that make it look good." says Dereck. Of Botswana he says: "While big cats and other important wildlife populations in Africa collapse, Botswana represents the best hope we have for them enduring in the wild for a long time because of the government policies and a nation that takes that heritage seriously." Join us in congratulating the Jouberts. For information and products from this TV series visit the National Geographic Store. (Note: Botswana Tourism has no affiliation with this ecommerce site and does not receive any proceeds from purchases.)

Botswana's own Donald Molosi Stars in Off-Broadway Play on November 19
Are you going to be n NYC on November 19th? If so, head on over to Theatre Row, 407 West 41st Street, New York, NY at 7:00 pm to see Blue, Black and White. Donald Molosi, a Motswana and international film, stage and TV actor, is performs n this off-Broadway show, an enchanting humanist story about Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana's founding president's marriage to a white British women and the global controversy it caused. The show is an exploration of love and courage and how they were the cornerstone to Africa's most enduring democracy, the Republic of Botswana.

 
 

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

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