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Dumela bomma and borra... September is a glorious month in Botswana, with its warm and dry sunny days, starry nights, and abundance of wildlife around the waterholes. Don't you just wish you were there right now? We do too! Until you journey to beautiful Botswana, we'll bring you the next best thing... the latest in Botswana news, updates and travel offers! Read on.

In this Issue:

Latest Travel Offers

What's New in Botswana Lodges and Camps

Latest Wildlife Sightings in the Bush

Making a Difference: Packing for a Purpose in Botswana

Seswaa Anyone? Bringing Botswana to Your Kitchen

Breaking News


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Latest Travel Offers

Feel the Tuli Magic with these Tuli Safari Lodge Special Offers
Experience the Tuli magic, a timeless Botswana safari in a majestic wilderness setting, at Tuli Safari Lodge. Located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, the easternmost corner of Botswana, lies a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history.

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Take advantage of the Special Offers Tuli Safari Lodge is currently running for couples and family travel.

Couples Retreat offer: At Tuli Safari Lodge, couples can enjoy a 50% discount. When a couple stays a minimum of two-nights, one guest will enjoy a 50% savings. On top of the discount, couples also receive a complimentary bottle of house wine to enjoy at their leisure. Valid from November 1- January 12, 2012, this offer is subject to availability and is applicable to high and green season fully inclusive or dinner, bed and brunch rates.

Family Special offer: When booking 3 nights or more, the Family Special allows children under 12 to stay free! Valid from November 1- January 12, 2012, this offer is subject to availability and based on a max. of two children under the age of 12 sharing with two adults in the family suites, and is applicable to high and green season fully inclusive or dinner, bed and brunch rates. 

Each day at Tuli Safari Lodge brings a new and truly authentic adventure. Make sure you and your loved ones experience this magic and take advantage of these offers!

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For more information on Tuli Safari Lodge, please visit www.tulilodge.com or email info@tulilodge.com.

Wilderness Safaris and Sanctuary Retreats Team Up to Offer Value-Driven Summer Season Travel

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For the traditionally quieter period of November to April - the summer season in Botswana - Wilderness Safaris and Sanctuary Retreats have teamed up to bring you the best of Botswana... offering outstanding rates and value! Combining Wilderness and Sanctuary Retreats camps provides you the flexibility you want to create your tailor-made, unique safari experience.

Summer in Botswana is a kaleidoscope of color, where the rich landscapes of green and dramatic summer skies provide the perfect background for safari activities and endless photographic opportunities! This is the time when there is an explosion of new life, with many species giving birth to their young, and hundreds of bird species are in glorious display.

In Botswana, the Okavango Delta, Linyanti/Selinda and Chobe regions are all showcased, so that the wide variety of habitats and full range of the wildlife-rich north of the country can be enjoyed, from mokoro excursions down the waterways of the Delta, to viewing herds of elephant in the Linyanti from your guided 4WD. You won’t want to miss the once dry but now free flowing Savute Channel and Selinda Spillway; they offer a new angle to the wildlife viewing experience. Chobe is famous for its sundowner cruises on the riverfront, game viewing, and the largest elephant population on the continent! Finally, to enhance your experience, add-ons are recommended, such as Kalahari Plains in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This camp’s proximity to the famous Deception Valley provides a highly productive game viewing experience, which comes into its own in the summer season.

For more information, contact your trusted travel advisor, or visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or www.sanctuaryretreats.com 


Latest Wildlife Sightings in the Bush

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You won’t need binoculars to see the latest wildlife sightings sent to us from our camps. Read on...

A Dog’s Life at &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
For a good part of the year, a pack of endangered African wild dogs roamed the Sandibe wilderness concession in Botswana. In April, however, they disappeared and it was suspected they moved to a remote location to den. Last week, these wild dogs were spotted on the concession once again, much to the rangers’ and guests’ delight. The pack of 20 adults now had a following of 7 five-month-old puppies! They have since been seen regularly by guests visiting &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Local guide, Speedy, and his guests were lucky enough to snap some photos of the dogs crossing the water. Enjoy!

For more information on &Beyond, please visit www.andbeyondafrica.com.

Kwando Safaris’ Sightings Report
The wildlife was out and about this July in Botswana. Check out Kwando’s Safaris recent sightings report. From lions to breeding herds of elephants to buffalo enjoying their favorite watering hole and more, the wildlife was roaming in Botswana!


Seswaa Anyone? Bringing Botswana to Your Kitchen

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One of the traditions on safari is that you will never go hungry. From early morning tea/coffee and pastries through a bush breakfast, brunch back at camp, afternoon tea, sundowners and dinner, the food seems to be produced at regular and welcomed intervals. If you are out camping in the bush, all the food will be prepared on the fire by the amazing camp hands and chefs who seem to thrive in the setting and turn out the most amazing meals in the most difficult circumstances.

However, the traditional food of Botswana is sometimes not on the menu or is simply not chosen by lodge guests. So for an idea of traditional fare, we’re sharing a few tried and true recipes that you can serve up  at home!

Seswaa (shredded goat or lamb)

  • Four chopped goat or lamb fillets
  • ¾ cup of cooking oil
  • 2 stock cubes
  • Salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients in a pot and cover with water. Cook slowly for up to eight hours, until meat is tender and has fallen off the bone. Pound the meat with a rolling pin before serving.

 Morogo (wild spinach)

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 pds sliced wild spinach
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Garlic to taste
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • Salt and pepper

Bring water to boil and then place the spinach in the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Fry the onion with the garlic and add to the pot of spinach. Then add the chopped tomato and salt and pepper to pot. Cook on low heat for approximately 30 minutes.

Papa (maize meal)

  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt
  • 3 cups of maize meal

Pour the water into a pot, add salt and bring to boil. While stirring, slowly add the maize meal until the mixture is a soft porridge. Reduce heat and leave for 10 minutes. Stir once more before serving.

Bon appetite!

 

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What's New in Botswana Lodges and Camps

What will Botswana safari outfitters come up with next? Read on to find out...

Exciting Refurbishment to Chobe Game Lodge
On December 10, 2011, Chobe Game Lodge will unveil a new look in their guest arrivals, reception, and lounge areas and add an elevated viewing boardwalk to enhance their guests’ experience. The lodge will be closed November 27 through December 9 while they conduct these exciting new refurbishments.

Johan Bruwer, General Manager of Chobe Game Lodge said, “Our focus is on creating the ‘wow’ factor for our guests from the moment they step into the lodge. The design and layout will complement the new seamless check-in process and allow our guests to completely relax and soak in the stunning natural surroundings of Chobe Game Lodge and the river front. Along with the new look of Chobe Game Lodge, we will also be introducing a new elevated viewing boardwalk amongst the trees and look forward to ensuring our guest’s experience in the Chobe National Park is a memorable one.”  

For more information, please visit www.chobegamelodge.com or email marketing@chobegamelodge.co.bw.  

Xigera Camp is Now Solar Powered
Situated in the heart of Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris’ Xigera Camp is yet another example of how the company is committed to having a minimal environmental impact and operating in the most sustainable manner possible.

For years, Xigera has been operating off diesel generators for at least 8 hours per day and a set of batteries and an inverter system to power the camp for the rest of the day. This summer that all changed – the generators were turned off and the power for the entire camp was switched across to a new photovoltaic solar plant consisting of a total of 135 solar panels producing renewable energy – enough power from the sun to run the entire camp including all fridges and freezers!

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For more information on Xigera Camp, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or email marketingservices@wilderness.co.za.

&Beyond Produces Guest Booklet About Company’s Sustainability Efforts
A leading responsible luxury safari operator, &Beyond, has introduced a sustainability booklet titled “Give More Take Less” to the en-suite collateral at their group’s Botswana lodges. The booklet is one of a set of 10 that have been produced for &Beyond’s African lodges, all designed to enhance your safari experience.

Written and designed in an easy-to-read format, each “Give More Take Less” booklet covers a lodge or region-specific conservation and research victory, sustainability measures that reduce the negative impact of lodges on the environment or save precious commodities, plus the practice of measuring eco overheads that is in place at all &Beyond lodges.

In addition, each “Give More Take Less” booklet highlights Africa Foundation projects that have been completed in local communities as well as initiatives that are in the pipeline. The Botswana edition details plans to expand the facilities at the Motse Wa Tsholofelo Day Care Center in Maun where currently the kitchen is often required to double as a classroom.

During your next &Beyond experience, make sure to pick a booklet up. We guarantee you will love the “Give More Take Less” stories.

For more information, please visit www.andbeyondafrica.com or email Cynthia.wailey@andbeyond.com.

Making a Difference: Packing for a Purpose in Botswana

Do you ever wonder how you can make a difference when traveling far and wide? What can you do to say “thank-you” to these special places? There is need everywhere in the world. It can sometimes be difficult, however, to identify specific needs in places far from home. That is where Pack for a Purpose comes to the rescue. 

Pack for a Purpose is a non-profit organization, based in the USA, which helps both travelers and children around the world! They invite travelers to pack school supplies, medical supplies and other small items on their next trip as a donation to a local community or organization where they are visiting. The goal is to assist travelers who want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities.

Pack for a Purpose displays supply lists for destinations on their website; the lists are provided directly by the local community-based projects that will receive these supplies. This allows travelers to make informed decisions and bring items which meet the needs of the people and organizations who will be using them.

Pack for a Purpose also provides a list of participating accommodations where all you have to do is drop off the donation at the front desk and the rest is taken care of. The hotel, lodge, camp, etc will then deliver the donation.

Interested in “giving back” during your next trip to Botswana (or anywhere really), visit Pack for a Purpose to learn how easy it is. It only takes a small portion of luggage space to make a life-changing difference!

To learn more about this great concept and organization, please visit www.packforapurpose.org or email info.packforapurpose@gmail.com

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Equitrekking TV “Horses Around” in Botswana

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Equitrekking host, Darley Newman, explored and filmed four diverse areas in Botswana – the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR), Maun, the Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans, Yes, as you can imagine, exhilarating horse riding safaris are part of the adventure. But they filmed - and enjoyed - so much more: bush walks, game viewing by boat, on foot, and in 4WDs, village visits to experience the local culture, cuisine, and arts and crafts … and of course to shop for authentic souvenirs and gifts.

First stop on the itinerary: Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR, or Tuli for short)).

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Their Botswana adventure started with an early morning scenic charter flight from the capital city of Gaborone to Limpopo Valley Airport in Tuli, followed by a short (game viewing filled) drive to Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris (LVHS) at Mashatu Game Reserve. LVHS is professionally managed and guided by owners Cor and Louise Carelsen, who both share a wealth of specialist knowledge on the African bush, horses and classical horsemanship with their guests.

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Tuli for short) is located in the far eastern tip of Botswana, bordered by South Africa and Zimbabwe. One of the largest privately owned game reserves in Southern Africa, Tuli is referred by many as the “Land of the Giants” because of its larger than life natural attractions. Riding across the magnificent vistas bordered by the great Limpopo River in Mashatu Game Reserve, the crew discovered exactly how it got its nickname, coming upon a mixed herd of zebras and wildebeest, giraffe, elephant and many other creatures large and small on their first ride. With an abundance of wildlife and dramatic rock formations – as well as archeological and historic sites and the nearby Botswana village, Motlhabaneng with arts and culture for travelers to enjoy - it was the perfect place to start their safari adventure

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For stunning images of their Tuli safari adventure, view the Limpopo Horse Safaris photo gallery on Equitrekking.com.

To read about Darley Newman’s excellent adventures throughout Botswana, visit her travel blog.

Next up: Maun!

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

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