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1“Eye of the Leopard”: A Glimpse into the Lives of Filmmakers and Conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert

Imagine spending most of your adult life in the bush, living amongst Africa’s big cats, doing what you love, tirelessly championing the conservation of nature and wildlife. This describes the lives of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, multiple award-winning filmmakers, photographers, writers, conservationists, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence.

Based in Botswana, this husband and wife team has managed to influence both conservation policy and perceptions of the wild for more than 25 years. The Jouberts are passionate conservationists, ecotourism advocates, and true ambassadors of Botswana’s tourism. We give thanks for their life-long dedication to conservation of land and wildlife, and for furthering the practice of sustainable tourism in Botswana, and beyond, in Africa. “Our aim is to not only to inspire people with images of these wonderful places and wildlife, but by taking action as well.” says Dereck Joubert, whose mission is the understanding and conservation of key African wildlife species, in particular its big cats. They have co-produced more than 20 filmed studies of wild life, written eight books and authored numerous National Geographic articles. Read more>

Often alone in the bush getting to know wild animals and their habitat, the Jouberts spent four years on a small island in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, filming the acclaimed “Eye of the Leopard” for National Geographic. Last month the Jouberts left the bush to travel to the USA to promote their latest photographic book, “Eye of the Leopard” and to receive an EMA award for this film.

Botswana Tourism had the privilege of hosting ‘An Evening with the Jouberts’ in UCLA’s campus in Los Angeles. Over 180 guests, including LA’s top African travel wholesalers & travel agents, entertainment industry executives, UCLA students and alumni, and other wildlife conservation enthusiasts got a glimpse into their fascinating lives as they viewed the Jouberts’ documentary, “Living with Big Cats”, a behind the scenes intimate portrayal of their life in the bush while shooting “Eye of the Leopard” for National Geographic. This set the stage for audience discussion to learn more about the Jouberts Big Cat Initiative-BCI (www.bigcatinitiative.com), the awareness they are creating around conservation tourism, and the organization they have partnered with, Great Plain Conservation.

You can learn more about their conservation and conservation tourism work in Botswana by visiting these web sites:  www.bigcatinitiative.com; www.greatplainsconservation.com ; www.selindareserve.com; www.wildlifeconservationfilms.com;
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/explorers/jouberts.html  

A captivating write up of the book “Eye of the Leopard” can be viewed on ARCspace.com (http://www.arcspace.com/books/leopard/leopard.html).

To view a video interview by The Huffington Post about the Jouberts’ Big Cat Initiative, visit
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-eldon/caught-in-the-act-beverly_b_362510.html.

The “Eye of the Leopard” DVD is available for purchase from the National Geographic Store or Amazon.com.

The newly released “Eye of the Leopard” book is available for purchase from the Rizzoli or Amazon.com.



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1 Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Go Hand in Hand.

Botswana is considered by many tourism experts to be a shining example of sustainable tourism, encompassing best practices in environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development and management. The Government of Botswana and the entire tourism sector are united in their commitment to the conservation of the country’s wildlife, land and cultural heritage. With nearly 40% of Botswana’s land reserved for national parks, game reserves and wildlife management areas, the active and growing development of community-based tourism projects, and a new eco-certification initiative now underway to guide and facilitate the tourism industry “going green”, Botswana is working smart to enable the country’s tourism product and appeal to survive and thrive for future generations of citizens and travelers. For this we are thankful. Stay tuned, as future issues will highlight ongoing and new sustainable tourism initiatives by the Government, private companies, and public-private sector partnerships.


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1 Botswana Voted Most Peaceful Nation in Africa

Do you yearn to experience the thrill of an African safari, but concerns about safety and stability of a country have you thinking twice about booking your trip? Head to Botswana. Not only is the country considered one of the premier safari destinations on the continent, it is ranked by The Institute for Economics and Peace as the most peaceful nation in Africa. We are thankful for this justified ranking. Read more.

This independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research institute is dedicated to developing the inter-relationships between business, peace and economic development, and produces the annual Global Peace Index. Now in its third year, the Index ranks 144 nations according to their ‘absence of violence’. The GPI is composed of qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, which combine factors internal to a country and external to it. Botswana ranks 1st in Africa and 34th in the world out of 144 nations.
Since Botswana’s independence in 1966, maintaining peace and political and economic stability has been a priority of Government leaders and its citizens. Batswana recognize a peaceful nation is not only a key factor in furthering the country’s economic and social progress, but also to provide a stable and safe travel destination for international visitors. Here it is possible to experience the allure of the African continent – its genuinely friendly people, vast pristine wilderness, prolific wildlife and unique cultural heritage, without undue worry about traveler safety. And that alone adds to the thrill of the safari experience!

To research what to see and do in Botswana and plan your safari, visit www.botswanatourism.us.

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1 Eleven Botswana Camps Rated TOPS by Condé Nast Traveler Readers

We humbly appreciate the honor bestowed by readers of Condé Nast Traveler upon Mombo Camp and Sandibe Safari Lodge in Botswana. These properties topped the Condé Nast Traveler 2009 Readers Choice Awards as the top 2 resorts in Africa. The two camps are owned by Wilderness Safaris and andBeyond respectively. Overall, Botswana Safari Companies fared well in the annual poll with eleven (11) additional Botswana camps placing in the top fifty (50) resorts in Africa. Read on>

In addition to Mombo Camp and Sandibe Safari Lodge, the compliment of Botswana top-50 resorts in Africa award winners and their Safari Companies are:

Jao Camp, Wilderness Safaris
Savuti Camp, Wilderness Safaris
Khwai River Lodge, Orient-Express Safaris
Vumbura Plains Tented Camp, Wilderness Safaris
Chief's Camp, Sanctuary Retreats
Camp Okavango, Desert & Delta Safaris
Xigero Camp, Wilderness Safaris
Chobe Chilwero, Sanctuary Retreats
Jack's Camp, Uncharted Africa Safari co.
Savute Elephant Camp, Orient-Express Safaris
Chobe Game Lodge, Desert & Delta Safaris.

Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world's premier travel magazines, with travel tips, vacation ideas and destination information. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards survey polls over 25,000 readers on more than 10,000 properties and destinations worldwide. Readers vote for the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, resorts, and car rental agencies in the world. Award recipients appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler November issue. To view online, visit http://www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/readerschoice/resorts#africa.

For more information on the award winning camps and their Safari Companies or to book a vacation, visit the respective company web sites.

To discover more about Botswana and its appeal as a premier tourism destination, visit www.botswanatourism.us.


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We hope you enjoyed reading this issue of Botswana eNews. Now is an ideal time to begin planning your Botswana vacation, where you can experience the world of the Jouberts, sustainable tourism in action, and a stay in one of Botswana’s many award-winning camps. Begin planning your journey now; visit www.botswanatourism.us to view special travel offers itineraries at Deals & Promos, or contact a Botswana travel specialist listed on our web site.


Tsamaya sentle, (meaning Go Well in Setswana)

Botswana Tourism Board – North America



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