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1 1Check out the NEW Botswana Tourism web site (www.BotswanaTourism.us)

Are you planning a trip to Botswana… or do you just want to learn more about what to see and do in this beautiful Southern African country? Well, now you have a convenient online resource: the Botswana Tourism Board – (for travelers from North America) web site is now live! Here you will find useful, easy to navigate information about Botswana, including listings of experienced Botswana travel wholesalers/specialists, accommodation information, and special travel packages. Check it out!… www.BotswanaTourism.us

We appreciate your input. Do you have a suggestion for improving our web site? If so, click here to send us your comments.


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1 Botswana is the setting for HBO’s new series, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”

We are ‘jazzed’ over the buzz generated by HBO’s new original series hit, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which airs Sundays at 8 pm EDT. Why? Because Botswana is the setting and filming location for this seven-episode series, adapted from the best-selling novels by author, Alexander McCall Smith, whose stories have enchanted millions of readers worldwide. That’s right, that’s Botswana you see on your HBO channel HBO Sunday’s at 8 pm. These poignant stories chronicle the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the eminently sensible and wise proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. Aided by her highly-efficient yet rather peculiar secretary, Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe’s investigations lead her on escapades throughout her beloved country of Botswana.

Make sure to check out www.youtube.com/botswanatourism to watch clips and trailers from The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency as well as more exciting video on Botswana.


Want to get in on the fun? Several tour operators have developed “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency tour packages. Visit Deals & Promos (www.botswanatourism.us/deals.html) on our web site to check them out!


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1 It’s not too late to book your summer vacation to Botswana

If you are like us, you’re probably thinking… boy do I NEED a vacation! Somewhere that offers the ultimate escape from the stresses of everyday life, a place that will truly inspire me and reenergize my spirit. If this describes you, Botswana is your perfect vacation destination.

And we have good news…it’s not too late to book your summer trip. Go to Deals & Promos (www.botswanatourism.us/deals.html) to view special travel offers available now. Oh… don’t forget to pack your camera and sunscreen, and jot us a note with a photo of your happy, relaxed, smiling self when you return!


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11 Rare sighting of a ‘pink’ elephant

Ever heard of a pink elephant? Well, now you can see one! A rare sighting of what appears to be a partial albino calf was recently captured on film in Northern Botswana. Mike Holding, a wildlife cameraman who captured the sighting while filming for a BBC wildlife programme, said: “We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed a river in the Okavango Delta. This was a really exciting moment for everyone in camp. We knew it was a rare sighting – no one could believe their eyes.”

Experts believe it is probably an albino, which is an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. Albino elephants are not usually white, but instead they have more of a reddish-brown or pink hue. While albinism is thought to be fairly common in Asian elephants, it is much less common in the larger African species. Ecologist Dr. Mike Chase, who runs the conservation foundation Elephants Without Borders, said: “This is probably the first documented sighting of an albino elephant in northern Botswana.”

You may not be lucky enough to spot a ‘pink’ elephant on safari in Botswana, but you will be sure to spot many other elephants while there. Boasting an elephant population of over 130,000, Botswana has the largest population of elephants on the African continent. Meanwhile elephant enthusiasts in the USA can watch Elephants Without Borders’ documentary film, “Elephants Without Borders!” on the Animal Planet Network, May 3rd program "Elephants-Breaking Boundaries!"

Article Adapted from BBC News / Photo Credits: Mike Holding.


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1 Botswana's 'In the News'

Botswana has been receiving quite a bit of print, online and broadcast coverage lately. Click on the links below for a sampling of recent highlights:
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1 SAA to provide additional air service into Gaborone and Maun

Just in time for the peak travel season, two new service enhancements are being offered by South African Airways into Botswana. Beginning May 1, SAA will operate morning departure, non-stop New York–Johannesburg daily service, allowing same day jet service connections from Johannesburg to Gaborone. Beginning July 1, SAA will operate new daily jet service between Johannesburg and Maun, Botswana. Both new service offerings are now available for bookings. Contact your SAA sales team member for more information.

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