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1New Eco-Friendly Lodge Camps Now Open Inside Nxai Pan National Park and Central Kalahari Game Reserve

There’s something magical about overnighting in a national park or game reserve. But until very recently, mobile camping safaris or self-drive camping were the only options for overnight stays inside Nxai Pan National Park and/or Central Kalahari Game Reserve, two of Botswana’s most remote and stunningly pristine wilderness areas. Now traditional lodge camp enthusiasts can sleepover inside the parks. Two intimate and eco-friendly Kwando Safaris lodge camps are open --  Nxai Pan Camp in Nxai Pan National Park and Tau Pan Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Nxai Pan Camp is nestled in the tree line with a main lodge and 8 spacious sleeping rooms (7 twin rooms and 1 family room, which sleeps 4).  All buildings are purpose built to keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and each room features a private outdoor shower in addition to a full interior bath. The main lodge area houses the dining room, lounge area and library, curio shop, a spacious outdoor viewing deck with swimming pool, and a campfire conversation pit. Guests enjoy an outstanding view of the nearby water hole, and breathtaking views of the vast grasslands of the Nxai Pan.

Tau Pan Camp is situated inside the world famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) on an established sand ridge overlooking Tau Pan. This camp boasts stunning views of the permanent Tau Pan water hole, breathtaking night skies and the seemingly endless Kalahari horizon. Guests are accommodated in 8 simply luxe desert rooms under thatch (one of which is a family room sleeping 4 people), while the main area consists of dining room, lounge area, curio shop, and spacious viewing deck with a fire pit and a swimming pool.

Both lodge camps are completely solar powered, adhere to eco-friendly practices, and are built to specifically to provide guests with casually elegant accommodations in natural surroundings. For more information, visit www.kwando.com.



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1Photo credit: Colin Bell / Savuti Camp The Savute Channel Flows Once Again!

After drying up almost twenty-eight years ago, the Savute Channel is flowing again! This is BIG NEWS!  Located in the western corner of Chobe, the Savute area is one of Botswana's best-known prime wildlife areas, with its particularly strong populations of predators and annual zebra migration. It’s hard to imagine that his area’s arid landscape and harsh ecosystems were once, eons ago, at the bottom of a massive inland sea. The Savute Channel was the only present-day waterway reminder until it ceased flowing in 1982. Many locals wondered if it would ever flow again.

Well… due to exceptional seasonal rains, water is once more flowing in the Savute Channel. This is a spectacular sight, and one which may not come again for many, many years. The water has brought the gameviewing-rich area alive with birds, adding to the area’s already exciting safari adventures. Many experts predict this will mean extraordinary wildlife encounters for the fortunate travelers lucky enough to bear witness to this momentous natural event.

To learn more about the Savute area and Savute Channel, visit our web site’s Regions & Attractions page/ Chobe Region.  If you want to experience this spectacular sight for yourself, there are many options for accommodations and travel packages in this area.  Contact one of the tour operators listed on our web site or your personal safari travel agent specialist for vacation ideas and packages.

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1Photo credit: Colin Bell / Selinda Reserve

Spotlight on… The Selinda Spillway

If you love canoe treks, head to the Selinda Spillway from now through early October. The Selinda Spillway links the Okavango Delta with the game-rich floodplains of the Linyanti Swamps. The high waters flowing through northern Botswana have provided a rare opportunity for active adventure travelers of all ages to experience a canoeing and walking safari just like the safari pioneers of old. Well, okay, with a few modern-day creature comforts and services thrown in for good measure! The three-night/four-day safari covers approximately 44 miles (70km), with nights spent in fly camps along the way, camping along the banks of the river wherever the canoeists find themselves at the end of the day. This area is well known for prolific animal life, including elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope, wild dog, cheetah, lion, and leopard. It’s also a birding paradise. For more details on this unique and new Botswana canoe safari experience, visit Selinda Canoe Trail.



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1 New Daily Non-stop Service Between Atlanta and Johannesburg

Delta Airlines has announced its schedule for its daily nonstop flights between Atlanta, Georgia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Beginning June 2nd, an evening flight departs Atlanta at 8:05 pm and arrives in Johannesburg at 5:10 pm the next day. The return flight departs Johannesburg at 9:05 pm and arrives in Atlanta at 7:20 am the next morning. Passengers travelling on to Botswana (Gaborone or Maun) will need to book a connecting flight with Air Botswana or South African Airways.

For Delta flight information, visit www.delta.com. For South African Airways connecting flight information, visit www.flysaa.com. For Air Botswana connecting flight information, visit www.airbotswana.co.bw. Or, as always, you can contact your travel agent for flight information and reservations to Botswana.


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1 “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency” Stars Botswana

Botswana is both the setting and the filming location for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Though the seven- episode TV mini-series recently completed airing on HBO, you can check out episode recaps on the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency video page, go behind the scenes, explore Botswana and its music and meet Jill Scott & Anika Noni Rose!

To celebrate the launch of this new hit series, Botswana Tourism Board North America and HBO co-partnered a consumer No. 1 Ladies' campaign, in which five winners were chosen to receive an inspirational safari trip for two in Botswana, including a tour of HBO’s filming locations in Gaborone. The five vacation prizes are being provided courtesy of Botswana Tourism Board and our participating trip prize partners: South African Airways, Air Botswana, The Grand Palm, Desert & Delta Safaris, Ker & Downey Botswana, Mashatu Game Reserve, and Wilderness Safaris. The lucky contest winners and their inspirational stories can be viewed at http://www.mynumberonelady.com.

You don’t need to be a No. 1 Ladies' contest winner to “follow the trail of Precious Ramotswe!" Just check out these wonderful travel packages, including No. 1. Ladies' tour itineraries, and get packing for your “trip of a lifetime” to Precious Ramotswe’s beloved country. Or, for Gaborone-based No 1 Ladies' literary and sightseeing tour options, visit Africa Insight and Garcin Safaris.


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1 Want To Get Away NOW?

We understand. Check out these Botswana travel packages and itineraries at Deals & Promos (www.botswanatourism.us/deals.html) to view special travel offers available now. 



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1 Top 11 Must-Do List

There are so many reasons people visit, and fall in love with, Botswana, that it’s hard to create a Top 10 List of things to do. So we didn’t, we came up with a Top 11 List!
Click here to read what made our Top 11 Must-Do List.

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We hope this issue inspired you to plan your summer vacation in Botswana. For more information on what to see and do in this awe-inspiring country, visit the Botswana Tourism Board – (for travelers from North America) web site (www.BotswanaTourism.us). Check it out!

Tsamaya sentle and sala sentle (meaning ‘Go Well’ and ‘Stay Well’ in Setswana),
Botswana Tourism Board – North America



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