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1Five Botswana Lodges and Camps Rated Tops in Travel+Leisure Magazine's World's Best Awards

The results are in and congratulations are in order.  Travel + Leisure readers have recognized five Botswana camps and lodges as providing the highest level of service quality, distinctive style, unique ambiance, and overall value that places them amongst the World’s Best hotels and resorts. The award-winning properties are:  Jack’s Camp, Eagle Island Camp, Khwai River Lodge, Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, and Savute Elephant Camp. 

In this annual T+L readers’ survey, respondents rate properties on a combination of characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. According to Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief, Nancy Novogrod, the ratings this year reflect their readers’ top priorities in this economic climate of delivering intimacy, service, discovery, and value.

For more information on each award winning property, visit their company web sites:

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1 Lions & Leopards: A Multi-media Exhibition by Dereck and Beverly Joubert in D.C.

Can’t get to Botswana to see the Big Cats this summer? If you live in or around the Washington, D.C. area, or are visiting Washington, D.C. no worries… two Big Cats have come to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Lions & Leopards multi-media exhibition at the National Geographic Museum. Produced by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Explorers-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, the exhibition contains stunning footage and intimate fine art prints of these fascinating super predators. 

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are internationally renowned filmmakers, researchers, and conservationists based in Botswana. For over 25 years this award-winning husband-and-wife team has made it their mission to use their particular talents to enhance African wildlife conservation. Much of their research and film work has focused on two of the big cats of Africa – lions and leopards. This exhibition is a reflection of their life with Big Cats over 28 years of research and filmmaking.
For more information and exhibit hours, contact the National Geographic Museum.  The Museum is located at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C., USA, 20036  Telephone: +1 202 857 7588. This free exhibition is on display through October 4, 2009.

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1 Did You Know?
  • Botswana is the world's 45th-largest country, roughly the size of Texas or France.
  • There is no beachfront in Botswana. This land-locked country in Southern Africa is bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast.
  • Botswana is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, or “thirst land,” which covers approximately 80% of the land surface of the country.
  • The Okavango Delta in Northern Botswana is the world's largest inland delta.
  • English is the official language and widely spoken throughout Botswana. Setswana is the national language of Botswana.
  • ‘Pula’ represents more than just the currency of Botswana. It is a word of significant importance to the people of Botswana.  Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana, and it also means "blessing" as rain is considered a blessing in this semi-arid country.
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1 Botswana Safaris for People with Disabilities

Do you dream of taking your extended family on a Botswana Safari, but you or a family member has a physical impairment that might make this goal seem logistically impossible?  Are you a solo disabled traveler who yearns to take a journey on safari, but are not sure how to go about making this happen?  Don’t let a physical impairment keep you or someone you know from fulfilling a lifelong dream of a Botswana safari vacation! Endeavour Safaris, founded by Michael and Silvia Hill, specializes in disabled travel, wheelchair accessible safaris and tours, and senior adventures for people with disabilities. Their goal is to “make the impossible possible” thus providing all travelers a sense of independence and the opportunity to experience a safari adventure of a lifetime!  For more information on safari opportunities for persons with disabilities, visit the Endeavour Safaris web site at www.endeavour-safaris.com.

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1 What's Your Story?  Call for Traveler Photos and Impressions

Coming soon to BTB-NA consumer web site… travelers’ stories about their vacation in Botswana.  Do you have a wonderful Botswana vacation experience you would like to share? If so, email your story and 2-3 images (as high resolution as possible) along with your name and city, state/province to info@botswanatourism.us for potential inclusion in this new feature to our eNewsletter and on our web site.


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We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Botswana and its appeal as a vacation destination. If you enjoyed this newsletter, please send to a friend.

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Tsamaya sentle, (meaning Go Well in Setswana)

Botswana Tourism Board – North America



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