DP KalaharHello and welcome to the autumn edition of the Waterhole Newsletter from Botswana Tourism.

At this time of year when the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, there are two events which are on the agenda – bonfire (or Guy Fawkes) night and World Travel Market (WTM). Normally they both fall at the same time in November and so visitors to WTM are often thrilled to see fireworks lighting up the skies around London.

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Breaking News

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&Beyond – Sustainable Energy

We recently unveiled yet another initiative aimed at moving away from traditional energy sources at its 29 lodges and camps. Capitalising on the latest available technology.

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Bush Ways – A New Adventure

Chobe Elephant Camp is a unique product of Bush Ways Lodges, accommodating up to 24 guests in 10 twin/double chalets and one family unit, all the rooms have en-suites.

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Belmond – New Experience

The first helicopter and horseback safari. Combining an aerial safari by private helicopter with a horse-ride through one of the world’s last true remaining wildernesses.

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Wildlife Sightings

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Wilderness Safaris – Clash of the Cats

We recently witnessed a rather unusual brawl between members of the resident pride at Gomoti.

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Ker & Downey – Nesting Spotted Eagle Owl

Birding expert and photographer recently spent some time observing a Spotted Eagle Owl incubating her nest.

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge – Migratory Birds

Another excellent Barbel Run season this year, with many thrilled fishermen promising to return.

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Wilderness Safaris – Crafty Kalahari Jackals

Our guide at Kalahari Plains Camp, 2 Teko TK Tiso couldn’t wait to fill us in on this extraordinary sighting.

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Animal Encounters

Guest Phil Perry was fortunate enough to witness and capture this fascinating encounter between lions and two honey badgers.

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Wilderness Safaris – Pelo has fledged

In keeping with its name and ethos, Pelo Camp has just a Pel's fishing-owl nest right in front of Tent 4. With its maiden flight from the sycamore fig, but miserably failed.

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Wilderness Safaris – Brothers in Harm’s Way

Guests at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp recently witnessed incredible scenes from the banks of the Linyanti River.

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Ker & Downey – Cheetah sighting

It was a refreshingly cool and cloudy morning at Footsteps when Opie and his guests set out on the game viewer to track lions, they had heard roaring close to camp in the night!.

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Industry News

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Letaka Safari – Launches Revealing Africa

Revealing Africa is a separate entity to Letaka Safaris but carries with it all the experience and expertise of its sister company.

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Liquid Giraffe – On the move!

Liquid Giraffe moved into brand new premises close to the Maun airport perimeter at the beginning of August. Nunga – as the tree filled complex is called.

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Penduka Safaris – 55 Years of Mobile Safaris

After 55 years in business, the company remain true spirited pioneers and worthy leaders in mobile safari expeditions.

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Wilderness Safaris – Unsung Hero Award

Our guide and rhino monitor at Mombo Camp, George Njunja's nomination in the PURE Life Experiences 2017 "Unsung Hero" Awards.

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Top Selling Tips

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Safari Destinations – Use of drones

In today’s rapidly advancing world of technology, combined with the growing number of photographers using high tech equipment.

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Sense of Africa – Driving Tips

Driving through Botswana’s National Parks is a thrilling safari experience and allows your clients to explore areas at their own pace.

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Wilderness Safaris – Helicopter Flight

Why your guests should book a scenic helicopter flight over the Delta – by Deon de Villiers from Wilderness Safaris.

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Safari Destinations – Water levels update

Botswana’s fluctuating water levels are all part of one of the world’s greatest natural events.

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Safari and Guide Services – Family Safaris

We’ve seen such a change in family travel in recent years with families looking for a more inclusive experience from traditional holiday.

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Maun flights have lift-off

Great news is that there are now new twice weekly flights, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between Limpopo Valley Airstrip at Mashatu and Maun.

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Chobe Game Lodge – New Triple Room Category

New Triple Rooms are now available for booking. We have merged two rooms into one and downsized the lodge to create larger rooms.

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Special Deals

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Mashatu Lodge – Team Up

We have has teamed up with Camp Amalinda and Khulu Bush Camp for a 6 night “Boulders and Baobabs” package, with 3 nights in each property.

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Limpopo Horse Safaris – New Photobook

We have released a new Photobook for agents to use to promote the African Explorer Safari.

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Trade Release

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Air Botswana – New Schedule

A new schedule of operation for its direct jet flights between Gaborone & Cape Town. This additional frequency became effective from 29th September.

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Updates & Upgrades

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Mashatu Game Reserve – All Decked Out

Mashatu Lodge in Botswana is delighted to share the first glimpse of the new decks which have been added to the rooms.

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&Beyond – Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp Reopens

The second phase of refurbishments completed at andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp with a brand new look.

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Wilderness Safaris – Launches New Star Bed

Wilderness Safaris’ new Star Bed at DumaTau Camp offers guests a luxurious and exciting sleep-out adventure.

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Sanctuary Retreats – Camp Reimagined

Sanctuary Stanley’s camp reimagined - Classic elegance for contemporary travelers at this reimagined tented safari camp.

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Charity in Botswana

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Muchenje Safari Lodge – School Bus Donation

The collaboration between Chris, ourselves & the Bushways Foundation. Funds raising reached its peak and we bought a much needed Minibus.

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Wilderness Safaris – Nedbank Tour de Tuli

2017 marked the 13th year of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli multi-stage mountain bike event that saw 255 cyclists ride a total of 248km.

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Safari Destinations – Community Bus

Maun’s Tourist Funded Community Bus - "The Community Bus has been a ray of sunshine to our children, brightening each day with its vibrant colours".

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