DP KalaharWelcome to the Autumn edition of the Waterhole. However, at the moment in the UK it is difficult to know if we are in summer, autumn or winter as the weather has been a variant of all of these over the past few weeks. This is presumably the effects of global warming which seem to be changing weather patterns across the world.
This was very apparent to me in August and September when we took our family holiday in Botswana.

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Breaking News

Industry News

Desert & Delta – New Website

Created in 1982, Desert & Delta Safaris is considered the most established safari circuit in Botswana. Our safari portfolio consists of eight premier safari properties.

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Chobe Game Lodge – Celebrating a Chobe Legend

This year we are celebrating a legend – Mr. Albert Ndereki – probably the longest serving member of the Botswana tourism industry!

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Euphorbia Villas

As June 2020 draws nearer and the Mashatu Game Reserve reservations team gets busier, Mashatu Euphorbia Villas becomes more of a reality.

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Safari & Guide Services – Best in Botswana 2019

It is with great pride we announce that Safari & Guide Services won the coveted award for Best Mobile Safari in Botswana at the Safari Awards.

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Wildlife Sightings

Wilderness Safaris – Hyaenas vs Aardvark

Vumbura Plains Camp General Manager, Corrie Brits came across an interaction between hyaenas and an aardvark.

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The African Experience – Brown Hyena Footage

Sensational footage of one of Africa's most endangered and elusive carnivores.

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Sanctuary Retreats – Pack of Wild Dogs

We have been watching these pups since they were born and they are now beginning to leave the den.

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Who’s Seen What?

In February 2019, it was decided that game statistics should be recorded at Mashatu Game Reserve.

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Machaba Safaris – A plethora of animal sightings

Buffaloes have made their way to the Khwai concession. For years they have been rather shy in this area.

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Natural Selection – Resident pack of Wild Dogs

Since opening in June this year, our newest Delta camp, Tuludi, has been blowing everyone away.

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Updates & Upgrades

Wilderness Safaris – Jao Camp Reopens

After undergoing a complete reinvention, Wilderness Safaris’ extraordinary new Jao Camp has reopened in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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Ker & Downey – Kanana 2019 Refurbishment

Refurbished in a 1920s Explorer theme along with a touch of its classical charm, creating a breath-taking effect of original chic safari. Its beauty is heightened by earthy hues.

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Footsteps in Africa – Deception Valley Lodge new owners

New owners who are investing substantially in the lodge and the surrounding area. They are entirely refurbishing the lodge, extending the conservancy boundaries.

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Wilderness Safaris – Introduces Dumatau & Little Dumatau

In addition to upgrading DumaTau Camp which has been part of Wilderness Safaris offering in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in Northern Botswana since 1997...

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Special Deals

Desert & Delta – Ultimate Safari Package

The 10-night Best of Desert & Delta Safaris Package offers travellers the perfect safari itinerary.

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Kwando Safaris – 5 Rivers 2020/21

The camps included in the 5 Rivers special are located in different areas of Botswana, allowing travellers a diverse itinerary to explore.

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Natural Selection – Exclusive offers with up to 50% off

With its luscious green landscapes and new life bounding across the plains, the summer in Botswana is glorious.

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Setari Camp – Summer Package

Exploring the channels and lagoons gives plenty of opportunity to spot the most vibrant of species in this waterborne paradise.

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Yoga Safaris – Stargazing Tour

Join world renowned astronomer and contributing writer to Astronomy Magazine, Stephen James O'Meara on an incredible Stargazing Safari.

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Muchenje Safari Lodge – Walking Flood Plains

For many years Muchenje has enjoyed introducing the finer nuances of a safari to their guests.

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Drifters – Private Tours

The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometres of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water.

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Horizon MTB – Big Five Cycling Safari

The Horizon team normally known for its excellence in Horseback safaris is proud to announce the launch of Horizon MTB – Cycle Mashatu.

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Letaka Safaris – “Blooming Desert” Safari

Every year between February and June, Letaka Safaris run the Blooming Desert safari once a month.

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Top Selling Tips

Wilderness Safaris – Take your Family

On a safari, these experiences shared together are possibly even more memorable owing to the nature of being in a wilderness area.

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Yoga Safari – Witness a rare event

Have you ever seen a solar eclipse? Have you ever spent the night out on the ethereal Salt Pans of the Makgadikgadi and seen the millions of stars overhead?

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Ker & Downey – Walk with the San Bushman

A private conservancy hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Dinaka is host to one of the most unique bio-diversities.

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Roots & Journeys – Permanent water at Mopiri

The camp is set on the banks of Weboro Lagoon, offering guests panoramic views over the large expanse of water.

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Roots & Journeys – Scenic Flights

Guests can experience the best of the Okavango Delta with an open doors helicopter flight over some of the most pristine and unreachable areas.

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Safari Destinations – The Panhandle

We have long loved the Panhandle and have always considered it a secret gem. It’s a wonderful ‘new’ destination for clients.

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African Bush Camps – Makes it personal

A personal guide quickly learns their guests’ character and preferences to create those jaw breaking smiles.

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Belmond – Breakfast with Elephants

How about Breakfast with Elephants on your private tent deck at Belmond's Savute Elephant Lodge? Use binoculars if you need to get even closer!

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Charity in Botswana

Wilderness Safaris – Sponsors ‘Visionary’ Humanitarian Project

In a joint collaboration with 4x4outfar, Global Vision 2020 and explore4knowledge, Wilderness Safaris in a humanitarian project.

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Mummy’s Angels – help for a newborn baby

Established in 2018 by a small group of friends in Maun. It was triggered by a local request for help for a newborn baby.

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Sanctuary Retreats – Bike Shop Programme

The programme allows health care workers can see more patients, students can make the journey to school.

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