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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Wildlife Sightings


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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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


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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Updates & Upgrades


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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Trade Release


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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SGS – New Luxury Game Drive Vehicle

Our drive to continually renew and invest in our assets we are excited reveal our New Luxury Game Drive Vehicle.

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Central Khalahari Wild Tours – Luxury or Budget

We are based in Gaborone, providing visitors with a balanced itinerary, from city to rural lifestyles.

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Charity in Botswana


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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Special Deals


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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Planet Okavango – Classic Journeys

Classic safari is one unlike any other. There are few experiences in the world that can compare to spending a week in the vast Botswana Wilderness.

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Okavango Expeditions – Mobile & Lodge Safari

An evening presentation on Conservation, Nights Skies & the San People of the Kalahari by an expert on all subjects Mr Paul Sheller.

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Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge – Cheese & Wine

With a spectacular sunset setting the scene across the African savannah, guests arrive to find an indulgent cheese and wine affair.

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Kwando – Low Season Special

Following on from our low season ‘5 Rivers’ special we have our April offer, any combination of our camps with a minimum of 6 nights during 1st - 30th April.

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