DP KalaharWelcome to the first edition of the Waterhole newsletter in 2018. For Botswana Tourism Organisation it has already been a very busy year.

We have attended a number of fairs across Europe including in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Spain. It is pleasing to find that in all of these countries Botswana is no longer an unknown destination. Many more people are becoming aware of Botswana not only as a great place for wildlife but also for the amazing work being done on conservation.

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Breaking News

Wildlife Sightings


Tuli Safari Lodge – Curious Young Cheetah

A curious young cheetah checking out the tracker's seat... thank you to Beate Rabanus & Ralf Kettnaker.

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Elephant Trails – An Impossible Dream

“Any chance of seeing a Rhino?” was a question that I would often hear in my early days as a guide.

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Kwando – Camp Regulars

Rare animal sightings from Kwando's GM in the space of 5 days as she does her regular camp visits - to make sure everything is working well!

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Wilderness Safaris – Zebra vs Tsessebe

Guests staying at Chitabe Camp in December were surprised when they came across an unusual interaction between zebra and tsessebe.

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Wilderness Safaris – Raptor Interaction

This little interaction between a juvenile bateleur eagle and a giant eagle owl was only one of the highlights of the morning.

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Samayera Safaris – Rhinos In Moremi!

Nature has been very generous with our clients, offering excellent sightings, also rewarding the hard tracking work of our qualified guides.

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Wilderness Safaris – Rare Wild Dog Sighting

Wilderness Safaris Kalahari Plains Camp continues to live up to its reputation of offering some of the best summer wildlife viewings.

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Industry News


Roots & Journey – “Little Lodge”

A culmination of years of combined Botswana experience of husband and wife Jacques van der Merwe and Anna Butterfield.

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Steenbok Safaris – Camping

We offer camping safaris in all parts of Botswana, across borders, game drives, transfers, boat cruises, full day game drives.

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Feline Fields – New Luxury Mobile Camp

The Lodge at Feline Fields, Botswana has announced a new luxury mobile camp in Mababe Marshes.

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Mashatu Game Reserve – 2018 Update

Game viewing at Mashatu is always exceptional - but after the heavy recent rainfall, 2018 will be exceptional.

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Industry News 2

Wilderness, Little Mombo, Botswana.

Wilderness Safaris – Mombo & Little Mombo

We are thrilled to announce the official opening of its newly-rebuilt flagship camps, Mombo and Little Mombo.

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Flame of Africa – Full Day Cruise

Our newest activity – the Chobe Explorer Full day Cruise, is a luxurious addition to our Kasane activities. A wonderful game-viewing experience.

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Rra Dinare – A different Experience

Rra Dinare Camp opened early, just 6 months ago, and our first guests were treated to the best welcome we could possibly have hoped for...

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Planet Wilderness Safaris – New Directors

New company director Ms. Thato Alexandra Perschil a 24 year old University graduate.

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Top Selling Tips


Penduka Safaris – Kids Rates

Apart from kids rates, Penduka Safaris has introduced a new family tent that sleeps the whole family. 2 adults and 2 to 3 kids under 12.

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Safari and Guide Services – Green Season

The Green Season in Botswana is fast growing in popularity; not only are priced more attractively.

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Island Mobile Safaris – Wedding Anniversary

Family on one of our prestige blue ribbon safaris over the New Year’s period.

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Sense of Africa Botswana – Intergenerational Travel

There is a common misconception that Botswana is a pricey ‘couples only’ destination, now appealing to families.

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Top Selling Tips 2


Wilderness Safaris – Summer Season

Tina Kennedy, explains why booking a safari to Botswana during the summer season should be on all traveller’s must-visit lists.

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Chobe Game Lodge – Best of Chobe Package

The Chobe National Park is a world renowned wildlife destination with hugely diverse and varied.

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Ker & Downey Botswana – Dinaka

During a three-day photo reconnaissance trip in October, the area proved just how rich and diverse its wildlife inhabitants are.

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Safari Destinations – Rain Update

Unlike the previous year, the rain this year has been temperamental and very patchy even within Maun itself whereby depending where you are in town.

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Updates & Upgrades


Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa – Refurbishment continues

Announced that the refurbishment mentioned at Indaba 2017 will begin in the second quarter of 2018.

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Sanctuary Retreats – Stanley’s Camp

Stanley’s Camp reopened in December following the completion of it's highly anticipated ‘reimagining’. Refurbished to a very high standard.

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Wilderness Safaris – Camp Rebuild

The elevated walkways and main camp buildings that make up the heart of Chitabe Camp are to be rebuilt in the first five months of 2018.

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Belmond – Lodge Investment

Belmond continues investment in their safari lodges in Botswana with a US $6,5 million total rebuild of Savute Elephant Lodge.

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Special Deals


Yoga Safaris – Incredible Price!

8-Days Yoga & Stargazing with Yoga Alliance yoga instructor and amateur astronomer Deborah Carte in Botswana's Magical Wilderness.

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Footsteps in Africa – Delta Camp Family Special

Children of 16 and under, sharing a room with two adults between now and the end of 2018.

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