DP KalaharWelcome to the spring edition of the Waterhole. As I write this I have just returned from Berlin and the latest ITB. I don’t normally get to go to ITB and it is certainly many years since I last attended, and so the sheer size of the exhibition surprised me once again.

But this year was a very special one for Botswana. We had taken the role as main sponsor of the whole show and what a fantastic job had been done!

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Breaking News

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Ker & Downey – Family package

The Ker & Downey Botswana family package is a specially designed safari which offers families the opportunity to discover the best of what the wilderness has to offer together.

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Industry News

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The Abies Tours – Best of Botswana camping safari

Perfect for those wishing to visit the best wilderness areas of Botswana in a mobile camping safari style.

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Great Plains – Announce their executive plane

We are pleased to announce our executive Great Plains' plane! It's the missing link between the high quality safari experiences and camps.

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Under One Botswana Sky – New camp Rra Dinare

Under One Botswana Sky's new private concession is frequented by lion, wild dog and is a favored area for buffalo.

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SGS – Our big Maun move!

After more than 2 decades in Kasane, Safari & Guide Services is moving the base of operations back to Maun.

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Wilderness Safaris – Appoints Kim Nixon as Botswana MD

It is with great pleasure that Wilderness Safaris officially announces Kim Nixon as the new Managing Director (MD) for Wilderness Safaris Botswana.

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Wilderness Safaris – Maintains Consistent Excellence

Wilderness Safaris maintain its strong track record achieving the highest grade of ecotourism certification from the Botswana Tourism Organisation.

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Desert & Delta – Short listed for Tourism For Tomorrow Awards

Desert & Delta Safaris is proud to have been shortlisted in the People Award category in this year's prestigious Tourism For Tomorrow Awards.

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Chobe Game Lodge – Live WebCam 

Imagine yourself sitting with a gin & tonic watching this very view from the comfort of the sofa on the Chobe Deck!

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Top Selling Tips

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Belmond – Helicopter and horseback safari

Belmond offers a new way to experience the Okavango Delta, helicopter and horseback safaris launch at The Eagle Island Lodge.

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Great Plains – Selinda adventure trail

Selinda Adventure Trail starts a new season from April to September. It can either be a heli-canoeing or heli-trekking expedition.

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Camp Kuzuma – Trunk Show

Kuzuma Botswana defers, quite rightly, to its heavyweight guests. Kuzuma ironically means ‘hunter’ in Matabele. We are told by the owners that Botswana’s president, Ian Khama.

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Planet Okavango – Classic journeys

Last year we successfully introduced our Classic Journeys, the ideal solution for clients who are looking for that extra comfort level.

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Updates & Upgrades

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Footsteps in Africa – Introduces new team at Lodge

GBL is pleased to welcome our new management couple: Gregg Steyn and Chrismari Schutte who have settled in quickly.

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The Flame of Africa – Floating restaurant

The only floating restaurant in Chobe and a must to be added to any Botswana itinerary or even a Chobe Day Trip!

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Muchenje – Welcomes new resident Lodge Directors

We are very pleased to join Muchenje Safari Lodge's management team, giving us the opportunity to grow with this beautiful lodge.

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Wildlife Sightings

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Wilderness Safaris – Martial Eagle vs Rock Monitor at Mombo Camp

A martial eagle Polemaetus bellicosus shows Mombo guests exactly how it derived its name in an epic battle lasting nearly four hours against a rock monitor Varanus albigularis…

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Footsteps in Africa – Boomslang snake surprise!

Footsteps in Africa reveals an incredible sighting at Deception Valley Lodge. With a sequence of images taken by Lodge manager.

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Charity in Botswana

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Safari Destinations – Funds a community bus

Launched in October last year, the Safari Destinations/Travel for Impact Community Bus is making a difference to lives of the less fortunate.

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Africa Albida Tourism – Help children put their best foot forward

The children at Mabele Primary School, on the edge of Chobe National Park, have started the new year with an extra spring in their step.

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Miscellaneous

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Wilderness Air – Thrill children at Gaborone Air Show

To celebrate Botswana’s 50th anniversary of independence, Wilderness Air was proud to take part in the Gaborone International Air Show.

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Limpopo Horse Safaris – Increase herd

Recent investment in another ten horses bringing the herd from 32 last year to 42.

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Wilderness Safaris – Training in Beekeeping

Wilderness Safaris non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), in partnership with Botswana’s Ministry of Agriculture, has begun training communities in beekeeping.

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Wilderness Safaris – Tour de Tuli a huge success

Over 300 participants ride to success in the annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli multi-stage mountain bike event, now in its 12th Tour.

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