DP KalaharFinally, it is summer time in London. With the temperature hitting the high 20’s and low 30’s one of my diplomatic colleagues said ‘It’s hotter than Africa’!!

As I sit here in June, I wonder what the rest of the year will bring for the travel industry. The UK has been hit by a number of terrorist atrocities and other disasters in the last few weeks. and along with the elections and start of the Brexit negotiations.

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Breaking News


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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Industry News


Kgato Safaris – Mobile Tented Safaris

BK’s love of people, culture and the bush makes Kgato Safaris an extra-ordinary experience.

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African Bush Camps – Double win

Two of our own, Beks Ndolvu and Yvonne Bahlangene, were honoured at the We Are Africa Innovation Awards.

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Africa Insight – Literary tours

Africa Insight has put Gaborone firmly on the tourist map with these unique tours.

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Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa – 25th Anniversary

The iconic Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa is now entering its 25th year.

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Top Selling Tips


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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Safari Destinations – Water level update

By now you’ll probably be aware that we’ve had plenty of rain this year in Botswana… so you might ask… What does this mean for a safari in 2017?

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Updates & Upgrades


Wilderness Safaris – Little Vumbura

After an extensive refurbishment and partial rebuild, Little Vumbura Camp reopened in April 2017, with six intimate tented suites.

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Desert & Delta – Lodge Update

During the annual camp closure earlier this year, Xugana Island Lodge’s main lounge and dining area received a soft refurbishment.

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African Bush Camps – Soft Refurb

Linyanti Bush Camp has recently undergone a soft refurbishment and Khwai Tented Camp has been refurbished and upgraded.

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Ker & Downey – New Family Tent

Footsteps Camp, offering a Young Explorers safari, with a new Family Tent, a shared en-suite bathroom, additional outdoor shower and veranda.

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Upgrades & Updates


Sense of Africa Botswana – Road condition update

After one of Botswana’s greatest rainy seasons on record, the dry season has now set in and many roads are feeling the aftermath.

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Wilderness Safaris – Begins Mombo rebuild

Guests still wishing to travel to Mombo during the rebuild, we have opened a temporary luxury tented camp overlooking the floodplain.

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Footsteps in Africa – Lavish Changes

Our 3 camps in the Delta, Delta Camp, Oddballs’ Enclave and Oddballs’ Camp are undergoing some lavish changes for an improved customer experience, changes including African artworks.

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Wilderness Safaris – Enhances Specialist Birding Safaris

We have enhanced our privately-guided safari division with a range of expertly-trained birding guides available to host avid birdwatchers and twitchers.

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Wildlife Sightings

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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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Special Deals


Flame of Africa – The Ultimate Chobe Experience

Your day starts with an early Chobe Game Drive viewing the majestic wildlife of the Chobe National park. Then for a short boat cruise to lunch.

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Kalahari Skies – Cheaper private family trips

Offers for November and December reduced priced private family trips. No age limit, minimum 4 and maximum 12 participants.

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Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge – Free full day Chobe tour

Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge borders the Hwange National Park and is situated near the village of Pandamatenga and the Kazuma Forest Reserve.

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Kwando Safaris – October Offer!

We are extending Mid-Season rates for a minimum of 6 nights at any combination of Kwando properties this October. Please check out our terms and conditions for details.

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Plans to enhance grading in Botswana

The grading process for accommodation facilities in Botswana is being upgraded.

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Okavango Rescue – 5 Years of service

Okavango Air Rescue started its service some five years ago with the by now famous, trade mark bright red Bell Jetranger Helicopter. Being the only helicopter born emergency rescue operation in Botswana.

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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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Safari Essence – New website for 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of our website, www.safari-essence.com! Please visit our site for information on who we are and the services we offer.

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Firefinch – Affordable way to explore

With a pool of lodges, hotels, guest’s houses and campsites in the town, accommodation can be very affordable with the provision of pitching your own tent or just a hotel room.

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Trade Release