DP KalaharWelcome to the summer edition of the Waterhole. For the UK this has been the most amazing summer weather continuously for many years.

In fact one of my acquaintances from Botswana asked me recently about the travel profile of British holiday makers and said that surely, since the weather in the UK was so good, this year no one would be taking foreign holidays!

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Industry News

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Next generation

Has added a new member to the team. Kelly Evans has joined Mashatu in a sales and marketing capacity, she officially joined in April 2018.

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Letsatsi Safaris & Lodge – Mobile Tour Operator

We are a Mobile Tour Operator based in Maun the getaway to the Okavango Delta, the largest Delta in the world and the world heritage pristine site.

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Muchenje Safari Lodge – Exploring the Western Waterfront

We are proud to launch (literally) the new water experience at the Ihaha Jetty on the western waterfront within the Chobe National Park.

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Wilderness Safaris – Launches war on plastics campaign

World Earth Day was commemorated on the 22nd of April, with people across the globe coming together to push one theme: End Plastic Pollution.

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Feline Fields – Community Enhancing Tourism

The Botswana-based Lodge places sustainability and eco-tourism at the heart of its operations with the non-profit Feline Fields Trust.

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aha Hotels & Lodges – New General Manager appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Mukuwa as General Manager at Chobe Marina Lodge.

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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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Top Selling Tips


Safari Destinations – High season advice

High season in Botswana is upon us and in preparation we would like to share some important details for travellers to remember when planning their safari holiday.

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Sense of Africa – How to sell family travel to Botswana

Over the years Botswana has seen an increase in family and intergenerational travel, and as a result, the industry has adapted to cater for this development.

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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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Updates & Upgrades


SGS – Game Drive Fleet Refurbishment

We recently refurbished all our game drive vehicles (done by our friends at Kavango Engineering in Maun).

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Chobe Game Lodge – ‘expands’ our offering

We have built a brand-new spa. The new spa has doubled in size and is located on the first floor of the lodge.

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Wilderness Safaris – New Spa Experience

The new spa room is a relaxing retreat for guests wishing to enjoy a range of signature treatments.

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Mashatu Game Reserve – Elephant hide bigger & better

After much digging, dusting and painting, the newly refurbished photographic hide is officially welcoming guests.

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Belmond – Golden age of exploration

Celebrating the golden age of exploration, the designs are inspired by the great explorers of history, from scientists, botanists and adventurers who pioneered a new era in travel.

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Sanctuary Retreats – Stanley’s Camp has been reborn

Stanley’s Camp has been reborn. Situated on an animal-rich 260,000-acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta.

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Footsteps in Africa – New for Oddballs’ Camp

New tents: Oddballs' has undergone a significant change. The tents have all been replaced and are now 3m x 3m with new pine flooring and new seating.

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Wildlife Sightings


Limpopo Horse Safaris – Unpredictable & fascinating Jackals

It is always unpredictable and fascinating and when you add the adventure of viewing game from horseback.

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Wilderness Safaris – The tough little Lion Cub

Vumbura Plains guide Speedy Senase, recounts his relief at spotting a tiny lion cub that had been missing for several days…

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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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Special Deals


Kwando Safaris – October Special 2018

October, typically a hot and dry month in Botswana, provides for excellent game viewing opportunities, as all wildlife from the littlest to the largest.

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Under one Botswana Sky – Green Desert Safari

The circuit of participating safari camps and lodges explores "desert" areas such as the Okavango Delta, Linyanti, Chobe, Nxai Pan and the Central Kalahari.

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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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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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