Wilderness Safaris receives International Recognition

May 2013 – Wilderness Safaris’ DumaTau Camp in Botswana’s Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has not only been listed as one of the best new hotels in the world in the prestigious US Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’, but also as one of ‘The Best New Hotels to Splurge On’. The camp was also selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s ‘25 Best Ecolodges’ for 2013.

“As the only camp in Botswana to be included in both of these international listings, we are extremely proud of DumaTau and its team who continually go the extra mile to ensure that guests experience a life-changing journey in the Linyanti. We are also proud of the camp’s light footprint and commitment to our 4Cs philosophy (Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture)”, says Grant Woodrow, Managing Director, Wilderness Safaris Botswana.

As one of Wilderness Safaris most popular camps, DumaTau was completely rebuilt last year to ensure minimal environmental impact, whilst at the same time delivering an extraordinary wilderness experience. Comprising only 10 luxury tents, DumaTau operates completely on solar energy, for hot water, lighting and other energy needs, and is built of FSC-standard timber. In addition, the camp has water-wise waste removal and uses green and thermal insulating materials.

Published in the May edition of the US Condé Nast Traveler magazine, the ‘Hot List’ features the editors’ hand-picked selection of their favourite new hotels for 2013. After visiting hundreds of properties, evaluated for style, location, comfort, service and value, they reduced their original list of 1 000 new hotels to launch the new ‘Hot List’ of the world’s top 154 places to visit.

National Geographic Traveler’s ‘25 Best Ecolodges’ will be featured in the magazine’s June/July 2013 issue. Its editorial team worked long and hard to find 2013’s best authentic and most sustainable lodges for its more than 8.5 million readers. The select lodges chosen embody the National Geographic Society’s spirit of exploration and commitment to the environment.

DumaTau Camp is located in the private 125 000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in northern Botswana. Its location between two elephant corridors offers an exclusive river and land safari experience in a completely sustainable manner. This pristine area’s range of habitats creates ideal conditions for prolific wildlife populations – enormous elephant herds, abundant hippo and plains game, followed by excellent predator numbers. It is an integral stronghold for species like the Critically Endangered wild dog, as well as lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyaena.

Wilderness’s Mombo Camp top Hotel in readers survey

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Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo) Top Hotel in Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey 2 July 2013 – In exciting news for the recognition of the responsible ecotourism industry in Botswana and the Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce that Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo) is ranked No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels.

While Mombo and Little Mombo have been recognised frequently on the Africa and Botswana categories of Travel + Leisure World’s Best lists since 2006, this is the first year that they have featured at the very top of this prestigious record.

“Our emphasis in terms of luxury and service excellence is really on sharing and appreciating the amazing natural environment in which we operate,” said Keith Vincent, acting CEO of Wilderness Safaris. “We believe that the luxury of space and of intact, functioning natural ecosystems and the privilege of being able to watch timeless interactions between wildlife is the real luxury. This notwithstanding, we obviously aim to achieve a world-class luxury safari experience, and are extremely proud to have been able to do this to the exacting standards of the readers of Travel + Leisure. To have been able to do so in a camp that is 100% powered by solar energy and is more than 100km (and a 10-hour drive by 4×4) from the nearest small town is even more exciting. We are humbled that our guests and readers of Travel + Leisure are also committed to sustainability and have voted for a natural luxury and vast wilderness experience that makes a difference to our world.”

In addition to a light ecological footprint, both Mombo and Little Mombo Camps are deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs ethic (Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture). Mombo’s rhino conservation project continues to thrive under the guidance of Poster Malongwa, who monitors the black and white rhino reintroduced into the Mombo area of the Moremi Game Reserve over 12 years ago. This successful reintroduction programme is a collaborative conservation effort between Wilderness Safaris, Wilderness Safaris Wilderness Trust, Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) and the Botswana Government.

“Given that Botswana is one of Africa’s foremost wildlife and ecotourism destinations and one that embraces a true low impact and high experiential value tourism model, we are thrilled that Mombo’s accolade will also promote the destination in this way. Wilderness Safaris was born in Botswana 30 years ago and the conservation of its pristine wilderness areas in which we operate remains a primary concern of ours,” added Keith.

Representing the best in travel, the annual World’s Best Awards are based on Travel + Leisure readers’ ratings of hotels, destinations and companies around the globe. Highlights from the 2013 World’s Best Awards will be announced today (2 July) on the USA Today Show and on www.TravelandLeisure.com. Winners will be honoured during an awards ceremony in New York on 18 July and the results published in the magazine’s August issue.

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