From the Botswana Tourism Consumer Enewsletter http://www.botswanatourism.us

What will Botswana safari outfitters come up with next? Read on to find out…

Picture Perfect Service from Orient express

 

Picture Perfect Service from Orient-Express

Let’s face it; it is a somewhat daunting task to travel abroad with your photographic equipment which is not only valuable but also heavy. When traveling to Orient-Express Botswana camps you can lighten your load. Orient-Express has recently introduced an amazingly handy service for guests staying in their captivating camps in Northern Botswana- Khwai River Lodge adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, Eagle Island Camp in the middle of the Okavango Delta and Savute Elephant Camp in the Chobe Desert. Providing a variety of Canon and Nikon cameras, telephoto lenses and tripods for you to use, guests can leave all their equipment at home and still be able to capture the memories forever with equipment they may have only dreamed of using. Bring your camera and rent a super long-telephoto lens or take advantage of all the available equipment. Whatever you choose to go wild with, your selected equipment will be delivered to you personally just after you touch down.

In addition to being able to choose lenses or cameras, guests also have the opportunity to hire the services of a wildlife photography private instructor who specializes in capturing the big five, wild cats or the beautiful birds of Botswana – allowing your fantasy safari to be captured on film to share with all at home. All you need to remember is to bring along a memory stick or two! Please note that some packages are inclusive of the cost of using the photographic equipment, while other packages offer this service as an add-on. For more information, please visit www.orient-express.com or email safaris@orient-express.com

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Upping Their Game at Tuli Bush Camps

Tuli Bush Camps is a portfolio of self-catering camps in the Tuli region that offer great getaways. Recently Tuli Bush Camps launched new user-friendly websites for their two camps: Nokalodi Tented Camp and Molema Bush Camp. Information is now only a mouse click away. Take advantage of these new websites to check out these amazing camps!

News from the Barn at Motswiri Camp

RAW Botswana (Ride and Walk Botswana) offers exclusive riding and walking safaris in the remote and beautiful Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana at Motswiri Camp. The horses have been thriving under the management of Annie Wakefield, an expert horse manager. In particular, the youngsters have all been shining! Amigo, the pedigree Boerperd baby, is coming on leaps and bounds and maturing beautifully, while settling into camp life. Smokie has been noted as the ‘Superstar of the Year’ and nick-named the ‘Uber’horse by guests. This young, forward going and responsive chap is thoroughly enjoying the attention! Motswiri Camp is also in the process of acquiring 3 additional horses to bring the total number in the barn to 23. If interested in these unique ride and walk safaris, please visit www.rawbotswana.com or email kate@rawbotswana.co.bw.

Wilderness Safaris Launches Stunning New Abu Camp

Wilderness Safarisis all about protecting the pristine wilderness and sharing Botswana’s wild places to their guests in a responsible manner. This is reflected in their stunning new Abu Camp, named after a special bull elephant. Situated in a vast private reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the camp is the epitome of seclusion and indulgence and offers the unique opportunity to bond with elephants firsthand. Made up of six beautiful decked Bedouin-style structures that blend flawlessly with the natural surroundings, each private villa is fitted with distinctive furnishings, exuding an air of opulence. During the day guests can interact with the resident elephant herd, much of which have been rescued from captivity, abandonment or injury, whether riding or walking with them through the bush. An extensive new camp library is the perfect place to relax. Guests can also sleep in a one-of-a-kind ‘star bed’ in the elephant boma listening to the rumblings of the elephant herd below. For more information, please visit www.wilderness-safaris.com or email info@wilderness-safaris.com.


Spotlight On: Great Plains

Making a difference, one community at a time. This month we shine the spotlight on an organization making a difference for communities within Botswana. Read on…

Encouraging by Example: The Great Plains Plan to Make a Difference in Local Communities

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Great Plains is an organization dedicated to conserving and expanding natural habitats by finding the right formula between conservation, communities and commerce. They do so by taking stressed and threatened environments and surrounding them with compassionate protection and intelligent management. Over the past year, Great Plains has formed strong relationships with two communities within Botswana. These relationships include aiding in the employment of community members within Great Plains lodges and encouraging craft developments.

Great Plains has been developing craft skills within both the Gudigwa Village, located on the northwestern boundary of the Selinda Reserve, and the Seronga Village, located just north of Duba Plains. Project coordinator, Kea Supang, has been working with both groups to produce various crafts, net bags, and handmade cards, all which are available in the lodge curio shops. The skills that members learn within these groups also help the members within their community, at their workspace, and at their home.

Great Plains looks forward to continued growth in both groups, as well as skill development. For more information, please visit www.greatplainsconservation.com or email info@greatplainsconservation.com.