April 2010


Offer open to Southern African Residents!

Valid Until 15 May 2010

3 nights Maun – Okavango – Maun package, From P 7,000.00 per person sharing

3 nights Maun – Linyanti – Maun package, From P 7,750.00 per person sharing

Fully inclusive of scheduled light aircraft transfers from Maun / Camp / Maun, all meals, selected beverages including game viewing activities.

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New brand for Botswana

Finally, the long awaited new brand for Botswana has been unveiled. This happens after the ‘plea’ that the nation’s brand be re-evaluated after mixed feelings from the public that the strap line was too long convoluted, tongue twisting and not representative of Batswana and their aspirations. The brand had the tagline “opportunity and tranquility beckon”.

the new botswana brand

the new botswana brand

Speaking at the official launch ceremony of the new brand, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, said, “Botswana has a lot to offer the world and needed to be branded and have a consistent message about who we are, what we stand for, what our offer to the world is and how we add value to the global community.” She said the underlying principle for developing the national brand was “to create a visual representation of who we are”.

As a state, the brand is therefore about capturing the essence of Batswana and Botswana and repositioning the country locally and globally. The new brand has three key Botswana values, which are tranquility, home grown, and work well. It tells about the experience of living, studying, working, visiting or doing business in the country.

 – The sun symbolizes a source of energy, progress, growth, new dawn and beginning.

– The green colour represents tourism, growth and the lush environment found in some parts of the country.

– Brown earth colours represent much of the semi arid Botswana landscapes.

– The black colour is represented in the national flag and, when placed next to the white colour, represents racial harmony.

– The blue colour is prominent on the national flag and represents rain and prosperity for all.

-The blue, black and white pattern represents Botswana’s national pride, the Zebra, which is also on the court of arms.

– The colour yellow represents the sun and is one of the main elements of the logo, representing optimism and positivity.

Selected Top Luxury Accommodation

Botswana is undoubtedly a very beautiful country with a lot to offer to the tourist market. There are so many lodges to choose from. Whatever you are looking for, there is something for the discerning traveller.

People travel for various reasons. Some travel simply for the sake of travelling and mainly look for a place to rough it a bit, as long as they are guaranteed to see a lot of game! – after all that’s what they came for. While on the other hand, others look for exclusive luxury accommodation. To them, it doesn’t really matter if they see wildlife as long as the level of luxury comprises things like real beds, down pillows, pure cotton sheets, Persian rugs, bone-handled silver cutlery, damask table linen, private plunge pool, to name just a few. A bonus will be if the comfortable and tasteful spacious luxurious safari tents are tucked away amongst trees, each with a private terrace and veranda from which animals are viewed.

A good question might be ‘what does an upmarket lodge really mean?’ On a personal note, luxury accommodation should comprise the following:

 – yes, good location where there is amazing wildlife all year round

 – exclusive luxury accommodation

 – excellent service

 – value for money, there is no point in forking out a lot of money only to be disappointed with the results!

Below is a list that I have compiled on some of the most beautiful and fascinating lodges/camps in some of the most breathtaking, picturesque parts of Botswana. There are still so many lodges to mention but, for now, these will do. Please note that they are not arranged in order of preference.

CHOBE GAME LODGE

Situated within the Chobe National Park, in the extreme northeast of the park commonly known as Chobe River Front. The only lodge situated within the Chobe National park. Lodge in an area home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. Accommodates up to 94 people. 47 river-facing rooms, air conditioned with overhead fans, en-suite bathrooms. 4 river view suites, each with own plunge pool and lounge area. All rooms have complimentary stocked mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities. Large swimming pool with terrace. In-house beautician. Gym. Morning/afternoon game drives. Boat cruises. Fishing. Golf Course in close proximity to the lodge. Victoria Falls 1.5hrs drive away from the Lodge.

JACK’S CAMP

Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Area has the elusive and rare brown hyaena. Spacious and stylish canvas tents. 10 tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Mess Tent with Natural History Museum, Library, antique pool table. Plunge pool and a larger swimming pool housed in a beautiful tent. Walk with a gang of habituated, yet wild meerkats. Walk with Bushmen Trackers for a cultural experience. Morning/afternoon game drives. A visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.Quad biking across the pans. In summer, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest  – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

 KALAHARI PLAINS CAMP

 Situated in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Located in the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. The area is well known for the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world’s best cheetah viewing. Offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Unique topography. 10 en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each. Private en-suite facilities.100% solar powered. Swimming pool. Game drives. Interpretive Bushman walks. Visits to Deception Valley or even further afield for more game viewing opportunities.

 KHWAI RIVER LODGE

 Overlooks the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.  Predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. Spa body treatments on offer. 14 super luxury tents set on raised deck, with en-suite facilities. Each tent air-conditioned with ceiling fan, mini bar, private viewing deck. One of the tents is a private suite with private plunge pool, private guide and game drive vehicle. Large swimming pool, with deck. Small gym. Morning and afternoon game drives. Guided walks. Optional cultural tour of local village.

 KING’S POOL CAMP

 The camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River to the north. Area famed for its large herds of elephant. 9 well-appointed tented rooms with thatched roof bathrooms. Plunge pool and sala in each unit. Each en-suite bathroom is tiled with separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower – and an outside shower.Lounge, dining room and pub areas. Communal Pool.Day and night game drives. Game walks. Seasonal boat cruises. Game viewing hides.

 MOMBO CAMP

 Situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief’s Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve. It is one of the camps in Botswana that lives up to its ‘six paw’ status again and again. The game and birdlife is prolific all year round. Large concentrations of plains game occur in front of the camp. Resident massage therapist available. 9 luxuriously furnished tents, raised off the ground. Well appointed canvas rooms with en-suite facilities, additional outdoor shower. Plunge pool.Morning and afternoon game drives.

 NITANI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

 In the northern reaches of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the banks of the Majali River. Meals prepared in open view for individualised menus.
Special wedding sites. Permanent water holes where one can watch animals from comfort of their room. 5 luxury suites. Private en-suite facilities with private plunge pool. Wellness Centre. Fully stocked safari boutique. Game drives. Astronomy. Bush dinner. Bush walk. Private dinner or lunch.

 VUMBURA PLAINS CAMP

Vumbura concession north of Mombo, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. One of the few areas in the Delta where one can spot the rare Red Lechwe and Sable Antelope on same game drive. Resident massage therapist available. 2 x 14 bedded satellite camps linked by raised walkways. Each camp has its own dining and bar area. Each suite has spacious bedroom with en-suite facilities, shower, flush toilet and outside shower. Each suite has its own plunge pool and sala. Day and night game drives. Nature walks. Mokoro trips. Boat excursions. Great birding opportunities.

 

RE-OPENING SPECIAL OFFER!

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp will re-open on 21 April 2010 after an extensive upgrade and extension of the camp’s main lounge and dining area. 

The lounge and dining area decking was extended and decorated with new furniture and covered by a new thatch roof. The boma area offers incredible views over the flood plain, perfect for evening dining and barbeque nights. In addition to this, the bar area and gift shop area have also been refurbished and extended.

The Okavango Delta flood waters have already reached Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offering guests the opportunity to experience the hugely popular mokoro excursion activity in the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta…

In celebration of this the lodge is offering an exclusive special offer saving of $1840.00 per couple!

STAY 4 NIGHTS AND ONLY PAY FOR 3!!

Stay a minimum of 4 nights at the newly upgraded Sanctuary Chief’s Camp,

 in the exclusive Mombo Concession and only pay for 3 nights!!

 Valid for travel between: 1 May 2010 – 30 June 2010.

NEW RATES FOR AFRICAN RESIDENTS

Sanctuary Retreats now offers incredibly reduced rates for residents across Africa!

From as little as P 1550.00 per person per night

For more details click on this link Botswana’s Exceptional Safari.

 

Sanctuary Retreats camps are spectacularly located in some of truly unspoilt areas spread out across Africa, with the highlight this time being on the ones in the beautiful Botswana. Sanctuary Retreats has a collection of luxury safari lodges in  the Okavango Delta, Chief’s Island and Chobe National Park, which are arguably the most important areas for game viewing in Botswana. The properties are perfectly located in secluded and pristine wildlife-rich areas with amazing game viewing opportunities. Each area offers a unique experience and game viewing opportunity and as such it is always advisable to combine your stay with various lodges for a comprehensive Botswana experience.

One good thing to note is that Sanctuary Retreats is offering reduced rates for those who stay in Africa and would ‘love‘ to visit Botswana for an affordable trip of a lifetime (proof of residency is required). This is a good opportunity to visit their camps and make use of this special offer.

Sanctuary Retreats camps in Botswana:

Okavango Delta (Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp & Sanctuary Baine’s Camp),

Chief’s Island (Sanctuary Chief’s Camp)

Chobe National Park (Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero)

 

HISTORY OF MOREMI GAME RESERVE AND XAKANAXA CAMP

LOCATION: In the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve, set on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

Moremi Game Reserve is unique in that it is the first wildlife sanctuary created by an African tribe, the BaTawana, in their own area. Chief Moremi III had started discussions to establish the Reserve and after his death, when the Reserve was proclaimed, the tribe was governed by his wife, as his son Kgosi Tawana was too young to rule at the time. Today he is the rightful chief of the BaTawana and a director of Moremi Safaris.

Xakanaxa Camp was the very first camp within the Moremi Game Reserve. As far back as the 1960s it was established as a crocodile hunting camp by Bobby Wilmot, as it was the easiest access point to the great lagoons and channels of the Delta in close proximity to Maun. This exact spot was also used by the current owner of Xakanaxa Camp, Wolfgang Burre, in 1968 when he first started exploring the Okavango Delta.

Later Doug Skinner converted the camp into a very rustic fishing camp and Wolfgang became his partner in 1982, as he had fallen in love with the area many years before. When Doug Skinner left for England in 1988, Xakanaxa Camp was entirely taken over by Wolfgang, who slowly made it to what it is today.

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 The Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, covering some 75,000 hectare. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities. The reserve is situated against the Botswana border, 90 km north of Zeerust, just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is now one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. It is very close to Pilanesberg National Park and the world renowned Sun City.

Madikwe is regarded as one of the finest conservation areas in Africa, offering the ‘Super 7’, adding cheetah and the endangered African wild dog to the already famous ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, both white and black rhino.  along with almost all the plains antelope species. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.

The reserve is becoming ever-increasingly popular perhaps due to the fact that it is in a malaria-free zone, which makes it a popular destination for families travelling with small children. There are 30 lodges on the property, and six lodges in the private farms outside the main reserve.

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