Botswana News


The CAAB has advised that all passengers travelling by light aircraft out of Maun airport (applicable to both domestic and international travel) are required to present official personal identification documents at the security check-point.

The only acceptable documents are National Identity Cards (Omang) for Botswana citizens, Passports for non-Batswana and Birth Certificates for children without Passports or Omangs.

Driver’s licences, photocopies or any other form of picture identification that is not a Passport, Omang or Birth Certificate will not be accepted.

So, it’s very important that passengers are in possession of the relevant identification document when they check-in at Maun airport, and throughout their travels in Botswana. (This is especially relevant to residents of Botswana who are self-driving to Maun, as they may not think it necessary to bring with passports for domestic travel!)

Should passengers not be able to produce one of these identification documents to Airport Security when checking in for their flight, they will be denied boarding.

 

Advertisements

NEW 5 NIGHT ELEPHANT PACKAGE

(OKAVANGO DELTA & CHOBE COMBINATION)

Duration: 5 nights

 Highlights of the Safari:

2 nights Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

3 nights Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

 Attention elephant lovers! Always dreamed of getting up close to these gentle giants? Now you can with this package that combines an incredible elephant interaction adventure in the Okavango Delta with ChobeNational Park, home to the largest concentration of elephants inAfrica. Could you imagine being guided though the Delta by a fully grown elephant?

 Sanctuary’s new Heart of the Elephant package includes two nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta where guests have the unique opportunity to experience the surrounding scenery though the eyes of three semi-habituated elephants – Jabu, Thembi and Marula. Spend the next three nights at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero which bordersChobeNational Park, famous for being home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world.

 This high season package includes the elephant interaction activity at a low season rate

Valid for new bookings made from 1 June 2011.

Valid for travel 1 June – 31 December 2011.

Air Botswana

There have been occasions where Air Botswana has left luggage behind in Maun and luggage has thus not accompanied the guests on their flight. The aircraft type being used on the Maun/Johannesburg route and the high temperatures that are experienced at this time of year do not allow sufficient capacity for the weight of both passengers and luggage. The luggage left behind in Maun is sent on a later flight which may cause delays of up to a couple of days. We recommend that essentials such as basic toiletries, change of underwear/clothing and medication are packed in guests’ hand luggage.

Wilderness Safaris Flying Policy

Please find below the updated weight and dimensions policy for Wilderness Safaris charter flights. It is critical that these parameters are adhered to by everyone due to safety requirements. The Co will have no flexibility within the luggage policy and will be strictly implementing this as detailed below:

. 20kgs (44lbs) luggage per person in a soft bag (i.e. no wheels/frame/rigid structures), inclusive of hand luggage and camera equipment for all regions except Malawi where the luggage weight restriction is only 12kgs (26lbs). If a guest requires additional space for additional baggage, an additional seat must be purchased per sector.

. Dimensions are 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long in SOFT BAGS ONLY – no wheels/frame/rigid structures.

. Private / Sole Use Charter weight allowances may vary and are dependant on distances travelled and guests travelling. This will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.

. A collapsible wheeled luggage frame/trolley (separate to the bag) is allowed, as long as basic dimensions are similar to that of the bag.

. 100kgs (220lbs) personal body weight, per person. For passengers exceeding weight restriction, an additional seat must be purchased per sector.

The main priority is safety and aviation regulations  (WS has strict measures in place to ensure weight allowances are not exceeded) and practicality– the physical limitations of the aircraft they use…the size and type, including the size of the luggage pod and seats.

Non adherence to these policies will cause inconvenience and delays to guests which we need to avoid.

Rhino Sightings In Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve

For four days around 16th August this year, Rhino tracks were found along the road at Jessie’s Pools near Xakanaxa Camp! Guests staying at Xakanaxa Camp said they had seen it as they flew into the camp the day before. This comes as very exciting news and shows that the Rhino release efforts are bearing fruit and the animals are spreading around the Okavango Delta area.

In 2001 the first four white Rhino were released into the Moremi Game Reserve with funding from Tusk Trust. A further 22 Rhino arrived as a result of a swap between South Africa and Botswana called ‘rhino-for-roan’. Unfortunately in 2003 the project suffered a setback when two rhino were killed by poachers. Within a week security was upgraded, the poachers were caught and three new rhino were released. Since then more than 23 calves were born in the reserve since 2001 and there have been no further losses. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ Anti-Poaching Unit has been providing security and monitoring the rhino on a daily basis, as well as recording GPS positions through a radio transmitter which is implanted in the horn of the animal.

Currently the focus of the project is to bring in more black rhino in order to form a healthy founder population in the Okavango Delta. The team hopes that the rhino will begin reproducing and expanding their range into parts of Botswana where they have not been seen in many years!

Rhino distribution is largely influenced by the availability of water, food and vegetational cover. During the rainy season they are often in areas which are difficult to reach, due to flooding. With more rhino sightings, game viewing should be very exciting in Xakanaxa!!

Xakanaxa Camp has special rates for SADC residents which are available upon request. 

  

November – March: Season of Life

Sweltering summer has arrived in Botswana…and along with it comes low season. Not only are there some incredible deals on offer, summer also offers its own unique perks.

the famous black maned lion

the famous black maned lion

Crimson-breasted Shrike

Crimson-breasted Shrike

the unique honey badger

the unique honey badger

• Rates are 30% lower, providing a more affordable period to experience Botswana, its wildlife and outstanding wilderness reserves.

• In summer, Botswana becomes a productive paradise interspersed with vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours. To experience the summer highlights is to experience a special time in southern Africa.

• There’s an explosion of new life: many species give birth to their young and areas like the Central Kalahari are at their wildlife viewing peak.

• Predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey.

• Best season for birding. Several bird species display their splendid breeding plumage and many migratory species are present.

• Receding water levels in the Okavango Delta reveal more open areas, ideal conditions for seeing the grazing game species.

• In the Okavango Delta, receding floodwaters mean that it is also possible to explore the islands and plains either on foot or in a safari vehicle.

• The now-flowing Savute Channel affords year-round game viewing opportunities in the Linyanti.

• Summer mornings are exceptional. The temperature is perfect for warm pre-dawn starts to the day, happy in the knowledge that, like the animals, you can doze off in the hotter midday.

• More personal experience on offer because of fewer travellers.

• The Kalahari offers some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa, often with cubs at this time, and is famous for its immense black-maned male lions and their prides of females.

Kalahari Plains Camp – Response to Continued Allegations of Wilderness Safaris’ involvement in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) by controversial NGO Survival International.
In response to press releases and postings in the social media space containing allegations regarding Wilderness Safaris presence in the northern Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Wilderness Safaris has prepared a briefing that addresses the concerns and allegations made. To view this briefing, please refer to the press release posted on the website here.
This is what Wildreness Safaris has to say about these allegations: “There is nothing untoward about our involvement at Kalahari Plains. Survival International seeks only to apply pressure on the tourism industry in order to exert pressure on the Botswana Government. The involvement of this organization has ironically been the single biggest obstacle to progress in the CKGR.”
Images of this newly built Kalahari Plains Camp in Central Kalahari Game Reserve:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.