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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy New Year - 2013

Happy New Year!
Picture credit: www.telegraph.co.uk
Witness Africa Botswana wishes you all a wonderful Festive Season and a Happy New Year!

Thank you for your support during 2012!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Botswana to ban hunting


Botswana will officially ban the hunting of wildlife for both commercial purposes and sport hunting, from January 2014, according to a statement issued by government. The announcement follows a commitment from the country to conserve and preserve the tourism industry.

"This comes as a realisation that the shooting of wild game purely for sport and trophies is no longer seen to be compatible with either our national commitment to conserve and preserve local fauna or the long-term growth of the local tourism industry," says Edmont Moabi, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry in the statement.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Air Botswana launches Lanseria flights

Air Botswana
Air Botswana has commenced twice-daily scheduled services between Gaborone and Lanseria starting 31 October 2012.

Flights between Gaborone and Lanseria will operate every Wednesday and Friday, departing Gaborone at 07h20 and arriving at Lanseria at 08h20. The second flight from Gaborone departs at 16h00, arriving at 17h00.  The return services depart Lanseria on the same days at 08h50, arriving in Gaborone at 09h50, the second flight departs Lanseria at 18h00, arriving in Gaborone at 19h00.

The airline also introduced services on five other routes including Gaborone to Cape Town, Gaborone to Lilongwe, Gaborone to Blantyre (via Harare), Gaborone to Nairobi (via Harare) and Maun to Victoria Falls.

Sourced from: Tourism Update

Click here for the Lanseria Airport Website

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Botswana Defense Force Snake Handler Training

Instructors from the Botswana Defence Force teach U.S. troops about dangerous snakes in the region.


Elephants crossing water

by Ron Caruso

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Air Botswana needs to clean up its act!

By the Editor - Mmegi Online

Picture Credit: www.gvpedia.com

Just last Friday, an Air Botswana flight had complications as it was preparing to land at South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport.

According to reports, the flight was descending when it experienced failure in the engine.  The engine lost power and its supply was erratic, hence the Captain made a decision to switch the engine off altogether and land the plane using one engine. Air Botswana, unsurprisingly, has sought to downplay this episode. The plane, we are told, made a return journey back to Gaborone the same day without much trouble after a team of engineers had attended to it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Meet the Elephants of Abu Camp

Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness, and life itself.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bank of Botswana issues warning over counterfeit notes

Botswana 200 Pula
Author: Central Banking Newsdesk
Source: Central Banking | 13 Aug 2012

The Bank of Botswana on August 9 released a statement alerting the public to the existence of some poor-quality counterfeit banknotes in circulation in the country.

The central bank said the fakes were photocopies of a genuine 200 pula note, carrying the serial number AB3139104.

In an effort to make the currency seem more realistic, a "silver coloured substance" has been applied to the note in place of the holographic stripe. However, the state-of-the-art windowed security thread appears only as black patches on the back of the counterfeit, the central bank said.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lions Eat Elephant Alive (Video)

This video of a young elephant calf being eaten alive by lions was filmed in Botswana. Lions do not usually prey on elephants, but an extreme drought had forced this pride to take on nature's giants. The young calf had strayed too far from the rest of its herd, giving the lions the perfect opportunity to attack.

WARNING!
The scenes portrayed in this video may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to catch a Tokoloshe

Written by Olopeng Rabasimane

As to how I survived still remains a mystery to be solved; but thanks to my feet, I survived. In fact, the incident taught me two things I did not know before about myself; firstly that I am the fastest man in the world (when scared) and secondly that I am serious coward. If you have been living under the illusion that the likes of Usain Bolt and these other famous sprinters are the fastest men in the world; you stand to be corrected. Well, I hate to say this; they have fame but I have the pace. All I can tell you is that the speed I was moving with when running out of that house was more than world record smashing; I was literally flying. I still cannot figure out how I managed to jump over those several fences.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gemsbok (Oryx) almost drowns on Skeleton Coast

Gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus.
The series of photographs presented in this posting were taken by Louis and Ciske Kruger from Kuilsrivier, while on a recent tour through the Skeleton Coast National Park in northwest Namibia. Ciske mentioned that they saw many gemsbuck along the route and that they did not appear apprehensive at all. However, at one stage of the trip, as their convoy of eight vehicles rounded a summit, they may have possibly startled three gemsbuck. Two of them ran towards the dunes, while one headed for the waves. The pics tell the story…

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Massive underground water reservoir discovered in Northern Namibia

Photo: Alamy
A stone-age underground water reservoir could transform life in arid Namibia, a government official said Friday, holding up to five million cubic metres of water that could supply the area for 400 years.

"If the underground water reservoir is indeed there and scientifically proven, it would be a relief for the supply of potable water in northern Namibia," Abraham Nehemia, under secretary for water and forestry in Namibia's agriculture ministry, told AFP on Friday.

"Tests have not been completed fully and the perceived water quantity not yet scientifically proven," he said.

Last week the German embassy in Namibia announced that German experts had discovered the new underground water aquifer close to the border with Angola.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shakawe kids go fishing!

Submitted by Wanda Wolmarans

Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to the borders of Namibia and Angola. The newly renovated Ngwesi Houseboat is currently moored there.

Vacancy: General Manager 5 star Tented Camp Botswana


The General Manager will be responsible for managing the operations and guest experience with this 5 star mobile safari adventure in Botswana.

Friday, June 29, 2012

WACS launch brings faster, cheaper internet to Botswana

Botswana and Namibia this week inaugurated their links to a 14,000 kilometre (8,700 mile) underground cable system that provides both countries with faster and cheaper internet connectivity.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finger on the pulse of wetlands

Many wetlands are difficult to observe over a long period. The reason for this is that the volume of water they channel varies all the time. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now proposing a new method that allows wetland dynamics to be measured for the first time.

Wetlands like the Okavango Delta in southern Africa play an important role ecologically and economically. Not only do they provide a habitat for numerous species of animals and plants, they also have benefits for people. Often they are the only major water reservoir in an otherwise dry landscape. They also attract tourists and as such contribute to the livelihoods of local inhabitants.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Botswana / Caprivi Trip Vacancy: 3 to 12 August 2012

Four people have pulled out from a group planning a trip to Botswana and Caprivi from 3 to 12 August. Bring your own camping equipment. Availability is limited to 4 persons only. If you are interested call Frans Kruger from Polokwane on 0832689733. The proceeds will go towards the support of a children's home in Polokwane. Cost is R4000.00 per person, which includes evening meals.

This notice was sourced from the forum of www.outdoorphoto.co.za

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Airlink now offering direct flights Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana


SAA Airlink has commenced daily direct flights to and from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana, as of 15 June 2012.

Flights will operate daily on ERJ 135 (a 37 seater). Flights will depart OR Tambo at 11:45 am landing Maun 13:15 pm. Enough time to fly on to your chosen camp. Flights will depart MUB at 14:00 pm landing OR Tambo at 15:40 pm.

Departure times will facilitate seamless international and domestic connections. Great news for all those travelling to southern Africa’s safari mecca – Botswana!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spotlight on the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a huge and unique inland river delta. The Okavango River flows into a low-lying and very flat area which has gradually silted up with sand from the Kalahari Desert.  The Okavango River originates in Angola but it never reaches the sea. Due to the large, flat and shallow area it drains into it ends up being held far away from the ocean. Some of the water drains into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans creating a home for thousands of flamingos but most of it evaporates. There are larger river deltas in Africa on the Nile and the Niger but they feed into the sea unlike the Okavango. This makes the Delta a totally unique place with awe-inspiring scenery unlike anywhere else on earth.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What is a Mokoro?

A mokoro (also spelt mekoro, makoro) is a type of canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It is propelled through the shallow waters of the delta by standing in the stern and pushing with a pole, in the same manner as punting.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nwezi Houseboat after renovations

By Adriaan Barnard

These photographs of the Ngwezi were taken about 11 months ago, soon after renovations were completed. The Ngwezi is currently moored at Shakawe near the top (northern part) of the Okavango Delta.

Click on the pic for a slightly larger view.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Namibia: Stop 'Bloodbath' Says International Community

Picture Credit: www.piaberrend.org
By Clemencia Jacobs, 1 June 2012

Promises of "strong retaliation" against Namibia if it does not stop the annual seal harvest have again been made by the international community. In a letter addressed to the local media as well as Ombudsman John Walters, hundreds of people say they will continue to promote "strong international boycott" against the country if the "bloodbath" does not stop.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Toyota Botswana Desert Race

Picture Credit: 3d-car-shows.com
By Gerald Ferreira

The inclusion of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana1000 Desert Race, premier event on the ABSA Off Road Racing calendar and the biggest motor sport event in Southern Africa, in the inaugural Dakar Challenge means the marathon event will this year enjoy an even higher profile.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Minister denies 'sabotaging' tourism

By Lerato Maleke

The minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila has refuted a recent article published by the Maun-based newspaper, The Ngami Times, that he (Mokaila) is sabotaging the tourism sector.

Traditional fishing from a mokoro - Okavango Delta (Video)

By jasonskeith

Saturday, May 26, 2012

MARKETING THE COUNTRY: BTO staff at their stall
In its quest to explore different avenues of marketing Botswana Tourism product to the world, The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) facilitated for 44 local tourism companies to exhibit at the recently ended Annual Tourism Indaba in Durban, South Africa.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Namibia: Airline Launches New Routes


By Tunomukwathi Asino, 27 April 2012

Windhoek — Air Namibia's inaugural flights on its new routes are set for Gaborone, Botswana and Harare, Zimbabwe starting on May 15 and 16 respectively.

De Beers Diamond-Trading Centre (DTC) moves to Botswana

Picture Source: ringsnow.blogspot.com
By: Idéle Esterhuizen - 26th April 2012

GABORONE – The transfer of diamond company De Beers’ sales and aggregation activities from its diamond-trading centre (DTC) in London to the DTC Botswana (DTCB) is timed perfectly to fill the current supply-demand gap in the diamond industry, De Beers diamond trading global head Varda Shine said this week.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dates Announced for Botswana Consumer Fair 2012

Picture Credit: www.fairgroundholdings.com
Fairground is proud to announce that the Botswana Consumer Fair will be held from 23rd – 29th July 2012.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Google Street View to launch in Botswana

GABORONE (AFP) - Botswana will be the second African country to launch Google Street View, officials announced Thursday, saying the technology would boost the nation as a diamond exporter and safari destination.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fly Fishing for Tigerfish - Okavango Delta (Video)

By LukeSaf


Tiger Fly is on the leading edge of catching tiger fish on the Barbel Run in Botswana. An incredible phenomenon that occurs each year as trillions of bait fish are forced into the main channels of the Okavango thousands upon thousands of Barbel (or Sharp-tooth Catfish) began swimming upstream feasting on bait fish. However there is another predator lurking, the world's hardest fighting fresh water fish, the tiger fish! The tigers cruise the river along the barbel feeding on any fish trying to escape into the mainstream. It's incredible!

For more information visit www.tigerfly.co.bw


Monday, January 9, 2012

Okavango Scenes (Video)

By Tia Mysoa

The video below portrays a few stunning scenes, which were photographed  during a trip to the Okavango Panhandle in Botswana during Nov. 2011, between the villages of Shakawe and Mohembo. The sound tracks in the video are from two of John Barry's compositions: "Born Free" and "We have all the time in the world". The river-boat that took us to these amazing spots is, "The Ngwesi"... Enjoy!

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