News and updates from our partners in Southern Africa, Wilderness Safaris.
WILDERNESS SAFARIS TO LIST ON THE BOTSWANA STOCK EXCHANGE
Wilderness Safaris will soon list on the Botswana Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Africa Board. This exercise is a significant step in the company’s strategic objective to continue expanding the area under its influence into new regions that will complement its existing biodiversity footprint and experience offering and which will ultimately make a difference to the conservation of biodiversity and the engagement of rural communities.
NEW SAFARI ADVENTURE COMPANY CAMP IN OKAVANGO DELTA
Banoka Bush Camp is scheduled to open in August 2010 and marks Safari Adventure Company’s entre into the Okavango Delta. The tented camp will be located in the Khwai Concession, in the north-eastern corner of the Delta, adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. Banoka Bush Camp will offer an affordable Delta experience, with a wealth of wildlife, birds and scenic wonders to be discovered.
2% VAT increase (from 10 to 12%) in Botswana effective 01 April 2010
As a result of this government tax increase, the rates for all our Botswana services have been increased accordingly for all bookings travelling from 01 April 2010.
Annual Okavango Flood
The new flood waters reached Jacana Camp – usually the first Wilderness Safaris camp to feel the effect of the annual flood. Water levels rose just under a metre in four days.
Early indications are that 2010 will have a big flood. The waters will now push down the main channels to Xigera and also through the east towards Little Vumbura, before spreading out onto the seasonal floodplains at Jao, Kwetsani, Tubu Tree, and Vumbura Plains.
Therapy Treatments Now Offered at all Botswana Premier Camps
Resident massage therapists are now available at Kings Pool, Mombo, Little Mombo and Vumbura Plains. Guests can now receive in-tent massage treatments. Jao Camp of course has had an established spa for many years now. Guests can book treatments in camp.
Revised Victoria Falls Entrance Fees
The entry fee into Victoria Falls on the Zambian side has been increased to $20 per person with immediate effect. As no prior notice was given, tour operators are currently trying to get it reversed.
The Zimbabwe side of the Falls is currently still $20 per person but will possibly be increasing on the May 1st to $30 per person.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visits Pafuri
During February, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African cleric, activist and Nobel Peace prize-winner, visited Pafuri Camp. He had been meeting with Chief Makuleke of the Makuleke Village, to learn about the history of the Makuleke people and their return to their ancestral land. The event was held at Deku, the old tribal court baobab, after which senior guide Enos Mngomezulu drove him through the Pafuri area. Camp staff were thrilled to meet such a legend and he clearly enjoyed his game drive!