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AFRICA

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

TRAVEL BROCHURE


ABOUT AFRICA ANSWERS

Down Under Answers, a multi-award-winning wholesaler since 1992 is excited to

introduce our new brand, Africa Answers. We want to offer you the same highly

personalized service, attention to detail and the passion of our experienced and

knowledgeable Destination Specialists as with our South Pacific destinations.

Africa Answers has its roots firmly planted in Africa, and we are committed to

delivering a highly personalized vacation that suit your style, taste and budget and

is tailor-made just for you, unlike any other vacation out there. From budget to

luxury, from intense to breathtaking, from independent to escorted, and everything

in between.

We are the travel experts when it comes to tailor-made vacations to South Africa,

Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda,

Mauritius, Seychelles, and Egypt and Dubai. We offer unprecedented savings and

highly personalized service backed by our experienced and knowledgeable

destination specialists.

This website is a small selection of the hotels, resorts, lodges, tours and vacations

we offer. We are the experts when it comes to your precious vacation

arrangements: From independent arrangements with air and land, self-drive,

cruises, escorted tours, air only, destination weddings and honeymoons, and

everything from golfing, private game safari lodges, food and wine, private guided

experiences, beach hotels, health and wellness and so much more..

Come see more, come discover, come experience.. with Africa Answers.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL, CALL TOLL-

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KENYA HORIZONS

ESCORTED TOUR

from $2345 pp, land only

GREAT ZIMBABWE

ESCORTED TOUR

from $2675 pp, land only

Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Tour departs Nairobi on

Tuesday, minimum 2 passengers.









Meet and greet on arrival

Half bottle mineral water per person, per day

Highlights include: Samburu National Park; Aberdare Mountain range;

Lake Nakuru; the famed Masai Mara National Park

English speaking driver/guide throughout

Game drives in modern safari cruises with 7 window seats

All park fees and Govt taxes

7 nights in first class accommodation

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

ESSENTIAL SOUTH

AFRICA

from $1900 pp, land only

A Suggested Independent itinerary that can be tailor-made to suit your

exact style, taste, budget and preferred travel dates.








Silver Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport

4 nights at Protea Hotel Sea Point – standard room, bed and breakfast

Scheduled full day Peninsula Tour

Scheduled full day Winelands Tour

3 nights at Hippo Hollow – Standard Room, including breakfast and

game drives

2 nights at Elephant Hills Resort – Standard Room, including breakfast,

Sunset cruise, and tour of the Falls

Round-trip scheduled transfers in Cape Town, Kruger National Park,

and Victoria Falls

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Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Please call for departure dates.

Fully guided tour in Great Zimbabwe

Highlights include: a visit to the Bulawayo museum; full day Matopo

Hills tour; including entrance to View of the World; a visit to the

Painted Dog Conservation Center; a visit to a Traditional healers

village; a tour of Victoria Falls

Open vehicle game drive in Hwange National Park

10 nights standard accommodation

Donation to Painted Dog Conservation Center

Commentary by experienced and professional guide

Touring in air-conditioned Midi Vehicle

10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 10 Dinners

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Reserve your copy of our brochure and be added to our mailing list today:

Email Natasha Smith, Manager of Africa Answers natasha@africaanswers.com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Prices are per person, twin share, land only in US$ and are

valid as at Oct 15, 2010. Contact Africa Answers to obtain the best available airfare deal from

your home city for your preferred travel dates. Prices are subject to change due to currency

fluctuations and seasonal surcharges. Blackout dates may apply. Advertised prices reflect low

season pricing. A US$350 deposit per person is required to secure your land reservation,

further deposits will be required for additional land and air arrangements. *WA ID: 601 684

531 CA CST: 2076233-40. To qualify: Book a minimum of US$1500 pp in land arrangements

per booking. Applies to new bookings only. Incentive is available for all qualified bookings

deposited by Nov 30, 10.


Lodging: Kalahari Desert Camp

Situated in the north-eastern side of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve this small, intimate camp caters for just 12 guests.

Overview

Large elevated ensuite Meru tents offers the privacy to experience this wonderful landscape.

With well appointed public areas and Swimming pool that over looks an active waterhole that

brings the magic of the Kalahari to you even during the heat of the day. Offering day and night

game drives with a Guide and tracker, for the more active Bush walk. The Camp is accessible

through a Private airstrip or by 4X4.

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Rating :

Rates : $780 - $1000

Style : Lodge

Location/Contact : North eastern side of

Central Kalahari Game

Reserve

Special: Kalahari Desert Camp

Hotel Features

Airport Shuttle All Inclusive - meals and most alcoholic beverages Babysitting

Bar Eco-friendly Lodge Gay Friendly

Gift Shop/Newsstand Guest Activities Guided Safaris Included

Housekeeping Service Laundry Service Multi-lingual reception staff

Non-smoking rooms Parking Safe Deposit Box (front desk)

Suitable for Children

Swimming Pool


Rooms and Suites

Luxury Tent

The camp has 5 luxury tents which are exquisitely furnished with twin beds teak dressing table and wardrobe.

Ensuite facilities include flush toilets and hot showers. The Kalahari Desert Camp also has an enchanting honey

moon option where guests can be accommodated in a honeymoon suite with a private swimming pool, outside door

shower and a double bed, air-conditioning and exquisite furnishings make this suite unique.

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In-Room Amenities

Ensuite Bathroom with Separate Shower

Coffee & Tea Making Facilities

Ensuite Bathroom

Outdoor Showers

Patio/Balcony


Destination: Botswana

With an area of almost 373 000 square miles, Botswana is virtually the same size as Texas. Travelers come to experience the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the

unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi Pans – uninhabited pans the size of

Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park.

Situated in the center of southern Africa, Botswana is a landlocked country, with Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its immediate neighbors. Botswana lies an average of 3,000 feet above sea

level and is more than 372 miles from the nearest coast.

Botswana has abandoned mass tourism and focuses on high quality, low volume tourism as the best way to preserve the environment. Your first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of

uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable

brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty.

With more and more cultural tourism options on offer, you will be charmed by the people of Botswana, visiting their villages and experiencing first-hand their rich cultural heritage. But perhaps most of all,

Botswana’s greatest gift is its ability to put us in touch with our natural selves. It offers that vital link so keenly felt by inhabitants of the developed world, a pervasive void we feel but often cannot name – our

connectedness with Nature and the astonishing diversity of plants and animals to be explored.

Overview

People

The term “Batswana” refers to the ethnic group of people who speak the Setswana language and share the Sotho-Tswana culture, while in its common contemporary usage, it refers to all citizens of the

Republic of Botswana, regardless of their ethnic background. The singular is “Motswana”: a citizen of the country. “Tswana” is used as an adjective - for example “Tswana state” or “Tswana culture”.

Language

The national language is Setswana however the official language is English.

History

Batswana, a term also used to denote all citizens of Botswana, refers to the country’s major ethnic group (the “Tswana” in South Africa), which came into the area from South Africa during the Zulu wars of

the early 1800s. Prior to European contact, the Batswana lived as herders and farmers under tribal rule.

In the 19th century, hostilities broke out between the Batswana and Boer settlers from the Transvaal. After appeals by the Batswana for assistance, the British Government in 1885 put “Bechuanaland” under

its protection. The northern territory remained under direct administration and is today’s Botswana, while the southern territory became part of the Cape Colony and is now part of the northwest province of

South Africa; the majority of Setswana-speaking people today live in South Africa.

In June 1964, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng, in South Africa, to newly-established Gaborone in 1965. The 1965

constitution led to the first general elections and to independence in September 1966. General elections serve to elect members of parliament, and the presidential candidate from the party that wins the most

seats in the general election becomes the president. Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement and the legitimate claimant to traditional rule of the Bamangwato, became the country’s first

president, was re-elected twice, and died in office in 1980. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Ketumile Masire, who was elected in his own right in 1984 and re-elected in 1989 and 1994.

Masire retired from office in 1998. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Festus Mogae, who was elected in his own right in 1999. Mogae won a second term in elections held October 30, 2004

and stepped down in accordance with national term limits on March 31, 2008. On April 1, 2008 former Vice President Ian Khama assumed the presidency. Khama was elected as President in his own right

during the general election held on October 16, 2009.


Travel Guide

Currency

The currency in Botswana is the Pula (P) which is made up of 100 Thebe. Pula means ‘rain’ in Setswana while thebe means ‘shield’ in Setswana.

Time Difference

9 hours ahead of Los Angeles

6 hours ahead of New York

Best Time to Travel

Game viewing is at its peak during the dry winter months of May to October when animals reliably concentrate at year round water sources. In particular, many experts regard the cooler months of June to

August as the best time of year for a Botswana safari - the game viewing is consistently excellent, there’s virtually no rain and the weather is comfortable. Prices are at their highest during these prime

months.

Wildlife disperses and becomes harder to locate when the rains begin in January through April. However, several destinations such as Chobe’s Savute region and the Kalahari offer excellent game viewing

at this time. One reason is that they lie on the path of migrating animals – such as zebra.

A year-round birding destination, bird watchers will find the migrant-filled summer months of the rainy season the best time to visit Botswana for both numbers and diversity of species.

December is a particularly good month as many antelope give birth then which means more predators come around to hunt.

Weather

Summer is from November to the end of March and usually brings very high temperatures. It is also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down, although only usually for a short

period of time.

The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night

temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas.

The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

Summers (particularly from December through to February) can become exceptionally hot, and rain may make some roads muddy and impassable.

What to Wear

Layers are best - you will be in open, moving vehicles before sunrise and after sunset, so even in summer it will be cool. Jackets, caps and gloves also recommended year round.

Health Requirements

No vaccinations or medications are currently required for entry to Botswana from the United States.

Africa Answers is unable to give personalized medical advice and requests that travelers contact their travel clinic regarding recommended medications.

Visa Requirements

A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. citizens are permitted stays up to 90 days total within a 12 month period without a visa. Passports must have 2 blank visa pages

available.

Tipping & Porterage

Tipping guidelines will be issued with final documents.

Credit Cards

International Visa and MasterCard are usually accepted throughout Botswana but American Express and Diners Club are often not accepted.

Electrical Appliances

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz.

Water

The country’s tap water is safe to drink. Most supermarkets, shops, camps and lodges also have bottled water available. When road traveling it is recommended to carry sufficient water at all times.


Destination: Central Kalahari Region

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The concession is located in its northern plains where the landscape and topography comprises flat grasslands

and undulating vegetated dunes teeming at times with a multitude of antelope species and large predators. This area is characterized by vast open grassy plains, seasonal pans, wooded acacia islands,

prehistoric scrub-covered dunes and fossil riverbeds.

As a result of this diversity of habitats, healthy game populations move seasonally between dune and valley, depending on the season. It is also known to hold significant populations of large predators such

as lion, cheetah and brown hyaena.

Aside from the enormous plain in front of camp, other prime wildlife viewing areas include places with evocative names such as Deception Valley and Sunday Pan. The former is all that remains of an

ancient riverbed which today is an 80km-long gentle valley floor covered with short palatable grasses interspersed with picturesque tree islands. The name ‘Deception’ is derived from the mirage effect

caused by the dry surface of the pan halfway along its length which often appears misleadingly full of water.

During the summer months, after much-needed rains, the area where Kalahari Plains is situated is characterized by lush green landscapes, floral displays and pans that fill with water. At this time of year

these verdant flatlands are alive with aggregations of gemsbok, springbok and blue wildebeest. As a result of these numbers, predator concentrations are also high and sightings of the almost mythical blackmaned

Kalahari lion are complemented by some of the best cheetah viewing in Africa. Black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox also occur, with wild dog and leopard seen on occasion. Other mammal

possibilities include steenbok, red hartebeest, giraffe and the charismatic ground squirrels and meerkats (suricates).

In the winter months, the Kalahari is more typically a desert-type system: warm and dry. Game viewing remains productive and moves into the vegetated dunal belt and pan systems surrounding the

valleys; a series of ecologically placed waterholes further enhance wildlife viewing.

Overview

People

The term “Batswana” refers to the ethnic group of people who speak the Setswana language and share the Sotho-Tswana culture, while in its common contemporary usage, it refers to all citizens of the

Republic of Botswana, regardless of their ethnic background. The singular is “Motswana”: a citizen of the country. “Tswana” is used as an adjective - for example “Tswana state” or “Tswana culture”.

Language

The national language is Setswana however the official language is English.

History

Batswana, a term also used to denote all citizens of Botswana, refers to the country’s major ethnic group (the “Tswana” in South Africa), which came into the area from South Africa during the Zulu wars of

the early 1800s. Prior to European contact, the Batswana lived as herders and farmers under tribal rule.

In the 19th century, hostilities broke out between the Batswana and Boer settlers from the Transvaal. After appeals by the Batswana for assistance, the British Government in 1885 put “Bechuanaland” under

its protection. The northern territory remained under direct administration and is today’s Botswana, while the southern territory became part of the Cape Colony and is now part of the northwest province of

South Africa; the majority of Setswana-speaking people today live in South Africa.

In June 1964, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng, in South Africa, to newly-established Gaborone in 1965. The 1965

constitution led to the first general elections and to independence in September 1966. General elections serve to elect members of parliament, and the presidential candidate from the party that wins the most

seats in the general election becomes the president. Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement and the legitimate claimant to traditional rule of the Bamangwato, became the country’s first

president, was re-elected twice, and died in office in 1980. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Ketumile Masire, who was elected in his own right in 1984 and re-elected in 1989 and 1994.

Masire retired from office in 1998. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Festus Mogae, who was elected in his own right in 1999. Mogae won a second term in elections held October 30, 2004

and stepped down in accordance with national term limits on March 31, 2008. On April 1, 2008 former Vice President Ian Khama assumed the presidency. Khama was elected as President in his own right

during the general election held on October 16, 2009.


Travel Guide

Currency

The currency in Botswana is the Pula (P) which is made up of 100 Thebe. Pula means ‘rain’ in Setswana while thebe means ‘shield’ in Setswana.

Time Difference

9 hours ahead of Los Angeles

6 hours ahead of New York

Best Time to Travel

Game viewing is at its peak during the dry winter months of May to October when animals reliably concentrate at year round water sources. In particular, many experts regard the cooler months of June to

August as the best time of year for a Botswana safari - the game viewing is consistently excellent, there’s virtually no rain and the weather is comfortable. Prices are at their highest during these prime

months.

Wildlife disperses and becomes harder to locate when the rains begin in January through April. However, several destinations such as Chobe’s Savute region and the Kalahari offer excellent game viewing

at this time. One reason is that they lie on the path of migrating animals – such as zebra.

A year-round birding destination, bird watchers will find the migrant-filled summer months of the rainy season the best time to visit Botswana for both numbers and diversity of species.

December is a particularly good month as many antelope give birth then which means more predators come around to hunt.

Weather

Summer is from November to the end of March and usually brings very high temperatures. It is also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down, although only usually for a short

period of time.

The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night

temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas.

The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

Summers (particularly from December through to February) can become exceptionally hot, and rain may make some roads muddy and impassable.

What to Wear

Layers are best - you will be in open, moving vehicles before sunrise and after sunset, so even in summer it will be cool. Jackets, caps and gloves also recommended year round.

Health Requirements

No vaccinations or medications are currently required for entry to Botswana from the United States.

Africa Answers is unable to give personalized medical advice and requests that travelers contact their travel clinic regarding recommended medications.

Visa Requirements

A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. citizens are permitted stays up to 90 days total within a 12 month period without a visa. Passports must have 2 blank visa pages

available.

Tipping & Porterage

Tipping guidelines will be issued with final documents.

Credit Cards

International Visa and MasterCard are usually accepted throughout Botswana but American Express and Diners Club are often not accepted.

Electrical Appliances

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz.

Water

The country’s tap water is safe to drink. Most supermarkets, shops, camps and lodges also have bottled water available. When road traveling it is recommended to carry sufficient water at all times.

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