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Botswana: a tourist paradise

Sitting at the geographical heart of Southern Africa, the Okavango is the closest thing to Eden left on the planet. The surreal environment is home to various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Unlike other famous deltas, the Okavango River does not reach the sea. RORISANG MOGOJWE

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lessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the greatest

tourist destinations in Africa, the only country boasting both a marvellous inland delta and a desert. Botswana is the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, and home to

the “Big 5” that roam free on the iconic African landscapes. Okavango Delta Sitting at the geographical heart of Southern Africa, the Okavango is the closest thing to Eden left on the planet. The surreal environment is home to various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Unlike other famous deltas, the Okavango River does not reach the sea. It simply spills onto the Kalahari sands while fostering life in the

process. This UNESCO world heritage site is a year round destination, making it a “bucketlist” must-see destination for those looking to experience breathtaking scenery and safari. Kalahari Desert A land of seemingly hidden beauty, the Kgalagadi is intensely alive with an amazing diversity of fauna and flora refuting the classical perception that a desert is a barren and vegetation-less land. The kgalagadi supports several types of savanna and is home to various wild life animals such as springbok, gemsbok and eland. The Kgalagadi transforms into a magical place after a season of good rain boasting lush green grasses and flooded plains a source of rebirth and rejuvenation for both animals and humans. Makgadikgadi Pans The Makgadikgadi pans are an unspoiled, flat and featureless series of pans stretching far and wide. Largely uninhabited by human beings, this vast area like the Kgalagadi becomes a spectacle during and after a season of good rainfall attracting Zebra, wildebeest and flamingos to the grassy plains and several other species of birds to the open milky-blue sky. Even though the pans cannot house vegetation on the salty surfaces, the peripheries are often covered with grasslands. According to research, the

Makgadikgadi is a relic of what was once one of the biggest inland lakes in Africa. Matsieng footprints Legend has it that the first ancestor of Batswana, Matsieng a giant, one-legged man climbed out of one of the two holes that pierce the ancient slabstone that is today preserved as a National Monument. He was followed by his people, their domestic animals and wildlife. The engravings, now very faint, are believed to be permanent imprints which occurred a long time ago when the earth was still new and the rocks where still wet. The hole from which the giant emerged is over four meters deep and is filled with water. Matsieng’s right footprint, which is still at the site, measures 32 cm while his left footprint can be found approximately 50km away at Kobokwe cave. Gcwihaba Caves A fascinating underground web of pits and passages, the Gcwihaba Caves are part of the Kgalagadi ecosystem for almost three million years. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was inhabited by nomads thousands of years ago. Late stoneage tools, burnt ostrich eggshells have been unearthed in the region. The caves hold important clues to the way of life of prehistoric peoples. Gcwihaba is a national monument and a proposed UNESCO world heritage site. (SOURCE: BOTSWANA TOURISM ORGANIZATION)

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Planning a holiday: the R importance of a travel agent

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egular individuals like you and me are now able to book tickets, search for hotels and make car rental reservations, thanks to the World Wide Web. In the age of the internet, travel agents might seem as useful as floppy disks, about to take the same path of extinction as the dinosaur or the dodo. As dozens of travel websites and apps allow you to do the job yourself, you might wonder...why do you need a travel agent? If you do not want to deal with planning, travel agents can complete all the bookings and provide personal recommendations that will make your life easier. This is a resolution you will find easy to keep, because once you try it you will enjoy better – and often cheaper – trips than ever before.

So why a travel agent/agency? They know more than you do

In the age of the internet, travel agents might seem as useful as floppy disks, about to take the same path of extinction as the dinosaur or the dodo. As dozens of travel websites and apps allow you to do the job yourself, you might wonder...why do you need a travel agent?

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Travel agents possess the power of global reservation systems. They also have access to benefits you cannot get otherwise, such as free room upgrades, hard to get restaurant reservations, private guides and cheaper airfares (can you say instant VIP?). Even though they charge fees for their services, chances are that the customer will end up saving money on services if they engage an agent than if they did all the bookings themselves.

Personal service

Agents are like personal shoppers – they work for you and will do everything they can to meet your travel needs. A travel agent not only arranges the various modes of transportation, but is also able to save you money with early booking discounts, special fares, hotel deals and travel advisories. Again, the benefits of a professional’s experience can save traveller money...and headaches. The best agents want to establish longterm relationships with clients, not just make one sale.

Specialized services

Arrangements can be tailored to suit business and leisure objectives, personal interests and budget concerns. Although most travel agencies provide a wide range of services, some agencies may specialize in areas such as family, group, adventure, mature market etc. Granted, not everyone travelling needs a travel agent/ agency, however engaging a professional to do all the hard work for you is advisable. The good agencies are those that provide a tailor-made experience at the right price while also saving the customer money, time and energy. The best travel agents are essentially consultants and it is their advice, expertise and connections that are of great value...not the ability to print airline tickets for you.

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Environmental Conservation and Environmental Education “From a wildlife conservation perspective, Mokolodi has played an instrumental role in the re-establishing Botswana’s white rhino population following massive declines in the past few decades. It is also one of only two formally recognised wildlife rehabilitation centres and orphanages in Botswana.”

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okolodi Nature Reserve is a registered non-profit charity organisation established in 1994 when it was transformed from a cattle farm and designated as a nature reserve totalling 3700 hectares in size. The land was donated into a Trust for the children of Botswana to provide a natural area that would allow them to learn about nature, conservation and the environment. This was to ensure that the young people in Botswana grow up to be good

custodians of their natural history, helping to conserve their common heritage for future generations. Revenue generated from tourism related activities within the Reserve, including the International Volunteer Programme, is used to support environmental education and programmes at the Reserve’s Education Centre, to manage and conserve the Reserve’s wildlife and natural resources, to provide jobs to more than 80 people, as well as to develop and maintain

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the Reserve’s infrastructure. From a wildlife conservation perspective, Mokolodi has played an instrumental role in the re-establishing Botswana’s white rhino population following massive declines in the past few decades. It is also one of only two formally recognised wildlife rehabilitation centres and orphanages in Botswana. From an education point of view, Mokolodi has over the years established itself as Botswana’s main Environmental Education destination, with an average occupancy of approximately 10 000 school children per annum. Cyclists get to enjoy a rough and scenic terrain of the Reserve.

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Through our Friends of Mokolodi Memberships we are able to provide discounts in tourism and functions activities as well as discounts which our partners give our clients. Memberships vary from individual, family and corporate. Friends of Mokolodi members get to enjoy unlimited cycling, self-drive game drives and the use of the Reserve’s picnic sites. They also get to partake in game counts which are held once a year, they are usually a fun activity which wildlife lovers enjoy with the conservation team. We welcome individuals, families, and corporates and volunteers to experience the beauty of Mokolodi Nature

Reserve, less than a 20 minutes’ drive from Gaborone City, Botswana. Mokolodi continues to offer accommodation in five wellappointed self-catering single and family chalets overlooking a water hole within the Reserve and five camp sites with toilets, kitchen sink fire pit, showers with a donkey boiler. Our Worlds View conference venue continues to be the kind of its own in the South of Botswana, overlooking the Gaborone dam. Join us for a day visit and enjoy a bush braai (bbq), a game drive, visit the reptile park, rhino or giraffe tracking or simply visit our Tea Garden and Curio Shop or the Mokolodi Village for a meal or to quench your thirst.

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Open daily from 10:00 till 19:00 during the Easter Weekend, Including Good Friday and Easter Monday!

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udgeting in general can be tough. There are your regular, non-negotiable expenses like food and shelter, plus your important add-ons, like life insurance or paying off those mortgage and car loans. And while it can feel like there is no wiggle room in your budget to save more, here are tips on scrimping those pennies and hitting the road. The key to any trip is being smart with your money and that starts even before you hit the road. It’s important to know how to save and plan for your trip so you don’t find yourself running out of money on the road.  If you have a sizable amount saved already and just need to make up a bit extra, take a look at your closet, furniture and electronics collection. That old iPod from high school, try selling it. If you are a fashionista, check out any consignment stores in your area and see if they feature any clothing buying programs. If you have a good eye and treat your clothes well, you can walk away with decent money in your pocket. Take the old-school approach and set up a stoop or yard sale.  That can be great if you have a lot of home good items, a fantastic book collection or a lot of random stuff that you are looking to get rid of. We all need to eat, but restaurants are getting quite expensive these days. If eating out is your thing, to keep your food bill low, cook more often and pack your lunch to work. You don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen, either. There are a million

and one cooking sites that will teach you how to cook fast and healthy meals perfect for people without much time.  Cars are crazy expensive to own, between insurance, repairs, loan payments, and filling your tank with gas. While you are still working on your budgeting and saving, try using public transport for a few weeks and see just how much you will save. Alcohol is expensive. Cutting down the amount you drink is going to have a big impact on your budget. While this might not apply to everyone, those of you who are carefree might go out with your friends on the weekend. Drink before you go out to the bar or simply don’t drink at all. Cutting down the amount of alcohol you consume is considered low-hanging fruit an easy way to save money. Ditch your landline. You don’t need both a mobile phone and a landline. Ditch your phone line and avoid doubling your phone expenses. A snack here and there not only adds calories to your waistline but also empties your wallet another example of phantom expenses. We don’t think much of them because they cost so little, but they add up over time and eat into our savings. Eat fuller meals during lunch and dinner and avoid the snacks. Cutting your daily expenses, being more frugal, and downgrading to a simpler way of living will allow you to save money for your travel without having to find extra sources of income. 


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Easter Promotion at Riverwalk Mall With their valued customers in mind Riverwalk mall will be hosting a promotional activity on Thursday the 24th of March starting from 10am for the kids.

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iverwalk Centre Management in conjunction with their resident stores have already kick started Easter shopping promotion. The mall which prides itself as the shopping capital of Gaborone will be opened during Easter holidays. Customers will get to enjoy a discounted shopping experience from a wide range of their speciality stores. At the convenience of customers travelling outside the country via the Tlokweng Boader post, Riverwalk mall is strategically located for a stop over for scrumptious meals, grocery, fashion, gifts, change money and various services at amazing prices. With their valued customers in mind Riverwalk mall will be hosting a promotional activity on Thursday the 24th of March starting from 10am for the kids. Parents visiting the mall will get to leave their kids by the mall’s main centre court while they carry on with their shopping experience without hindrances. This promotion is a fun filled event for kids as they will be entered into a colouring competition, do face painting as well as amazing lucky packs with Easter chocolates. They will also have picture moments with Easter bunny and the clown.

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Prince plans ‘unconventional’ memoir “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a personal reflection on the history of racism in the United States that won the National Book Award. Prince became an international sensation in the 1980s as he popularized the Minneapolis Sound of danceable funk, with 1984’s “Purple

Rain” often described as one of the greatest albums of all time. “Purple Rain” was accompanied by a semi-autobiographical film but Prince has been famously private when discussing himself, insisting that any reporters he meets not only put away recorders but also

Page EC 9 notebooks. The artist, who was born as Prince Nelson, continues to live in the outskirts of Minneapolis, where he throws parties and preserves master vaults at his Paisley Park studio. He remains prolific and has recently embraced streaming, believing that online technology will give him greater artistic freedom. Prince in the 1990s changed his name to an unpronounceable “love symbol” and wrote “slave” on his cheek to protest contractual conditions by his label Warner. Best known as a guitarist, singer and dancer, Prince recently put on concerts at Paisley Park and in Australia in which he performed alone with a piano, saying he wanted a new artistic challenge. (AFP)

“Millions of words have been written about Prince books and articles, essays and criticism but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty and poetic voice.”

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rince, one of the most influential but elusive figures in music, on Friday announced a memoir and, in less of a surprise, his publisher said it would be “unconventional.” The 57-year-old “Kid from Minneapolis” will release his first book, whose title has not been revealed, in late 2017, publisher Spiegel and Grau said. The Random House imprint said that Prince’s book would be “an unconventional and poetic journey” through the life and music of the Purple One. “Prince is a towering figure in global culture and his music has been the soundtrack for untold numbers of people -- including me -- for more than a generation; his creative genius has provided the musical landscape of our lives,” executive editor Christopher Jackson said in a statement. “Millions of words have been written about Prince -- books and articles, essays and criticism -- but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty and poetic voice,” he said. Jackson is best known for editing


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Easter Holiday

“Similarly, in Botswana Easter is celebrated by most people of Christian faith. It is usually during this time that churches are filled to the brim with worshipers coming in to not only celebrate the resurrection of Christ but also to give thanks.” LETLHOGILE MPUANG

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aster is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar. The holiday celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday, a rebirth that is commemorated around the world, historically a time of pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us. Similarly, in Botswana Easter is celebrated by most people of Christian faith. It is usually during this time that churches are filled to the brim with worshipers coming in to not only celebrate the resurrection of Christ but also to give thanks. For those not of the Christian faith, travel and relaxation characterizes the better part of these holidays. Many travel to their home villages and different tourist destinations. This year’s easter celebrations will be on the 25th of March and on Monday 28th March. Tips how you could celebrate your easter this year Celebrating Easter As A Christian Attend Easter church services: Almost every Christian church will offer an Easter service. Exactly what the service will consist off will vary depending on your church. However, attending any Easter church service can be a good way to focus on the Christian messages that accompany the holiday. This could also be the perfect time to learn more about the easter story with the rest of your family and friends. Taking some time on your Easter Monday to read over the Easter story can be a good way to focus on the meaning behind the holiday. Reminding yourself why the holiday is celebrated can help you to engage more fully with your faith and its traditions. Celebrating Easter At Home Try out new cooking recipe: Easter Sunday usually means time with family and friends. Beyond spending time together it can be a lot of fun to share great home-cooked meals with one another. Since you will have a lot of time on your hands, this is the perfect chance to try out a meal you had long yearned for but never had time to put it all in one pot. Many people enjoy serving ham as the main dish for their Easter meal. Think about adding some side dishes such as mashed potatoes or glazed carrots. If you don’t enjoy staying at home, you could possibly visit a few spots in town with friends with easter specials on the menu.


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IAS launches, graduates historic 15 commercial pilots

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he International Aviation Solution (IAS) Aviation Academy launched in style this past Wednesday as they unveiled the first ever 15 commercial pilots to be locally trained. Not only will the day go down in history books as their launch date, but it will also be remembered as the day the first locally trained female pilot got her wings pinned on. Speaking at the historic event, ICAO Regional Manager, Barry Kashambo commended for the laudable work thus far. He said that the greatest challenge in Aviation is lack of adequately trained personnel, especially pilots. He said that the 15 commercial pilots who were graduating on the day should be able to do well in the industry, despite the current unemployment challenges, as the industry is expected to have doubled by 2030. Kashambo also called on to the government to empower women to join the aviation industry. “Aviation is a critical transport mode for a landlocked country like Botswana, as it is necessary for tourism and trade,” he further asserted. The ICAO Director also encouraged the IAS to have close working ties with CAAB as well as to comply with international aviation standards. Former Air Botswana Captain, Hastings Mulenga advised the graduates that Air Botswana “is not your ultimate employer”. Mulenga, who shared that he had worked as a commercial pilot for 36 years across the continent encouraged the graduates to gain experience and eventually set off to other international airlines. “Botswana is not your limit; there are a lot of opportunities in the Delta go there and if necessary work for free to gain your hours and then set off to anywhere for work,’ he said. IAS Accountable Manager, Christopher Ferguson said that the students’ journey was a long one filled with great challenges. He said that the day was particularly special because they were Batswana who were trained locally at an institution wholly owned by a Motswana. He advised the graduates to beat unemployment challenges by striving to create opportunities for themselves as well as other Batswana. The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Unity Dow said that there would be a programme in the Delta her ministry would spearhead to “handhold” newly graduated pilots into the industry. She urged the graduates to take advantage of the programme so as to gain the necessary experience to kickstart their careers as commercial pilots. Minister Dow said that her ministry fully supports institutions such as IAS through the Economic Diversification Drive. She stated that through locally bred institutions like IAS, the country could finally gain control of its human resource and curtail instances where they lose specialists to foreign countries. “People don’t know the number of doctors we have lost to the US, Canada, Europe because we sent them for training,” she said. The minister said that the ministry would continue to support local institutions as a means of cutting costs and gaining some control over its skilled personnel. Furthermore, she commended the parents for supporting the graduates’ dreams of chartering unchartered territory. She also commended the graduates for their discipline as they deprived themselves of nights of partying and drinking by choosing to be pilots, she further encouraged them to stay disciplined as their career would require of them. The co-founder of the institution, Teezzhar Seduke said that the academy started in 2013 as a two person team with Leann Whitfield, who is now Chief Flying Instructor. He said that it had been a challenging journey as “we are exposed to real dangers in the industry unlike other institutions”.

Seduke said that throughout the years since founding IAS, he has dreaded calls from Air Traffic Control as he feared they would be calling to deliver bad news about his students or staff. “We want it to be known that for us safety is paramount and we will not pressure our students to go against any set standard,” he said. Seduke said that more than anything he believed that his institution should be given a lot of support because of the real dangers the students and staff are exposed to; he said they required not only financial support but psycho-social support more. Seduke told the graduates that, “There is a global demand for pilots and we don’t have to feel like we should not participate or contribute. We will continue advocating for your employability regionally ad internationally.”

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