“Africa always brings something new” (Pliny the Elder)– Why this rich continent is looking to a bright future

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A somewhat less mainstream holiday destination, Africa remains a largely untapped continent for international visitors but one whose tourism sector is significantly on the increase with the World Travel & Tourism Council having reported growth in tourism on the continent of 5.9% in 2008, greater than the global average of 3.0%. Not only this but with a great deal to offer all travellers, from a welcome sunshine getaway to an adventurous escape, Africa is set to share some of its hidden secrets to a growing number of privileged visitors in the coming years – with the World Travel & Tourism Council reporting that Africa’s travel and tourism industry is likely to contribute 9.4% to the continent’s GDP over the coming 10 years – there is a bright future ahead.

An exciting array of wildlife, a generally warm and sunny climate and varied and captivating landscapes can be said to be offered by all parts of this the second most expansive continent in the world. As one of the most diverse continents, Africa has an arguably unrivalled richness and variety, with countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Botswana, for example, all offering something different to those looking to visit – and perhaps also as places to invest.

Morocco
Colourful Morocco is one of the most well-known of Africa’s destinations, having founded itself both as an exotic holiday location as well as an exciting property investment choice, close to the hearts of many. Just three hours’ flight time from the UK has made Morocco a popular choice for visitors and in response to this popularity, a wealth of property developments have sprung up around the key tourist areas driven by King Mohammed VI’s ‘Vision 2010’, a national focus on increasing the country’s tourism industry and in turn industry profit. Morocco’s aim was to increase tourist numbers from 4.5 million in 2000 to 10 million in 2010 and in response to this national focus, the country is well and truly on track – with 2008 figures showing tourist numbers had increased to 7.88 million, revealing Morocco as a destination of growth where investors can financially benefit.
The resort of Apple Gardens in the tourist hotspot and capital city of Marrakech not only takes advantage of the growth in Morocco’s tourist industry – with 15% annual capital growth predicted – but also the myriad of cultures that define the country – just 15 minutes from the city centre yet boasting breathtaking views of the rugged Atlas Mountains as well as being close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djamaa El Fna Square. Apple Gardens is a beautiful boutique gated development with an array of first-class facilities and three bedroom town houses (from £188,711/ €213,134) and three bedroom villas (from £220,141 / €248,632), each available with individual courtyards, stunning roof terraces and a private pool with stunning views.
Tunisia
Though also in Northern Africa, Tunisia offers something different for the seasoned traveller, with a property market in its infancy for foreign buyers due to relatively new legislation to allow and encourage foreign ownership of property in the country. Tipped as one of the top emerging property markets, Tunisia is taking its stance firmly in the global limelight, and this is set to further increase in coming years. The Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009 ranked Tunisia the top African country when looking at a number of factors including infrastructure, health and primary education, technological readiness and financial market sophistication, making looking to the future bright for the country and in turn for those looking to invest in property. Not only this but the newly signed Open Skies Agreement which will allow European, American, Canadian and Arabic airlines to operate freely in Tunisian airspace, along with the construction of a new airport at Enfidha on the Gold Coast, all point towards a predicted significant growth in the numbers of those visiting Tunisia.
Steve Worboys, MD of emerging property market specialists Experience International, agrees,
“The Tunisian government are now very keen to encourage foreign investment in property and also in turn to grow Tunisia’s established tourism industry. This is therefore a fantastic time to buy either a holiday home or an investment property in the country, with rental income and property prices set to grow in the coming years and the Gold Coast is one region where we foresee an increase in both its tourist and property markets over the next few years.”
The Dunes at El Kantaoui is an exclusive resort located next to a private white sandy beach on Tunisia’s Gold Coast, between two of the country’s busiest airports and offers on-site world class Thallasso Spa facilities including Turkish baths, sauna and beauty and massage treatment rooms. The resort boasts studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, with prices starting at just £20,646 / TND$40,531 for a studio.
Egypt
If historical significance, cultural splendour and a slightly more established property market is more your thing then perhaps Egypt should be your destination of choice. The warm desert climate and luxurious properties being built at reasonable prices have meant that Egypt has positioned itself as a popular holiday destination, with the ABTA 2009 Travel Trends Report recognising the country’s magnetism,
“As recession bites in the UK and consumers look closely at their budgets, Egypt will keep popping up as a good bargain option. For the past few years holidaymakers have been drawn to the country’s Red Sea resorts… attracted by the promise of good weather within a five-hour flight of home, top-class hotels and bargain prices.”
As ABTA have recognised, the Red Sea is one area specifically that is witnessing significant growth in its tourism prospects and it is here that Veranda is located: an exclusive gated resort set on a long white sandy beach with crystal clear waters. The resort boasts stunning views as well as a wide range of excellent facilities that include swimming pools with waterfalls, tennis courts, a luxury spa, gym and restaurants. Well-situated to take full advantage of the burgeoning tourist market – which the World Travel and Tourism Council predicts will grow Egypt’s GDP by 5.8% annually over the next 10 years – Veranda is just 15 minutes from Hurghada International Airport. Exotic gardens surround the properties which range from studios, one and two bedroom apartments to three bedroom townhouses and four bedroom villas, with prices starting at £39,690 / €44,827 for a studio.
Botswana
If instead it is more of a lifestyle investment that you are looking for, and ecological and ethical returns are of significance, the bushlands of Botswana may well hold the answer. This more southerly country is a truly different corner of Africa and in turn holds a wealth of unique and extraordinary wildlife that is bound to amaze and to enrapt and it is also here that a balance of tourism and environmental responsibility is being closely worked on by the government, with Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila having commented,
“Travel & Tourism will contribute enormously to the country’s economy and we are committed to running a conscious campaign to publicise the strategic role and benefits of tourism in order to stimulate a more positive perception to the wider public.”
The Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve is one project that is setting the standard for this mix of environmental awareness and eco tourism in Botswana. Covering an expanse of over 80,000 acres, the reserve offers a unique investment opportunity to become part of this project that aims to educate and enrich through working to a strict ecosystem and conservation model. Visit Botswana, become part of the decision-making process surrounding the reserve, learn about the country’s unique species through local knowledge courses, sleep in game hides or tree platforms and even train to become a game ranger, the Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve will broaden your horizons and teach the wide variety of experiences that Africa has to offer.
Not only this, but the award-winning Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve also offers a unique financial investment opportunity, as Alan Marneweck, founder and share holder of the reserve comments,
“The exclusivity of Limpopo-Lipadi is reflected in the amount of shares available and this is an appealing feature to those who are looking for a unique investment… Another development in the area has seen returns of 300% over 5 years so capital gain on your investment is achievable.” This combined with the fact that Botswana has been tipped by the World Travel & Tourism Council over the next ten years to see “annualised real growth of 5%, exceeding the average for both the world and sub-Saharan Africa” means that the Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve is an all-round excellent investment choice – both ethically and financially. Entry level investment is $195,000.
 
For more information on investing in Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt contact Experience International on 0207 321 5858 or visit www.experience-international.com.
 
For more information on investing in Botswana contact Limpopo-Lipadi on 0871 244 5152 or visit http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com.

Technically speaking Limpopo-Lipadi has naturally thought of everything

Botswana

 

The exclusive game reserve in eastern Botswana, Limpopo-Lipadi, recently won gold at the Homes Overseas awards for the Most Sustainable Development in the world for the second year running. This has yet again highlighted the dynamic way in which the game and wilderness reserve views its land, its abundance of wildlife, the work it does with local communities and of course the sustainability of these aspects. So as 2009 gets underway what sets Limpopo-Lipadi apart from other eco-friendly developments? What improvements are being made to continue expanding their green credentials and how are these actions monitored?
 
Here Alan Marneweck, the founder, director and share holder of Limpopo-Lipadi talks about the ongoing efforts to maintain the 0.1% carbon footprint that the reserve has on the environment and why it means more to them than a few figures on a piece of paper.
 
 “We have a group working on the ground monitoring all the species of wildlife and plant life and as a result we have gained much knowledge on how the reserve is “feeling”. The information we gather is put into our extended asset management structure known as Big Foot which helps us monitor everything on the reserve; from the washing machines to the rhinos, we can see how each living and man made element impacts the land" says Marneweck.
 
He continues, “It never ceases to amaze me how nature has a way of showing us how its sustainable cycles are fairing, for example if a tree on the reserve is under stress due to over grazing it naturally goes into survival mode and creates a bitter taste therefore deterring animals from eating it until it has recovered.”
 
Limpopo-Lipadi covers an expanse of 32,500 hectares in the Tuli block of Botswana and plans are already in place for expansion with the view to becoming a trans-frontier reserve. The project itself is an opportunity like no other with investors invited via a private placement memorandum to invest through the purchasing of a share/s in the entire project rather than a section of land or property title. Entry level investment per share is $195,000 and shareholders are encouraged to take a very active role in the running of the reserve. AGMs are attended by all and various projects within the reserve are open for shareholders to participate in, for example the recent relocation of a herd of elephants or the reintroduction of wild dogs to the reserve.
 
As a continent Africa is known for its precious natural resources and water is no exception; with 21km of Limpopo River frontage, water is one of Limpopo-Lipadi’s biggest assets. Its transformation from river water to drinking water has been an ongoing task, as Marneweck goes onto explain; “Although our biggest asset, supply from the river is not constant due to seasonal trends and the quality of the water varies extensively. The water derived from boreholes across the reserve is reliable but will be extracted conservatively in order to limit the disruption of the water storage in the ground. We will also be utilising another abundant natural resource – the sun – by powering the boreholes with solar energy."
 
The United Nations definition of sustainability reads: “A sustainable development is one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” which explains the very ethos of the reserve.
 
“Limpopo-Lipadi’s continued research into the most sustainable building methods adds to its long term approach” says Robert Marneweck, a founder and share holder who heads up the architectural and project management team. “The extremely low density of building on the reserve of 0,01% is of extreme importance and we have also been experimenting with a new eco build method using sand bags to construct solid homes for many of our staff which we hope to replicate in the lodge homes.”
 
Other green features that are being considered for the future are environmentally friendly ranger vehicles and also the way in which the reserve deals with its waste management. In time Alan is confident that new processes and equipment will enhance its green credentials: “It’s a process and as you can imagine these things do not happen overnight. We have a dedicated team on board though and investors that have a passion for all that Limpopo-Lipadi stands for.”
 
For more information on Limpopo-Lipadi visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com or call 0871 2445152

Next generation safari experience at the award winning Limpopo-Lipadi, Botswana

Botswana

When you think of an African safari do memories of watching Born Free or Out of Africa come flooding back? Do emotive tribal cries ring in your ears or maybe the majestic landscapes of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti or Kruger National Park flash through your mind?

Imagination aside, these destinations have become a reality for millions over the last few decades as advances in accessibility and technology have made visiting these unique locations easier and cheaper, but now, as other African countries such as Botswana open up, what is attracting the next generation of people on safari?
For a couple living in Wimbledon, south west London, the key factors for a successful safari experience are wildlife, conservation, direct involvement and sustainability; and for Gerald (originally from South Africa) and Kathleen Briers this was found at the award winning game and wilderness reserve, Limpopo-Lipadi, in the heart of Botswana.
The Limpopo-Lipadi reserve, located in the Tuli block in eastern Botswana, covers some 32,450 hectares, borders 21km of the banks of the Limpopo River, has a 4.5km long by 300m high mound (Lipadi Hill) with views that span 100km in all directions and has the largest number of free ranging elephants on privately owned land in the world. As well as the beloved elephant the reserve also plays home to leopard, hyena, giraffe, black-mane lion and abundant antelope species, river wildlife and around 400 species of birds.  
Limpopo-Lipadi offers people passionate about the African bush the next generation safari experience by allowing them to buy a slice in the living, breathing corporation. Investors are welcome to purchase one or more shares in the game reserve through which real involvement is gained. Shares are available with an entry level of $195,000.
In addition to the fauna and flora, six low density accommodation camps are being constructed across the reserve for investors and their guests. The four lodges and two tented camps are being built to the highest specifications and utilise locally trained workers as part of the reserve´s corporate and social responsibility programs. The camps are designed by internationally acclaimed architects and whether it is a luxury canvassed abode or riverside lodge, the experience will be memorable.
The Briers invested in one share in Limpopo-Lipadi back in October 2007 which concluded a seven year search for an investment opportunity that would mean more to them than just parting with some cash. “We spent a considerable amount of time looking for the best investment that would incorporate all the factors important to us” says Gerald.
“My wife is an avid nature lover and was attracted to the reserve but because we are still relatively young and in the process of building our careers and our financial stability, she was very cautious about making an investment of this nature from our savings,” continues Gerald an account manager for Kelway. “I had to persuade her to at least come with me and meet the Limpopo-Lipadi team to get a better understanding of the nature of the investment and the long term plans for the company and the land; it wasn’t long before Kathleen was hooked!”
“The Limpopo-Lipadi team have a wealth of experience having successfully completed a project of this nature in the north of Botswana. I had made enquiries into a number of similar investments in South Africa but apart from various risks and rules that didn’t appeal to me I also found the teams running them to have a very short term sales focus – working towards a commercial target almost exclusively.”
The Briers´ search included looking at reserves similar to that of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, one of the most famous game parks in the world. In fact South Africa in general is known for its vast number of game parks similar to this most celebrated one. Approximately the size of Wales, the Kruger plays host to around half a million visitors a year giving everyday people an experience of the bush that most would never be able to dream of.
“A lot of these parks however have very controlled elements to them” says Alan Marneweck the director and founder of Limpopo-Lipadi. “Half a million visitors verses the 430 shares available at Limpopo-Lipadi highlights the unique low-density model that we offer. The commercial pressures operating on larger reserves such as the Kruger are heightened with guarantees of seeing the majority, if not all, the ‘Big Five’; at the Limpopo-Lipadi reserve the animals naturally have some habits but largely it is about tracking them and using those skills to explore the whole land.”
Gerald Briers goes onto say “The Limpopo-Lipadi project in Botswana and the associated team has a long term interest in the success of this venture and they have put together what I feel is a very good balance between the commercial necessities of the project and more importantly the long term sustainability of the reserve. It is interesting that after such a long time searching for the right investment the ideal opportunity was right on our doorstep!”
At the reserve´s core, investment offers those with a keen interest in the nation, its wildlife and in augmenting the lives of the local people a chance to make a real difference. Kathleen Briers says, “We love the bush; we had been to Botswana before and had fallen in love with the country and people. The wildlife and game ranger courses which will be offered are a very important aspect for us. We wanted a place in the bush away from ´normal´ life. I also want to get involved with some of the other projects for example the African Wild Dog programme and a social responsibility programme that will help with children in the local villages affected by HIV/AIDS.” 
Gerald echoes his wife’s comments saying, “I have spent some time with fellow shareholders, and I think most of us have similar reasons for investing but each of us looks for slightly different experiences from the reserve. We will be looking to share the experience with close family, friends and business partners by inviting them to join us from time to time on the reserve and I think this aspect of the investment cannot be underestimated.”
In conclusion the Briers both agreed that this wasn’t an idea that seemed just good at the time but rather something of significant longevity. Gerald concludes: “This investment is to become an important part of our own safari (Swahili for ´journey´) and the lives of future generations. We are excited about the project having an impact on us and feel privileged to have already had a small impact on the work that is going on out there.”

For more information about investing in the next generation safari experience at Limpopo-Lipadi contact 0871 244 5152 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com.

Far from the Botswanan bush Limpopo-Lipadi triumphs again with gold at the 2008 Homes Overseas Awards London

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The excitement surrounding the 2008 Homes Overseas Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London on Friday 28th November was justified by this years winners including Alan Marneweck, founder and director of Limpopo-Lipadi Game & Wilderness Reserve in Botswana, who received a gold award for Most Sustainable Development.
 
Worlds away from tracking rhino and habituating a new family of wild dogs onto the ever growing reserve located in eastern Botswana, Marneweck waited patiently as the awards were announced. Saving the best until last, some might say, the award for Most Sustainable Development was awarded to Limpopo-Lipadi for the second year running.
 
“It’s been an exciting year for us, seeing positive response to the reserve from the UK and other global markets despite the current financial climate” says Marneweck, who had flown in especially for the awards. “We were delighted to win an award last year and were very honoured to be short listed again. We left Botswana at 40˚C and London’s climate always comes as a bit of a shock but it is good to attend an event where the very best in the property industry are represented.”
 
Covering an expanse of over 80,000 acres, the Limpopo-Lipadi reserve offers investors passionate about the environment, about Africa and about making a positive impact on the planet, the chance to contribute to and benefit from a unique project. Marneweck says: “The creation of a working investment and tourism model that will lead the field when it comes to environmentally, ecologically and socially conscientious and responsible tourism has always been the ethic driving this project.” 
 
“During construction of the reserve’s accommodation elements, anything from the trees to the termite mounds were protected from any impact” continues Marneweck: “Ultimately Limpopo-Lipadi’s environmental administration plan is one of the strictest and most comprehensive ensuring the game and wilderness reserve leads the way with ecologically sensitive and intelligent tourism and protects and enhances the natural landscape in beautiful Botswana.” Marneweck concludes: “It is a privilege to work in such a beautiful country with amazing people and rich culture and this award is another reflection of the team’s hard work and dedication to the bigger picture of true sustainability.”
 
For more information on the award winning project of Limpopo-Lipadi please contact 0871 244 5152 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com.

You can bank on the banks of the Limpopo River

Botswana

 

Negative growth may sound like a paradox to some but this technical definition of recession has now become reality as Gordon Brown announced last week. The topic has indeed been consuming our media interest for many months now with things promising not to get any better soon. So with the words ‘credit crunch’ and ‘invest your money’ having no reason to appear in the same sentence, what is the answer amidst the chaos for those who do want to invest their money wisely? Cash remains cash and as banks collapse and governments step in to bail out institutions where can your money be safe? The answer: Botswana.
 
Despite Botswana’s rate of inflation trending upwards in the last year due to the general global increase in energy and food prices, the Botswana Central Bank in a recent statement said: “We remain committed to responding appropriately to all economic and financial developments to keep inflation under control without undermining sustainable economic growth.”  And this is something that Botswana has always done well. In a survey of banking across 134 countries conducted by WEF (World Economic Forum) Botswana has risen to 34th position with the UK trailing behind at 44th further emphasising what a concerning position UK banks are in. A senior economist as the WEF, Jennifer Blanke comments: “Botswana is one of the best run countries in Africa. It has the lowest corruption levels and it is probably one of the countries to go to in terms of investments.” 
 
As one of the most dynamic and successful economies and one of the most progressive and politically stable nations on the African continent Botswana is increasingly showing the world that it has vast investment potential. The WEF saw Botswana make a massive 20 place improvement in its Global Competitiveness Report for 2008-2009 making their position now 56. The report states: “Among the country’s strengths are its reliable and legitimate institutions, ranking a high 21st worldwide for the efficiency of government spending, 22nd for public trust of politicians, and 26th for judicial independence. Botswana is rated as the country with the lowest corruption in Africa (22nd out of 134 countries).”
 
Alan Marneweck, founder and share holder of the Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness reserve in eastern Botswana says: ”With a lack of credit available and stocks and shares falling by the day the options for those who have cash and want to invest are quite limited yet Botswana ticks so many boxes. Some investors feel that stamps, wine and art are thriving investment opportunities that maintain cash value, I have no doubt that this is true but as a share holder in Limpopo-Lipadi I see the rewards of my investment everyday as we give local communities jobs and training, animals are reintroduced into the wild and ecosystems are studied and invested in – Limpopo-Lipadi is alive; a living, breathing investment.”
 
“A fundamental point to make also is that as soon as a game reserve is established, land values go up. The exclusivity of Limpopo-Lipadi is reflected in the amount of shares available and this is an appealing feature to those who are looking for a unique investment.” Marneweck goes onto say: “Another development in the area has seen returns of 300 percent over 5 years so capital gain on your investment is achievable.”
 
21km of the banks of the Limpopo River host the game and wilderness reserve Limpopo-Lipadi.With various lodges throughout the reserve the properties themselves are just a slice of what the project offers. The reserve is an investment opportunity like no other. It is an opportunity to invest money in something tangible and sustainable. From its wildlife to the game ranger vehicles to the various properties throughout the reserve; it’s unique and internationally acclaimed ecosystem model Big Foot, an asset management system, is which the team at Limpopo-Lipadi hope will set the standard in conservation sustainability in the 21st century and Limpopo-Lipadi, in short provides a safe and rewarding place to invest long term.
 
Graham Wood is a South African who works in the City and currently resides in South West London. Graham owns property in South Africa but was also specifically looking for something that he could invest in and leave as a legacy for any children he may have in the future.
 
He says: “The Limpopo-Lipadi project really caught my eye as I am very passionate about the bush. Before I bought my shares I was really 50/50 on the idea. However after speaking with Alan Marneweck one of the reserves founders and directors it soon became apparent that the team were passionate about what they are doing and the positive impact that it had on Botswana as a whole. Their Corporate Social Responsibility outline and overall plans were very impressive and achievable.”
 
Graham goes onto say: “Each share you buy at Limpopo-Lipadi is the equivalent of 60 hectares of land but this investment is more than just soil, it’s about making a difference. Whether it is the work that the project is doing in local communities or the ongoing preservation of endangered species, this project is a refreshing investment in a time of financial uncertainty.”
 
As a shareholder in the project you own the game and wilderness reserve which is at an exciting point in its development; you will be able to visit the reserve as often as you like, be part of the decision making process at the reserves AGM and the capital will be used for everything from further land purchase to the development of the lodges and the expansion of game on the reserve.In conclusion the Limpopo-Lipadi reserve is an opportunity to be in charge of your own investment, allowing you greater control over your money.
 
So, if you go down to the banks today you could be in for a big surprise. Instead of a queue of people withdrawing their savings you will be greeted by a herd of elephants walking tale to tale. Instead of the sound of your thoughts about how the credit crunch will affect you and your family as you go to sleep, you will hear the roar of a lion as it marks its territory and instead of seeing your money remain fixed you will see it grow not only as a number but in a very physical and rewarding way.
 
There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is $195,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless.
 
For more information please contact 0871 244 5152 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com.

Botswana Independence Day marks another year of economic growth for the thriving African nation

Botswana

 

Today on September 30th 2008 Botswana celebrates 42 years of independence from Britain; in the current uncertain economic climate we talk to Alan Marneweck to discover where this southern African nation now sits and what the future holds for the Batswana as well as foreign investors. Alan Marneweck, Director and Founder of the Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve, has observed with great interest the history and development of Botswana. Although native to South Africa he has been awarded permanent residence of Botswana due to his continued work within the country.
 
It is over 130 years since the British Government put Bechuanaland (today’s Botswana) under its protection on the 31st March 1885. In 1920 two advisory councils representing Africans and Europeans were established followed by the proclamations in 1934 regulating tribal rule and powers. In fact to date tribal leaders still hold legal authority and take part in governmental meetings and decisions. It was not until 1964 that Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana and in 1965 the constitution led to the first general elections and subsequently independence, authentic systems of democracy truly representing the will of the people, hence the political stability. Currently in office is His Excellency, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian KHAMA, the son of the first president of Botswana, he is a president for the next term. He has even appeared on the popular British TV show Top Gear when the presenters undertook driving a car when they filmed in the Makgadikgadi Pan in northern Botswana.
 
As one of the most politically and economically stable countries in Africa, Botswana ranks 36th in the world according to the 2008 Index of Economic Freedom, a report that is compiled by the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal. Botswana also enjoys the highest sovereign credit rating on the continent of Africa. “It is a middle income nation with a strong compound annual growth rate in the region of 4.7% year on year, since independance” says Alan Marneweck. “Botswana has been one of the fastest growing economical countries in the world over the last 22 years, and as the least corrupt country in Africa it is receiving increased interest from the foreign investor community.”
 
The credit ratings agency Moody Investor Services has shown that Botswana’s current debt and liquidity has put the country on par with countries like Japan. The report also shows that the government’s prudent management of diamond export earnings has also added to its improved infrastructure and raised standards of living for its people.
 
From an investment point of view the nation has also improved its global ranking in the Doing Business 2009 report published by the World Bank and IFC. The recent report shows Botswana’s ranking rising 14 places from 52nd in the world to make it the 38th country most easy to do business with.
 
Not satisfied with just relying purely on the massive wealth that the country enjoys from being the world’s largest producer of diamonds (by value) – the income that accounts for more than one third of its GDP and circa 80% of export earnings – the government of Botswana has entered into a programme of fiscal diversification that is offering ongoing and significant opportunities for the development of multiple sectors of the economy – from tourism to real estate.
 
In fact the travel and tourism demand in Botswana is forecast to average 5% growth per annum over the next 10 years which will comfortably exceed expected worldwide growth of 4.4%. The demand is already being reflected in the nation’s employment figures. In 2006 the Botswana Tourism Board reported that travel and tourism accounted for one in every 10 jobs and in 2008 they expect the figure to grow to 1 in every 9, with this figure set to rise to 1 in every 7.5 jobs by 2018.
 
The development of other sub-sectors of travel and tourism in Botswana will see an expansion in nature-based and sustainable tourism. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) highlights the ongoing land allocation for tourism and conservation and environmental efforts saying: “84% of Botswana is a land locked country covering vast bio diversity ranging from the Kalahari to Okavango Delta, 17% by national parks and game reserves and an additional 22% designated as wildlife management areas. Even if tourism is diversified through the promotion of new products, the majority of visitors will still be primarily attracted to Botswana by its unspoiled environment and abundant wildlife. It is therefore vital that these irreplaceable assets continue to be protected if travel and tourism is to be sustained.”
 
Limpopo-Lipadi, in eastern Botswana is a good example of the diversification of tourism and investment. Celebrating its 5th year in October 2008, Limpopo-Lipadi is proud to be part of such a growing nation whose aims for sustainable development are of the utmost importance.
 
“The Limpopo-Lipadi project perfectly represents the type of intelligent, improving and enabling eco-responsible tourism investment project that the government of Botswana is encouraging” says Alan. “At its core the project offers those with a keen interest in the nation, its wildlife and in augmenting the lives of the local people a chance to make a real difference. Independence Day in Botswana means more than just separation from Britain; it’s about celebrating the progress that Botswana has made over the last 42 years.”
 
Alan goes onto say: “The future continues to look bright for Botswana as 10 years since the launch of Vision 2016, a strategy to propel its socio-economic and political development into a competitive, winning and prosperous nation, it has seen the nation make an imprint on world market reports that is set for longevity.”
 
The Limpopo-Lipadi reserve covers some 32,450 ha with the view to enlarging to 50,000+ ha. It has 6 lodge sites planned for full completion by December 2009 and has 21km of Limpopo river frontage. Investors have the opportunity to be involved with the entire project, from the study of eco systems to training to become a game ranger and the time the team have dedicated to making sure this project is rooted in the ethics of the country is reflected in their long term business plan.
 
There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is $195,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless. For more information visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com or call 0871 244 5152.
 

Limpopo-Lipadi pioneers green construction technique in Botswana

Spain

 

In keeping with Limpopo-Lipadi’s ethos as a sustainable and environmentally conscious game and wilderness reserve, the eco-friendly sandbag construction technique is being implemented for the first time in Botswana.
 
A popular construction method in neighbouring South Africa, the sandbag technique requires no electricity on site and minimal amounts of water; the materials are lightweight and make use of local resources and communities can learn the simple technique quickly. Homes built using the sandbag technique are waterproof, offer thermal stability remaining cool in summer and warm in winter and hold sound absorbing properties.
 
On the award winning Limpopo-Lipadi game and wilderness reserve which covers some 32,000 hectares of eastern Botswana, the shareholders have elected to utilise sandbag construction for the staff village in which some 50 local people live.
 
Alan Marneweck, Founder and Shareholder of Limpopo-Lipadi, comments, “One of the cornerstones of Limpopo-Lipadi’s comprehensive sustainability model is corporate social responsibility. The reserve works in close conjunction with the local communities, providing employment and training to men and women. We feel that it is important to provide quality accommodation on the reserve for our employees as well as empowering them with new, transferable skills such as the sandbag construction technique.”
 
He goes on to say, “It is essential that we focus on every aspect of the sustainability of the reserve and that includes the resources for our building materials. Using sandbag construction limits the use of carbon emitting building products and subsequently reduces our carbon footprint.”
 
The sandbag homes in the staff village are nearing completion with the external plastering work and roofing using natural materials being undertaken. The first residents are expected January 2009.
For more information about the Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness reserve please call 00 27 12 349 2437 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com
 
 
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About Limpopo-Lipadi Game & Wilderness Reserve
 
A unique investment opportunity found in the heart of the African country Botswana, Limpopo-Lipadi covers an expanse of over 32,000 hectares. With various lodges throughout the reserve the properties themselves are just a slice of what the project offers. As an investor into the reserve you will be contributing to a unique and internationally acclaimed ecosystem model that Limpopo-Lipadi founders hope will set the standard in conservation sustainability in the 21st century.
 
As an investor into the project you own the game and wilderness reserve which is at an exciting point in its development; you will be able to visit the reserve as often as you like, be part of the decision making process of the reserve or just simply enjoy the many diverse ecosystems when you visit., Your capital will be used for everything from further land purchase to the development of the lodges, camps and two (only one) commercial tourism properties for the introduction of paying guests to the reserve. 
 
You can choose to stay at the Island Lodge, River Camp, Kirkia Forest Camp, Mountain Rock Lodge, Marula Tree Tented Camp or Wilderness Tented Camp. These lodges and camps enable you to enjoy the reserve through the diverse seasons in different locations and cater for your every bush experience need.
 
There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is $195,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless.
 
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“Animals are such agreeable friends- they ask no question, they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot

Botswana

The 15th May 2008 will go down in history for the Botswanan game reserve Limpopo-Lipadi. It marks the day that one of the largest private movements of elephants was carried out. 68 elephants in total were moved to neighbouring land from the private game reserve in order to secure the magnificent creature’s sustainability in the region.

 
Limpopo-Lipadi is a game and wilderness reserve that encourages people to invest into the way of life in Botswana. It is focussed on sustainable and ecological methods of construction and conservation; the moral and physical foundations built today will help preserve the future life of the game reserve and surrounding nature and communities.
 
Limpopo-Lipadi’s aptly named ‘Project Dumbo’ had become necessary due to the over population of the loved animals on the game reserve. Their increasing numbers had begun to put the finely balanced landscape under pressure and therefore in order for both the vegetation and the elephants to remain sustainable a number of the population had to be relocated.
 
A team of accomplished and respected vets, game counters and capture pilots was established in order to monitor the animals’ health and safety throughout the removal. As part of Project Dumbo, two matriarchs (the oldest and most respected elephants) of two herds had to be identified and collared and a set number of other elephants identified for the removal to the neighbouring park. Permissions were sought from Botswana Wildlife and neighbouring land owners and the green light for Project Dumbo was given.
 
Shareholders of Limpopo-Lipadi travelled from across the globe creating a truly international team effort, a great example of the reserves ethos: giving all members of the project the chance to be involved in its future.
 
Everyone was assigned tasks whether it was involvement in the collaring process or filling empty egg shells with paint to drop on the elephants in order to identify those that would be removed. Due to the expertise and hard work of the team Project Dumbo was a great success with the reserve being left with 51 elephants on its land.  
 
Sean Powell, Limpopo-Lipadi’s resident game ranger who holds a wealth of experience in bush survival and the intricate understanding of its wildlife says: “Sustainability is the key to a healthy reserve and sometimes it is hard to understand the greater need of population control of certain animals on the land. With myself and the team looking at the reserve as a whole and monitoring both animals and vegetation we know that nature has a very clever way of telling us when a certain aspect is under stress. The elephant for example eats around 5% of its body weight everyday and will drink 30 to 50 gallons of water. You can imagine what affect this has on vegetation supplies especially when there are too many elephants in one area. Project Dumbo has ultimately helped sustain what nature had always intended.”  
 
Limpopo-Lipadi’s 32,450 hectares is home not only to elephants but to diverse animal species including lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, white rhino, crocodile, 400 bird species, 37 fish species and a large selection of reptiles. It will also soon be home to one of the world’s most endangered species, the Black Rhino, which has been seriously reduced in number throughout the world due to illegal hunting. In fact, the Black Rhino has been listed as critically endangered by IUCN – The World Conservation Union. Plans to reintroduce the animal into the reserve are well underway and hopes are that Limpopo-Lipadi will hold the largest number of Black Rhino in Botswana.
 
Whether it’s the wildlife, the people or just the ethics behind this project, Limpopo-Lipadi is a world away from other investment opportunities. As July 2008 sees the Baobab fruit, a ‘super food’ commonly found in Botswana, given permission to be used in smoothies and snack bars, it seems that more and more we are looking for the next big thing to make us feel good inside and out. Limpopo-Lipadi offers just that. Investing in the reserve and ultimately the lifestyle costs $195,000 per share and for more information on how this could become a reality please visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com or call 0027 12349 2437. 
 
 
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Limpopo-Lipadi Game Reserve, Botswana
 
A unique investment opportunity found in the heart of the African country Botswana, Limpopo-Lipadi covers an expanse of over 80,000 acres. With various lodges throughout the reserve the properties themselves are just a slice of what the project offers. As an investor into the reserve you will be contributing to a unique and internationally acclaimed ecosystem model that Limpopo-Lipadi founder’s hope will set the standard in conservation sustainability in the 21st century.
 
As an investor into the project you own the game and wilderness reserve which is at an exciting point in its development; you will be able to visit the reserve as often as you like, be part of the decision making process of the reserve or just simply enjoy the many diverse ecosystems when you visit., Your capital will be used for everything from further land purchase to the development of the lodges, camps and two commercial tourism properties for the introduction of paying guests to the reserve. 
 
You can choose to stay at the Island Lodge, River Camp, Kirkia Forest Camp, Mountain Rock Lodge, Marula Tree Tented Camp or Wilderness Tented Camp. These lodges and camps enable you to enjoy the reserve through the diverse seasons in different locations and cater for your every bush experience need.
 
All investors further benefit from having the option of driving or walking with experienced rangers in the reserve or even qualifying to self-drive and explore freely.
 
If you’re seeking a new trend in travel for 2008, a fresh investment and lifestyle opportunity or you just want to broaden your physical and spiritual horizons, then the time is right to discover Botswana.
 
This is an investment opportunity like no other – it is an opportunity for passionate people, people who prefer to earn their rewards rather than simply buying them, people who want hands on exposure to the development of an exciting tourism project and more significantly, people who want to be a part of preserving and enhancing the natural landscape of a stunning African nation. 
 
There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is $195,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless.
 
For more information please visit http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com or call 0027 12 349 2437.
 
 

“The dust of Africa never leaves the soles of your feet”

Botswana

The saying goes: “The dust of Africa never leaves the soles of your feet” which must explain the continued growth in tourism on the continent and especially the nation of Botswana.

 
Botswana is one of the most politically and economically stable countries in Africa and it ranks number 36 in the world according to the 2008 Index of Economic Freedom, a report that is compiled by the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal. This figure seems to be reflected in the comments from Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Honorable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila who recently announced that Travel and Tourism will be made a priority for the country’s economy even more than it has been in past years.
 
Botswana has been one of the fastest growing nations in the world over the past 25 years and with July 2008 being earmarked as the month of national heritage it is easy to see why this nation has a continuous growth in economical and tourist figures. It has a government and a people that believe in the bigger picture; a long term effect on the economy as an independent market and its place in the world market.
 
The travel and tourism demand in Botswana is forecast to average 5% growth per annum over the next 10 years which will comfortably exceed expected worldwide growth of 4.4%. The demand is already being reflected in the nation’s employment figures. In 2006 the Botswana Tourism Board reported that travel and tourism accounted for one in every 10 jobs and in 2008 they expect the figure to improve to 1 in every 9, by 2018 this figure is set to rise to 1 in every 7.5 jobs.
 
Developing other sub-sectors of travel and tourism in Botswana will see an expansion in nature-based and sustainable tourism.  The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) highlights the ongoing land allocation for tourism and conservation and environmental efforts saying: “84% of Botswana is land locked surface area covered by the Kalahari desert, 17% by national parks and game reserves and an additional 22% designated as wildlife management areas. Even if tourism is diversified through the promotion of new products, the majority of visitors will still be primarily attracted to Botswana by its unspoilt environment and abundant wildlife. It is therefore vital that these irreplaceable assets continue to be protected if travel and tourism is to be sustained.”
 
Limpopo-Lipadi is an independent game and wilderness reserve in eastern Botswana which is celebrating its 5th year in development in October 2008 with the completion of 6 lodge sites planned for December 2009. Covering some 32,450 ha with the view to enlarging to 50,000+ ha and 21km of Limpopo river frontage the reserve is considerable. In terms of the time the team have dedicated to making sure this project is routed in the ethics of the country as a whole and its long term visions to implement more of the ecological and sustainable features of running such a large project, it goes without saying that investing is more than parting with some cash.
 
“I personally try to meet each one of our investors before we let them sign on the dotted line but there seems to be a real desire to invest in a lifestyle that can really make a difference both to an economy and personally” says Alan Marneweck, director of Limpopo-Lipadi: “ We want people who are passionate about the bigger picture.  We all have the same views practically speaking but it’s how we see the responsibility as a project and ultimately the impact that it has on the nation. We are continually looking at the best ways of improving our work with the wildlife, community and the maintenance of all the areas of running such a project”
 
The Limpopo-Lipadi project perfectly represents the type of intelligent, improving and enabling eco-responsible tourism investment project that the government of Botswana is encouraging.  At its core the project offers those with a keen interest in the nation, its wildlife and in augmenting the lives of the local people a chance to make a real difference.  There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is $195,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless.
 
For more information contact 00 27 12 349 2437 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com.
 

Botswana: an African Jewel and an Investment Gem

Botswana

The economy of Botswana can be considered a diamond in the rough when examined against all other African economies – and what’s more, Botswana is a stand-alone investment success story of a nation in global terms.

 
Not only is the nation politically and economically stable, Botswana also enjoys the highest sovereign credit rating on the continent of Africa, it is a middle income nation with a strong GDP growth rate in the region of at least 4.7% annually, it has been one of the fastest growing nations in the world over the last 25 years, and as the least corrupt country in Africa it is rapidly increasing in interest among the foreign investor community.
 
Not satisfied with relying purely on the massive wealth that the country enjoys from its rich diamond industry, the income from which accounts for more than one third of GDP and circa 80% of export earnings, the government of Botswana has entered into a programme of fiscal diversification that is offering ongoing and significant opportunities for the development of multiple sectors of the economy – from tourism to real estate for example.  In addition to this programme of economic diversification, Botswana has implemented a seven-pronged socio-economic and political development plan called Vision 2016 to ensure that Botswana is a competitive, winning and prosperous nation where the future of all citizens is assured.
 
As part of the development of a diversified economy, the government is part owner of a new 83 million dollar diamond-processing plant that employs 3,000 local citizens.  The plant ensures that more of the diamond generated wealth of the nation remains in Botswana and it gives the government greater revenues to support emerging sectors of the economy – of which tourism is considered the sector with the greatest future potential.
 
The government of Botswana is particularly keen to support and encourage private investment in the tourism industry, and it has a specific tourism policy to stimulate investment and encourage the sustainable management and utilisation of the nation’s diverse wildlife and natural environmental attributes.  This is so that Botswana can be preserved for future generations, but enjoyed today by a global tourism base.
 
Because the government’s tourism investment plan places particular emphasis on eco-tourism and investments that support and enhance local communities, the award winning game and wilderness resort project Limpopo-Lipadi is one that is not only enjoying significant international interest, but one enjoying specific national support as well.  It is a project that’s considered to be an exceptional investment opportunity in financial terms, and also in terms of the fact that shareholders are investing in the nation and its people.
 
Alan Marneweck, Director and shareholder of Limpopo-Lipadi sums up the attraction of the reserve as well as an investment made in Botswana:  “Botswana is an incredibly prosperous nation with a wealth of stunning natural attributes.  It benefits from having a sagacious and forward thinking, enabling government that encourages intelligent and sustainable investment, and what’s more, Botswana is a nation with a flourishing tourism industry that represents pure investment opportunity.  These facts make it investment heaven for foreign investors seeking diversification and strong profitability of course.
 
“At Limpopo-Lipadi we were very well aware of the attraction of the nation from a financial point of view, but our overriding concern and driving determination was to create an ecologically harmonious project that enhances the natural environment, enables the local people, protects the flora and fauna and is ultimately a fabulous and incredible place to live, to work and for our investors to enjoy.”
 
The Limpopo-Lipadi project perfectly represents the type of intelligent, improving and enabling eco-responsible tourism investment project in Botswana.  At its core the project offers those with a keen interest in the nation, its wildlife and in augmenting the lives of the local people a chance to make a real difference.  There are different levels of investment involvement that you can commit to – from a purely financial point of view, entry level investment is EUR 135,000, but in terms of the difference that you can practically make and the benefits that you can personally witness and enjoy, they are limitless.
 
For more information please contact 00 27 82 333 1905 or visit www.limpopo-lipadi.com