Friday, March 28, 2008

Expedition News

Greetings all,

We have a few new exciting destinations for the tents as I write this newsletter; namely Grand Cayman Island, Ambergris Cay (Turks & Caicos), Turkey, Greece and Baja Mexico.

To note, the 3-tent pavilion mentioned in the previous newsletter is no longer available.

Most important to note is that the prices on all raw steel rocketed up 22% about a week ago with murmurings that there might yet be more increases to come in the near future.
This unfortunately means that all quotes made prior to this will no longer be valid and if required, we can re-quote anyone upon request.

We would also like to use this newsletter to introduce our new tent, the Shawu Tent, which can be seen in the drawings above. This tent will be 53 M² (570 Ft²) in area and will be available for production in May ‘08. There will be an extended version of this Shawu Tent as well, which will be 64.5 M² (694 Ft²).
The Shawu Tent is another of our tents, named in the memory of one the “Magnificent Seven” elephants.

Things are moving forward at a very rapid pace with the planning and logistics for the Exclusive Tents Central American Expedition.

The response back has been very exciting since our last newsletter and we already have over 40 appointments set up with just more than a month left before we get underway.
We leave this Saturday (March 29th) for Costa Rica where we will spend a week kitting out our ‘antique’ 1979 Diesel Land Cruiser in preparation for the expedition.

The expedition start date will be based on when the vehicle will be ready but we are still hoping and targeting our departure for the first week of May.
As the vehicle is in Costa Rica, the expedition will start in San Jose and then along the Costa Rica Pacific Coast from Jaco and head towards Panama City.
Once in Panama City we will be taking a week off the Expedition, to visit with clients in Ecuador.
When back in Panama City we will travel backwards towards Costa Rica again but along the Caribbean Coast via Bocos Del Toro and then continue on to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and finally through Mexico to Arizona in the USA.

We must mention and thank the numerous people who have made appointments for us to visit with them during the Expedition, who have ever so kindly and graciously, offered us gratis accommodation in their establishments and those who have offered us the same in the expedition just passing their respective locations. We are very grateful for this genuine kindness and generous hospitality extended to us and we will be sure to thank you all personally when we finally meet up.
This kindness will be much appreciated because we will mainly be making use of a specially made, small custom made “Rooftop Tent” that will fold forward from on top of the cab roof to over the hood (bonnet) of the Land Cruiser.

Be sure to keep up on the expedition progress once we get underway, from our Expedition Blog.

Those wanting to contact us once underway on the expedition, please check on the Expedition Blog Page for our E-mail, Mobile Phone number and Skype contact details.
Even though we will be in many very remote parts with no service, we will still be able to check mail and make calls via our Bgan Satellite communications system.

We have been asked many times how long the Expedition will be and take us to complete but there is no clear answer. We do however expect to be doing about 6000 miles (9600km) and take about 2 months to complete the Expedition.
We may also have to break away from the Expedition for a week or so, to set up tents in Morocco and Turkey.

Dave Mason
Polar Bear Coolers
Overland Experts
Bocas Breeze News
Be sure to let us know if you wish to become a sponsor of this expedition.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Computer Talk with Dave Mason


This past weekend, nationally syndicated talk-radio show host Dave Mason had Paul on to discuss the dirty business dealings of 'Broadway Photo' and to introduce the partnership between the Show and Exclusive Tents on the upcoming expedition!

Click here for part 1 of the interview

Click here for part 2 of the interview

Also make sure to check your local listings and tune in regularly as once the expedition is underway, we'll be checking back whenever we can!

Also make sure to click on the link to the right if you are interested or know any interested parties who want to meet with us along the way.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Central America Expedition!

Greetings all,
There has been much and a little bit more going on here with us at
Exclusive Tents and Barefoot Interiors.

Most exciting is the preparation work we have started on a project, in which we will be taking the business on the road with an audacious 4X4 overland expedition through all of Central America and the expedition will kick off in early May of this year.

The expedition will take us from Panama all the way through
Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize) and then onto the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, down to the Pacific and up the coast to finish up in Arizona.

We will be traveling to very remote parts of each country, at times only on 4x4 tracks to visit eco-locations and also to visit the myriad of unique forests, ocean parks & reserves, in an effort to meet clients to promote our eco-friendly luxury tented accommodations and furniture.We will also be visiting and meeting up with our existing and new potential clients, architects, interior designers, property developers and just regular locals along the way.

As a wildlife conservationist with 17 years experience in S. Africa's Kruger National Park, this expedition has also been planned to visit and experience as many new and unique wild places and to meet up with as many wild creatures and to behold the spectacular flora found in this amazing part of the world.

In Panama we plan on kitting out an old Land Cruiser 4x4 with a Rooftop Tent and other accessories to make such an odorous expedition possible.

Most communications will have to be via Satellite, as we maintain contact with our office, do our daily business and keep up an Expedition Blog on our movements & progress that we hope to update frequently - in other words it will be a high tech expedition that will also include the use of GPS/Navigation.

As vehicle crime is high in many of these countries we are also looking for a high tech security system, that will not only secure the vehicle, it must also have a GPS tracking capability in case of vehicle theft or loss of our vehicle.

We will also be making use of a world cell/mobile phone that is CDMA compatible and will cover all the countries we will traversing.

We will also be sponsored by and will be calling in every Saturday during the expedition to the Nationally Syndicated Radio Show "
Computer Talk with Dave Mason" in the USA, to update his listeners on our progress and the technology that we will be using along the way.

Thanks to Bruce Elfstrom of
Overland Experts who is sponsoring us with some recovery gear needed for our vehicle.

Any companies/individuals willing to sponsor the expedition will be getting exposure on our vehicle as well as on our blog as well as in the regular Newsletter.We will also be doing occasional updates on the expedition via our Newsletter that now reaches over 12,000 recipients and on our Expedition Blog.

We are asking any/all interested parties wanting to meet up with us during the course of this expedition, to please immediately contact us directly so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Anyone knowing any particularly unique locations or persons who might have an interest in meeting up with us whilst on this expedition, please feel free to share your suggestions/recommendations with us – contact Paul directly at:

Before getting into any other news, we have a client in the Caribbean with a “3-Tent Pavilion” that is about to come out of production, who have asked us to assist in selling his tents. His project timelines have been changed to later in the year and has no need for the tents right now.

This “3-Tent Pavilion” consists of 2 x Kingfisher Tents and 1 x Kambaku Tent , all with 304-grade stainless steel frames.

More details on this tent offer can be seen on our
Tent Specials Page and for pricing & shipping info, please contact Zane directly at

We have a couple of clients very interested in a few of the
Albatross Tents but not in the quantity to meet the 15 tent minimum quantity required for this particular design. They have asked us to include a request in this newsletter, for any other interested parties of this tent design, in the same situation and willing to partner with them, to please contact Jake at to coordinate this if there is an interest.

As mentioned in the previous Newsletter, we have some very exciting tents projects coming up in this season, one with Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels ‘Limited Edition’ Retreats, also another very exclusive resort that will soon be going up on one of the Seychelles Islands.

Barefoot Interiors is also expanding in popularity with our client base and we urge all who are related/involved with interior decorating & design, to please visit the Barefoot Interiors website and you will be surprised at what great items and the variety of interiors that we have to offer.


Dave Mason

Overland Experts

Saludos a todos.

Ha habido mucho y poco aqui con nosotros en Exclusive Tents and Barefoot Interiors.

Lo mas emocionante es la preparacion del projecto que hemos empezado el cual nos estara llevando de una manera audaz en una expedicion en un 4x4 por toda America Central.
Todabia no tenemos la fecha exacta para comenzar la expedicion pero estamos pensando en Mayo de este año para la partida.

La expedicion nos llevara desde Panama por toda America Central (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize)y despues a la Peninsula de Yucatan en Mexico hasta la Costa del Oceano Pacifico para terminar en Arizona.

Nosotros estaremos viajando por lugares muy remotos en cada pais, a veces por carreteras que solamente un 4x4 puede conducir y estaremos visitando lugares ecologicos y un gran numero de bosques muy singulars, Parques Oceanicos y Reservas Forestales con el proposito de conocer y de hablar con clientes y promover nuestras carpas de lujo con muebleria que son Eco-amigable.
Nosotros tambien estaremos visitando y reuniendonos con nuestros clientes antiguos y nuevos clientes, arquitectos, diseñadores de interiores, constructores de propiedad y a la gente de comun cuando estemos viajando.

Como un conservador de la vida salvaje con 17 años de experiencia en el Parque Nacional Kruger de Africa del Sur, en esta expedicion tambien se ha estado planeando visitar muchos lugares nuevos y unicos y ver muchos animales salvajes y admirar la flora tan expectacular que se encuentra en esta parte del mundo .

En Panama vamos a modificar un Viejo Land Cruiser 4x4 con una carpa en el techo y otros accesorios para hacer posible esta expedicion tan ardua.

La mayoria de las comunicaciones tienen que ser por via satelital, para podernos mantener en contacto con la oficina y continuar con los negocios diarios y seguir un diario de la Expedicion en el Computador acerca de nuestros movimientos y progresos que esperamos ponerla al dia lo mas frequente posible, en otras palabras esta expedicion sera con alta tecnologia que tambien incluira el uso del sistema de posicion global y de navegacion.

Como el crimen vehicular es muy alto en estos paises, nosotros tambien estamos buscando un sistema de seguridad de alta tecnologia, que no solamente proteja a nuestro vehiculo, pero que tambien tenga el sistema de posicion global que sea capaz de rastrear el vehiculo en caso de robo.
Nosotros estaremos haciendo uso de un telefono celular mundial que es CDMA compatible y que cubra los paises que estamos atravesando.

Tambien vamos hacer patrocinados y estaremos llamando todos los sabados durante la expedicion al programa radial “ Hablando de computadores con Dave Mason” en los Estados Unidos, para poner al dia a los radio-escuchas acerca de nuestro progreso y de la tecnologia que se estaremos usando.

Muchas gracias a Bruce Elfstrom de “Overland Experts” quien nos esta patrocinando con el equipo necesario para nuestro vehiculo.

Cualquier compania o particulares que desen patrocinar la expedicion seran mencionados en nuestro vehiculo como tambien en la pagina de computador y en nuestro diario.

Tambien estaremos ocacionalmente poniendo al dia la expedicion en nuestro diario, que hoy en dia llega a mas de 12,000 individuos en nuestra pagina de la Expedicion en la Computadora. Nosotros estamos pidiendo a los interesados que quieran reunirse con nosotros durante esta expedicion, que por favor se comunique lo mas pronto possible para poder hacer los planes necesarios.

Cualquier persona que sepa de un lugar en particular o de personas que tengan interes en reunirsen con nosotros durante esta expedicion, por favor sientese libre de compartir sus sugerencias o recomendaciones con nosotros, contactarse con Paul a :

Antes de dar mas noticias, tenemos un cliente en el Caribe con una “3-Tent Pavilion” que ya va estar lista para produccion, el nos ha pedido que si le hayudamos a vender sus carpas.
Su proyecto ha sido cambiado para mas tarde y no tiene necesidad de las carpas por ahora.

Esta “3-tent Pavilion” consiste de 2x Kingfisher y 1x Kambaku carpa, todos los marcos son de 304 grado de acero inoxidable.

Mas detalles de esta carpa se pueden ver en nuestra pagina “Especial de carpas” pare que vean la informacion del precio y enviado, o contactar a Zane directamente a
Nosotros tenemos un par de clientes que estan muy interesados en unas pocas Carpas Albatross pero no en la cantidad de 15 carpas requeridas para este diseño en particular.

Ellos tambien nos han pedido que incluamos en esta revista, para cualquier persona interesada en el diseño de esta carpa y hacerse socios con ellos, por favor contactar a Jake a para la coordinacion si hay algun interes.

Como lo mencionamos en la revista de Noviembre, tenemos muy excitantes proyectos de carpas para esta epoca, una con Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels “Edicion Limitada”retiros, y otro lugar de retiro muy exclusivo que se va a construir en una de las Islas Seychelles.

Barefoot Interiors tambien se esta expandiendo en popularidad con nuestros clientes y pedimos a todos los que estan relacionados con decoracion y diseño que por favor visiten Barefoot Interiors pagina de computador y usted se sorprendera de los buenos productos y variedad de interiors que tenemos para la oferta.

Paul Zway
“El Africano Loco”