Abu Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

From   £1,089.00 / night

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Abu Camp

Northern Botswana has more elephants per square mile than anyplace else in Africa, and as a guest of Abu Camp, you will have an extraordinary privilege of interacting with resident herd and get to understand what makes the largest land mammal tick. This is the ultimate elephant educational safari.

THE ULTIMATE CAMP FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE WITH THE ELEPHANTS.
 

What We Love
  • Abu Camp is committed to elephant conservation and supporting meaningful scientific research projects that aim to improve our understanding of elephant ecology.
  • Abu Camp has partnered with Botswana-based conservation charity Elephants Without Borders (EWB) to lead the camp’s ambitious conservation agenda.
  • The Camp allows guests to interact with the resident elephant herd under supervision from their expert staff.
Need to Know
  • Children 6 years and older are welcome.
  • Children aged 6-16 can be accommodated on special request in two of the six tents, meaning a maximum of 14 beds can be provided.
  • Mokoro excursions, riding or walking with the elephants are for 13 years and older.
  • Fishing is prohibited between January and February.
  • Electricity is provided by solar energy with a back-up generator if required

The Review

Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp was the original base camp when Africa's first elephant back safaris were pioneered in the Delta almost two decades ago. Today it is located in a grove of magnificent hardwood trees on the edge of a large lagoon at the edge of the Okavango Delta with a resident school of hippo.

Your Stay
A contemporary interpretation of the classic safari aesthetic, seamlessly integrated into the natural environment. Each suite is individually decorated in calming colours that mirror the sun-bleached landscape. Each of the six en-suite accommodation units has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, many of them antique, imparting an air of opulence amid the bush setting. Each tent has its own private elevated teak deck sculpted around one of the lofty sycomore figs or jackalberry trees with vistas the likes of which only the Okavango Delta can boast.

The lounge and dining tent has a breathtaking view over the lagoon and features a well-stocked library and a study. There is also a gym for those feeling energetic. Sundowners around a traditional campfire are followed by five-star meals complemented by award-winning wines.

Wildlife
Plains game that occurs in the area includes species like impala, red lechwe, tsessebe, zebra, warthog, buffalo and giraffe as well as herds of wild elephant. The primary carnivores are lion, spotted hyaena and leopard which can be seen while on game activities.

The Abu Camp concession is ideally placed in the Okavango Delta for excellent bird viewing by mokoro. Particularly exciting sights include: the Malachite Kingfisher, White-browed Coucal, Luapula Cisticola, Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Heron and Great Egret.

Experience
Morning breakfast is around a campfire followed by an elephant-back safari (fantastic for game viewing), a walk with the elephants, or a mokoro trip through the reed-fringed waterways (best for birding). After lunch there’s siesta time before a late-afternoon game drive or motorboat cruise (ideal for viewing hippos and crocs up close) followed by sundowners and a multi-course dinner including excellent South African wines.

For an ultimate Abu elephant experience, the camp offers a “Star Bed” overlooking the boma. You sleep high above the ground, disturbed sometimes by the snoring of the elephant below.

Getting There

Abu Camp is located on the western side of the Okavango Delta In a private concession. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 30 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.
 

 
Abu Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana