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

Abu Camp

Rating                    Classic Camp
Type                      Safari Lodge
No. Rooms            6
Max Occupants     12 guests (or 14 with children) plus pilots/ leader/ guides
Interests                 Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                 Abu Concession (Western side of the Okavango Delta)


Accommodation

    There are 6 classic safari tents are on raised decks with commanding views.
    Details
    5 x twin bedded tents (can be converted to doubles on request)
    1 x double bedded tent
    Children aged 6-16 can be accommodated on special request in two of the six tents.

Tent Details
Luxury architect-designed tents are individually furnished with en suite bathroom to include an indoor shower and an outdoor copper bath. Soaps, shampoos, hairdryers and bathrobes are supplied. Rooms have an electronic safe, ceiling fans, tea and coffee stations and a small bar fridge. Each tent has a viewing deck overlooking the lagoon.

Camp Description
The camp is situated in an ancient riverine forest overlooking a large lagoon. There is a large canvas dining, and lounge area connects to an Elephant Library (which has internet connectivity for guest use) on a tiered wooden deck. The open-air gym near the pool area is equipped with a treadmill, rowing machine, yoga mats and free weights.

For adventure enthusiasts, there is a Star-Bed platform that sleeps 2 guests situated at the elephant enclosure. The double-storey Star-Bed has its own bathroom with shower, toilet and basin on the lower deck and the bed upstairs under a large mosquito net with a viewing deck over the elephant enclosure.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. A 220v plugs are available/multi nation. Multi-plugs available are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

The focus at Abu is on the Elephant Experience. The herd currently comprises seven elephants. Guests ride two at a time, allowing for six guests to ride simultaneously on an activity whilst the remaining guests (maximum 6) walk alongside the elephants or enjoy one of the other activities on offer. You can sleep on the star bed platform overlooking the Elephant Boma. Walking and riding with the elephants is allowed for 13 years and older.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment. There are day and night game drives that include birding and boating. Mokoro excursions are for 13 years and older. Massages, manicures or pedicures are now available in-room on a request basis at Abu at an additional cost.
 

Prices
Prices are per person per night from Jan to Mar 2014. Higher rates apply during high season between Apr to Dec. During June and October there is generally high demand and booking early is recommended.

Policies
    Children Policy
    Children above 6 years are welcome.
    Children between 6 and 16 years get a 50% discount.
    Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.

Other
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US Dollars,
    British Sterling), travellers’ cheques or Visa and MasterCard.

Taxes and fees:
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services:
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:                  2:00 PM
    Check out:                12:00 PM
    Recommended stay:  3 nights
 

 

Abu Concession

In the south-west of the Delta, the scenically splendid 173 000-hectare Abu Concession varies from seasonally inundated floodplains, channels and palm islands in the north-east to the dryer Kalahari ‘Sandveld Tongue’ in the west. Here trees like Kalahari appleleaf and silver terminalia dominate, adding much contrast to this unique area. Big game is plentiful and includes frequent sightings of giraffe, buffalo, elephant, red lechwe, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, impala, zebra, hippo and warthog. Dominant carnivores include lion and spotted hyaena with occasional leopard and wild dog. For bird enthusiasts, some 38o different species can be found.

Birdwatching
At around 180 000 hectares, 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.

Gratuity Schedule
Tips for all camp staff are placed in a communal kitty so that everyone receives an equal share.
While tipping is definitely not a requirement, for those guests who would like to leave a gratuity, we suggest approximately £60.00 per guest for a 3-night safari.


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


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.

Airstrip Details
Abu airstrip located approximately 20 minutes drive from camp.
Airstrip coordinates: S19.25.827 E022.32.36
Length 1000m