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Abu Camp offers an Okavango Delta experience with a difference: you are invited to walk with the elephants of the Abu herd and see this pristine ecosystem through their eyes. This is a safari like no other: it will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness and life itself.
You’ll become a member of an African elephant herd – an extraordinary and moving privilege that never fails to profoundly touch our guests.
The vast, exclusive Abu Concession is set within the unspoilt Okavango Delta and as such is at the heart of the rangelands of Africa’s largest surviving meta-herd of elephants.
Abu Camp aims to provide the very best in luxury accommodation and impeccable service, whilst always remaining mindful of the environmental impact of our activities. The Camp is a haven of peace and tranquillity where the rhythms of elephant life guide each day’s activities.
The essence of the camp is the experience of being part of an elephant herd in their natural habitat. However unlike some of the water-inundated areas of the Okavango Delta, the Abu Concession varies from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels, allowing for an abundance of other general game.
Giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, buffalo and warthog roam the 180 000 hectares. Lions often move through the area too and can sometimes be heard calling at night.
Abu Camp’s resident elephant herd offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience Africa as elephants naturally do, transform your perception of these magnificent creatures, of other wildlife and the living environment. Time spent with the herd may even change your outlook on life itself.
During your stay, you are invited to become a member of the elephant herd. Exploring the African bush with the Abu herd is an eye-opening and wonderful experience. You will get to know the personalities of each family member – from playful youngsters to precocious teenagers and doting adults – all led by the wise, experienced matriarch, Cathy. You will soon form a deep and enduring emotional connection to the herd – a sense of belonging which is both humbling and uplifting.
Meeting the Abu herd offers you the chance to engage and interact with the elephants through varied activities. Shortly after arriving at camp, you will be personally introduced to the herd, and the activities that follow over the remainder of your stay with us will give you a comprehensive and immersive experience as you begin to see the world through their eyes.
At Abu Camp we aim to offer you not a fixed, inflexible schedule of activities, but rather the chance to create your own experience, so you can focus on the moments that are most important to you and your fellow travellers.
Walking with the Abu herd elephants
Physically interacting with the herd
Observing – or even participating in – activities such as mud bathing, training and veterinary care
Learning more about elephant conservation, behaviour and care
Whats Not Included
Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness, and life itself. As a guest of Abu Camp, you are invited to walk with elephants, to get a glimpse of their world and learn about their lives.
Becoming part of an African elephant herd is an extraordinary privilege that we seek to share with those who visit us. Pioneered in the early 1990s, and named after a much-mourned bull elephant, Abu Camp has been running for 20 years, and as such is the original elephant safari experience in Africa.
The lounge and dining areas have been designed to complement the easy rhythms of nature and to accentuate a feeling of lightness during your stay at Abu Camp. The imaginative use of canvas and poles creates a contemporary, unique blend of sweeping lines in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness. Organic elements and traditional African artefacts reinforce the sense of place and lend the Camp something of the natural flair and exuberance of the Okavango Delta.
The library features a comprehensive collection of African literature, lifestyle books and field guides, and is the perfect setting for quiet reading, a game of chess, or a lesson from your guide or elephant manager. Leading off from the library is a small gallery displaying lovely jewellery, art, curios and apparel available for sale if you wish to bring home a piece of Abu.
A swimming pool and gym complete the amenities.
Internationally-trained chefs provide creative cuisine of the highest standard, and meals – most of which are served al fresco on the deck – are superbly complemented by premier South African wines and French champagnes from our extensive cellar. A wide choice of international spirits and single malt whiskies are also on offer. Safari days end with a nightcap around the campfire, recalling the day’s experiences.
The six airy canvas en-suite guest rooms exhibit their own distinctive elegance. Blending in seamlessly with their surroundings, each tent is graced with generous decks and an outdoor copper bathtub.
For reflection, relaxation and even meditation, one can rest in the sitting area of the room, ponder or create art at the writing desk, or appreciate the views from the decks sculpted around the lofty fig and jackalberry trees shading the tents. The stylish furnishings and fittings – individually chosen for each room – impart an air of opulence amid the bush setting.
The vast 180,000 hectare (450,000 acre) private and exclusive Abu Concession is set within the unspoilt pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. As the largest inland delta on the planet, the Okavango and surrounding areas of northern Botswana hold more elephants than any other area in Africa.
Abu Camp, while never forgetting its environmental footprint, aims to provide the very best in privacy, location, accommodation and service. Allowing all who visit to absorb themselves in a whole new world, the camp is a haven of peace and tranquillity, immersed within the natural rhythms of the bush.
Please note: These are retail rates and should be seen as indicative, and they can change. All rates are subject to availability. Safari Lifestyles will always endeavour to provide you with prices under these rates if possible.