Abu Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Day and night game drives
Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro
Spend a night on the star bed in the elephant coral
Comprehensive rebuild and refurbishment in 2011
A well-stocked library is the perfect setting for some quite reading
A stylish, secluded swimming pool
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) 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.
To start planning your holiday to Abu Camp
Abu Camp offers the ultimate safari experience - the chance to interact with elephants among the lush waterways and verdant plains of the Okavango Delta. This exclusive camp has just six en-suite tents and is very special indeed.
Abu camp is located in a private concession on 500,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the west of the Delta surrounded by a grove of magnificent hardwood trees on the edge of a large lagoon with a resident school of hippos.
The tents have a unique and wonderful design and have been recently rebuilt with a private viewing deck overlooking the lagoon. Each tent at Abu has beautiful en-suite facilities with a shower and a bath.The dining and bar areas are set on raised wooden decks that wind around African ebony and sycamore fig trees. The lounge and dining tent has big comfy sofas, with a breathtaking view over the lagoon.
Guests at Abu Camp are invited to share with the resident elephant family what is, without doubt, the ultimate elephant education safari. The elephant experiences offer many magical moments including interaction with the resident herd of 11 elephants by walking with them, as well as with the herds of wildlife in the area. Abu also offers game drives, bush walks and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris.
Abu Camp offers a three-night safari for a maximum of twelve people, ensuring that all the guests grow with the herd as they get to know them, offering a superb learning experience that is also a journey through the eyes of the elephants. All guests arrive and depart at the same time, allowing them to begin to relax and absorb the tranquillity of their surroundings and to get to know the herd at the same pace. Cathy and her loving patience with the small calves in her herd, the antics of the youngsters, and the obvious wisdom of the elders all come together to create a rare glimpse into the lives of these intelligent and extraordinary animals.
The accommodation is in six luxurious tented suites set beneath a shady canopy in a riverine forest glade.
Each of the six en-suite suites has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, many of them antique, imparting an air of opulence amid the bush setting. Each tent, too, has its own private elevated deck sculpted around one of the lofty sycamore figs or jackalberry trees, with unobstructed views over the lagoon.
Abu Camp is able to accommodate children in a triple suite.
The camp has a library which boasts an array of absorbing books on wildlife and elephants in particular. Leading off the library is a complete office area for those guests needing to stay in contact with the outside world. A well-stocked bar provides drinks and cocktails for post-safari sundowners around a camp fire while most of the meals are taken al fresco on the deck. There is also a sleep out platform in the elephant's boma - for the ultimate star bed experience.
Guests are "introduced" to the elephants shortly after their arrival and will soon feel part of the Abu herd. Walking alongside them with experienced elephant-handlers, learning about the African bush from a completely different perspective. Surrounded as you are by the herd, many other animals allow you to approach closer than ever. Herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope continue to graze, unconcerned by the approach of the elephant herd of which you are now an honoured part.
Also available are guided nature walks, bird watching (Abu boasts a list of nearly 500 species) or time spent drifting on the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro. Catch and release fishing trips are also available.
The specs: Six tented suites on the edge of a lagoon in a 450,000-acre private game reserve.
The look: 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.
The experience: Northern Botswana has more elephants per square mile than anyplace else in Africa, and as a guest of Abu Camp, you will get to know the members of the resident herd by name. A typical day starts with breakfast around the campfirefruit smoothies, croissants, cheese, charcuteriefollowed 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 luncha feast of Mediterranean flavourstheres 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.
If only... No. 2 werent the only tent with a private pool. The main pool, with shaded daybeds, waiters dispensing ice-cold drinks, and lagoon views, is a good alternative, though.
Abu's camp is like nowhere else on earth. A glory-be that just got even more hallelujah running through its veins. This is one of the legendary bush camps of Africa, now run under the expert eye of Wilderness Safaris, with bigger, better rooms and a new, roofless, stargazing bed right next to where the elephants sleep. Sit atop the worlds largest mammals, trunks swinging, skin like burnt sausages, ears flapping back against your ankles, baby elephants frolicking in the waters beside you. Swish, swish goes the grass as you thunk through, encountering lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and all the roaring brilliance of the astonishing Okavango Delta. The whole experience has a slow-coach, majestic 18th-century feel: looking at those gigantic, glimmering horizons you know youre in a pure, untainted Africa no other vehicles, no other people. Youll grow to know and love each of the camp elephants and their personalities, as well as help to wash them in mud. Bring your children to ensure forever memories. The tents are spectacular: mahogany beds, copper baths and viewing platforms of the sunlit lagoon. A mindblower.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Waking with Elephants at Abu's
Experience safari in a totally unique way, in the company of Abu's African elephant herd. Two of the elephants in the herd have a particularly special bond with their mahout and guests are able to walk with them as you move through the Botswana bush.
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Abu Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
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.
How to get there
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is thereafter accessed by light aircraft – a short 30-minute flight. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.
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