Okavango Delta, Botswana
Abu Camp offers the ultimate safari experience - the chance to interact with and ride trained 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.
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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Named after the much-mourned and very special bull elephant, Abu was the original base camp when Randall Moore pioneered Africa’s first elephant back safaris in the Delta 20 years ago. Five years later, Elephant Back Safaris' tender won a concession on 500,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the west of the Delta and the camp was relocated to its present site – 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 riding or 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. Whether walking alongside them or seated in large padded saddles mounted behind experienced elephant-handlers, to join a herd of the largest land mammals on a walk through the bush is to see Africa 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.
Location & Directions
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The vast 180,000 hectare (450,000 acre) private and exclusive Abu Concession is set within the unspoiled pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta.
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.