Abu Camp, is the pearl of an expansive private reserve of 180 000 hectares (400 000 acres) in the pristine Okavango Delta, Botswana. From grass-rich savannahs to the channels lined with papyrus, Abu Camp is a world of diversity waiting to be explored. Within a grove of glorious hardwood trees on the edge of an ample lagoon, filled with residing hippo, Abu Camp brings your African dream to life.
Named after a beloved bull elephant, Abu Camp was the first base camp when Africa’s original elephant-back safaris were established in the Delta, 17 years ago.
Abu camp provides guests with the chance to bond with the resident elephant herd, whether atop them or ambling alongside them through the bush. This is the definitive safari in elephant education!
The creative usage of canvas and sturdy gum pole has shaped a rare style of tent with tall ceilings, wide and roomy spaces, blending in immaculately with the environment. Each of the six en-suite accommodations has its own specific furnishings and fittings, many of them vintage, conveying an ambience of decadence amid the bush setting. Each tent has its own private, raised deck, sculpted around one of the tall Sycamore figs or Jackalberry trees, with magnificent views only the Okavango Delta can provide.
Glowing walkways link the Abu Camp tents with the main lounge and dining area. High tented ceilings open out onto a tiered, sundeck closing around a huge termite mound – one of the characteristic spottings of the Okavango Delta. The lounge is brimming with comfortable antiquated furnishings, holding a riveting library of field guides and illustrated volumes on the wildlife around the camp and the Okavango Delta. A well-stocked bar serves drinks and cocktails for sundowners around the crackling flames of the camp fire, while most of the meals are eaten al fresco on the deck. Unwind and wash off the day’s heat in the nearby privacy of the plunge pool.
With its cool trees and landscape views of the tranquil lagoon, Abu Camp is a refuge of tranquillity and solitude. All that’s missing is you.
Activities and Wildlife
Abu Camp is unique in that it permits guests to interact with the resident elephant herd, meeting each individual elephant and starting a journey to understand the complex behaviour of the biggest land mammal on Earth. Guests at Abu Camp become part of the herd, watching the night feeding and sharing in the authentic joy of a calf, whilst walking beside them. These elephant meetings are moments of magic. However, it’s viewing wildlife from atop an elephant that brings guests closer to the wildlife of Botswana than ever possible on foot.
Morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and nature walks are daily outings at Abu Camp. During the seasonal downpours of the Okavango Delta, float down the channels in the mokoros, the traditional poled boat used in the Okavango Delta. The thrill of sleeping safely under the stars is a staple experience at Abu, with the Star Bed Experience offering an elephant’s rumbling voice for your night’s lullaby. Helicopter flights give you a bird’s perspective of the land, but will come at an additional cost.