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Abu Camp in Botswana

Enjoy the pristine heart of the Okavango Delta in beautiful Botswana

Luxury tented suites at Abu Camp

Fine linens, stretching views of the wilderness, total safari relaxation

Comfortable rooms at Abu camp

Plush finishes, wooden floors with the wilderness just the other side of canvas.

Luxury bathrooms at Abu camp

Victorian bathtubs, twin basins, soft dressing gowns and plentiful hot water.

Guest areas at Abu camp in Botswana

Wake up with a coffee at sunrise and relax with a brandy in the evening

Home of the elephant back safari...

Abu Camp in Botswana

Abu Camp, a luxury safari camp set in a pristine pocket of riverine forest, is situated in a vast private reserve of 180 000 hectares (400 000 acres) in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

Abu Camp was named after a very special bull elephant and Abu was the original location where Africa first offered it's exciting elephant back safaris which were pioneered in the Okavango Delta over 15 years ago. Today the luxury safari camp is positioned in a shady grove of magnificent hardwood trees on the edge of a large hippo laden lagoon

An imaginative use of canvas and pole has created a unique style of tent which has been called Afro-Bedouin, high, wide and airy and blending in well with the natural surroundings. Each of the six en-suite safari tents 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.

Lantern lit walkways join the safari tents with the main lounge and dining area. High vaulted tenting opens out onto a fan of teak decking that surrounds a giant termite mound, a typical sight in the Okavango Delta. The lounge enjoys comfortable antique furnishings an well stocked library of safari guides and illustrated volumes on wildlife. A guest bar provides drinks and cocktails for evening sundowners around the camp fire before guests dine al fresco on the decking. Nearby a secluded plunge pool enables guests to cool off and relax.

With its shady trees and views overlooking the tranquil lagoon, Abu Camp is a haven of peace and seclusion.

Abu is unique in that it allows guests to interact with the resident elephant herd, meeting each individual and beginning to understand the complex behaviour of the largest land mammal on Earth. Guests are invited to become part of the elephant herd during their stay and may watch them being fed in the evenings, enjoy the frolics of the babies and accompanying them on foot as they move through the bush. These elephant encounters provide magical moments and being with them allows a closer approach to other animals than is able to be achieved when simply walking as an obvious human figure.

Abu also offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and nature walks to view the abundance of fauna and flora in the area. During the seasonal floods, guests are invited to take to the waters in the mokoros, the traditional poled craft used in the Delta.

Unlike the water-inundated areas of the Okavango Delta, the habitats here vary from open grasslands, secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels. Abu's private concession at 180 000 hectares provides large enough space for abundant general game, from giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tsessebe and lechwe to wildebeest, buffalo and warthog. Lion often move through the concession too and can sometimes be heard calling at night.

This area of the Delta also offers excellent birding.; birding by mokoro is particularly exciting with Malachite Kingfisher, White-browed Coucal, Luapula Cisticola, Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Heron and Great Egret just some of the possibilities.

The essence of the camp, of course, is the experience of being part of an elephant herd in their natural habitat. Guests are 'introduced' to the elephants shortly after their arrival and are soon high in the saddle for morning and afternoon rides. From the lofty heights of the elephant's back, the wetland wilderness that is the Okavango takes on a unique perspective. The elephants move at a natural stately pace without disturbing other game, affording their passengers wonderful close-ups of game in the area.

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