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Set in a 500 000 acre private concession of the Okavango Delta, Abu lies at the heart of a pristine wilderness and is surrounded by the open floodplains, island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels that make this part of Botswana unique. The stars of the show however, are the members of Abu's resident elephant herd. Interact with these gentle giants as you walk or ride with them and then spend time feeding, bathing or even swimming with them.

Elephants are reflected everywhere at the spectacularly stylish Abu Camp, from charming ornaments placed by the baths to carved elephants on the dinner tabe, but there's plenty of the real stuff out there too. Get close to the area's abundant wildlife on dawn or late afternoon game drives, a perfect way to maximise your photographic opportunities. A guided nature walk or silent mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) ride through the channels will bring the smaller delights of Africa to your attention.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Hot List 2012

highlights

  • Located in private wilderness area in the Okavango Delta
  • Unique elephant-back safaris - the original base camp for Africa's first elephant-back safaris
  • Interact with the resident elephant herd
  • Enjoy a combination of safari activities - game drives, nature walks and mokoro trips during the wet season
  • Large & luxurious canvas tents - each with its own distinctive decor and feel

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Facilities

Abu's large, airy lounge tent is the perfect place to relax on soft and comfortable chairs in the beautiful sitting area. There's also a well-stocked and peaceful library for some quiet reading time and a communication corner for keeping in touch with the outside world - all surrounded by a wide wraparound deck with delightful views over the lagoon.

Spend a lazy afternoon around the swimming pool or enjoy the view while you work out in the gym.

General Facilities

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    Library
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    Swimming Pool

Dining

Most meals are enjoyed alfresco on the tiered teak decking that winds its way around the camp's African ebony and sycamore fig trees, or under the canvas of the main tent.

Bush picnic, sundowner drinks, snack baskets and personal surprises complete the decadent African safari experience.

Standard Tent

Abu's six spacious and luxurious custom-designed tents are raised on teak decking with ample outdoor seating areas overlooking the delta scenery.

All the tents are stylishly and individually furnished with mahogany four-poster beds or antique sleigh beds and carefully chosen artefacts and accents which exude African elegance. Each tent has an en suite bathroom complete with a copper or porcelain bath, flush toilet plus indoor and outdoor showers.

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Outside area

Other Room Types

For an unforgettable night on safari, Abu Camp provides two “Star Beds”. These open, double storey structures overlook the elephant’s enclosure so you can check on them throughout the night or lie listening to their enigmatic night time noises. Your private bathroom with a shower and toilet are located on the lower deck.

Activities

  • Birding
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Mokoro trails
  • Photographic safaris
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $2015 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 $2295 Fully Inclusive
  • 11 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $1785 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015 $2075 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $2655 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $2075 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 $2365 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had the entire camp for the family, which made it very special. By far the most luxurious, and also extremely attentive staff. Game drives are not up to what Jao and Kings Camp could offer, but walking and riding the elephants made the difference. What a special feeling, sitting on top of this huge creature and feeling her anxiety if she notices something in the bush. We made maximum use of the ability to ride, since we stayed three nights (two nights would also have been ok). Every meal we could select two set table arrangements, one on deck and one more covered in the main building. Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable - hot water bottles, etc in abundance.

    Gerben Kuijper, May 2013
  • Abu was amazing! I wanted to stay!

    Caran Ruga, October 2011
  • Abu Camp was the cherry on the cake. We all LOVED it (I was a bit reluctant as I am quite afraid of elephants in the wild but I did not feel nervous for a minute). I would go back to Abu in a heartbeat. 3 Days is just too short! I will definitely be contacting you again to organise another trip there. On our last elephant safari Gregg proposed to Juliet (on bended knee atop the elephant) - she accepted and we are all thrilled!!!! It was such a lovely ending to a superb trip.

    Elizabeth Watkins, September 2010

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"I would really recommend a safari walk with the resident elephant herd - it's incredibly moving!"

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Abu was amazing! I wanted to stay!

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