Abu Camp is operated in association with Wilderness Safaris. Its purpose is to be a centre of excellence for elephant conservation, and to raise awareness of the challenges faced by this iconic species. The resident Abu Herd – which consists of elephants rescued from exploitation or danger, and their offspring – can be viewed as all enjoy the normal daily routines of wild elephants. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, camp activities, park fees, transfers between camp and the local airstrip, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round. There’s a minimum age requirement of 6 years, but all children are welcome when the camp is booked for exclusive use.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via a 20-minute vehicle transfer from the local airstrip. It’s situated in a large private concession in the western region of the Okavango Delta, amidst riverine forest and overlooking a lagoon.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT ABU CAMP:
There are six guest rooms, each housed within a timber-framed canvas tent complete with mesh windows. Every room is individually styled. Five offer a double or twin bedroom, with the sixth providing a double bed. Other furnishings in the bedroom space typically consist of bedside tables and lighting, a pleasant seating area, and ample storage units. Additional amenities include ceiling fans, a tea-and-coffee station, a small bar fridge, an electronic safe, multi-plugs (on request), bathrobes, and a hairdryer. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, indoor shower, and outdoor copper bathtub. The deck, which can be accessed through doors from the bedroom, offers sun loungers plus a table and chairs for al fresco dining. It’s a lovely spot for relaxing and enjoying birdwatching, a sundowner, or animals coming to drink. The camp is able to provide a total of two extra beds for children, so the maximum number of guests here at any one time is only 14.
Abu Camp’s main area is connected to the guest rooms by raised wooden walkways which weave through the woodland. The sumptuous lounge and dining areas are arranged on multiple levels with shade provided by ancient trees. It’s the perfect setting for quiet, private moments or shared meals. Private dining is available on request, while the seats around the campfire are the ideal place to start your day with a coffee, or end it with a nightcap. Abu Camp also has a well-stocked library with internet access, as well as a gym containing treadmill, weights, yoga mats, and more. The very inviting swimming pool is flanked by sun loungers and lets you cool off between game drives and guided nature walks.
ACTIVITIES AT ABU CAMP:
Abu offers a thrilling range of activities! Please note, activities marked with an asterisk are seasonal, and a private vehicle must be booked for any party including a child or children aged 6–12 years. Additionally, there’s a minimum age requirement of 13 years for walks and mokoro excursions.
Expertly guided game drives- The Abu Private Reserve is made up of savanna, woodlands, and water sources, and it’s home to a real wealth of wildlife! Drives are available during early morning and late afternoon. You can look out for four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – and other mammals including cheetah, spotted hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and various antelopes. Snack stops provide opportunities to find out all about the plants, insects, and numerous birds of the Okavango, courtesy of your highly knowledgeable guide.
Motorboat excursions*- You can have a lot of fun exploring Abu Concession’s waterways on a boat trip! There’s so much to see, not least hippo, Nile crocodile, and abundant waterbirds.
Mokoro rides*- Why not view wildlife of the waters from aboard a mokoro, a dug-out canoe? As the mokoro doesn’t have a motor, you’ll be able to listen to the mammals, reptiles, and birds all around you.
Light aircraft and helicopter flights- These activities are at an additional cost, but offer a fresh perspective on the beauty and diversity of the Delta. Soaring over its waters, savanna, woods, and forests is a truly memorable experience.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. All guests are escorted around the camp after dark as a matter of course.