Abu Camp is operated in association with Wilderness Safaris. Its purpose is to conserve the local elephant population, in the hope of learning lessons that will benefit the grey guys across Safari Africa. This property is an excellent option for elephant fans, as the focus lies in getting to know the concession’s herds through walks and many other exciting activities! Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, camp activities including elephant interactions, 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 20 minutes’ road transfer from the local airstrip. It’s situated in a private concession in the western region of the Okavango Delta, amidst forest on the edge of 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, also accessed through doors from the bedroom, offers sunloungers too, as well as a dining table and chairs. It’s a lovely spot for relaxing and tucking in to delicious food and drink, all the while marvelling at your views! 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 communal facilities are approached from the guest rooms along wooden walkways through the woodland. The sumptuous lounge and dining areas are set up in a split-level building with an immense termite mound at its centre! You can relax in well-cushioned sofas and armchairs around coffee tables, and indulge in some fine dining while looking out for local wildlife. Al fresco meals and snacks are offered too, on the lodge’s decks and around the fire-pit. Private dining is available on request, for special occasions. The camp also has a well-stocked library with internet access, as well as a gym containing treadmill, free weights, yoga mats, and more. And there’s a very inviting swimming pool, flanked by sunloungers and providing the perfect place to cool off in between activities here!
ACTIVITIES AT ABU CAMP:
Abu supplies a thrilling range of activities! Please note, activities marked with an asterisk are season dependent, 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.
Abu elephant experiences- All guests are invited to become a member of the local elephant herd! If you take up this offer, you can enjoy walking with the grey guys, generally interacting with them, and watching their mud baths, training, and veterinary care too. You can even get involved with the bathing and training! And you’ll learn loads about elephant conservations throughout your time in the company of this remarkable species.
Expertly guided game drives- The Abu Concession 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 smaller mammals including cheetah, spotted hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes. And snack stops provide opportunities to find out all about the plants, insects, and numerous birds of the concession, courtesy of your highly knowledgeable guide.
Motorboat rides*- 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 excursions*- Why not view the 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- This activity incurs an extra cost, but it’s well worth it. The Delta is a place of astonishing beauty and diversity, and soaring over its waters, savanna, woods, and forests is a truly memorable experience.
Star-bed sleep-out- Adventurous travellers will love spending the night in Abu Camp’s king-size star-bed, which overlooks the elephant boma! A guide will escort you to the mini-camp after dinner one evening, and you can enjoy drifting off to sleep under the starry sky. As well as the comfortable bedroom tier, there’s a washroom tier including shower.
*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 for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.