Abu Camp

premier Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Abu Camp, tucked into untouched riverine forest in a private reserve within the vast Okavango Delta, is at the heart of wild Botswana. Abu offers the unique opportunity to become deeply immersed in the behavior and brilliance of its resident elephant herd, transforming your perception of these magnificent giants. Walk alongside the herd, watch the youngsters mud-bathe, and interact with them in a way that will forever change how you think of elephants.

Photo of Megan Bryant

Our Expert Says

One of the most unique camps in Africa, Abu offers an immersive elephant experience with habituated elephants that have been rescued from tragedy. Walk alongside these giants, feed them, watch them take mud baths, and truly get to know them. And you can still experience wildlife drives and gentle mekoro excursions—view predators, plains game and more in more than 440,000 acres of incomparable, pristine wilderness.

– Megan Bryant


Abu Camp, Beautiful Safari camp on the okavango delta, original elephant safari experience, shimmering water, canoes, green trees, Botswana

The Camp

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Number of Tents: 6

Named after a much-mourned bull elephant, Abu Camp is the original elephant safari experience in Africa. The vast 445,000-acre private Abu Concession is set within the unspoiled wilderness of the Okavango Delta. Abu Camp allows guests close proximity to resident wildlife while staying in the lap of luxury. Accommodations are in six high, wide and airy Afro-Bedouin-style canvas tents furnished with distinctive antiques, imparting an air of opulence amid the bush setting. All tents have en suite bathrooms and private elevated teak decks sculpted around one of the lofty sycamore figs or jackalberry trees. Well-lit pathways link the tents with the main lounge and dining area, which opens out onto a tiered teak deck surrounding a giant termite mound, one of the characteristic sights of the Okavango Delta. Nearby, a secluded plunge pool offers an opportunity to cool off and relax.

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Abu Camp, private aqua colored central pool, comfortable reclining chairs, modern deck with server and tasty drinks, Botswana, Africa

Facilities & Amenities

  • Family Accommodation: 2 triple tents, each accommodating 2 adults plus 1 child age 6-16 in an extra bed
  • En suite bathroom with outdoor copper tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap, insect repellent and bug spray
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central pool
  • Sleep-out platform
  • In-room spa treatments (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi in library (low bandwidth)
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Abu Camp is unique in the Okavango Delta in that it affords guests a deep interaction with its resident elephant herd, meeting each individual and journeying into the complex behavior of the largest land mammals on earth. Guests at Abu Camp are invited to share the daily activities of the elephant herd during their stay: watching mud baths and the evening feeding, enjoying the simple joy of a frolicking youngster, and accompanying the elephants on foot as they move through the bush (walks are restricted to guests age 13 and older). These encounters provide unforgettably magic moments. Along with this unique interaction experience, Abu also offers morning and afternoon wildlife drives, night drives and nature walks. Lion, spotted hyena, leopard, giraffe, zebra, lechwe and other plains animals are seen regularly. During the seasonal floods, guests can explore a maze of channels via mokoro, the traditional poled boats used in the delta. Catch-and-release fishing is possible from March through December

The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.

Country Park/Reserve
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Greater Kudu
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
Botswana Okavango Delta

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 90° F 64° F 4.21 in
32° C 17° C 107 mm
February 88° F 63° F 3.11 in
31° C 17° C 79 mm
March 86° F 61° F 2.8 in
30° C 16° C 71 mm
April 84° F 54° F 0.71 in
28° C 12° C 18 mm
May 79° F 45° F 0.2 in
26° C 7° C 5 mm
June 73° F 43° F 0.12 in
22° C 6° C 3 mm
July 75° F 46° F 0.0 in
23° C 7° C 0 mm
August 81° F 48° F 0.0 in
27° C 8° C 0 mm
September 91° F 57° F 0.0 in
32° C 13° C 0 mm
October 95° F 59° F 0.91 in
35° C 15° C 23 mm
November 91° F 66° F 2.2 in
32° C 18° C 56 mm
December 91° F 66° F 3.39 in
32° C 18° C 86 mm

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Abu camp, intimate and unforgettable elephant touching, extremely close animal viewing, guide giving chance to feel trunk, riding elephant

Conservation

The vision at Abu Camp has always been to return elephants that have spent much of their life in captivity back into the African wild. Over a period of five years, five elephants from the Abu Camp riding herd have been released into the Okavango Delta wilderness area with the cooperation of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. All released elephants have been fitted with collars and are being tracked by satellite, enabling the researchers to pinpoint their exact locations three times a day. The release program has provided a wealth of material for a research project undertaken by Dr. Kate Evans of the Mammal Research Unit of the School of Biological Science at the University of Bristol. This work will help the Botswana government in its management of the Okavango Delta and the country's 130,000 elephants, the largest remaining elephant population in the world.

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