Abu Camp

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Be taken away by Abu Camp and its glamorous majestic layout!

At Abu Camp, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu herd. You will form a strong emotional bond with the herd that is both humbling and inspiring and at the same time, gain an understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu Camp is based.

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Overview and Accommodation

Abu Camp, Okavango Delta

At Abu Camp, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu herd. You will form a strong emotional bond with the herd that is both humbling and inspiring and at the same time, gain an understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu Camp is based.

Accommodation

Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp is set in a pristine copse of riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent. Each of the six en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a generous elevated teak deck. The multi-decked lounge and dining area and a well-stocked library and study, gym and pool will keep you entertained, informed and energised while at Abu Camp.

Highlights

  • Get to know each individual elephant in the Abu Herd.
  • An abundance of wildlife can be viewed in the concession, from lion to lechwe.
  • Exploring can be done by game drive, mekoro, walks – or by elephant!.
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Wildlife

The essence of Abu is the experience of being part of an elephant herd in its natural habitat. However unlike some of the water-inundated areas of the Okavango Delta, the Abu Concession varies from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels. This variety of natural habitats allows for an abundance of general game. Giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, buffalo and warthog roam the 180 000 hectares. Lion often move through the area too and can sometimes be heard calling at night, while hyaena and leopard are resident and so are encountered more frequently

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Activities

Interaction with the Abu Herd

Guests at Abu Camp are invited to become part of the Abu elephant herd during their stay. The abundance of fauna and flora means that game viewing is excellent and is appreciated through a variety of activities. However the combination of these two factors allows for the unmissable event of walking with the herd to experience the bush as they do.

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open safari vehicles. These drives showcase the abundance of wildlife in the varying habitats which range from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels. While predator encounters (especially leopard and hyaena) are a highlight, an Abu Camp game drive is one of the best ways to appreciate just why the Okavango Delta is UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site.

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Mokoro Excursions

Season-dependent mokoro excursions offer a taste of the “postcard” Okavango – at Abu however we offer mokoro moments with a difference – alongside elephants splashing through the water! The traditional dugout canoes are navigated by a skilled poler and offer guests a tranquil and romantic perspective of the region as well as the chance to witness the elephants’ delight at being together in the water.

WALKING SAFARIS

Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango. With the camp being set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. This is an exciting activity and a little nerve wracking for first-timers who have only ever driven around in a safari vehicle and enjoyed sitting above lion, elephants and other animals. On foot, one cannot approach these animals, obviously, but learning about them, walking their walk and seeing the bush at their level is a wonderful and educational experience.

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MOKORO & MOTORISED BOAT EXCURSIONS

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river Bushmen, comprising three different tribes who made the Delta their home. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood. (All water based activities are seasonal and based on the water levels of the delta).

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Abu Camp Reviews

“We chose Abu because of elephants but we got to see so much more. We were really surprised how much there is wildlife at Abu concession. It is great to interact with elephants but wildlife around Abu is super. We saw among others lions, hyenas and lots of birds. For birdlovers this place is great.” – Casagatto

“Everything from the food, service, staff and the sunrise right onto your bed was such a formidable experience. The “sundowners” are something that will long be remembered. Lots of game…….guide was Taps and he was really knowledgable and friendly.” – michaelwhiterock

“There are no words to describe! Awesome, luxurious camp, spacious rooms, wonderful food and warm and attentive hosts. But It is much more than that. Abu is unlike anything we have ever experienced before it is a privilege, a blessing, a dream come true.” – yushany

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