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Okavango Delta

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Abu Camp
Six Custom-Built & Stylishly Furnished Tents

Abu Camp, set deep in an ancient riverine forest, consists of six custom-built, stylishly furnished tents with en-suite bathrooms. Each tent has its own tree-shaded deck overlooking the lagoon, which thrives with abundant bird and animal life. The main deck is sculpted around giant trees, creating a dappled, cool atmosphere where meals and drinks are enjoyed. Sundowners around a traditional campfire are followed by five-star meals prepared by expert safari chefs and served with the finest of wines. All of which is accompanied by the nocturne of the African bush: the roar of the lion, grunt of the hippo and haunting calls of the owl and nightjars.

Dress at Abu Camp is casual but in keeping with its ethos of complete harmony with our surroundings, we recommend subdued, safari-hued clothing. A sweater is advisable for alfresco evenings in the camp and on night game viewing drives.

A new addition to the Abu Camp experience is the Abu Private Villa. Abu Private Villa sleeps four comfortably and is the perfect venue for those wanting privacy. The villa is five minutes from Abu Camp and is situated across the lagoon from the camp. Guests enjoy their own butler, chef and guide with exclusive use of a vehicle. Mingle with the guests at main camp or enjoy your own piece of paradise with your own private pool. No elephant activities are included. Abu Private Villa is its own secluded paradise for you to enjoy.
Okavango Delta, Botswana


Year Round

Botswana is an all-year-round wildlife destination. However, there are certain seasonal concerns of which groups with special interests should take note: The best birding months are November - March, when the delta is brimming with migratory birds. The best botanical months are December - May, when the vegetation is lush and green and most plants are in flower. Botswana's popularity as a destination is such that seasonal differences are not as marked as in other African destinations. Traditionally, however, peak season is from July to October and middle season is from May to June. Note that availability is at a premium during these seasons so you will need to book well in advance. November to April is a less popular time for travel to Botswana. This is the wet season, and due to the abundance of water it is less certain that one will see wildlife at perennial water holes. Also, the heavy rains can make dirt roads impassable.

Elephant Riding, Game Drives, Night Drives, Guided Nature Walks, Bird Watching & Mokoro Boat Rides.

Herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope continue to graze, unconcerned by the approach of the elephant herd of which you are now an honoured part. Also available are game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, night drives, guided nature walks, bird watching (Abu boasts a list of nearly 500 species) or time spent drifting on the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro. In the evenings formal and informal talks will be given to enhance the elephant learning experience. Abu Camp offers a three-night safari for a maximum of twelve people, ensuring that all the guests grow with the herd as they get to know them, offering a superb learning experience that is also a journey through the eyes of the elephants. All guests arrive and depart at the same time, allowing them to begin to relax and absorb the tranquillity of their surroundings and to get to know the herd at the same pace. Cathy and her loving patience with the small calves in her herd, the antics of the youngsters, and the obvious wisdom of the elders all come together to create a rare glimpse into the lives of these intelligent and extraordinary animals. The Okavango Delta is served daily from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Gaborone, and three times a week directly from Cape Town into Maun the gateway into the Okavango. Abu Camp should be weaved into your safari itinerary, and combined with interesting and contrasting areas and camps in Botswana and southern Africa. Each guest leaves Abu Camp not only with a greater knowledge of the largest land mammal on Earth, but an in-depth, intrinsic understanding of what it means to be an elephant, the pressures and challenges of pachyderm life from within the herd. To be an elephant is to be an intelligent, emotional being with complex social structure, a deep capacity to feel, and a bone-vibrating ability to communicate across miles of African bush. Once you've been to Abu Camp, you will always be a part of the greater elephant herd.
Insider Tips

Abu Camp offers an exclusive three-night four-day Elephant Back Safari. (Set departure. Twice weekly Saturday to Tuesday and Tuesday to Friday). The Okavango Delta is formally classified as dry and semi-arid with high temperatures and a pronounced winter dry season. Due to its elevation the climate is more temperate than tropical. It has its annual flood during May-September (varies). During the winter months of June, July, and August the nights and early mornings can be cold. December and January are hot, with the wet season between November and March. Rain comes almost exclusively in the form of thunderstorms that occur in the late afternoon and early evening. The average monthly humidity lies between 30% and 70%.
The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world's largest inland river systems. The Okavango River, born in the uplands of Angola to the Northwest, flows into and fans out across the Kalahari Desert to form an immense inland delta of lagoons, channels and palm filled islands. This fragile ecosystem remains one of the world's unspoilt and beautiful wildernesses where a vast diversity of animals and birds can be seen. On your daily elephant rides, you can see any of the plains game that are abundant in the area, from giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tssessebe, and lechwe to wildebeest, buffalo and warthogs. The camp's resident pride of lion should announce their presence at some time during your stay, and it is very likely that you will hear them calling at night, a thrilling sound as you lie in the comfort and safety of your tent. Our very knowledgeable guides can also point out the incredible minutia of the bush, the little things that make it so unique. Your elephant mahout is also an experienced guide and he will be able to answer your questions as you meander through the floodplains at the elephant's steady pace. From the backs of the elephants you are always assured of seeing something, and an amazing world reveals itself from this high and secure vantage point.
Abu's Camp is situated in a 400,000-acre private reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has 6 luxurious tents that are located under a shady canopy in an ancient riverine forest.
Getting to know the elephants at Abu Camp on a personal level is a rare and humbling experience. Meet each member of the herd, learn their history and begin to understand a little of what makes these grand, wise creatures what they are. Watch the interactions of the herd, how they walk silently and majestically along through the bush, trunks swinging, ears flapping and then, join them. Whether walking alongside them or seated in large padded saddles mounted behind experienced elephant-handlers, to join a herd of the largest land mammals on a walk through the bush is to see Africa from a completely different perspective. Surrounded as you are by the herd, many other animals allow you to approach closer than ever. *Camp Photos by James Gifford.

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