Abu Camp

Abu Concession, western Okavango Delta

Wilderness Safaris’ Abu Camp is set in a pristine pocket of riverine forest in a private reserve of 180 000 hectares (400 000 acres) in the Okavango Delta.

Abu Camp was where Africa’s first elephant back safaris were pioneered in the Okavango Delta 17 years ago. The imaginative use of canvas and pole creates a unique style of tent with high ceilings and wide and airy spaces, blending in flawlessly with the natural surroundings. With six en-suite accommodation units with their own distinctive furnishings and fittings impart an air of opulence. Each tent has its own private elevated teak deck.

Abu Camp tents are linked with the main lounge and dining area by a well lit pathway. The main unit’s high vaulted tenting opens out onto a tiered teak deck surrounding a giant termite mound, one of the characteristic sights of the Okavango Delta. The lounge is furnished comfortable antique furnishings and features an absorbing library of field guides and illustrated volumes. A bar provides drinks and cocktails for post-safari sundowners around a camp fire while most of the meals are taken outdoors on the deck. Nearby a sheltered plunge pool enables guests to cool off on hot days.

Abu Camp allows guests to interact with the resident elephant herd, meeting each individual and journeying into the complex herd behaviour. Guests at Abu Camp become part of the elephant herd during their stay: watching evening feeding and sharing the simple joy of a frolicking youngster. Guests accompany elephants on foot as they move through the Okavango Delta. Viewing wildlife from atop an elephant allows guests a closer approach to other animals than can be achieved when simply walking as an obvious human figure.

In addition the camp also offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and walks to view the abundance of fauna and flora in the area. During the seasonal floods of the Okavango Delta guests take to the waters in the mokoros.

Elephant Back Safaris

Elephant Back Safaris

On the backs of giants

Viewing wildlife from atop an elephant allows guests a closer approach to other animals than can be achieved when simply walking as an obvious human figure.

Elephant Back Safaris

Naturally the focus at Abu Camp is on the elephants with both Elephant-back safaris and elephant interaction, however the concession allows for the full spectrum of safari activities with both day and night game drives, season-dependent mokoro excursions, walking safaris and a star bed experience where guests are immersed in the sensory world of the elephant by sleeping out under the stars overlooking the elephant boma.

Abu Camp - Abu Concession

Abu Concession

classic Okavango Delta

This scenically splendid concession contains a number of distinct but interwoven ecosystems, from seasonally inundated floodplains, channels and palm islands in the north-east to the dryer Kalahari ‘Sandveld Tongue’ in the west. Here, trees like Kalahari appleleaf and silver terminalia dominate, adding a greater degree of contrast to this unique area. Unlike some of the permanently inundated areas of the Delta, the habitats around Abu Camp offer a wide variety, from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels.

Abu Concession