A guide to the Okavango Delta concessionsRead More
Famous for its elephant back safaris until these stopped in December 2016, now replaced by interactions with the Abu herd, the Abu Concession offers a mix of all the Delta’s land types, with permanent Delta, seasonal floodplains and island habitats in the north. In the west the sandveld supports large concentrations of game. The Abu Concession is also home to African Horseback Safaris’ Macatoo Camp and the Beagle Expedition mobile safaris.
You will see much fantastic game here, and everything that you might hope to see in the Delta: elephant, giraffe, hyena, kudu, tsessebe, impala, reedbuck, steenbok, red lechwe. Lions, leopard and wild dog are all found here. Of course, if you are visiting Abu, then the experience will be in large part about getting up close to the elephants of the Abu herd and the various conservation and study projects into these pachyderms.
If you are on a riding safari with African Horseback Safaris, you will find that the wildlife sees you as one with the horse and relaxes around you.
The birdlife in the Abu Concession is excellent and varied. Over 380 species of bird are found in the concession, including saddle billed storks, wattled cranes, malachite and pied kingfishers and rufous bellied heron, to name only a few.
Ancient riverine forest, open plains and permanent waterways: this concession has the full range of habitats and the flora to match. Water-lilies, sedges, papyrus and reeds are found in the wetlands and permanent water and the riverine forest plays host to leadwoods, fever berry and African mangosteen.
Flying in in light aircraft.
Game densities are best in the dry summer months but birdlife is best in the rainy season. However, the experiences in the Abu Concession are focussed on the elephant interaction or riding through the wilderness if on a riding safari with African Horseback Safaris, so absolute focus on tick-box approach to game sightings is hardly the point.
Providing one of the finest, most authentic and adventurous safari experiences in the Okavango Delta, Beagle Expeditions is a small owner run mobile safari outfit. Simon Byron is one of Africa’s best guides, with a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for the African bush. Unusually for the Okavango, these mobile expeditions take place on the exclusive Abu private concession. All trips are private, tailormade and include a variety of activities and experiences depending on the season.
Established in 1995, African Horseback Safaris are one of the Okavango’s most experienced riding operators. The backdrop to these once in a life time adventures is quite magnificent, their luxurious camp lies in a beautiful and lively corner of the western Okavango with 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore. With a fantastic team of specialist guides and experienced horses, African Horseback Safaris create one of the most amazing horseback adventures in Africa.
Situated on the beautiful Abu Concession, overlooking a perennial lagoon, Seba Camp is one of the few specialist family camps in the Okavango Delta. Surrounded by riverine vegetation, Seba enjoys good game viewing and prolific birdlife and a variety of land and seasonal water activities for a classic Okavango safari experience. Two specially designed family tents make this friendly little camp a great choice for family safaris and those looking for a more relaxed safari.
The iconic Abu Camp is synonymous with the African elephant and one of Botswana's most luxurious camps. Abu Camp lies on a private concession in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango, with quintessential delta backdrops and good game viewing. With just six luxury suites, each with a private pool, this is an intimate camp.
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