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Abu Camp – Okavango

From: $1,950.00

At Abu camp immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and see the bush and its wildlife through the eyes of them, join the Abu Herd. Form a strong emotional bond with the herd and be humbled and inspired as you gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation. Luxurious accommodation deep in the Okavango Delta.

Description

Abu Camp

The essence of Abu Camp is the experience of being part of an elephant herd in its natural habitat. Unlike some of the water-inundated areas of the Okavango, the Abu Concession varies from open grasslands to 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. Hyena and leopard are resident and so are encountered more frequently.

Tent Suites

Abu’s six luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking the lagoon. The main area has a well-stocked library and study, there is also a gym for the energetic. Abu’s Star Bed is set over the Abu Herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below.

Activities

On arrival at Abu Camp guests will meet  the elephant herd and enjoy a short photo session with the herd. Walking with the herd and being a part of their natural environment, observing their behaviour and unique characteristics. The handlers will share their knowledge on elephant behaviour and conservation, duration approximately 1.5 hours.

High Tea with the herd includes having tea time snacks and drinks with the herd, watching them in their natural environment either eating, drinking or mud wallowing. This is a seasonal activity and usually occurs three times a day in the hotter months. Guests are free to spend additional time with the herd throughout their stay to interact with the elephants during their free time, as well as saying goodnight to the herd in the Elephant Boma enclosure in the evenings or share sundowners at the Elephant Boma with the herd.

For information on travel to Botswana read our advice. For further reading on the Okavango Delta visit the UNESCO site.

How to Get There

Fly In

Abu camp is accessed from Maun.

Fly into Maun from South Africa with either Air Botswana, SA Airlink or South African Airways.

On arrival you will be met and escorted to your light aircraft for the short flight to the camp.

The flight over the Delta is a very unique experience and gives excellent scope to the size and wonder of the Okavango Delta river system.

For assistance with domestic flights, get in touch with us.

Seasons and Costs

1 January – 31 March 2019

Per person sharing $1 950-00

Single Supplement $590-00

1 April – 31 May

Per person sharing $2 360-00

Single Supplement $710-00

1 June – 31 October

Per person sharing $3 075-00

Single Supplement $295-00

1 November – 19 December

Per person sharing $2 360-00

Single Supplement $710-00

20 December – 10 January 2020

Per person sharing $2 690-00

Single Supplement $810-00

 

Please note:

Children are welcome at Abu Camp. Minimum age for mokoro excursions and walking safaris is 13 years. Children from 6 – 16 years may take part in the Star Bed experience but must be accompanied by an adult/parent. Families travelling with children of 6 – 12 years must book private activities at additional cost. The Elephant experience cannot be booked as a private activity. Children between 6 and 16 years may be present at the feeding of the elephants.

In the event that the herd have a new calf all Elephant interactions will be more strictly controlled. No walking with the elephants will be possible.

Includes / Excludes

Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two game drives per day
  • Park fees
  • Laundry
  • Local drinks

Excludes:

  • Premium drinks
  • Domestic flights
  • Certain transfers
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

 

Activities

Included:

  • The Elephant Experience – this is the main experience of Abu Camp
  • Elephant Boma star bed
  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Game walks
  • Mokoro excursions into the Delta
  • Fishing
  • Birding – this area is an IBA (important Birding Area)