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.
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.
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 behavior and unique characteristics. The handlers will share their knowledge on elephant behavior 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 sun downers at the Elephant Boma with the herd.
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Another luxurious option in the Okavango is Mombo and her intimate sister camp, Little Mombo. If completely intimate luxury is your preference then explore Zarafa Camp.
If you prefer the romance of mobile camping then explore both Chobe Under Canvas and Savuti Under Canvas.
For relaxation visit Toka Leya.
For further reading on the Okavango Delta visit the UNESCO site.