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Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness, and life itself.As a guest of Abu Camp, you are invited to walk with and ride elephants, to get a glimpse of their world and learn about their lives. Becoming part of an African elephant herd is an extraordinary privilege that we seek to share with those who visit us. Pioneered in the early 1990s, and named after a much-mourned bull elephant, Abu Camp has been running for 20 years, and as such is the original elephant safari experience in Africa. The vast 180,000 hectare (450,000 acre) private and exclusive Abu Concession is set within the unspoilt pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. As the largest inland delta on the planet, the Okavango and surrounding areas of northern Botswana hold more elephants than any other area in Africa. Abu Camp, while never forgetting its environmental footprint, aims to provide the very best in privacy, location, accommodation and service. Allowing all who visit to absorb themselves in a whole new world, the camp is a haven of peace and tranquillity, immersed within the natural rhythms of the bush.
Well-lit pathways link the camp’s main area with the guest rooms. Using the same unique high, wide and airy canvasing style throughout the camp, the six en-suite rooms exhibit their own distinctive elegance. Blending in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, each tent is graced with generous decks and an indoor and outdoor shower. The stylish furnishings and fittings - individually chosen for each room - impart an air of opulence amid the bush setting. For reflection, relaxation and even meditation, there is a separate comfortable seating area in each tent with a writing desk and a private elevated wooden deck sculpted around the lofty fig and jackal-berry trees shading the tents. Panoramic views, the likes of which only the Okavango Delta can boast, can be appreciated from all perspectives of the room.
INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes: • All meals • All local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne) • Camp activities including elephant interaction • Park fees • Laundry • Wireless internet connection Excludes: • International air travel to/from Maun • Internal light aircraft travel to/from camp • Gratuities/tipping • Visas – where required • Departure tax • Any in-room treatments
NB - PLEASE NOTE: • No minimum or maximum number of nights are required although for a full experience, a minimum stay of 3 nights is recommended. • Elephant activities are offered daily. • At Abu Camp, only 6 guests at a time can be accommodated on the elephants per excursion, with a maximum of 6 guests walking along with the herd during the excursion. If one of the elephants is pregnant or nursing a young one, this number may reduce for a period, however the overall elephant experience will be managed on the ground by the camp. • Abu Camp does not have a family room. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years can be accommodated as a triple share in a standard twin room on an extra bed (maximum 2 extra beds available for this purpose at any one time). This may impact on space and comfort. • Child rates will apply when the child is sharing with adults in the triple room, however the range of activities is limited as a result of the minimum age requirement of 13 years for the following: canoeing, mokoro excursions, walking (game walks or walking with the elephants) and solo elephant rides. • Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years may participate in a sleep out on the outdoor star-deck as well as on an elephant ride, provided they are accompanied by an adult, on the star-deck or on the same elephant respectively. • Elephant excursions cannot be booked on a private basis and as such all parties, including those with children between 6 and 12 years, share in these activities at the same time. Where possible the camp will allocate and roster activities in such a way that families with children between 6 and 12 years are accommodated sole use on game drive and boating activities. • When booking sole use of Abu Camp the minimum camp age restriction falls away, however activity minimum requirements remain in place for safety reasons.Abu Camp Facilities Flowing beautifully from tiered decking, an imaginative use of canvas and poles forms the main area of camp. Creating a modern, unique blend of sweeping lines in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness, the lounge and dining room have been designed to complement the easy flow of nature and to accentuate a feeling of lightness during your stay at Abu Camp. Borrowing from the local African cultures, homeware, hand-woven linen fabrics, ceramic light pods, woven seagrass chairs and hand-hewn wooden pieces give the camp the elegant flair of the Okavango Delta. The library, a well-stocked collection of African literature and field guides, is the perfect setting for reading and quiet reflection. Leading off from the library is a communication area for those guests wishing to stay in contact with the outside world. A stylish, secluded swimming pool completes the amenities.Dining & Cuisine Internationally trained chefs provide creative cuisine of the highest standard, and meals – most of which are served al fresco on the deck - are superbly complemented by wine from our extensive cellar. A wide choice of international spirits and single malt whiskies are on offer. Long safari days end with a nightcap around the campfire, recounting the day's adventures.Elephant Star Beds For those seeking the ultimate immersion experience into the serene, sensory world of the African elephant, Abu Camp now offers the opportunity to sleep out under the stars, in our new Star Bed overlooking the elephant boma. On request, guests are escorted to the large double bed of the Star Bed after dinner on one night of their stay at Abu Camp. Here, raised high above the ground, they sleep beneath the incredible canopy of stars so iconic of the southern hemisphere, and are lulled to sleep by the contented rumbling and low snores of the elephants below. The Star Bed offers an opportunity to "sleep with the elephants" found nowhere else in Africa. To ensure complete comfort a bathroom, including an open shower, is found on the tier below the top deck.