The Abu Elephant Experience
Abu Camp is not just one of the most luxurious safari camps in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta, but it is also the place you can interact with African elephants in a way that will change how you see these remarkable creatures. It will also change forever your take on elephant conservation and the protection of the wild habitats on which these magnificent animals depend.
Many safari camps will show you wild elephants from the back of a Land Rover and you experience them through your own eyes. At Abu Camp in contrast, you experience the African bush through the eyes of the elephants as you become an honorary member of the Abu Camp herd. Getting hot in the afternoon – time to stop for a cooling mud bath! Passing a tree decked in tasty-looking new leaves? Stop and browse for a while!
Abu Camp began with the visionary idea of returning previously exploited elephants to the wild in Africa. It has grown to become a centre of elephant conservation excellence. A number of the elephants have been successfully returned to the wild, and this provides scientists with an invaluable opportunity to study their movements on a macro level. These are truly “elephants without borders” as they often cross from Botswana into neighbouring countries, and back again.
Meanwhile the resident herd allows guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with youngsters and adults alike. It is the elephants’ needs that determine much of the daily itinerary, and through spending real quality time with them, guests learn to appreciate the elephant’s individual personalities – from serene, wise Cathy the matriarch to rumbustious, playful Naledi, and orphan only a few months old who has been adopted by the herd and who effortlessly steals the hearts of everyone who meets her.
Guest activities at Abu Camp centre on interaction with the herd, and experiencing the Okavango Delta whilst they do. Riding in specially-designed saddles on the back of an elephant gives a unique perspective on the local wildlife; better yet, walking with the herd allows you to truly belong. Sundowner drinks are a safari institution, but they take on a new, deeper meaning when the herd is with you, also slaking their thirst…
For the ultimate combination of elephant closeness and romance, a night spent in the Abu star bed is not to be missed. With the star-spangled African sky above, and the contented rumblings of Naledi, Warona and their friends coming from just below you, a chance to reflect on your truly amazing experiences as you drift off to sleep…
They say that elephants never forget, and we promise you, nor will you.