Abu Camp, the original elephant back experience in the heart of the Okavango Delta
Abu Camp re-opened last week after an extensive refurbishment, renovation and re-build with a complete overhaul of rooms and public areas, the construction of a one-of-a-kind “star bed” suspended above the elephant boma and the introduction of solar power and other sustainability initiatives. Road Travel is offering an excellent Three Night Package, so send us an email to find out more.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland river systems. The Kavango River, born in the uplands of Angola to the Northwest, flows into and fans out across the Kalahari Desert to form an immense inland delta of lagoons, channels and palm filled islands. An imaginative use of canvas and pole has created a unique style of tent which has been called Afro-Bedouin: high, wide and airy, blending in flawlessly with the natural surroundings. Each of the six en-suite accommodation units has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, many of them antique, imparting an air of opulence amid the bush setting. Abu Camp has won acclaim from guests from all parts of the world for its unique design, secluded location, luxurious ambience and its superb service and food. Princes, presidents, film stars and international celebrities can all attest to the magic of Abu Camp.
Guests are “introduced” to the elephants shortly after their arrival and will soon feel part of the Abu herd. The Abu experience is not just about “riding elephants” but rather an Elephant experience – mud baths, swimming and feeding the elephants. The 500 000 acres of Okavango wilderness can also be explored via bush walks and mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris. Boating and catch-and-release fishing is also available. Getting to know the elephants at Abu Camp on a personal level is a rare and humbling experience. Meet each member of the herd, learn their history and begin to understand a little of what makes these grand, wise creatures what they are. Watch the interactions of the herd, how they walk silently and majestically along through the bush, trunks swinging, ears flapping.
Whether walking alongside them or seated in large padded saddles mounted behind experienced elephant-handlers, to join a herd of the largest land mammals on a walk through the bush is to see Africa from a completely different perspective. Surrounded as you are by the herd, many other animals allow you to approach closer than ever. Herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope continue to graze, unconcerned by the approach of the elephant herd of which you are now an honored part. Also available are guided nature walks, bird watching (Abu boasts a list of nearly 500 species) or time spent drifting on the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro.
Abu Camp offers a three-night safari for a maximum of twelve people, ensuring that all the guests grow with the herd as they get to know them, offering a superb learning experience that is also a journey through the eyes of the elephants. All guests arrive and depart at the same time, allowing them to begin to relax and absorb the tranquillity of their surroundings and to get to know the herd at the same pace. Cathy and her loving patience with the small calves in her herd, the antics of the youngsters, and the obvious wisdom of the elders all come together to create a rare glimpse into the lives of these intelligent and extraordinary animals.