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“Be Part Of The Magic”
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Abu Camp
Reviewed January 22, 2013

The journey to Abu Camp bristles with expectation; the 'very African' experience of Maun Airport, lines of light aircraft waiting to load their cargo of excited tourists, a flight over the bush straining to catch a glimpse of a first giraffe, some buffalo ... the fantasy of an imagined lion.

However you may have pictured your stay at Abu Camp, nothing can prepare for the reality. This is because it is not possible to write about the musty smell of the bush at sunset, happening across an inquisitive tower of giraffe as you walk in line with the herd, the family of mahouts quietly determined to share their passion for their dynasty of amazing animals, sunrise over the elephant Boma as the herd sways in anticipation of their morning trek, the sheer spirituality of sharing time with these astounding creatures, the magic of the various 'sundowner' locations, each one chosen with imagination and artistry by a team of extraordinary Camp professionals dedicated to deliver much more than another set of 'holiday memories', service at the very pinnacle of top end, the views over the lagoon as you watch incredulously as 'afternoon tea' is set up only two hours after an excellent lunch; hoards of memories lining up to warm your old age, each one personal and individual.

Abu Camp is not for the tourist looking to tick off a list of 'The Big Five'. It is not for those who are seeking value for their Botswanan Pula. It is not for those who want to look past the majesty of elephants to see leopard and lion. Abu Camp is a privilege, a blessing; a gift from the Okavango Delta which keeps on giving long after you claim your luggage from unlikely locations in the dark corners of sweaty airports on your return journey. It will live forever in your memory for all the right reasons, fill your conversation and tempt you back to witness the next chapter of a remarkable story.

I cannot recommend a holiday experience more passionately.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I must say, this camp tops my list of dream camps. The staff were amazing and friendly, and I really felt like part of the family while there. Ike and Anne were so welcoming! Although I wasn't too keen on going on an elephant back safari at first, I am so happy I did! There is no way to feel more at peace with Africa. No idling motors, no creaky springs as you ride along, no bumps....silence. Amazing experience. And the bush dinner they surprised us with one night was truly 5 star! What a great experience dining in the bush..so well executed, down to the table set up, beautiful 3 course meal, and campfire with marshmallows afterward. An experience that will stick with me for the rest of my life! The sundowners were truly over the top as well. And the rooms! You know how sometimes you see a photograph of a room on a website, and when you arrive, your room is NOTHING like it? This will never happen here. We got to check out all of the rooms, and although decorated differently, each one is as spectacular as the next!

Thank you, Abu staff, for making my wildest dreams come true.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank J L
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

I totally agree with all 'bird h's comments. Our party of 6 was upgraded to Abu from Khwai Camp - lucky us! The camp's design and setting is at one with the landscape, the rooms are enormous and very comfortable, and the numerous opportunities to interact with the elephants were unforgettable. Loved it.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

I spent two nights at Abu with a large group of friends in October. I have been to a few of the Wilderness Safari lodges before, but this was a first to Abu. Wilderness once again delivered on every level. We were greeted on the runway by a pride of lions! What a welcome. The camp is truly spectacular - quite modern, but still very 'bushy'. Being in a large group meant I could snoop in all the rooms - which are all decorated in a different style. We all agreed that each room was gorgeous, and no-one had any sense of 'room envy' at all. Slept like a log - such comfy beds.
We had delicious meals and even a pizza night. I did use the gym - great equipment and certainly the best view of any gym I have been in before.
Abu really is about the elephants and getting a sense of the extraordinary creatures they are. There is ample opportunity to ride, feed, photograph, watch them swim and have a mud bath. There is even an outside bedroom that you can book to sleep next to the elephants, which a member of our party was going to take up - but for a rather spectacular rainstorm - I am sure he would have had a wonderful night. Seeing the bush from the back of an elephant gives one a new perspective of the bush - it is so peaceful and you really do feel part of your surroundings. Certainly for me - the highlight was watching them swim. I am actually very frightened of elephants, but the guides and camp members are so knowledgeable that I was not frightened at all by the time I left.
I spent quite a bit of time lying by the pool. Magnificent setting, comfortable loungers - lovely little touches like a basket to carry your goodies and delicious biscuits with tea. Yum.
I fear we were quite a demanding and unwieldy group, but the staff managed us with wonderful humour and grace, our every need was catered for (and many a need we knew not that we had!) As always with a Wilderness Safari lodge, the impeccable service is a perfect combination of warmth and delivery. Annie and Mike, the managers, really do create a fantastic atmosphere.
Yes, Abu is expensive, but most camps are not also catering for a rather large, grey family. It is an unique opportunity to interact with these sentient creatures. There is simply nowhere else like it on earth.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

My son (16) and I spent 3 nights at Abu Camp. We thought it was an unforgettably good experience. We were so well looked after, the elephants were wonderful and the bush picnics were brilliantly executed. We rode on the elephants, went in a mekoro, saw lion and hippos, and just had the most memorable time. By other camps' rates, it is expensive but considering they always have 45 staff on at any time, we thought it was excellent value for money.
Our room was very comfortable, the meals were first class, our two guides were very impressive, kind and helpful. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

it is the hotel with best hospitaliityf and great facalities. best place in the world for weekend. its give great fun.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank parth007
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

Very expensive and totally not worth it. They don't understand why people visit them. Rooms were really bed. food avrage , Wild life was not there at all. the abu pride is having problems. very little wild life. good for viewing baffelow and ride a elephant..
Not at all woth it. don't go.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank ram_india
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Additional Information about Abu Camp

Address: Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a guest of Abu Camp you are invited to meet the Abu elephants, get a glimpse of their world and learn about their lives. Becoming a part of an African elephant herd is an extraordinary privilege that we will share with you. Blending in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, settle into your luxurious tent shaded by lofty trees. Each of the six spacious rooms exhibits its own distinctive elegance with an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath, and a generous elevated deck. Our lounge and dining tent have breathtaking views over the scenic lagoon. Other features include a well-stocked library and study, gym and swimming pool. Did you know?The whole premise on which Abu Camp is based is that of elephant research. You can sleep in our Star Bed near the elephant boma and be lulled to sleep by the rumblings of the elephants.The concession varies from seasonally inundated floodwaters, channels, palm islands and riverine forests to the dryer Kalahari “Sandveld Tongue”. Along with elephant activities we offer day and night game drives, guided walks (on request), seasonal mokoro rides and scenic flights (by arrangement).Expect to see buffalo, hippo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe. The dominant carnivores in the area are lion and hyaena with occasional sightings of leopard and wild dog.For bird enthusiasts, some 380 different species can be found here. ... more   less 
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Abu Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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