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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Abu Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Abu Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta