Abu Camp: Our View
Abu Camp is one of the most famous, exclusive and luxurious safari camps in the world and certainly one of the most expensive. It offers a very unique experience but whether it represents real value for money at the luxury end of the safari market really depends on what you are looking for. Apart from outstanding accommodation and a gorgeous setting, the real highlight of Abu Camp are the elephant back safaris. This is the only camp in Botswana where clients can actually ride on an elephant as well as walk with them on foot. There are currently 6 elephants in the Abu herd and the chance to interact at length with these amazing creatures is without doubt a truly incredible experience. There is also an active program to release elephants born within the herd into the wild.
However, it must be noted that the general game viewing in this area is not as good as other parts of the Okavango Delta.
In summary, Abu Camp is great for clients with a high budget who are looking for very high levels of luxury and service, beautiful scenery and who are especially interested in the elephant activities it offers. For clients who are looking more for a fantastic all round safari experience though, then there are other camps that offer similar levels of luxury, better game viewing and for less money! Please note that only a limited number of guests (about 4-6) can ride on the elephants at any one time so clients will take it in turn to do this activity. Other guests can choose to walk with the elephants or do one of the other activities offered.
Abu Camp: Quick Facts
- 6 luxury tents with private decks plus 1 ‘star bed’
- Very high levels of luxury and service
- Located on a huge private concession in the Okavango Delta
- Activities offered: elephant back safaris and walking with the elephants, day and night time game drives, motorboat and mokoro safaris
- Look out for special offers if travelling November - March when Abu may be more affordable
Abu Camp: The Details
Abu Camp is truly gorgeous and is certainly 5 star in terms of its accommodation. The 6 very spacious tented rooms are furnished in a ‘colonial chic’ style with indoor and outdoor showers and an outdoor copper bath. Each one is totally private with large decking areas. As expected the dining and service here is outstanding. On our last visit we were especially impressed with how attentive the staff, management and guides were and how personal and flexible the service provided was.
The location is also stunning, situated in a riverine forest overlooking a lagoon. A recent addition that certainly enhances the appeal of the camp is an open air ‘star bed’ located close to the elephant enclosure.
There is no doubt that the real highlight and focus here are the elephant back safaris. But Abu also offers excellent game drives and mokoro and motorboat safaris as well.