- The exceptional variety of habitats hosts prolific general game and predators
- Sublime, high-end safari experience with exclusive activities such as movies under the stars
- Poignant history of Abu’s unique elephant herd and reintroduction to the wild
The Abu Private Reserve offers exceptional Okavango Delta game-viewing in a variety of pristine habitats. Abu Camp guides are highly skilled interpreters of tracks, calls and behaviour, using these signs to reveal the secrets of the African bush. Day and night game drives, guided nature walks (seasonal), mokoro excursions and boating (both water levels permitting) take in the diversity of abundant general game roaming the 180 000-hectare (445 000-acre) reserve. Abu Camp provides the very best in luxury safari accommodation, impeccable service, as well as an extraordinary safari and wildlife experience in one of the largest and most diverse private reserves in the Okavango.
Wildlife: the essence of the Abu Camp experience is exploring the unspoiled wilderness of the Delta. However, unlike some of the water-inundated areas of the Okavango, the Abu Private Reserve varies from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries, and papyrus-fringed channels. This variety of natural habitats allows for an abundance of wildlife. Predator sightings may include African wild dog, and cheetah, with lion sometimes heard calling at night. Hyaena, and leopard are resident, so are encountered more frequently. Other iconic Okavango species regularly sighted include elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, tsessebe, red lechwe, warthog, giraffe, and zebra. The birding around Abu Camp is spectacular, and particularly exciting species may include malachite kingfisher, white-browed coucal, pied kingfisher, rufous-bellied heron, and southern ground hornbill.
Accommodation: Abu Camp is set in a pristine riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, a magnet for widlife, the explorer-styled tents seem at one with their natural surroundings. Each of the six luxurious, en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, a secluded outdoor copper bath, and a private plunge pool sunken into the elevated teak deck. The endless lagoon views invite your imagination to wander. The welcoming, multi-decked lounge and dining areas make original use of canvas and timber to create contemporary spaces that are in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness and offer a wonderful vantage point. Organic elements and traditional African artefacts reinforce the sense of place and lend Abu Camp something of the natural flair and exuberance of the Okavango Delta. A fascinating library acts as a repository of knowledge on elephant behaviour and conservation, with a pool, gym and diverse array of en-suite spa treatments completing the offering at Abu Camp.
Purpose: With a history steeped in elephants, Abu is the base for a pioneering rewilding elephant conservation project. Learn about the evolution of the Abu Herd, and the careful and respectful integration of its members back into the wild.
Abu Camp is best accessed through Maun Airport, which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. You can fly to Maun on Air Botswana from any of the following airports: Johannesburg (South Africa), Gaborone (Botswana), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Windhoek (Namibia). Private charters from Johannesburg can also be arranged.
Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4x4 safari vehicles. These drives showcase the abundance of wildlife in the varying habitats which range from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries, and papyrus-fringed channels. One of the best ways to appreciate just why the Okavango Delta was made UNESCO’s 1 000th World Heritage Site.
Mokoro Excursions *
Season-dependent mokoro excursions offer a taste of the more conventional Okavango. The traditional du...
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