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Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp is one of the original and leading African elephant sanctuaries. The camp is situated in a vast private reserve of 180,000 hectares and offers carefully managed personal interactions with a herd of rescued and rehabilitated elephants.
Abu Camp's vision is to return elephants that have spent much of their life in captivity back into the African wild. The camp's release programme has provided a wealth of material for scientific research projects which will help the Botswana government in its management of the country's 110,000 elephants - the largest remaining elephant population in the world. Five elephants from the Abu Camp herd have now been released into the Okavango Delta wilderness area with the co-operation of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
Guests at Abu Camp are invited to become part of the elephant herd - interacting daily with the resident elephants; gaining insight into the complex behaviour of the largest mammals on earth; helping with feeding time; and escorting the elephants on foot as they move through the bush. There are also morning and evening 4x4 game drives, nature walks and mokoro expeditions on offer.
Abu Camp comprises six stylish en-suite 'Afro-Bedouin' style tents which are built on raised platforms and blend-in flawlessly with the natural surroundings. Each tent features distinctive antique fixtures and fittings and a private elevated teak deck sculpted around a sycamore fig or jackalberry tree.
The camp's main dining and lounge areas also boast comfortable antique furnishings, a well-stocked bar for post-safari sundowners around the camp fire, and high vaulted tenting which opens out onto a tiered teak deck, the perfect place for al fresco dining. Other facilities include a library stocked with field guides and illustrated volumes of the wildlife indigenous to the Okavango Delta, and a secluded plunge pool.
Joining the guides to interact with the elephants here offers a really unique experience where guests almost feel part of the herd for the day - a real magic moment for any elephant lover.
Matt, Original Traveller