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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness, and life itself.

As a guest of Abu Camp, you are invited to walk with and ride elephants, to get a glimpse of their world and learn about their lives. Becoming part of an African elephant herd is an extraordinary privilege that we seek to share with those who visit us.

The vast 180,000 hectare (450,000 acre) private and exclusive Abu Concession is set within the unspoilt pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. As the largest inland delta on the planet, the Okavango and surrounding areas of northern Botswana hold more elephants than any other area in Africa.

Pioneered in the early 1990s, and named after a much-mourned bull elephant, Abu Camp has been running for 20 years, and as such is the original elephant safari experience in Africa. Abu Camp, while never forgetting its environmental footprint, aims to provide the very best in privacy, location, accommodation and service. Allowing all who visit to absorb themselves in a whole new world, the camp is a haven of peace and tranquillity, immersed within the natural rhythms of the bush.

Well-lit pathways link the camp’s main area with the guest rooms. Using the same unique high, wide and airy canvasing style throughout the camp, the six en-suite rooms exhibit their own distinctive elegance. Blending in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, each tent is graced with generous decks and an indoor and outdoor shower. The stylish furnishings and fittings – individually chosen for each room – impart an air of opulence amid the bush setting.
For reflection, relaxation and even meditation, there is a separate comfortable seating area in each tent with a writing desk and a private elevated wooden deck sculpted around the lofty fig and jackal-berry trees shading the tents. Panoramic views, the likes of which only the Okavango Delta can boast, can be appreciated from all perspectives of the room.

Wilderness Safaris Early Bird Special Deal

Wilderness Safaris Early Bird Special Deal

 

 

Great news! Introduced in June this year, we are pleased to advise that our Early Bird deal will be in place next year too. The added advantage is that bookings can be made immediately and the longer the lead time the better the discount!

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SADC: South African Resident
ZAR : South African Rand

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
Details 1 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 1 Jun 2017 – 31 Oct 2017
Per person sharing per night US$ 2,220 US$ 2,897
Single supplement US$ 690 US$ 703
Details 1 Nov 2017 – 19 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017 – 10 Jan 2018
Per person sharing per night US$ 2,220 US$ 2,531
Single supplement US$ 690 US$ 690

 

SADC RESIDENTS  RATES
Details 15 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun  2017
Per person sharing per night R11 190
Single supplement R3 915
Private Activities
Service Rate Notes
Private activities at Abu and Mombo* US$ 895   Per party per day, maximum 6 guests, excluding elephant activities at Abu Camp
Notes
  • The private activity service includes all the standard activities in that camp, be it guided walks, game drives, boating, mekoro, etc.
  • The private activity service commences with the afternoon activity on the day of arrival and ends with the morning activity on the day of departure.
  •  Elephant excursions at Abu Camp cannot be booked on a private basis. Abu Camp: Note that a maximum of 10 guests can be accommodated on the elephant activity at any one time. This number is comprised of 4 guests maximum riding the elephants (2 guests on each of two elephants) and 6 guests maximum walking alongside the elephants. If one of the elephants is pregnant or nursing a young one, this number may reduce for a period, however, the overall elephant experience will be managed on the ground by the camp.

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '17 - 31 Mar '17 01 Apr '17- 31 May '17 and
01 Nov '17- 10 Jan  '18
01 Jun '17 - 31 Oct '17
Classic & Premier camps US$ 165 US$ 175 US$ 185
Seasond 11 Jan '18- 31 Mar '18 01 Apr '18 - 31 May '18 and
 
 
Classic & Premier camps US$170 US$ 185  

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

SADC: South African Resident
ZAR : South African Rand

Details 20 Dec 2017 – 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 – 31 Marc 2018 1 Apr 2018 – 31 May  2018
Per person sharing per night US$ 2,531 US$ 1,892  US$ 2,287
Single supplement US$ 690 US$ 663   US$ 712
Details 1 Jun  2018 – 31 Oct 2018 1 Nov 2018 – 19 Dec  2018 20 Dec 2018 – 10 Jan 2019
Per person sharing per night US$ 2,985 US$ 2,290 US$ 2,610
Single supplement US$ 900 US$ 690 US$ 785

Premier Camp

Includes:

  • All meals
  • All local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne)
  • Camp activities including elephant interaction
  • Park fees
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet connection

Excludes :

  • International air travel to/from Maun
  • Internal light aircraft travel to/from camp
  • Gratuities/tipping
  • Visas – where required
  • Departure tax
  • Any in-room treatments

PLEASE NOTE:

  • No minimum or maximum number of nights are required although for a full experience, a minimum stay of 3 nights is recommended.
  • Elephant activities are offered daily.
  • At Abu Camp a maximum of 10 guests can be accommodated on an elephant activity at any one given time. This number is comprised of a maximum of 4 ‘riders’ and 6 ‘walkers’ or less, depending on the number of guests. If one of the elephants is pregnant or nursing a young one, this number may experience will be managed on the ground by the camp
  • Abu Camp does not have a family room. Children between the ages of 6 and 16 years can be accommodated as a triple share in a standard twin room on an extra bed (maximum 2 extra beds available for this purpose at any one time). This may impact on space and comfort.
  • Child rates will apply when the child is sharing with adults in the triple room, however the range of activities is limited as a result of the minimum age requirement of 13 years for the following: canoeing, mokoro excursions, walking (game walks or walking with the
  • elephants) and solo elephant rides.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 16 years may participate in a sleep out on the outdoor star-deck as well as on an elephant ride, provided they are accompanied by an adult, on the star-deck or on the same elephant respectively.
  • Elephant excursions cannot be booked on a private basis and as such all parties, including those with children between 6 and 16 years, share in these activities at the same time. Where possible the camp will allocate and roster activities in such a way that families
  • with children between 6 and 16 years are accommodated sole use on game drive and boating activities.
  • When booking sole use of Abu Camp the minimum camp age restriction falls away, however activity minimum requirements remain in place for safety reasons.

 WILDERNESS SAFARIS CHILD POLICY

      Off-peak Season Rate Peak Season Rate
Age Categoty Rules 11 January to 31 May  
&
01 November  to
19 December '
11 January to 31 May '
&
01 November to
19 December  
0 - 2 years Infant Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use of camp is
booked at Classic and Premier Camps.

FOC FOC
3 - 16
years
Child Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
3 – 5 years: Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use
of camp is booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
6 – 12 years: Private vehicle must be booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
No private vehicle nor sole use is required at Adventures Camps.
13 – 16 years: No private vehicle needed at any camp.
65% off adult rate 35% off adult rate
17 years &
older
Adult Any room type. Full adult rate Full adult rate

Notes

1. Off-peak Season - 11 January to 31 May and 01 November to 19 December, 65% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is peak season and 35% discount applies.

2. Peak Season - 01 June to 31 October and 20 December to 10 January, 35% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is off-peak season and 65% discount applies.

3. The discounted child rate is only applicable to bookings in family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room (should the family room not be available for your particular booking). Child rates do not apply at those camps that do not have family rooms, with the exception of Abu where the child rate may be extended to a triple booking.

4. Children under the age of 17 years are required to share accommodation with at least one adult at all times.

5. Child rates apply only when children aged 16 years or under are sharing with full paying adult/s and must be calculated accordingly i.e. 2 adults and 2 children in a family, charge 2 x adult sharing rate plus 2 x the applicable child rate.

6. In addition, at our Classic and Premier camps, parties with children 12 years and younger are required to book and pay for private activities unless the camp is booked as exclusive use or they have filled a vehicle (6 guests). A family booking will depend on availability of the private vehicle/activities at the selected camp for the period requested.

7. Child participation in activities will vary depending on the camp and the activity.

8. Triple share accommodation is on a request basis and only allowed for children 16 years and under sharing with adults - not for three adults sharing. Guests must accept that there is usually an impact on space and comfort in the case of triple share accommodation. Please contact your Journey Specialist for assistance and pricing.

 Children notes continued - exceptions:

1. At Abu Camp the minimum age requirement for walking with elephants and solo elephant rides is 13 years.

2. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years staying at Abu Camp may participate in a sleep out on the outdoor star-deck as well as on an elephant ride, provided they are accompanied by an adult, on the star-deck or on the same elephant respectively.

3. Parties with children between 6 and 12 years will share in elephant activities at Abu at the same time. Where possible the camp will allocate and roster other activities in such a way that these parties are accommodated sole use on game drive and boating activities, providing private activities have been booked.

 

PRIVATE ACTIVITIES

Service Rate Notes
Private activities at Abu and Mombo* 11 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 US$ 815 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  
Private activities at Abu and Mombo*11 Jan 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 US$ 865 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests 
Private activities at Abu and Mombo* 11 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan  2019 US$ 890 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  

 Notes

1. The private activity service includes all the standard activities in that camp, be it guided walks, game drives, boating, mekoro, etc.

2. The private activity service commences with the afternoon activity on the day of arrival and ends with the morning activity on the day of departure.

3. Elephant excursions at Abu Camp cannot be booked on a private basis.
 

WILDERNESS SAFARIS CHILD POLICY

      Off-peak season Peak Season
Age Category Rules 11 Jan 2017-
to 31 May 2017
&
01 Nov 2017
to 19 December 2017
01 June 2017
to 31 Oct 2017
&
20 Dec 2017
to 10 Jan 2018
0-2 Years Infant Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use of camp is
booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
No private vehicle nor sole use is required at Adventures Camps.
FOC FOC
3 - 16
years
Child Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
3 – 5 years: Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use
of camp is booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
6 – 12 years: Private vehicle must be booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
No private vehicle nor sole use is required at Adventures Camps.
13 – 16 years: No private vehicle needed at any camp.
65% off adult rate 35% off adult rate
17 years &
older
Adult Any room type Full adult rate Full adult rate

Notes

  • Off-peak Season - 11 January to 31 May and 01 November to 19 December, 65% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is peak season and 35% discount applies.
  • Peak Season - 01 June to 31 October and 20 December to 10 January, 35% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is off-peak season and 65% discount applies.
  • The discounted child rate is only applicable to bookings in family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room (should the family room not be available for your particular booking). Child rates do not apply at those camps that do not have family rooms, with the exception of Abu where the child rate may be extended to a triple booking.
  • Children under the age of 17 years are required to share accommodation with at least one adult at all times.
  • Child rates apply only when children aged 16 years or under are sharing with full paying adult/s and must be calculated accordingly i.e. 2 adults and 2 children in a family, charge 2 x adult sharing rate plus 2 x the applicable child rate.
  • In addition, at our Classic and Premier camps, parties with children 12 years and younger are required to book and pay for private activities unless the camp is booked as exclusive use or they have filled a vehicle (6 guests). A family booking will depend on availability of the private vehicle/activities at the selected camp for the period requested.
  • Child participation in activities will vary depending on the camp and the activity.
  • Triple share accommodation is on a request basis and only allowed for children 16 years and under sharing with adults - not for three adults sharing. Guests must accept that there is usually an impact on space and comfort in the case of triple share accommodation. Please contact your Journey Specialist for assistance and pricing.

Children notes continued - exceptions:

  • At Abu Camp the minimum age requirement for walking with elephants and solo elephant rides is 13 years.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years staying at Abu Camp may participate in a sleep out on the outdoor star-deck as well as on an elephant ride, provided they are accompanied by an adult, on the star-deck or on the same elephant respectively.
  • Parties with children between 6 and 12 years will share in elephant activities at Abu at the same time. Where possible the camp will allocate and roster other activities in such a way that these parties are accommodated sole use on game drive and boating activities, providing private activities have been booked.
  • As the key activity at Pelo Camp is mokoro excursions, the minimum age limit is 13 years.
Internationally trained chefs provide creative cuisine of the highest standard, and meals – most of which are served al fresco on the deck – are superbly complemented by wine from our extensive cellar. A wide choice of international spirits and single malt whiskies are on offer. Long safari days end with a nightcap around the campfire, recounting the day’s adventures.

For those seeking the ultimate immersion experience into the serene, sensory world of the African elephant, Abu Camp now offers the opportunity to sleep out under the stars, in our new Star Bed overlooking the elephant boma.
On request, guests are escorted to the large double bed of the Star Bed after dinner on one night of their stay at Abu Camp. Here, raised high above the ground, they sleep beneath the incredible canopy of stars so iconic of the southern hemisphere, and are lulled to sleep by the contented rumbling and low snores of the elephants below.

The Star Bed offers an opportunity to “sleep with the elephants” found nowhere else in Africa. To ensure complete comfort a bathroom, including an open shower, is found on the tier below the top deck.

Flowing beautifully from tiered decking, an imaginative use of canvas and poles forms the main area of camp. Creating a modern, unique blend of sweeping lines in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness, the lounge and dining room have been designed to complement the easy flow of nature and to accentuate a feeling of lightness during your stay at Abu Camp. Borrowing from the local African cultures, homeware, hand-woven linen fabrics, ceramic light pods, woven seagrass chairs and hand-hewn wooden pieces give the camp the elegant flair of the Okavango Delta. The library, a well-stocked collection of African literature and field guides, is the perfect setting for reading and quiet reflection. Leading off from the library is a communication area for those guests wishing to stay in contact with the outside world. A stylish, secluded swimming pool completes the amenities.

ABOUT THE LODGE

  • First time to Africa

    First time to Africa

    Meet and interact with our elephant herd, from wise matriarch Cathy to the energetic youngster, Naledi.
    Take a unique nature walk by following the herd on foot as they move through the bush, feeding as they go. Sleep under the stars in our Star Bed near the elephant boma; be lulled to sleep by elephant rumblings from the nearby resting herd.
  • Travelled to Africa

    Travelled to Africa

    Soak in decadent bubbles in your outdoor copper bath under a starry African sky. Explore the surrounding bush from a unique vantage point – on the back of a majestic, gentle elephant. Encounter the amazing variety of wildlife that lives in the Abu Concession on a game drive.
  • Seasoned Traveller

    Seasoned Traveller

    Prepare to be wowed by the 380 different species of birds of the Okavango region.
    Glide along the silent waters of the Okavango channels by mokoro – dug-out canoe – or boat. When the researchers are in camp, learn about the complex social structure of the herd and the challenges of elephant conservation.
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