Experience the Okavango's magnificent elephants
Abu is an extraordinary conservation-driven and elephant-focused camp surrounded by lush riverine forests and tall hardwood trees. Named after a special elephant bull rescued from a Texan zoo in 1987, Abu sits in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, on a pristine island, overlooking a seasonal flood plain. Although not the best place to see a variety of Delta game, it is one of the best places in Africa to see elephants up close and personal in their natural surroundings. If you’re looking to do something different and truly memorable, you’d be hard pressed to find a more rewarding experience.
At the lodge
Abu’s main area is luxurious, with raised wooden floors and a two tent tiered layout that creates an open, free-flowing space. The lodge is tastefully furnished with neutral greys and dark greens inspired by the focus of the camp - the much loved elephants. Besides pleasant aesthetics, the main area also has an extremely impressive and well-stocked wildlife library, a refreshing plunge pool and even a gym. The campfire, in front of central lodge, is a splendid spot to watch the sunset over the watery Delta.
The camp consists of six contemporary en-suite tents each with their own unique decor. No luxury has been spared, and the rooms exude an air of indulgent opulence. Each tent has indoor and outdoor shower (perfect for making the most of the clear starry skies), an indulgently deep outdoor copper bath, and an elevated teak deck for private relaxation. These are all connected to the central communal tents by well-lit, raised wooden walkways.
There are many entertaining ways to explore the area’s wildlife - day and night game drives, mokoro and boating trips, guided walks, and elephant back safaris. Mokoro (dug out canoe) trips are the perfect way to explore the peaceful waterways that teem with life, while catch and release fishing is a gentle way to perfect your casting and reeling. Elephants are of course the focus of this camp. For those seeking a full elephant experience, there is also the option of sleeping in a star bed which is raised above the herd’s sleeping area.