Walk and Sleep with the Elephants


Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Botswana.

Abu Camp, Botswana

Abu Camp provides guests with the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants, of being part of an elephant herd, meeting each individual and beginning to understand what makes the largest land mammal tick.

As of 31 December 2016, the camp’s holistic elephant experience will no longer include elephant rides and instead focus on the immersive walking-based elephant experience for which Abu is already well known.

The Camp’s vision has always been to care for these abused or orphaned elephants and, where possible, to return these elephants that have spent much of their life in captivity into the African wild. The movements and behaviour of these reintroduced elephants are studied by scientists, thus contributing significantly to our understanding of the conservation issues that the species faces. Since the inception of Abu Camp, nine elephants have been successfully introduced into the private Abu Concession.

By creating a centre of excellence at Abu, we hope to become the world’s leading experts on everything related to elephant conservation and to share our knowledge with all Government and conservation partners and guests to ensure the long-term survival of the species. The Abu Herd members also function as ambassadors for their species, sharing with guests an important message of conservation and hope for each elephant life.

Set in age-old riverine forest, Abu Camp consists of six airy tented units, each with its own unique décor and a broad tree-shaded deck overlooking the scenic lagoon. Each unit is en-suite and includes an outdoor copper bath. The many-tiered main area has spacious lounge and dining areas, a plunge pool, well-stocked library and study – even a gym for the energetic.

Sundowners around a traditional campfire are followed by five-star meals complemented by award-winning wines. Guests can end the evening by sleeping in the Star-bed next to the elephant boma, lulled by the herd’s low snores.. Abu also offers game drives, night drives, walks and mokoro trips to view the wildlife in the area.
Mikes note: Abu Camp combines well with other premier camps in Botswana such Mombo and Kings Pool Camps, or as a grand finale to your African safari.
Further details

For more details on how best to include Abu Camp in an extended Botswana itinerary, and costs, please contact us.