Abu Elephant Camp
Abu Camp, Elephant Back Safaris, is considered the ‘ultimate safari experience’.
Set in half a million acres of totally unspoilt wilderness, Abu Camp’s atmosphere is that of the ultimate house party created each week for just ten guests. A ratio of four staff to each guest ensures the best of attention and service. Accommodation is in luxurious custom-designed tents, raised on teak decking and overlooking a lagoon. The tents, described as ‘Bedouin influence meets the African bush’, have fully zipped entrances, and roll down canvas on the windows. All the tents are beautifully and individually furnished with mahogany four-poster beds or antique sleigh beds. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom complete with copper or porcelain baths, shower and flush toilet. Every tent has a different style but all reflect the very high standard that defines Abu Camp.
The dining area is set on layered teak decking that winds its way around African Ebony and Sycamore Fig trees. An expert safari chef conjures up magnificent meals, catering to all tastes and dietary requirements. Sundowners are served in the shade of these majestic and ancient trees with abundant cocktails on ice.
The camp is named after Randall Moore’s legendary elephant ‘Abu’, the star of such motion pictures as ‘White Hunter Black He art’, and ‘The Power of One’. Abu is an Arabic word meaning ‘everything to do with elephants’. Abu currently leads a herd of five adults and seven juveniles ranging from five years old to 40 years old.
At Abu Camp, guests are transported in large comfortable custom-made saddles into the shimmering watercolour of the Okavango Delta, on the most effective of all 4×4’s. An elephant not only is able to cope in water and sand with equal ease, but can also get really close to other game, which is generally unaware of the human presence aloft. But the real kick lies in the extraordinary experience of the elephant perspective , walking beside them or riding high through the bush, at one with the largest ears, the longest noses in the world. The youngsters cavort and roll in the water, wander off, and come charging back. The adults amble quietly on, browsing, snapping off the odd branch to munch on as they go. Expressive long-lashed eyes reveal patience, mischief and pleasure. The Ultimate Safari.
From Abu Camp, you will take the short flight to Maun to connect with the Air Botswana flight to Johannesburg, arriving around 18.30. You will be met at the airport and driven to The Grace in Rosebank, without a doubt Johannesburg’s most exclusive 5 star hotel.