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Travel: Wilderness Safaris Abu Camp, Botswana

Abu Camp [Botswana]

Abu Camp Botswana

Between last the week’s fashion post set in the wilderness and being currently engrossed in the charming exploits of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s  Mma Ramotswe that take her on safari, it was inevitable that the next travel daydream would lead to the serene splendour of a classic Botswana safari experience. In particular, if you are looking to surround yourself with the majesty of elephant herds, then Abu Camp situated on a vast 180 000 hectares private reserve is the one for you. I must say there is nothing to put you in place than seeing an adult elephant up close, it makes you realise just how small you are in the grand scheme of things; but it is also an experience that will stay with you forever. Along time ago now at an unconnected private reserve, after a safari drive where you could literally reach out and brush an elephant, I remember having lunch with elephants wandering around nearby. I couldn’t help thinking what if they decide to charge, at the same time as asking myself if I really experiencing this, it was surreal.

Abu Camp Elephant safari

[Image credits: Abu Camp – Wilderness Safaris]

Abu Camp, named after a very special bull elephant, bills itself as the ultimate elephant education safari; unique in that it allows guests to interact with the resident herd through guided rides and walks. Throughout their stay guests get to know individual elephant members, gaining an insight into their complex behaviour; all with the aid of experienced guides. The camp is located at the edge of the Okavango Delta in a grove of hardwood trees located at the edge of a large lagoon. Expect game drives morning, noon and night, and during the seasonal floods guests can take to the waters of the Okavango Delta on ‘morokos’, traditional canoes manoeuvred with poles that are used in the Okavango Delta.

Abu Camp - Accommodation

[Image credits: Abu Camp – Wilderness Safaris]

Furnished with a distinctive blend of antiques and comfortable safari chic, accommodation consists of high, wide and airy tents made from canvas and poles in a unique style that has been coined ‘Afro-Bedouin’. Only five suites are available, each with a private elevated teak deck offering spectacular views of the Okavango Delta. Shady trees add to the peaceful, relaxing surroundings and canopied pathways link the rooms to the main lounge where guest will find a well-stocked library of field guides and information about the local wildlife, a bar and open plan seating areas offering panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. Most meals are taken al fresco on the deck, where a warming campfire provides the perfect spot for sundowners. The lounge area offers access to a secluded plunge pool to cool off from a hot dusty day of walking.

Abu Camp - night

[Image credit: Abu Camp – Wilderness Safaris]

…to say elephants are important here is an understatement, and makes for a truly magical experience.

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