Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Abu Camp is a Collection Camp

4Cs Projects at Abu Camp

The main premise on which Abu Camp is based is that of elephant conservation. We support meaningful scientific research projects and believe our herd members can help raise awareness about the plight of the African elephant species as a whole.


Elephants Without Borders (EWB)

Abu Camp has partnered with NGO Elephants Without Borders to lead its ambitious conservation agenda. EWB’s projects set out to use elephants as an umbrella species for understanding the future of Africa’s wildlife and the ecosystems they need to survive.

The Abu Herd and Elephant Conservation

Abu Camp’s vision is to return elephants that have spent much of their life in captivity back into the African wild, and to allow scientists to study their movements and behaviour. In this way, these reintroduced elephants can contribute significantly to our understanding of the conservation issues that the species faces. The Camp was originally opened for elephants who had been trained for film or other captive situations. Since then some have joined the herd after having been found injured or lost, while others were born into it. Since the inception of Abu, nine elephants have been successfully reintroduced into the wild.

Environmental Management at Abu

The camp is powered by a hybrid system, combining solar energy and a generator; however, the generator is only used for eight hours a day. Waste water (sewage and grey water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before entering the natural system. Earthworms in the camp’s worm farm break down organic waste from the kitchen and turn it into rich compost.

Latest Abu Camp Album

Submitted by: Tania Ackerman, May 10, 2015

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Latest News From Abu Camp

  • Abu Camp - July 2015
    Aug 11, 2015

    Wonderful sightings of lion and leopard, and Naledi back to her bouncing self at Abu Camp

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  • Abu Camp - June 2015
    Jul 20, 2015

    A fascinating – if disquieting – sighting involving a hyaena and a leopard, and Elephants Without Borders research projects presented at Abu Camp this month.

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  • Abu Camp – May 2015
    Jun 22, 2015

    A leopard scuffle – with a hyaena joining in!

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ Besides elephants, Abu is also an amazing place for the other wildlife that is there and for its classic structure and wonderful service. To say that the staff goes up and beyond is an understatement. ”
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Reviewed by: librarylady57, 4 June 2015