Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Abu Camp is a Premier 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.


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.

Conservation Initiatives

Abu Camp works with local NGOs and researchers to develop and advance a conservation agenda that includes not only trying to save Africa’s elephants, but also the ecosystems they rely on for survival and the many different species which live alongside them.

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Submitted by: Justin Fox, Mar 14, 2017

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Latest News From Abu Camp

  • Abu Camp - August 2017
    Aug 1, 2017

    The most incredible sight this month at Abu Camp was of a prolonged battle… between a bird and a reptile.

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  • Abu Camp - June 2017
    Jun 16, 2017

    A unique feature of mokoro activities at Abu Camp is the presence of the Abu Herd, and judging from their vocalisations and energetic play behaviour, it seems that they really enjoy this activity…

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  • Abu Camp - April 2017
    Apr 30, 2017

    A late gift of rain arrived just before the annual inundation – and in the meantime, we are still waiting for Abu Herd member Lorato’s exciting delivery…

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Reviewed by: GulfStream14, 23 August 2016