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.

Latest News From Abu Camp

  • Abu Camo - May 2018
    May 3, 2018

    We’ve had some really interesting questions about how the other members of the Abu Herd have reacted to the arrival of babies Motlotlo and Shamiso...

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  • Abu Camp - April 2018
    Apr 26, 2018

    A month of arrivals at Abu!

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  • Abu Camp – February 2018
    Feb 13, 2018

    While baby elephant Motlotlo has inevitably been the centre of attention, recent game drives at Abu have given him some serious competition with sightings of a female cheetah with cubs, and a ten-strong pride of lions…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ We have been fortunate to have been to a lot of Safari camps over Africa- but we both agreed that Abu was the best we have experienced. ”
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Reviewed by: Brian B, 30 January 2018