Abu Camp

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

You will want for nothing at this lavish camp where the main draw is its opportunity for immersion into a resident elephant herd—from riding atop to walking among their towering tree-trunk legs to sharing a mud-bath. At night, a sleep-out deck above the herd even allows you to be lulled to sleep by their nocturnal rumblings. Neutral tones permeate the elegant decor of each of the six individually appointed chalets, whose verandas are replete with roll-top baths overlooking a natural lagoon, while striking, curved, canvas-covered roofs improve ventilation. Two communal lounge areas and a small gym are linked by an expansive deck where gourmet meals are served under the shade of a huge sycamore fig in a fine-dining experience that would rival many top restaurants (the bush dinner is a nine-course Moroccan tapas extravaganza!). There are no set times here: meals are served wherever and whenever you desire and itineraries are tailored to the whims of each individual guest. Ask for Tent 2 when booking—it's the only one with a plunge pool.

PROS

  • a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to elephants
  • break from the typical safari mold

CONS

  • it isn’t cheap
  • lion sightings can be sporadic

Location

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27–11-807–1800-in South Africa

HOTEL DETAILS

6 tents
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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