Abu Camp

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Just when you think things can’t get any bet­ter, we’re whisked off deeper into the Oka­vango Delta and the lav­ish Abu Camp. Six ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous suites that over­look la­goons and flood­plain pro­vide eye candy for the senses, but the oneon- one en­coun­ters with the res­i­dent herd of re­ha­bil­i­tated ele­phants com­pete for star billing.

Day or night sa­faris serve as gate­ways into out­stand­ing animal in­ter­ac­tion. Our per­sonal jour­ney into the bush ex­posed food chain re­al­ity, as hye­nas feasted on the mud-mar­i­nated re­mains of a less for­tu­nate wa­ter buf­falo.

The edge of raw ad­ven­ture is smoothed over with the com­forts of con­ve­nience and lux­ury sur­rounded by na­ture, rem­i­nis­cent of an Out Of Africa movie set. Bed­room spa­ces are dressed in el­e­gant com­fort with­out com­pro­mis­ing the spirit of ex­plo­ration, coax­ing out your in­ner Liv­ing­stone.

Spon­ta­neous en­ter­tain­ment comes in the form of au­di­ble ser­e­nades by neigh­bor­ing wildlife and their night­time rit­u­als. Day­time her­alds in ad­ven­tur­ous ele­phant en­coun­ters of the ex­treme kind. Walk along­side or cruise with tra­di­tional mekoro, as the gen­tle but po­tent crea­tures go about their daily lives. This camp is a highly ac­claimed fa­cil­ity that has pro­vided sanc­tu­ary for dozens of res­cued, re­ha­bil­i­tated, and even­tu­ally re­leased ele­phants.

Botswana of­fers ex­cep­tional in­tro­spect into the bush en­vi­ron­ment and its in­hab­i­tants. With mem­o­ries for a life­time, fo­cus now turns to­ward Kenya and as tran­sit in­volves a brief flight, an all too short stay at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel at the Jo­han­nes­burg air­port came as a won­der­ful sur­prise. Never be­fore have I ex­pe­ri­enced an air­port ho­tel with such char­ac­ter. The am­biance is first class and ser­vice and food far ex­ceeds the of­ten av­er­age ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vided by many air­port prop­er­ties.

Ro­man­tic mo­ments at Abu Camp

Naledi mud bath, Abu Camp

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