WALK WITH ELEPHANTS
Enquiry is needed to obtain rates as all 3 Camps listed below have different times and prices. Prices also vary according to which month you visit the Camps.
Duration: Approx. 5 Hours
Min pax: 1
Elephant-back safaris are slowly being phased out across Africa but many herds of habituated elephants remain. Often, they consist of abandoned orphans, those found injured and nursed back to health, and others saved from culls. Gentle activities like walking with habituated elephants help fund their care.
Where to do it
Stanley’s Camp is an 8 tent classic canvas camp nestled in the Okavango Delta. It offers prime elephant viewing territory and has quality game drives and walks.
Stanley’s Camp is a small luxury camp with classic styled safari tents raised on wooden decking. The tents feature handcrafted beds dressed with fine linens and antique furniture along with oriental carpets that transport you to early 19th century Africa. Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private balcony and a ceiling fan. Hammocks and Morris chairs on the decks are perfect for relaxation in the African sunshine.
Stanley’s is located in a very scenic area with a good diversity of wildlife. It shares a private concession area with its sister Baines Camp (both offering great elephant viewing), and thus can do off road and night game drives in open vehicles, along with bush walking if requested. When water levels are high (usually June-Sept) the camp can also offer mokoro (local dugout canoe poled like a gondola).
Abu Camp - You are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu Herd. Form a strong emotional bond with the herd and be both humbled and inspired as you gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu is based.
Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu is set in a pristine riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent. Each of the six en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a plunge pool sunk into the elevated teak deck. The multi-decked lounge and dining area and well-stocked library and study, gym and pool will keep you entertained, informed and energised while at Abu.
Baines’ Camp - Named after the 19th century explorer and painter Thomas Baines, this is a small but cosy camp with just six suites. An eco-friendly property built using only commercially grown wood, with over 150,000 recycled aluminium cans incorporated within the walls to provide insulation. The camp is raised above the permanent water of the Boro River while wooden walkways connect the main areas and luxury rooms. The swimming pool and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. Watch hippos wallow at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or see one of the many elephants who live in the area.
The six suites at Baines' are opulent and luxurious, with ensuite facilities and four-poster beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent soak under the stars on your own private viewing deck in an opulent star bath. At Baines' Camp, the sky's the limit.
Tips for all 3 Camps
-be prepared for a five hour outing. Sunscreen, hat, closed toe shoes, water are necessary.
-bring a camera- you'll be mad at yourself if you don't!
-it's perfectly safe, but visitors must be respectful and quiet. If your child is noisy or restless it may upset the elephants. Probably not recommended for children under 9 years (there are age restrictions of 12 and 9 respectively at Baines and Stanley Camps). Book in advance, not always possible to book on arrival.