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The problem with safaris is that everyone’s doing them now, and in the age of Instagram, you need more than a close encounter with a member of the Big Five to impress your pack.
Step forward Savuti Camp in Botswana. It’s already your outdoorsy, tented safari camp, situated in the Okavango Delta. But now it’s introduced a “sleep-out” option – two outdoor decks, each sleeping four, overlooking the Savute Channel, far away from the main camp (a 20-minute drive or a 45-minute boat ride – take your pick). The only neighbours are the hippos, buffalos, waterbucks, baboons, and other animals you won’t have heard of.
We're approaching the dry season in Africa, which means it's prime time to embark on a fabled safari. Contrary to what you'd think (dry season just sounds unappealing), it's actually the best game-viewing period because the vegetation is thinned out (better viewing) and the animals are more predictable and fully dependent upon fewer permanent supplies of water.
Abu Camp in Botswana shares its location with a population of elephants, allowing guests to engage and physically interact through a variety of activities: Elephant-back safaris, mud-bathing, training, veterinary care and sleeping perched up above the herd.
The digs are pretty sweet, we must say. The camp is comprised of six suites, each with an outdoor shower and large balcony. The setting makes for one hell of a happy hour, putting your feet up and looking down upon the elephants and out over the Okavango Delta. Check out the eye candy below in our photo gallery! You can see even more here.