Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Client: Wilderness Safaris
Project: Safari lodge
Cost: 220 000BWP
Status: Completed 2013
Area: 20 m2
Architect: Frederik Dolmans with PMA
Photos: Wilderness


Abu Camp is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, and offers an utterly unique way to experience the natural surroundings. Unlike other companies that transport guests in landrovers, Abu camp offers safaris by elephant-back. It provides an opportunity to become involved with the elephants on a personal level by feeding, swimming and mudbathing them. This is, by all accounts, a rare and humbling experience.

The owners wished to update and expand their camp so that guests would have the possibility to sleep near the elephants. They commissioned the design of two platforms to be perched over the elephant enclosure enabling guests to "lie under the incredible canopy of stars, and be lulled to sleep by the contented rumbling and low snores of the gentle giants below".

The design was intended to be simple, using local and natural materials. Each unit consists of a raised sleeping platform and to ensure complete comfort a bathroom, including an open shower, is found on the tier below the top deck. The structure had to be inconspicuous to wildlife, integrate with the surrounding area and adhere to the aesthetic prescribed by the existing lodges.


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