the bush is one to remember. Sleeping next to a pod of hippos? Tick. Super-rare wild dog sightings? Tick. Visiting a remote African village? Tick. And (wait for it) the chance to walk with a semi-wild herd of elephants. Mega tick. And not just a simple stroll; we mean a full-on two-hour trek. Abu Camp takes your breath away. Not only is its design slicker than some of the world’s coolest boutique hotels (think Soho House-style smooth polished floors, artfully battered armchairs and sleek, industrial-style floor lamps), but the whole concept is built around housing a herd of rescued elephants.
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Some have been released from captivity (53-year- old Cathy came from the circus) and culling operations in Kenya – and others from more unusual situations. Adorable baby elephant Paseka made her own Expect afternoon tea to be a moveable af way into Abu’s sister camp, Seba, after losing her family and being attacked by hyenas. It’s all about hanging with the herd here, and everything about this operation is eco-conscious and low-impact on the environment (as well as the animals). Request Lettie as your guide if you can; he’s super-knowledgeable – and he’s got some great scare-you-silly stories, too. Tastebud-tantalising food (try the lamb and potato hash for brunch), awesome game drives and super-smooth service come as standard.
tea to be a moveable affair – the mahouts (elephant trainers) and camp staff go wherever the Abu herd roams, so you can enjoy iced tea and cake while watching the animals at play. You may get lucky and see the six rescued elephants interacting with another, totally wild herd…
Before the mahouts whistle for them to come back in, and they lope happily towards you. Yellow Zebra Safaris (yellowzebra safaris.com) offers three nights from £6,050 per person, all-inclusive. Includes flights, transfers and two safaris a day.