Abu Camp in Botswana

Abu Camp

Owner1990-2010: Randall Moore
2010-now: Paul Allen
First elephant arrived1990
Address Private Bag 332
Place Maun
Region The Okavango Delta
Country Botswana
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
2010-03-2010-10: Nathan Jamieson (killed by elephant 2020)
?2018-now: Wellington Jana

Elephant keepers
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Relevant literature

Abu Camp, located at Private Bag 332, in Maun, Botswana , was founded in 1990 and the first elephant arrived in 1990.

Living elephants

At the Abu Camp lives 8 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Abu born 2006-05-24
  2. Kathy (Cathy) born 1968
  3. Lorato born 2008-02-11
  4. Motlotlo born 2018-01-00
  5. Naledia born 2013-12-00
  6. Paseka born 2009
  7. Shirheni born 1986
  8. Warona born 2011-12-17

Comments / pictures1990: Founded as Abu Camp Elephant Back Safaris by Randall Moore.
2000-05-05: Ride Elephant Kills Handler in Botswana - A 27-year-old African bull elephant, Nyaka Nyaka, used by Elephant Back Safaris in Botswana (run by Randall Moore of the United States), charged and killed a 28-year-old safari Guide, Andre Klocke, the safari company said Friday. Nyaka Nyaka was euthanized Friday on Moores orders.
2010 october: One of the elephants killed elephant trainer Nathan Jamieson from Australia.
2010: Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen bought Abu Camp from Randall Moore.
2016-12-15: From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris. Also the website http://www.elephantbacksafaris.com/ was later terminated
2018: Motlotlo was born in January 2018. He is the firstborn of Lorato, which makes him Kitimetse’s grandson and Naledi’s half-nephew. Motlotlo’s name means ‘Pride’ or ‘Proud’ in Setswana.

2018: Video with elephants and manager Wellington Jana (Note: observe elephant behaviour at 1.18)

References for records about Abu Camp

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2023). Abu Camp, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=968. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

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Abu Camp on elephant-news.com

Abu Camp is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
New baby "love" at abu camp in botswana's okavango delta - Elephant News
2010-10-23Elephant in fatal attack on australian - Elephant News
2013-12-16Abu camp celebrating the birth of a new baby elephant - Elephant News

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