Reviews of Tubu Tree Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Big New Tubu Tree
After 2 previous visits to the old, small Tubu we returned to the enlarged camp with some trepidation. While we enjoyed our stay, our misgivings were confirmed. The doubling of the number of rooms on Hunda Island, a poor period for general game on the Jao floodplain and the presence of a large group in Tubu Tree insisting on privacy all led to an experience quite unlike the old small Tubu.
I will be addressing the issue of the large group in a separate e mail but we found their presence and insistence on privacy forced the rest of the guests to the unlit periphery of the dining room and into a single Land Rover for game drives. Once out on game drives, the presence on the island of Tubu, Little Tubu, Jao, Kwetsani and Jacana vehicles meant that most interesting sightings immediately attracted the permitted 3 vehicles plus a waiting list. This is not the exclusivity for which we have been happy to pay a premium.
Moreover, we suspect the presence on the island of a pair of male lions has spooked the resident leopards. We had one fleeting and one good sighting of leopard. The management, while warm and welcoming has become blurred and one was never quite sure who was in charge at any one time.
KG and Gloria are charming hosts and our guide Jo was huge fun albeit faced with a constantly changing, full or near full game drive load. We love Tubu and Hunda Island but will probably not return under the current arrangements.
Great Okavango Delta Safari at Tubu Tree Camp
Tubu Tree Camp more than met our expectations, and their daily activity format aligned nicely with our "biorhythms." The Boma evening was one of the highlights, and we found the staff to be genuinely pleasant and interested in our health and well being.
I was pleasantly surprised that the combination of "Ranger" and "Tracker" in one individual (in our case, Cruise) worked so well, although I would have preferred a bit more of an inclination to go "off road" than was exhibited. Tubu Tree Camp's policy of going off road for only "high profile" animals (i.e., "Big Five") was a bit of a surprise. That said, we were very pleased with the animals we did see (to include a broad spectrum of birds), and, most importantly, Cruise's expert knowledge about all flora and fauna.
only one night but very pleasant
only one night but very enjoyable, although food at boma (local) not cooked properlyRead more about the whole safari
Tubu Tree Camp
Unfortunately we did not get to experience Tubu Tree this time due to a change in itinerary caused by my husband's injury.Read more about the whole safari
Great Safari at Tubu Tree
We thoroughly enjoyed our three-night stay at Tubu Tree Camp. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. As with all the Wilderness Safari camps at which we stayed, the accommodations were excellent.
The food was plentiful and tasty- an early continental breakfast, mid-morning tea, mid-day brunch, afternoon high tea, sundowner cocktails and snacks, and dinner! It's remarkable that we didn't gain more weight than we did. We were called to dinner each night by the staff who sang an invitation of welcome. At brunch each day, the freshly baked bread came in the shape of a different animal- an elephant, a snake, a crocodile!
Tubu Tree camp lies in the "wet" part of the Okavango delta, so that conditions were different from the other camps at which we stayed. Many of the trails on which we drove were under water due to the seasonal flooding. This was a little off-putting to some of the visitors, especially when we came home from the game drives in the dark. We became more comfortable as our stay progressed. We took advantage of the opportunity to ride through the wetlands in a mokoro, poled by our boatman standing in the back. There was abundant game in the area- elephants, cape buffalo, a couple male lions and a great diversity of birds.
Tubo Tree review
Fantastic welcoming staff and guides always met on return from drives with hot /cold towels etc. Well run camp and excellent game viewing.
herds of elephants in fron of camp and lions sleeping on the air strip! Wonderful location and a good range of water based activities.
The camp choir was really good and the evening meal in the bush was a lovely surprise.
Enchanting Tubu Tree
Tubu Tree Camp was enchanting. The setting was absolutely stunning, the accommodations/decor were stellar, the service surpassed every top hotel I have ever visited anywhere, and the overall ambience was magical.
Our tracker, Joe, was knowledgeable beyond anything we could have imagined and, with a quiet dignity, allowed us a glimpse of his world in the bush, teaching us at every opportunity.
Highlights regarding the animals were a most amorous imposing master bull elephant in a musk driven state, 2 regal male lions, a large herd of giraffe, getting to see massive buffalo up close, and spotting a 5 ft. black mambo on the runway.
The staff and managers made a huge effort to make sure we were comfortable and felt at home. We loved the choir, tea at the water's edge, the most majestic baobab tree I have ever seen, and drinks in the evening under the stars!
On a practical level, the Land Rovers were extremely comfortable and Joe had full command of the vehicle. My husband has had back surgery and was concerned about hours spent driving over rough roads. While we had issues at another camp, we did not at Tubu Tree.
Tuba Tree Camp a MUST if you can.
The trouble with our holiday is that we chose the best camps to stay in and while they were all different they were all 5 star.
We loved every day and were treated like Royals.
Mind you Tuba Tree camp is the most fantastic lodge arrangement and truly superior
Phenyo, our guide, gave us the moon
The camp setting among the marula trees is wonderful. Family tent, recently added, is outstanding. Although the wildlife was slightly quieter compared to the two other camps, it was totally compensated by the skills and kindness of our guide, Phenyo. Given that it was our third camp and we had been fortunate to see a lot of animals at the first two camps, we agreed with him to focus on quality rather than quantity of sightings. We were not disappointed. Phenyo was able to find a leopard by "collaborating" with a couple of giraffes who seemed to stare at something...well that was a female leopard on a tree.
The only minor improvement would be to be able to get cold water in the shower during the day given that it was very hot. We could only get cold water early morning and in the evening.
Good camp but few animals
The camp and staff at Tubu Tree are great. They made a real effort for our honeymoon (and were the only camp to have taken this information into account before we arrived - even though we told the other camps). They gave us the gorgeous honeymoon suite complete with 'hidden bedded terrace' and his and hers outside showers and turning our room into a 'candlelit' retreat after dinner on our first night. This was very special. The atmosphere at the camp is intimate and relaxed and the staff very friendly. We would like to give the waitress Juliette a special mention.
The main reason why we are only giving this camp a rating of 'average' is because of the lack of game. There is not a lot the camp can do about this and it may be worse this year due to the lack of water. However, our guide was not very good at handling this with us. Actually because we had seen so much at the other camps we were not too bothered and told him this when he picked us up from the airport. We indicated strongly that we had heard that there were hyena pups and that we really wanted to see them with their parents. For the first 2 drives we were with 4 other people and so we were happy to go along with what they wanted and indeed on the first night we got to see 1 hyena pup briefly.
However, on the second day, when we were lucky enough to be on our own with the guide and he was generous to give us extra time (as our morning drive had been cut short because of flights) he did not really give us options of what we could do e.g. we could have gone boating or done birding but he seemed hell bent on tracking down leopard (even though we weren't really that bothered). We ended up going on a fruitless search for an elusive leopard and coming back so late that we missed seeing the pups. The following morning the pups were not out of their den.
The highlights of Tubu Tree were the hyena pup, the resident fruit bats and the honeymoon suite.