Reviews of Tubu Tree Camp
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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.
Good Tradition at Tubu Tree
Our safari highlight at Tubu Tree were the subadult sibling lions, 2-females and a male. We are use to watching young cubs play, but it was thrilling to watch these near adults charging, tumbling, and batting at one another. So unexpected and fun, watching their mischievous expressions before making their play attacks. We also had the opportunity to photograph them drinking with their reflection in the outstanding warm morning light. Wonderful. Unfortunately, the male is suffering a severe injury to a hindleg; we hope he can make a recovery. He has such a beautiful and kind expression.
We saw some very light-colored giraffe on the island; it would be interesting to know the how and why.
Tubu Tree has Monday 'tradition' night; to show how their chief is honored, the staff at Tubu Tree elect one of the guests to be chief for a night. Having the topic opened, enabled Kambango, our guide, to share with us how in Botswana the individual tribes, traditions, and beliefs are respected. How every voice is heard at the community level, then the chiefs--after hearing what everyone wants to say--make the ultimate decisions.
2-complaints: one was there was a large group who ran late. The first night we were there, they had a slideshow--for their group only--causing dinner to be an hour late. They should have done their show earlier or after dinner. Maybe if they'd allowed the other guests to join in, we wouldn't have been so agitated with our rumbling stomachs and a late night. But then they were late again the second night, still out on the boat with a 30 to 45-minute drive once on land. I know it's easier for management to feed everyone at the same time, and big groups fill the camps, but . . .
And one option would be, to be advised, and thus other guests could have the option to stay out longer themselves on drive, but that brings me to complaint #2; we were told Wilderness Safaris has gone to red-lights for night drives, so as to not bother the diurnal animals. If the guides are well-trained a white light should never be shone on a diurnal animal--it is easy even in the dark to recognize one animal type from another. I find watching and photographing night animals (who are not bothered by white light) under red-light to be very distorting and unrewarding. I hope Wilderness will reconsider this policy.
Whilst at Tubu Tree these travellers took a helicopter flight over the Delta. Here's what they said about it:
I'd kinda thought the flight would include more time over the waterways of the delta, rather than just the island, but the perspective from the air is phenomenal no matter what. In my mind, I was envisioning the landscapes and the geology of the delta, where the pilot concentrated primarily on the wildlife. Either way, it's pretty spectacular to see everything from the aerial vantage point, without cloudy windows or the haze which comes with the altitude of planes, and I cannot recommend a flight highly enough. I will definitely fly again, when I return during the rainy season, curious to see how the land and water change shapes.
I forgot to write down our pilot's name, sorry, but he was very professional, and great at pointing things out.
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.