Reviews of Tubu Tree Camp
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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.
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The Leopard sightings were Awesome
Tuba Tree is famed as amongst safari goers as the best place in the Okavango Delta for leopard sighting, and I can't say that I was at all disappointed. I've never spent so long with a leopard as on my drive after I arrived at Tuba tree. it was on another game drive that I saw two leopards. There was plenty of wildlife around the camp including elephants, greater kudu, red lechwe. bushbuck, and hyenas that tried to join us at dinner table!!! The birding was also superb both on game drives and seen from the camp.
The new tents are spacious and comfortable. There are both outdoor and indoor showers. One can see a lot of wildlife from the deck of his tent. They are equipped with ceiling fans with prevent the tents from getting overly hot during the daytime.
The camp's location is superb as you truly feel surrounded by the Delta. One hears plenty of wildlife at night. You truly feel like you're in the bush.
I have to say that the food was superb at every meal. I would call it nothing less than gourmet in quality. The chef prepared a quiche with chili peppers that was the best quiche I've ever eaten. One is feed no less than seven times a day including the snacks on game drives.
Tuba Tree offers an excellent mixture of land and water activities. I enjoyed the mokoro trip, as well as the speedboat ride in the Delta. I saw plenty of aquatic birds on both trips.
I have to mention that my guide Seretse was superb. He had tremendous enthusiasm for his job, knowledge and was able to explain the ecosystem of the Delta brilliantly.
Tubu Tree - Immersed in the bush
Flying over the Okavango Delta in a Cessna 206 and watching our guide chase four giraffes from the sandy airstrip so that our plane could land set the stage nicely for our stay at Tubu Tree where we were literally immersed in the bush. The tent accommodations were extremely comfortable, the views from the deck were quite nice and I especially liked having an outdoor shower. Every night a “bush baby” (hot water bottle wrapped in sheepskin) was placed in our bed to keep us warm. It worked remarkably well.
Our guide (Phenyo) provided us with various experiences which included observing a leopard tracking a civet, seeing a hyena with two cubs, a speedboat ride to the hippo pool and a late afternoon mokoro ride. The game was quite plentiful on our drives (elephants, zebras, giraffes and wildebeests) and because the vehicles could off-road, we had some very close encounters. We also had a number of animals visit within feet/yards of our tents (elephants, kudu, baboons, warthogs, steenbok).
Tubu Tree Camp celebrated our special occasions one evening with singing (the choir here was outstanding) and cake after dinner and placed hand crafted cards in our tents. At night we played cards in one of our tents and the manager escorted us to our own tent afterwards.
One small issue we encountered at Tubu Tree was a hammering project that was underway upon our arrival / siesta time...definitely detracted from the ambiance and should have been done while the guests were away on drives. Another issue we encountered with Tubu Tree was the condition of the swimming pool. It was quite hot one afternoon and my sister and I wanted to take a swim, but the water was cloudy and uninviting.
P.S. Be sure to observe the luggage specifications. We traveled to Tubu Tree via a Cessna 206 and our duffle bags (correct size) were a tight fit. Also note that the electricity in the tents is used for lighting and charging cell phones and camera batteries (no hairdryers etc.)
Tubu Tree Camp review
Very welcoming camp with a great feel. Management and staff very attentive and friendly.
Fantastic range of mixed activities. Drives, boat and Mekoro.
Camp being upgraded and the room was truly stunning (if that is what rocks your boat!).
A couple great leopard sightings and some great interactive elephants.
My only concern is that the upgrade to the camp is adding a number of rooms and it might lose it's intimate feel (and the island might feel a little more crowded on drives).