Reviews of Little Tubu
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Little Tubu review
It took BA/SAA 3 days to get our luggage to us. The lodge made a special effort to get our only clothes laundered in the midday break of our only full day there, for which we were truly grateful.
As with all of the lodges, the staff were excellent - constantly smiling and nothing was too much trouble.
A general comment applicable to all camps about the food. The presentation was first class and the choice remarkable given the difficult supply logistics. All meals were a delight and the temptation to over-indulge difficult to resist. Our only negative comment is that with one exception, the evening meal meat courses were almost always overcooked, or bordering on being so.
A lovely intimate and relaxed camp
Little Tubu was the perfect way to end our safari trip, the small size means everything is be flexible and relaxed.
The staff couldn't be more helpful and as the team is small you really got to know people. The welcome was very warm and friendly and this continued throughout our stay.
The rooms are of a very high standard and very spacious and comfortable.
Truly memorable stay at Little Tubu !
We had chosen Little Tubu as last safari camp for our trip, and it absolutely delivered, in any possible way, as a "grand finale"!! Everything was perfect: truly stunning rooms and views; inventive, extremely varied and fresh, and always seriously good food (!); extremely high service level, genuine friendliness and helpfulness of the staff... all were the best we have experienced on this trip, and on many previous holidays!
We were a group of five, and as such, had the camp to ourselves, which made it an extra special experience, one we shall never forget! We absolutely want to thank everyone at this lovely camp, because they all went out of their way to make us feel genuinely welcome and to not want to leave at all ! We honestly can't think of anything that could have been improved. Keep up the extremely good work guys, we would definitely love to return to Little Tubu !
Finally, a special note goes to our guide, Dennis. He did an absolutely fantastic job! Always enthusiast, positive and humorous, and very knowledgeable ! We thoroughly enjoyed our game drives - loved the leopard-mother-with-teenage-son-sighting - and boat/mokoro trips (saw some beautiful birds during the latter!). Finally, we also very much loved the walking safari: we found it exciting and perhaps a bit frightening at first, but learned everything we always wanted to know about termites, and bush men hunting/firemaking techniques!
Top marks for Wilderness Safaris, for having sent Dennis to be our guide, as he is a qualified walking safari guide, and there aren't that many around in Botswana. As we had indicated beforehand that we were interested in doing a walking a safari, they specially transferred him from the camp he usually works at (Kwetsani) to Little Tubu for us. That is what we call splendid customer service ! Thank you !!
Great intimate experience
Wonderful tent, luxurious with great view and lovely outdoor shower.
From the 3 days on 2 we were 4 guests and one day we were just with our hosts and enjoyed a very intimate atmospere! The staff and the guide were outstanding. Their services were excellent in every respect and detail as was the food.
Safari: wonderful landscapes, successful game driving. Highlight was to stay an hour 3 meters from a lepard mother with her cube.
Staff very welcoming and hospitable.
All meals were excellent. Best of the four camps we stayed at.
Elevated walkways give a sense of safety in evening and morning.
The guide was extremely good.
The location, staff, facilities and activities were outstanding. This camp, our last, made us desire to stay even longer than our three nights. We had the "place to ourselves" and we were pampered beyond belief.
Since we were the only guests - just three tents - we had a chance to talk freely and ask the questions that we had gathered during our stay in Botswana. We are so impressed with government programs and management of their country. In this camp we were introduced to a large variety of Africans from places nearby and from other countries who were articulate about their lives and their choice of professions and the training that was required. Each individual staff member at this camp were outstanding individuals yet managed to work as a highly skilled team.
Our deep appreciation to Botswana, the concessions and above all, the people that have been selected to run the camps.
Little Tubu review
Little Tubu, our last stop, proved to be somewhat of a surprise. There were some less than glowing reviews on Trip Advisor when it first opened, but what ever problems there might have been are no longer. We weren't expecting terrific game viewing and yet that is what we experienced. Johnny, our guide, was wonderful, and almost met the extraordinarily high standards of our guides at Dulini and Savuti. The lion sightings at Tubu were truly memorable. We also thoroughly enjoyed the bush walk with the elderly bush man who showed us how to make an animal snare and to make fire in a matter of seconds. All of those participants on the TV program, Survivor, should take a few lessons from him!!
As previously stated, the tents at Little Tubu are extremely spacious and comfortable. Both indoor and outdoor showers are delightful. The food and service were amazing. Although a bit separated, the three Little Tubu tents are really not very far from Tubu Tree and its twelve tents. We were not expecting the two camps to be quite so close together, although Little Tubu is definitely run as a separate camp with totally separate dining facilities. The boma dinner the last evening of our trip, held under a magnificent full moon, left us with memories of a lifetime!
great place and great safari
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Little Tubu review
Little Tubu was simply fantastic. Our host, Gerad (?), was outstanding and made it so much fun. The service is personal and you get the feeling that every single member of staff is working like crazy to make sure the guests have the best possible experience. It was nice to be in a small camp after Chitabe. It had a much more authentic bush feel to it, especially as we were away from the tourists dressed head to toe in khaki carrying enormous camera lenses!
The location of the camp is beautiful and I am really glad that we stayed in both a land based and water based camp. I'm also glad we stayed at Little Tubu last as I don't think I would have enjoyed Chitabe so much after the magical experience we had at Little Tubu.
Our guide was also excellent. He was patient and even zipped off and found a leopard while we were waiting at the airport for our departure flight.
I cannot praise Little Tubu enough. However, they also did not know I was vegetarian when I arrived. Not only was this on my booking form but I had asked Chitabe to radio this message through to Little Tubu to make sure they knew. It was very disappointing that this had not been done. As a result, I think Little Tubu were unprepared and one day I had the same dish (vegetable curry) for lunch and dinner.
I think the camps do need to up their game a bit with vegetarian options as they are not anywhere near the standard and variety of what is on offer to meat eaters. Having said that, the food was always of a high standard, plentiful and beautifully served so it feels a bit petty to complain!
Incredible, beautiful Little Tubu
Within minutes of arriving at Little Tubu, I had typed an email to a friend saying "this is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in my life". The setting of the lodge and the beauty of the "tents" (permanent 20 by 30 foot rooms) was beyond compare. My tent had both indoor and outdoor showers, with the outdoor one having an open view onto the plain, where you might see zebras or impala grazing. Just the walk on the raised walkway out to the rooms was fantastic!
The staff were amazing and friendly but professional and after only 3 days, I felt like I'd made new friends. By pure luck, I was the only guest at the lodge for a full day and it was just awesome. Bee was a great guide and found us a leopard in a tree that we spent 45 minutes with and then followed through the bush. Even the veteran safari goers in my vehicle called it a "9 out of 10". Game drives at Tubu are different that the other lodges I went to because they start as soon as you leave camp (no driving to somewhere) and are very slow and meandering through the jungle. Even with the dense December bush we saw leopard, hyenas, buffalo and a black mamba and had some very intimate elephant moments among other things.
I had the good fortune of having Caroline, who works for Wilderness Safaris, on my game drives with me and she gave me great photography trips. When I told her about the great itinerary I had organized for my whole trip she asked who my travel agent was. When I told her Expert Africa, she said "oh, no wonder it's so good". :)
I really really hope to go back to Little Tubu some day. I loved it.
I should also mention than Bee makes drip coffee in a french press mid morning, which is an amazing treat - thanks Bee!