Reviews of Tubu Tree Camp
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Tubu Tree Camp review
A beautiful setting with elevated rooms and lovely communal areas. The rooms are smaller than some of the pther camps which did make them feel very hot during the day. The camp was very smoothly run with lots of attention to detail. Our guide Gibson was accommodating to the different wishes of all his guests and was keen to please and learn.
This camp, and it's staff, didn't feel quite as relaxed as the others but it may have been because leopard had been in the camp and the staff were concerned about guests moving from the rooms to the communal areas. The walkways to the rooms would have benefitted from a boardwalk as walking on the dark sand made everything very dirty. The traditional night on Monday was excellent and had a very traditional feel.
The mekoro ride was very relaxing.
Great safari intro at Tubu Tree
A great introduction to my first trip to Africa. I was met at the airstrip by my guide GT (Gin & Tonic) and driven the short distance to camp where i was met by Dan & Charmaine who were great hosts throughout my stay. All the staff were very friendly and the food was excellent, especially after an evening drink at one of the best bars I've had the pleasure of leaning on!
General game viewing was excellent and we had a great sighting of 2 young Leopards on my third day in camp. We caught up with one of them again on a night drive as well as seeing plenty of nocturnal animals including Civet & Gennet. The concession was beautiful and every corner you turned seemed like you had entered a different wilderness, a truly amazing place.
The Monday night meal around the camp fire was especially fun when the staff sang for us and the food & service was very traditional.
Dan kindly spent some time one afternoon showing myself and another guest how to use photoshop to edit all the photos we were taking. On my last full day i was on my own for the afternoon drive so Dan came out to give me some tips which was much appreciated.
GT was a great guide throughout the trip, seeming to find the balance of what everyone wanted.
I did a Mokoro trip one afternoon though it was about 30 minutes from camp so we enjoyed a bit of a game drive as well. A very relaxing way to spend an evening.
I stayed in room 1 and it was extremely comfortable and had a great view. It was kept extremely clean (by them not me) and the laundry service provided works well.
Overall a great trip!
Too short at tubu tree
Tubu tree was great. The managers were very efficient and friendly. Our guide Gibson was excellent and the wild life he found was brilliant. Particularly the encounter with hyenas and elephant. He also found excellent spots for safari coffee and sundowners. The food was of a very good standard.
The camp is very small and not full when we were there so we did feel that they wanted us to go to bed quite early but that didn't really matter. The tent was very comfortable with an excellent view. As we were there only 2 days they arranged for us to do the boat trip and canoes in one evening which was great too. The outside bar was stunning as was the pool.
A superb camp operated superbly by a young co
This was our first camp and we found the facilities even more luxurious and well maintained than we expected.
The service was very friendly and the managers made an effort to introduce and get the visitors together. The guide (forgot his name) was excellent and we saw a good variety of animals and birds. The mokoro ride to the pool of hippos was memorable.
Tubu Tree camp
A wonderful experience here. The camp facilities were excellent, and the staff and management very friendly and helpful.
Game viewing was top class - we saw leopard nearly every drive, and much more. As well as drives we had a mokoro trip and boat on the waterways.
Evenings around the camp fire were very friendly! Food was excellent and constant!
Second Visit to a Great Camp
Tubu was a surprise star of our 2010 holiday in the Delta and we were not disappointed by our second visit. Hunda island in April/May is a paradise for game, birds and every aspect of plant and insect life of the delta. The camp is small, intimate, well laid out and wonderfully well run - with a single exception.
To celebrate a special birthday we spent 4 nights here and loved almost every moment. We had saved by getting our long haul flights using air miles and some of the saving was used to have a private guide and vehicle for the duration. The ultimate privilege and we were blessed with a senior and outstanding guide, GT, shipped over from the Premier camp at Jao. The flexibility this allowed us was fantastic and we had 3 full days plus 2 half days of the most exceptional game drives. We saw leopard in a tree, leopard on a termite mound, leopard on a fallen tree and leopard, leopard leopard..... In addition Hunda was teeming with several breeding herds of elephant and exceptional bird sightings at every turn.
Hein and Eloise are a charming, energetic and most likable couple soon to be married. They run the camp like true professionals but seem to have a minor blind spot with the catering. Breakfast, brunch, teas and sundowner nibbles were great but almost every dinner was a disappointment with often meat that was uncuttable/unchewable, over spiced or had not had the small bones removed. Is there a problem in the kitchen they are unable to solve or does it need more hands on quality control? Since they sat down to eat with us every evening they must have known guests were having problems. We very much hope the 'system' can help them solve this problem because, in every other respect, Tubu is a brilliantly well run camp that we will go back to. Is the burden of also being the concession supply center distracting the management from getting their own camp fully 100%?
Tubu Tree Camp review
Brilliant camp! The food and service were amazing and the hard work put in by Eloise was obvious.
Our guide was really good and was full of interesting information.
A good three days - thank you!!
A Close Encounter with Aslan at Tubu Tree
There are so many great memories of this camp. The sheer number of elephants that we saw in the actual camp was extraordinary. At one point I counted 35 of them around our room. We also had a visit on our first day from the Botswana Baboon Olympic Trampoline team who had a training session on the roof of our Meru tented room. It was memorable and fun to listen to, for a while. A quick beating of a stick on the verandah, however, ensured that this was not repeated again during our stay, which in some ways was a pity.
Then there was the male lion. I have seen many and been close to many lions but when one walks right alongside, and I mean right alongside, your open-sided vehicle, so close that you can smell his bad breath, looking as though he has just come off the set of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, there is something which makes you hold your own breath, and sit quite still so that he continues to think you are a fixture of the vehicle. Our guide, Kambango, was remarkably diligent staying well after sundown to ensure that we saw the nocturnal animals that we had tasked him to find. The African "kangaroo" is an amusing little hare which hops along on its hind legs.
Eloise and Hien are efficient hosts and the last meal in Botswana that they laid on for us by the pool was quite special. Thanks are due to them for all their kindness.
A beautiful camp in a beautiful spot (only snag the 2 hour, 4 stop, very bumpy plane journey to get there from Kasane). Quite a walk to our tent which was the furthest away one and there are sometimes elephant, baboons and bushbuck around.
Lovely tent, very comfortable, with indoor and outdoor shower and a relaxing deck. Well designed so it stayed cool during the hot day but not too cold overight. Comfortable, cosy bed with a shelf within the mosquito net to put bedside table sort of things.
The managers Hein and Eloise are very enthusiastic and sociable. The food was simple and good apart from, unfortunately, the main courses. Tea time snacks particularly good!
Excellent game drives and we were particularly lucky with lion and leopard.
We had a fantastic stay at Tubu. We loved being in a small camp and it never felt busy. The camp is lovely and we had some great game and bird sightings.
The main areas and rooms are beautiful. We stayed in room 1 and could not have asked for a more lovely room. The views are great, furnishings very comfortable and the room and bathroom areas were spotlessly clean. The staff clearly take a lot of pride in keeping things nice. Like Chitabe, tents are spread out so you don't see or hear your neighbours and do have privacy.
Our guide was Johnny and he was a lovely chap who always had something interesting to tell us. He was patient with all the animals which we particularly liked - at no point did we feel like we were chasing after anything. It was very much a case of us being in nature and respecting it. We saw a lot more herds of game than at other lodges, even from the deck of our room. Leopard sightings were fantastic. We were sorry to miss lion and cheetah but the leopards more than made up for it. Bird life was fantastic - 95 different birds in 4 days that we noted down and that was just the birds that we saw for long enough to identify them.
We did a mokoro trip which was very relaxing and gave us a feel for what it would be like during flood season. Otherwise all our activities were game drives. If I was being critical, I would say that the drives sometimes seemed a bit short. I am sure that some guests get bored if there isn't much to see on occasion but we are quite happy just being out. The concession is beautiful and very lush.
Food was fantastic - the best of our 3 camps - especially the cakes! All meals were excellent and the dining room area is very nice with good views as is the bar. Staff were lovely. Justin and Jacky are great managers and we could not have asked for better. Their background in hospitality certainly shows - they are excellent at making sure everyone has what they need but are still relaxed and easy to get along with. We never felt fussed over but never wanted for another drink, food etc.
We'd love to go back one day.