Due to the camp's location, on the edge of a massive island, Tubu has an advantage over the other camps in the Jao Reserve in that it has easy access to a large island and therefore can easily offer long game drives. The other camps in Jao are surrounded by the Okavango’s flood water during the heavy flood months and therefore game drives are trickier to arrange. Tubu itself is stunning and with only 5 rooms it gives off a homely safari feel that many of the other camps lack. Overall Tubu Tree is one of our favourite camps in the Jao concession (which is saying a lot as the camp quality in this reserve is set very high) and one of the most unpretentious camps in the entire Delta. We love it and wish that other countries had lodges of this quality!!
Tubu Tree Camp
Built into the trees with elevated wooden walkways, Tubu Tree Camp offers fantastic views over the wide flood plains that the Okavango Delta is renowned for. This great little camp is superbly run which gives guests a very personal and intimate atmosphere to relax and unwind. Each of the large tents are raised high on wooden structures and with enough room between each tent for a herd of elephant to pass through! The ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers offer privacy unmatched in the concession.
The rooms are beautifully decorated with Ostrich eggs and dark mahogany furniture with a decking area in front of the camp for relaxing and watching large herds of red lechwe graze through the water.
The main dining area, lounge and pool are all connected by wooden walkways that look out over the floodplains. The focus however, is on the bar, sculpted out of the canopy of a large marula tree, it offers shade during the midday sun and the perfect place to sip your gin and tonic.
The area is very game rich and having a completely separate airstrip to its neighbours, Jao, Kwetsani and Jacana makes the area even quieter. There is a long flood plain that carves the concession in half separating the camp and allowing them to congregate on the large dry areas of Tubu. It is great for leopard sightings and has a good variation in terrain. All of this combined makes Tubu Tree one of the best Africa Safari destinations on the continent.
If you're travelling out of peak flood season than you could consider splitting your stay between this camp and Little Vumbura, Kwara or Little Kwara, as the latter properties still offer water-based activities during this time.
Botswana's motto of low density but high value tourism is again apparent in this beautifully intimate camp. With only eight tents you can be sure that your room will be a private piece of paradise in the heart of the Okavango wilderness. There is also a family unit which is connected by shared lounge facilities.