Tubu Tree Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree is a small camp built on the western side of the Jao Concession's isolated Hunda Island. Owing to its locale and easy access to diverse habitats, Tubu Tree ensures varied and spectacular game viewing.

UNLEASH IT: ON AN ISOLATED ISLAND THAT ENSURES VARIED AND SPECTACULAR GAME VIEWING.

We Love
  • Tubu Tree Camp is involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project. Every effort is made to monitor the movement, social behaviour and condition of individual lions.
  • Tubu Tree camp has guides and staff trained in children awareness programme
  • The Camp is located in one of the most isolated regions of the Okavango Delta and is an absolute must for bird enthusiasts.
Need to Know
  • The property has 24-hour security and a kiddies club
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro activities have a minimum age of 13 years.
  • Lights and fans are powered by 220v battery (charged by a generator) in each tent 24hrs/day.

The Review

The Tubu Tree Camp is built in traditional style, with elevated wooden walkways connecting eight (as of July 2013) tents on raised platforms - each with picturesque vistas of the floodplain from a private front deck. En-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower are standard. A family unit consisting of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms and a shared lounge is also available.   
 
The main dining, lounge areas and pool are also raised offering  commanding views of the wonderful scenery, while an open bar area is shaded by the canopy of a large marula tree.

Wildlife
The area is a combination of open grasslands, dry forest and shallow floodplains. Therefore game viewing is varied. In the dry season lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra are prevalent, with lion, cheetah and leopard often sighted. The many lion prides in this area have been extensively studied in recent years, thereby building up a more intimate knowledge of their behaviour.

The variety of bird life is impressive, with dry-land species seen on the large islands and a multitude of wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways. A trip to Tubu Tree Camp is an absolute must for bird enthusiasts.

Why Stay
Tubu Tree lies on the western side of the isolated Hunda Island. Elevated walkways through the canopy link the traditional style camp with eight secluded tents on raised platforms, taking in the marvellous scenery of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent has a private front deck, en-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower. There is a family unit consisting of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms and a shared lounge.

Experience
Owing to its locale and easy access to diverse habitats, Tubu Tree ensures excellent game viewing. Throughout the year day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles are available. There are two platform hides in the concession, offering incredible up-close viewing, or an opportunity to sleep out under the stars. During winter, the water levels around Tubu Tree Camp rise and the floodplains become covered with water (normally May to late September). This allows for a wide range of water activities from boating and fishing to mokoro trips.

Getting There

The Tubu Tree Camp is located in the Jao Concession, on Hunda Island, which is in the West of the Okavango Delta, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 35 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 30 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Tubu Tree Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Tubu Tree Camp

Rating                         Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
Friendly                       Children
No. Rooms                   8
Max Occupants             16 plus guide/tour leader
Interests                      Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                      Jao Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tents
There are six classic safari tents are on raised decks with commanding views

Honeymoon Tent
There is one separate honeymoon tent is with a king size bed.

Family Tent
There is one family unit consists of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms and a shared lounge.

Leader/Guide Tent
There is one guide/leader tent which is of the same standard as the guest tent.

Tent details
East African style tents are raised 2-3 metre off the ground decks. All rooms have en suite bathroom facilities with indoor and outdoor shower. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe. All tents have verandas overlooking the floodplains with spectacular views.

Camp Description
Large open and airy tented lounge and dining room, built on raised platforms with landscape view.
Bar built under a marula tree with an evening campfire. There is a plunge pool and a Curio shop.
Slide projector available.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. No facilities for hairdryers or electric shavers. Electric geyser heated water


Activities

The main activity here is the game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Night drives are undertaken with spotlight. There is a raised hide located about 20 minutes from camp (which can be used for sleep-outs - maximum 4 people at a time - and equipped with a long-drop loo).

Mokoro rides - on 7 x 2-seater mokoro. Boating - 1 x 12-seater boat (subject to water levels permitting its use)

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure or spend your time at the hide.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro activities have a minimum age of 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne and premium Liqueurs and spirits.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, imported drinks and tip/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out.
    Payment can be made by cash (US$), travellers’ cheques or credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Jao Concession

Close to the Panhandle in the Delta's north-west, the 6o 000-hectare Jao Concession's vegetation varies from east to west: from the magical Jao Flats — picturesque floodplains with lush palm islands and riparian forest — to the dryer Hunda Island, covered in acacia and mopane woodland and the largest area of dry land locally during the annual floods. Around the Jao Flats spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by the primary predators — lion and leopard. Other game includes wildebeest, tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile. Sitatunga are seen occasionally, and sightings of spotted-necked otter are regular. The drier habitats in the west harbour similar species with greater concentrations of zebra and wildebeest.

Birdlife
Birding is exceptional with large concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Pel's Fishing-Owl, and Lesser Jacana on the eastern side; the western drier areas are ideal for Crimson-breasted Shrike, Dickinson's Kestrel and Meyer's Parrots.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Tubu Tree Camp is located in the Jao Concession, on Hunda Island, which is in the West of the Okavango Delta, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 35 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 30 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Located 10 minutes from camp
Licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg MAUW (maximum all up weight), can take King Airs.
Airstrip coordinates: S19.16.32, E022.28.14 and 1100 metres
Airstrip services Tubu Tree Camp (and sometimes Kwetsani Camp when water levels allow).