Tubu Tree Camp
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro
Day and night game drives
Fishing in the winter months
Outside bar under of a large marula tree
Relax by the pool
Best time to Visit
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) 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.
To start planning your holiday to Tubu Tree Camp
Tubu Tree Camp is a small intimate camp situated in the Jao concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. There are just eight traditional style tents built on raised wooden platforms, all with incredible views over the surrounding floodplains and game.
Tubu Tree Camp is situated on Hunda Island in the 60,000 hectare Jao Concession - usually a water-inundated area during the floods, Hunda Island is the largest stretch of dry land in the area. This affords Tubu Tree Camp the most diverse game viewing within the concession, from the water-loving lechwe to blue wildebeest of the plains.
All the tents have en-suite bathroom facilities and private outdoor shower. The main dining and lounge areas are also large tents on raised platforms, to take advantage of the fantastic views over the floodplains, with an outdoor public area built under the canopy of a large marula tree.
Activities at Tubu Tree Camp include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, as well as walking with an armed guide. When the Okavango's annual flood is at its highest (normally May to late September) boating, fishing and mokoro trips are also offered.
Wildlife seen around Tubu Tree Camp includes elephant, lion, Burchell's zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the floodplains. Kudu, impala, leopard and bushbuck are also seen in the forested areas. The variety of bird life is impressive too, with dry-land species seen on the large islands and all the wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.
Tubu Tree Camp is intimately involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project which was started shortly after the inception of the Jao Concession. Every effort is made to monitor the movement, social behaviour and condition of individual lions. Guests at Tubu Tree Camp will be surprised to learn some of the unusual developments and intriguing behaviour which has been documented amongst the lion prides here.
Tubu Tree Camp is built in a very traditional style. There are eight tents on raised wooden platforms - each with picturesque vistas of the floodplains from a private front deck. They all have en-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower. This includes a family style room available which will consist of two interconnecting tents, a separate bathroom and a living area.
There are no specific childcare facilities available at the camp. However, children over the age of 8 years are welcome and food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests.
The main dining, lounge areas and pool are also on raised platforms and have panoramic views of the plains game. Tubu Tree Camp also has an outdoor 'pub' area which lies under the canopy of a large marula tree. Therefore wherever you are during your stay you will not be able to escape the wonders of the surrounding scenery.
Activities revolve around game viewing and guests may enjoy day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, as well as guided walks (which must be requested prior to travel). There are two platform hides in the concession, offering incredible up-close viewing. 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.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Tubu Tree Camp has a wonderful treehouse feel with all the tented rooms built on stilts with the most fabulous views out over a vast floodplain. I loved waling between the room and the main area on the raised walkways. I also loved the outdoor bar under a large marula tree which was a fantastic spot to settle in with a gin and tonic or two and chat about the action on the days game drives.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Tubu Tree Camp is built on the western side of Hunda Island, in the Okavango Delta's Jao Concession. Usually a water-inundated area during the floods, Hunda Island is the largest stretch of dry land in the area. This affords Tubu Tree Camp the most diverse game viewing within the concession, from the water-loving lechwe to blue wildebeest of the plains.
How to get there
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2- hour international flight. A short flight in light aircraft from Maun to camp.
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