Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Raised hide located about 20 minutes from camp
Just three tented suites, a small and intimate atmosphere
Go fishing in the Okavango Delta
Mokoro through the Delta channels
Night drives with spotlight ion search of the nocturnal species
Best time to Visit
Good 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 Little Tubu
Little Tubu, has just three tented rooms, nestled on Hunda Island in the Jao concession. The camp sits under a canopy of trees and overlooks riverbed. Guests at Little Tubu will benefit from the incredible game viewing in this part of the Okavango Delta.
Little Tubu Camp is an intimate little bush camp set on the largest area of dry land in the Jao Concession of Botswana's Okavango Delta. With just three traditionally styled tented rooms, this is an exclusive safari camp in a prime game viewing location of this most famous of wildlife areas.
Hunda Island is home to an array of diverse habitats, each in turn supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna and ensuring an exciting and interesting safari experience.
The tents are raised on decks and linked to the main areas by elevated walkways, all allowing the camp to have a minimal footprint on the environment. Wildlife in this area continues to surprise the camp management in its diversity and volume, the birdlife is also impressive with both common and rare dry and wetland bird species found in close proximity to camp.
The three tents are raised on wooden platforms offering fantastic views over the riverbed and surrounding environment. Each tent has a private viewing deck, en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower.
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 areas, linked by the raised walkway, consist of a dining and bar tent, and a comfortable pool area. Every aspect of the camp has been designed in a way that blends seamlessly with the environment and maximises the views.
Activities revolve around game viewing and guests may enjoy day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, as well as guided walks. At night you can benefit from the use of a spotlight to catch the action as the bush comes to life around you.
Depending on time of year and resultant water levels, there is a 12 seater aluminium boat which allows you to skim through the flooded channels and explore some of the hard to reach corners of this remote section of the Delta. As well as the boat, Little Tubu has a small fleet of Mokoros, dug out canoes, they provide a great opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the delta at a gentle and relaxing pace as you glide through the watery channels.
Fishing on a catch and release basis is also on offer. The camp has a limited supply of basic equipment and fishing depends on the season.
There are two platform hides in the concession, offering incredible up-close viewing. One of the hides can accommodate the whole camp of 6 people and can be used as a sleep out location.
During winter, the water levels around Little Tubu rise and the floodplains become covered with water (normally May to late September).
Anna Hearn (Staff)
Having visited Tubu Tree back in 2007, I was keen to visit the new incarnation, Little Tubu, an enclave of Tubu built around a lovely stand of evergreen trees including ebony, marula and mangosteen. With just three rooms the camp is designed either for exclusive use, or for couples - it's an intimate little camp and easily reached from it's sister-camp, Tubu Tree.
We loved it from the moment we arrived. The bar is wonderful - set high on a platform in the trees overlooking the perennial river, it feels like you are in a treehouse. The bar itself is carved from a huge hunk of kigelia trunk - polished to an unbelievable shine and undulating in a gentle curve. The main area is spacious, cool and welcoming, and the tents - reached by a wooden walkway across the river (also used by baboons!) are beautiful. Each is again spacious, decorated in cool blues and creams, with hints of copper (the lampshades - apparently many guests have asked where they can purchase these) and dark wood. Each overlooks the floodplain and even when the weather is hot, feels lovely and cool. The third room is perfect for honeymooners, having a sala - a daybed - built on a deck high up above the main tent.
We were hugely impressed by the gameviewing at Little Tubu. Having had fairly good gameviewing on a previous visit, we were entranced when our guide, Delta (who deserves a HUGE thank you) found us a hyena den complete with two tiny cubs who, on sensing that their mother was returning, tottered on bandy legs to the entrance of the den and called beseechingly to her. We spent a quiet, happy hour watching the family interact and enjoyed it so much that we returned the following day to see them again. We also had fabulous views of a young female leopard and her excitable cub, working their way through an impala carcass that the female had stashed rather precariously in a low bush. We asked to see her again and Delta suggested a very early start - before dawn - to get some pictures just as the sun was rising and the leopard would be more active - and we were not disappointed! We were impressed that Delta was immediately in tune with our wishes - not to race from sighting to sighting but to spend a good amount of time at each - and the information he imparted about the hyena and leopard was fascinating - and included facts which I - as an ex-safari guide - didn't know. All the guides we met at Tubu and Little Tubu were like this - very in tune with their guests. A really perfect few days.
A cosy safari camp is opening this month on Hunda Island in Botswana's private Jao Concession. Situated on the northern section of the Okavango Delta - one of Africa's more fertile oases - this remote region is renowned as one of the most breathtaking safari locations in the world; and perhaps the most exclusive, allowing a maximum of only 48 guests at any one time across the vast 600km floodplain.
It's understandable, then, that the new camp, Little Tubu, is so little, accommodating a homely limit of up to six guests. Sheltered by a canopy of trees, the three-bedroom tented camp sits elevated on a series of winding, wooden platforms, complete with safe hides for viewing wildlife and vantage points of the surrounding plateau.
Each bedroom has a four-poster bed draped with nets and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, a private deck overlooking grassy plains and an outdoor shower and en-suite bathroom. The camp's facilities include dining decks, a tree bar and pool close to Little Tubu's big-sister camp, the eight-room Tubu Tree.
Game drives at Little Tubu run throughout the year in open-top 4x4s, day and night. Expect to see elephants, zebra, red lechwe, giraffe, blue wildebeest and any of the 400 plus species of birds the Okavango Delta attracts. If you choose to book between May and September you can indulge in a spot of fishing (on a catch-and-release basis) and a trip in a mokoro, the ancient canoe of the delta.
For those looking for an alternative to evenings by the fire, head to Little Tubu's raised hideout and experience wild Africa at night, sleeping beneath the stars.
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.
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.
Classic Botswana & Victoria Falls
Okavango Delta, Linyanti & Victoria Falls
from £9200 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Explore the meandering waterways by traditional mokoro and listen to the bird life which surrounds you.
- Head out on foot and enjoy a walking safari to discover the smaller creatures often missed from the game vehicle
- For a special celebration, enjoy a picnic lunch on Livingstone island - a truly unique experience on the edge of the falls.
Location & directions
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Little Tubu 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 Little Tubu and its sister camp 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.