Tubu Tree Camp
Tubu Tree Camp is a remote leopard-viewing enclave on the Delta floodplains.
Located on Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp is built in traditional style, with elevated wooden walkways connecting eight tents on raised platforms – each with picturesque lookouts of the surrounding floodplains from a private deck. En-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower are standard, while a family unit consisting of two adjoining tents and separate bathrooms share a lounge. The main dining and lounge areas and pool are raised to maximise the vistas, and an open bar area is shaded by a large marula tree.
Hunda Island is known for its concentrations of game and offers both spectacular wildlife viewing on land, and tranquil adventures on the water. This combination of activities makes Tubu Tree Camp a complete Delta adventure.
Overview and Accommodation
Tubu Tree Camp is built in classic style on raised platforms to take advantage of the expansive view over the Delta floodplains. Each of the eight large and luxurious tented rooms has a private viewing deck, full en-suite facilities (including indoor and outdoor showers), closet space and comfortable beds. Common areas include a dining room, cozy sitting area, a swimming pool and an outdoor “pub” set under the canopy of a large marula tree.
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, all connected by wooden walkways look out over the floodplains but the focus is on the bar, sculptured out of the canopy of a large marula tree offering shade during the midday sun.
Wildlife seen around Tubu Tree includes elephant, lion, Burchell’s zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the floodplains. Kudu, impala, bushbuck and leopard are also seen in the forested areas. The variety of birdlife is impressive, with dry-land species seen on the larger islands and a multitude of wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.
Morning and afternoon game drives on Hunda Island reveal the spectacular wildlife here where leopard and other big game often feature. Our open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.
Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during normal daytime drives. Porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby are just some of these.
There is no better way of enjoying the crystal-clear waters of the Delta and its wildlife than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), which reveal the smaller fascinating critters and striking waterbirds of the region.
Water-level dependent, excursions in our boat allow for good game viewing in the channels further away from camp, often yielding fabulous sightings of hippo and crocodile and maybe even the elusive sitatunga.
Hide and Star Bed
There are two hides in the area, one of which is located about 20 minutes from camp. This hide can be transformed into a Star Bed for sleep-outs for a maximum of four people at a time. The hide is equipped with a long-drop loo.
The Tubu area is a must for bird enthusiasts, with large concentrations of wattled crane, as well as slaty egret, rosy-throated longclaw and African skimmer. In contrast, the dryer Hunda Island sports crimson-breasted shrike and Meyer’s parrot.
Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.
Tubu Tree Camp Reviews
“After a 3 night stay at Tubu tree I now know perfection. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated like royalty. The welcome singing brought me to tears it was beautiful (the choir fantastic) loved our guide broken very knowledgeable.” – Mandy690
“Tubu tree was the 2nd lodge of our journey. The whole camp is raised off the ground on a wooden platform. The view from the private deck is just stunning and you can see lots of game. Our guide “Broken” was awesome! As well we were lucky to have great people on the safari jeep.” – Yvonne G
“Tubu is a beautiful camp set on stilts in the heart of the delta. It is a lovely experience to be recommended. We had two days at Tubu and the whole experience was terrific. The staff are lovely and the rooms beautiful.” – Jdsilverman