There are safaris, and then there’s Little Tubu.
A newly expanded and refurbished hideaway in Botswana, the boutique camp caters to the discerning wildlife seeker, with just three traditional tents. 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.
Elevated walkways link the tents to the main dining, bar and pool areas, which are designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment and maximize the incredible views.
‘On the Hunda Island in the Jao Concession, with 150,000 acres of private safari territory, the Okavango Delta is the only inland delta in the world,’ says Cathy Kays, general manager of the camp. ‘It’s like Africa’s very own Garden of Eden – and it’s one of the continent’s prime leopard-viewing locations.’
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.
|Fast facts about Little Tubu:|
|Number of tents||3, with four poster beds, private deck, outdoor shower, en-suite bathroom|
|Location||Hunda island in the Jao Concession, Okavango Delta|
|Maximum Capacity of Little Tubu||6|
|Managed by||Wilderness Safaris|
It’s understandable, then, that the new camp, Little Tubu, is so little, accommodating a homely limit of up to six guests.
Hunda Island supports a patchwork of diverse habitats, ranging from Kalahari sandveld to mopane and acacia woodland to riverine forests on the permanent Okavango Delta channel systems. These in turn support a variety of ecological communities, which ensure a varied and exciting game viewing experience.
The big cat, sadly elusive on many safari trips, is a regular sighting at Little Tubu, as are elephants, wildebeest, crocodiles and others. 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.
Local guides will take guests through the wilderness on off-road 4WD adventures.
Moroko trips in traditional canoes and boating excursions around the delta are also available, and guests have the chance to sleep out under the stars on two platform hides.
At the end of the day, intrepid wildlife watchers can kick back at the bar, beneath the canopy of a water-berry tree, or eat a romantic dinner in the bush, with only the cacophony of the wilderness as a soundtrack.
Little Tubu is marketed and managed by Wilderness Safaris. For more information click here.
Date: 9 July 2013