Wilderness Safaris’ Little Tubu Camp, situated on Hunda Island in Botswana’s private Jao Concession, opened last month and ever since has been delighting guests with its cosy atmosphere and exceptional wildlife sightings.
Adjacent to its sister camp Tubu Tree, Little Tubu offers an intimate and exclusive experience for a maximum of six guests in three traditional Meru-style tents, all raised into luxuriant foliage on wooden decks to maximise the spectacular views across the grassy floodplain.
Elevated dining and main area decks are shaded by a riverine tree canopy and look out over a seasonal floodplain that attracts a variety of game such as herds of lechwe, zebra, wildebeest and even giraffe and elephant. The camp is set on a series of winding, wooden platforms with the bar set into a waterberry tree, while the pool is located between the two camps in a private setting. The raised hide – separate to camp – is the perfect place for guests wanting to experience wild Africa at night, sleeping beneath the stars.
Interpretive day and night game drives are led by experienced guides and guests can expect to see spotted hyaena and the above-mentioned species on the floodplains. Kudu, impala, bushbuck and leopard are also seen in the forested areas and birdlife is abundant. Depending on water levels and time of year, boating, mokoro trips and seasonal catch-and-release fishing can also be enjoyed (usually May to late September).
Little Tubu is committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs philosophy (Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture) and the camp is completely eco-friendly with no permanent structures. Jao Concession holder, David Kays, is also a member of the Tubu Joint Management Committee, which he was involved in launching together with the University of Botswana under the auspices of the Biokavango Project. The aim of this committee is to reduce conflict between the community and the Jao Concession – specifically with regard to curbing poaching and over-fishing – and they hope to assist the community with developing tourism ventures in their area.