Climate and Landscape
The weather at Little Tubu over the last month has been fairly warm with sun-shiny days and clear skies. But it is official: winter is upon us in the Okavango Delta. The mornings and nights are breezy with the complete opposite during the day under the roasting sun, when even the animals take shelter in the shade of the trees or dip into the water. We’ve had minimal rain, although we did have a couple of cooler days too. The water is still rapidly rising, and a current can be seen flowing as the inundation moves in. We have experienced some fantastic nights under clear skies.
Guests’ expectations have been well met here in the Botswana bush, with numerous excellent sightings of lion and leopard with cubs, and an occasional kill. The most recent was the dominant male in a herd of impala being killed by lions. This left the females alone – seemingly unfair and throwing the impalas’ whole system out of balance.
There has been an increase in the number of general game such as wildebeest, impala and zebra sightings too. Elephant frequently visit the camp, mostly enhancing guests’ experience because they come up to the rooms or the main area. Herds of general game can be seen on the plains around and in front of the camp. Guests can sit for hours looking at the vast greenery and wetlands.
Journeys of giraffe have also been spotted behind the camp close to the second bridge. During the day, a mother warthog and her babies can be seen walking underneath the walkways at the bar and the guest bathroom area. Hippos can be heard at night and occasionally while sitting out by the bar, pool or star-deck, one is able to hear fish splashing in the water.
Birds and Birding
Bird species can be seen in their numbers around Little Tubu – from woodland kingfishers frequenting the water pools from morning and throughout the day diving for fish, to kori bustards, wattled cranes and southern ground hornbills seen frequently on the floodplains just outside camp.
Activities in Camp
With the waters of the Jao Concession rising rapidly, boating and mokoro activities are available which are highly enjoyable. There is always something exciting in the channels while on the water!
Staff in Camp
Managers: KG Mapila and Gloria Amos
Guides: Bee Makgetho and Phenyo Lebakeng