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Wilderness Safaris Seba Camp
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We researched the available accommodation in the Delta very carefully before selecting Seba for a 3 night stay at the end of May - and it lived up to our expectations in every way.

Every member of staff was exceptional: the camp managers Beatrice and Aaron were wonderful hosts and entertained us with their stories over meals, and campfire drinks. In particular, our guide Matamo, was a treasure trove of knowledge and information: there was not a single bird or tree he didn't know by name and his motto "never, ever give up" when searching for game, paid off as we visited hyena pups in their dens, spent an hour watching a lion, cicrcled skittish buffalo herds, and approached elephants to within a few meters.

The camp facilities are excellent: the beds comfortable and hot water bottles a welcome touch for the cold winter nights. At night the elephants fed around the tent chalet and we were able to watch them for hours with a torch from our verandah. One night a leopard chased an impala onto the open deck in the camp while we were having dinner. The wounded animal spent the next day sheltering in the camp and when I asked if we could help save him, was told that the camp philosophy is to let nature take its course. On another night, during dinner, a hippo emerged from the lagoon while we were sitting down for dinner, and we watched by torchlight from a few meters away: it was awe inspiring to be truely imersed in the bush.

The mokoro ride was a highlight of the stay: the design of the mokoro parts the water grass as you glide silently through and the African sun setting behind the trees, viewed from the water is nothing short of magical. A delightful surprise awiated us at the end: I won't spoil it for future visitors.

During the river cruise, Matamo taught my teenage daughter to fish: she caught 5 fish under his patient tutelage squealing with glee as she gained confidence.

We were fed seven times a day: every meal was excellent. We loved the selection of red wines. Mostly we loved eating on the deck with wtachful monkeys in the trees, the friendliness and attentive service of the camp staff and the feeling of peace in the beautiful setting of the camp.

A huge thank you to our very charming Matamo, the camp staff and chefs, Beatrice, Aaron, Tony (who provided commentary on the flight to the camp), Darren and Ernie (our pilots) and the many other people from Wilderness Safari who welcomed us at every point of the journey and made sure the trip was comfortable and enjoyable.

Highly, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

We spent 3 glorious nights at Seba Camp in November 2012. Our hosts James and Claire were superb. Nothing was an effort for them and the wonderful staff. Every staff member was polite, spoke very well, were neat, warm, friendly and attentive. Our guide Speedy was too wonderful for words, has an amazing sense of humor that made the tours extra special. The memories will be in our hearts forever. We were surprised by an extra activity, an elephant ride!!! Thanks to Nina and Julian and their fabulous staff. The food was perfect, the rooms outstanding, the experience of having elephants just metres away while we ate...I cannot think of one negative thing to say. Thank you to all at Seba camp for making our trip so awesome.

Room Tip: The family room has a private plunge pool, much needed after the glorious game drives.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

3 days in Seba Camp. everything was perfect. the rooms, the guides, activties, the staff, food, everything ! Dont't miss a half day on the boat to see the elephant rosing, suprise the buffalos.... Make sure to avoid the dry season, when you can't use the boat.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We were really spoilt here. It was just us (a family of 4) and another couple in the entire camp.

Firstly, Matamo ("Maty") our guide was just brilliant. He's a real asset to the camp. Nothing was too difficult. He was willing to do anything for us.

The warmth, friendliness and attentiveness of all the staff was superb. We were treated like royalty. The camp itself has a scenic lagoon in front of it. From here we could go fishing (which our 11 year-old son throughly enjoyed).

The mokoro trip was amazing. We enjoyed the hyenas. Tracking the lion that was roaring the night before. This camp has lots of water around which make the drives much more fun because you've going through water some of the time.

This is wonderful camp and the people make it so much better.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We spent five wonderful nights at Wilderness Safari's Seba Camp -- really ranks as one of my best travel experiences ever. I have two daughters -- 4 and 6 -- and the staff, and especially our guide Matamo, made it an unforgettable experience for them. The lodge is beautiful, food was excellent and service was truly perfect. The staff clearly love what they do and enjoy having guests -- made us feel so welcome and pampered! The game viewing was great as well, saw almost everything we hoped for. Enjoyed Mokoro rides in the marsh, fishing as well. Really exceeded all our expectations. My 72 yr old mother just couldn't get over how wonderful it all was! We had a large family tent -- three rooms (one upstairs), our own plunge pool, and an amazing view from all parts of the tent. Can't recommend this lodge and the company - Wilderness - highly enough. They really know how to do it right.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Just got back from a three night stay at Seba Camp in Botswana, Family of four-two kids. The staff were amazing, the wildlife awesome especially the bird life. Plenty of big animals too!

The staff were so friendly and helpful. Really made an effort to make us feel at home and comfortable. Thanks to Mish the general manager and Newman our guide! You and all the staff were amazing.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Stayed for 3 nights in early April in one of the 2 dedicated family "tents", which was the height of luxury: 2 large bedrooms (1 db, 1 twb) both with en-suite shower rooms (+ full-sized bath in kids room), a further mezanine "chill-out" space and large deck with plunge pool. As the camp was empty apart from us, we also had exclusive use of the decent sized swimming pool which was a lovely place to hang out during the long, hot mid-day siestas. Food was excellent and the central sitting/dining area was comfortably and well-furnished with lots of books/pictures etc.. On the last morning, one of the resident researchers who work for an elephant charity gave us a fascinating talk.

As always, the guides are all-important and we were lucky to have the complementary pair of Joseph, the garulous South African with his wicked sense of humour and the quiet giant Bioshi with his huge smile and eagle eyes. Local game viewing is centred round the new and old airstrips, with the other main viewing area accessed by a 40 minute speedboat ride (an exhilirating experience in its own right). The latter is a little quiet at present due to damage from a recent bush fire, but we still tracked down a beaurtiful pair of cheetahs with a fresh kill as well as the usual elephant, giraffe, antelope and zebra. A request to see "bush babies" was no problem, with an early evening night drive fitted in before dinner to the delight of our youngest.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #41 of 72 Speciality Lodging in Okavango Delta
Price Range: £551 - £821 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wilderness Safaris Seba Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Introduce your young family to the wonder and magic of wild Africa.Family-friendly Seba Camp overlooks a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and resident pods of hippo. Each tent celebrates the different ethnic groups of Botswana through vibrant décor, while the main area – including dining area, bar and lounge-library – is set on a raised saligna deck with floodplain views. There is ample space for children in the purpose-built family suites – including a built-in 'tree-house' and an elevated deck which has its own small swimming pool and sandpit.HighlightsThe large elephant population aside, a growing abundance of game graces the area: giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe. Lion, leopard and hyaena are regularly found nearby, herds of buffalo are occasional visitors, and there are excellent opportunities to see the rare roan antelope. 8 Tents (including 2 Family Suites): Elevated, spacious tents; en-suite bathrooms; private deckExperiences: Day and night game drivesElephant research Catch-and-release fishing (seasonal) Mokoro excursions on the waterways (seasonal) ... more   less 
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