We spent two nights at Seba at the end of our safari vacation. The drive from the airstrip was very short and we were warmly welcomed. The location feels extremely remote and gives you the full safari experience.
The property is quite small and feels very homey. There is a pool on site and the common area is simple but very nice. There is a small pond near the common area where you can observe wildlife. We saw bats, fireflies, baboons and vervet monkeys at the camp. The baboons like to be near the pool. From Seba you can take part in a mokoro excursion which is very relaxing and peaceful.
The food was good. The staff were friendly but reserved. The tents were very clean and well appointed with large private decks. They do not have any locking mechanism on the door. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We were there during a slow point in the season so only our party of four were staying there. I was traveling with a friend and we were each given our own tent which was a very nice gesture. The lack of other guests made it feel like a bed and breakfast which can be good or bad depending on your preferences.
Some things that were common to all Wilderness properties.... they provide towels and toiletries. There is no bar soap provided - only liquid soap / shower gel. I would suggest you bring your own soap or bring a sponge for the shower, I never quite felt clean and used a lot of soap trying to get a lather. Each tent is equipped with a safe and a charging bar that accommodates different types of plugs. They do provide bug repellent and insect killer but Wilderness prides itself on its eco-responsibility and as such neither of these products are very powerful or very useful. Bring your own. They request that you be conscious of water / power consumption. They will do laundry free of charge. You leave it in the morning and it comes back that afternoon. They will also wash underclothes but they need to be separated from the rest of the laundry. There is daily housekeeping as well as turndown service. The properties are all inclusive so all meals and drinks (including alcohol) are included in the room charge. All activities offered by the camp (boating / jeep safari etc) are also included. There will be a tip box where you can leave something for the staff. The tents are not equipped with telephones or alarms clocks so you should have an alarm of your own. Guests are not allowed to walk on the property after dark / before sunrise without an escort. This is for your safety with respect to wildlife as the properties are not fenced. Someone will come to make sure you are up and 30 min later someone will come to walk you to breakfast. By then it is usually light enough for you to wander freely. In the evening someone will get you for dinner and walk you back afterwards.
Unfortunately for all of the great things this camp has to offer I am unable to give it a rating of five due to the set of circumstances surrounding our stay. The first issue was that it was our 5th camp, and our 3rd Wilderness Safari camp (after Toka Leya and Duma Tau). As such there were high expectations for our stay. Also, many of the things that this camp does very well were also done well at previous camps so they didn't seem as special when we were here. Along this line as well is the fact that we had MANY game drives prior to arriving at Seba. We were slightly safari-ed out. We did see a lot of wildlife but not much that was new and exciting.
The second unfortunate thing was that we were there during a slower time. This led to me getting my own tent. This also meant that my tent had not been regularly occupied prior to our arrival. The inevitable occurred and critters had taken up residence in my tent. The first night we were there, my friend removed a few stray spiders from the tent and then left me for the night. I figured the tent was now insect free and planned to go to bed. Sadly, there was a never ending stream of various insects in tent. Every time I removed one another appeared. Spiders, beetles, a cricket on my pillow, other bugs I couldn't identify. There were also bugs on the ceiling above the bed which I could not reach and the tent was not equipped with a bed net. I eventually became very distressed and ended up breaking the camp rule of not being out after dark so I could sleep elsewhere.
The next morning I requested to have my (still unpacked) bags moved into my friend's tent and the staff were very gracious and helpful. In fairness, it must be stated that we never saw one bug in my friend's tent. If I had randomly been assigned to his tent instead this would have been a very pleasurable stay. It was simply unfortunate tent assignment. I can't fault the property for my bad luck.
The one thing that leaves a truly bad impression however was the attitude of one of the managers. After hearing of my situation and the fact that I had moved rooms, Tim felt the need to point out to me that I was in Africa and that I should have expected that there would be some insects. He assured me that none of the insects were dangerous. This demonstrated to me that he did not fully appreciate the situation I had been in and the sheer volume of insects that were in the tent. He made me feel like he thought I was over exaggerating the presence of a few tiny bugs and that he thought I was simply a whining city slicker. He had no compassion for my obvious distress. As he repeated the fact that I had not been in any danger it became clear to me that he did not place any value on comfort. At the price we paid to stay at this camp we were expecting both safety AND comfort. As the host at a high end safari camp, he should not have made me feel belittled and if he couldn't fake compassion he should have just said nothing.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Safaris Seba Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta