Seba Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Seba Camp

Seba is family-friendly, complete with family villa with two interleading en-suite bedrooms, a built-in 'tree-house' and a kids' swimming pool and sandpit. It has five well-appointed and spacious elevated tents, each with en-suite bathroom and private deck. The dining area is set on a raised saligna deck with spectacular views.

UNLEASH IT: AT SEBA CAMP OVERLOOKING A PERENNIAL LAGOON.

 

We Love
  • Seba Camp is the base for one of the most interesting studies being conducted on elephants. After five riding elephants (with collars) from nearby Abu Camp were released into the Okavango Delta, they have provided a wealth of material for a research project undertaken by University of Bristol, UK.
  • The Camp has year-round multi-activity with the emphasis on land activities in the summer months and on water activities in times of high flood during the winter months.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Electricity is provided by the use of a generator and inverter/battery system.

The Review

The camp is named after Seba, one of the elephants historically released from nearby Abu Camp. A number of elephants that were released back into the wild have formed their own herd. The interaction between these and the wild herds in the area provides rich fodder for research teams from Bristol University in the UK. Guests can observe the researchers at work, often in close proximity to the elephant herds. Activities include day and night game drives, seasonal fishing and mokoro excursions on the waterways.

Wildlife
Plains game is abundant in the area in the summer months before and after the annual winter flood: from giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tsessebe and lechwe to wildebeest, buffalo and warthog. The camp’s territorial pride of lion often announces its presence; the calls sometimes heard echoing late into the evenings. There is an abundance of birdlife found in the area and with over 380 species found in the region, Seba Camp is a haven for bird enthusiasts.

Why Stay
Overlooking a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and visiting pods of hippo, Seba Camp has eight well-appointed, spacious tents elevated from the ground - each celebrating one of the different tribes of Botswana through vibrant décor. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and a private deck with magnificent vistas of the perennial lagoon and the host of wildlife passing by.

It has two family suites to accommodate groups of varying sizes. One has an upstairs lounge with a pull-out sleeper couch, while the other has a loft room suitable for older children or adults. There’s also an elevated deck which has its own small swimming pool and sandpit.

Experience
The large elephant population aside, a seasonal abundance of game graces the area: giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, tessebe and lechwe. Lion frequent the greater area and herds of buffalo are also occasional visitors to Seba Camp. Bird enthusiasts will be pleased to know that over 380 species are found in the region.

During winter Seba Camp is transformed into a water camp, with water-based activities taking precedence - such as mokoro and motorboat excursions, including fishing as an option.

Getting There

The Seba Camp is located in private Abu Concession at the Western end of the Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 30 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Seba Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Seba Camp

Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
Friendly                     Children
No. Rooms                 8
Max Occupants           20 plus pilots/guides/tour leaders
Special Interests         Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Abu Concession (West of the Okavango Delta)


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are six twin bed tents. The beds can be moved together to make a double bed. There is one twin bedded guide/pilot room.

Family Tent No 4
It has 2 bedrooms and a loft, sleeps a maximum of four guests . The Family tent has its own plunge pool, toys/game selection for children and two bathrooms.

Family tent number 8
It has 3 bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of six. The Family tent has its own plunge pool, toys/game selection for children and two bathrooms.

Tent details
Luxury safari tents have thatched roof, wooden door entrances and roll-down canvas on the windows. All tents are beautifully decorated, using local materials and attention to detail is evident in all the locally crafted furnishings. These have en suite bathroom facilities with a shower. Soaps, shampoos, and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe and mini bar. All units are raised off the ground with a viewing deck overlooking the lagoon

Camp Description
Seba Camp is situated in an ancient riverine forest surrounded by open grasslands and island sanctuaries. The main area consists of a large canvas dining, bar and lounge area on a raised teak deck. There is a plunge pool and sundowners are around a traditional campfire.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. Water is solar-heated.


Activities

Year-round multi-activity camp with the emphasis on land activities in the summer months and on water activities in times of high flood during the winter months:

Both day and night game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Guided walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides.

Bird watching and water-based game viewing via mokoro and motor boat, water levels permitting.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.

Suggested Itinerary
Morning wakeup call is between 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity of game drives, walks, fishing or mokoro trips. Return to the lodge by mid-day for lunch overlooking lagoon and floodplain. Afternoon siesta.

Afternoon tea (at 1530h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by an activity of choice. Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls”, i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US Dollars, British Sterling), Travellers Cheques or the following credit cards: Visa and MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Abu Concession

In the south-west of the Delta, the scenically splendid 173 000-hectare Abu Concession varies from seasonally inundated floodplains, channels and palm islands in the north-east to the dryer Kalahari ‘Sandveld Tongue’ in the west. Here trees like Kalahari appleleaf and silver terminalia dominate, adding much contrast to this unique area. Big game is plentiful and includes frequent sightings of giraffe, buffalo, elephant, red lechwe, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, impala, zebra, hippo and warthog. Dominant carnivores include lion and spotted hyaena with occasional leopard and wild dog. For bird enthusiasts, some 38o different species can be found.

Birdlife
At around 180 000 hectares, the Seba Camp concession is ideally placed in the Okavango Delta for excellent bird viewing by mokoro. Particularly exciting sights include: the Malachite Kingfisher, White-browed Coucal, Luapula Cisticola, Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Heron and Great Egret.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff and mokoro paddlers – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Seba Camp is located in private Abu Concession at the Western end of the Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 30 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Matsaudi/Abu airstrip located a short drive from camp.
Airstrip coordinates: S19.24.18, E22.32.55
Length 1000m