Seba Camp

distinctive Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana

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While this camp appeals to all ages, family-friendly Seba Camp offers a unique opportunity to introduce children to the wonders of the African wilderness in a welcoming and comfortable way. Located on the shores of a tranquil lagoon within a lush riverine forest in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the camp also serves as the base for one of the world’s most exciting elephant research projects.

Photo of Don Martinson

Our Expert Says

In the Abu Concession southwest of the Okavango Delta, Seba Camp sits among tall leadwood trees with views over the surrounding lagoon and floodplains. Among this abundance of water, my highlights here were the mokoro safari (exploring the waterways by poled canoe) and the fantastic campfire meal that followed. Nocturnal wildlife sounds, a crackling fire, starlit African sky, singing and dancing—easily the best African bush experiences!

– Don Martinson


Seba Camp, large indoor lounge area immaculately decorated with modern furniture but with a rustic old safari feel in Botswana, Africa safari

The Camp

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Number of Tents: 8

Seba Camp offers eight spacious elevated tents, each celebrating a different tribe of Botswana in its vibrant décor. Tents have en suite bathrooms and private decks with a view of the lagoon’s prolific wildlife. Two family suites have connected, en suite double bedrooms and an upstairs lounge with pull-out sleeper sofas. A built-in “tree house” and elevated deck, which includes a small plunge swimming pool and sandpit, provide ample space for children to relax after wildlife drives. Well-lit paths lead to the dining area, bar and lounge/library. Seba Camp also offers a secluded larger swimming pool. Gourmet meals are served, usually al fresco, in the dining area, followed by conversation around a traditional campfire. As you drift off to sleep, you will know Seba Camp is deep in the bush from the sounds of animals nearby.

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Seba Camp, inviting light blue pool enclosed by burnished wooden deck andlounge chairs with umbrellas in front of the looming green trees, Botswana

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Family Accommodation: 2 family units, each with 2 en suite bedrooms (1 king bed and 2 twin beds) with private entrances connected by shared deck (1 unit has additional sleeping loft for 2 extra guests); each unit has private plunge pool and toys/games for children
  • Shampoo, soap, lotion and insect repellent
  • Room fan
  • 220v charging outlets in main area
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool in family units
  • Central plunge pool
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Seba Camp blends seamlessly into an ancient riverine forest of majestic sycamore, fig and leadwood trees along a tranquil lagoon. Unlike some of water-based areas in the Okavango Delta, Seba Camp’s habitats range from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels, which allow for an abundance of wildlife viewing. Giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, tsessebe and lechwe, wildebeest, buffalo and warthog frequent the area in addition to a resident pod of hippos. Lions often move through the concession and can be heard roaring at night. Its position in the Okavango Delta provides the Seba Camp concession with an ideal location for optimal bird viewing. The malachite kingfisher, white-browed coucal and rufous-bellied heron are some of the prolific birdlife that roost here.

The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.

Country Park/Reserve
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Greater Kudu
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
Botswana Okavango Delta

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 90° F 64° F 4.21 in
32° C 17° C 107 mm
February 88° F 63° F 3.11 in
31° C 17° C 79 mm
March 86° F 61° F 2.8 in
30° C 16° C 71 mm
April 84° F 54° F 0.71 in
28° C 12° C 18 mm
May 79° F 45° F 0.2 in
26° C 7° C 5 mm
June 73° F 43° F 0.12 in
22° C 6° C 3 mm
July 75° F 46° F 0.0 in
23° C 7° C 0 mm
August 81° F 48° F 0.0 in
27° C 8° C 0 mm
September 91° F 57° F 0.0 in
32° C 13° C 0 mm
October 95° F 59° F 0.91 in
35° C 15° C 23 mm
November 91° F 66° F 2.2 in
32° C 18° C 56 mm
December 91° F 66° F 3.39 in
32° C 18° C 86 mm

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Seba Camp, healthy looking African elephant stares directly at the camera with his adorable small white tusks as other elephants move about the grass

Conservation

Seba Camp is the base for one of the most interesting studies being conducted on elephants. Over a period of five years, riding elephants from nearby Abu Camp have been released back into the Okavango Delta wilderness with the cooperation of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. The elephants are collared and their locations pinpointed by researchers based at Seba Camp. Daily movements are monitored and their behavior and interactions with other wild elephants are recorded. The release program has provided a wealth of material for a research project being carried out by Dr Kate Evans of the Mammal Research Unit of the School of Biological Science at the University of Bristol in the UK. This work will help the Botswana government in its management of the country's 110,000 elephants, the largest remaining elephant population in the world.

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