One of Africa’s most remote luxury camps, Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema is a true oasis in the middle of the vast Namib desert. Tucked into the narrow band of green trees next to the Kunene River, on the border between Namibia and Angola, the camp is an ideal base for the adventurous traveller to experience the wonder of this unique area. Accessed only via light aircraft from Windhoek and a 4×4 drive through the desert rocks and dunes, this is as away from it all as it is possible to get, the only other inhabitants being the nomadic Himba tribe living as they have done for centuries.
Visiting the Himba tribe is an authentic cultural experience not to be missed, then there are the carefully guided quad bike excursions through the desert dunes.
While there is little in the way of big game, the fascination of the smaller desert-adapted wildlife fills many a game walk and nature drive, and a boat cruise on the Kunene river reveals crocodiles and plenty of waterbirds. Guests staying for longer might spend a day exploring the Marienfluss Mountains in search of the Namaqua chameleon, sighting springbok, zebra and gemsbok on the way. But it’s the soul-inspiring magic of the harsh scenery and majestic desert beauty that is so hard to describe and which is Serra Cafema’s secret recipe for peace and relaxation.
The comfortable tented suites overlooking the river are decorated with an almost austere eco-luxury. Built around the living trees of the riverbank on raised decks, they are incredibly spacious and shaded by a thatch roof and cooled by fans, with king size beds draped in mosquito netting, a comfortable lounge area and ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers. Don’t expect wifi, getting away from it all is the joy, but there is a computer in the main lodge for essential communication, and a small swimming pool to cool off on hot desert afternoons. Delicious meals are served in a different location each evening, inside by the fire on cool nights or under the starry skies that are so immense here in this beautiful and remote corner of Namibia.