Damaraland & the Northwest camps - Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema

How often do you wish you could escape from civilisation, go out of mobile range and bury your head in the sand? Well, as luck would have it, this is possibly one of the best places to do just that (although there is plenty of sand, burying your head is inadvisable). Flung up in the far northern reaches of Namibia, where the country borders Angola, Serra Cafema sits on the Kunene River – the only permanent water in an otherwise parched desert.

Serra Cafema is perched right on the river, under precious shady trees, clutching onto the lush greenery that is otherwise so scarce in Namibia. Behind it stretches the lunar landscape of Kaokoland; pale sandy valleys and towering inselbergs where only a few tough species survive. This is definitely not a typical safari destination which is what makes it so unique. Come here for the fact that it lies at the edge of the earth, for panoramic views and other-worldly creatures that will astonish you with their evolved inventiveness. It is also one of the best places to encounter the Himba folk in an uncontrived way, and witness this testament to simple living in its most elemental form.  The incongruity of the riverine flora and that of the rugged desert is also quite fascinating.

The camp itself is beautiful, simple and elegant. Open decks make the most of the ultimate luxury – space, while vast beds, copper basins and muted fabrics give the place an edge of indulgence. There are only eight canvas, thatch and wood chalets and the really cool thing is that you really are only one of sixteen visitors within miles and miles

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