This was a fairly last minute add on to our Namibia trip as our original booking at Wilderness Safaris' Skeleton Coast camp was cancelled when the camp closed. I was very hesitant to book Serra Cafema because of the very long small plane rides. And indeed, these were, for me, very scary and difficult flights in bumpy thermals. I probably wouldn't do it again. However, the lodge was spectacular. Visiting the Himba tribal members in the area, probably the last generation that will live in the traditional ways, setting foot on Angolan soil, floating down the crocodile-infested Kunene River, and walking with the lovely and knowledgeable guide, Gert, on the dunes and watching the beleaguered oryx sometimes drop dead in their tracks from thirst...pretty amazing.
We stayed three nights and it was perfect. Rooms, villas really, were gorgeous, food was excellent, service world class, and the best bloody marys we have ever had we're right there, on the remote Namibian/Angolan border. Probably the most unique place I've ever been.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, its Portuguese name originates from the mountains that dominate the northern skyline. Guests fall alseep to the sound of rushing water, while by day they explore one of the driest deserts in the world. The camp's eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom, show great attnetion to detail; the elevated decks and simple structures of wood, canvas and thatch create a camp that is at one with its surroundings. The dining room and pool look out over the Kunene River. Activities here are varied, including boating (seasonal), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes,as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes. In this isolated region, the Himba people continue their nomadic, traditional way of life and when in the area, offer guests the opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and traditions. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Serra Cafema Camp Hotel Kaokoland
- Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp Namibia/Kaokoland