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Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp

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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.
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Kunene River Namibia
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Namibe Airport139 mi
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The hotel is in middle of nowhere and is beautiful. The food is excellent and the service is even better. The excursions were unbelievable and very different from the others in Africa. You hace to see the Hinba tribe!!Mandatory!!!
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you fadece13 for your fabulous review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your time with us and how many great memories you were able to take home. We will be sure to share your high praises with all our great staff in camp. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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While it takes effort to get here [only access is really via a plane], its beauty and service are a standout and makes it a must visit designation in Namibia. The lodge is stunning on the Kunene River. All suites/rooms are built on on stilts and built right onto the river; rooms are great including modern touches with both an indoor and outdoor shower. The food was good and ample. Had wonderful experiences with the Himba community here. Nice river boat ride is a wonderful relaxing option here too. Staff goes way out of their way to ensure your stay is special and memorable. Sundowners are a regular occurrence, too. Would LOVE to go back now!
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp
Responded 2 days ago
Dear kaylaartt, The land on which Serra Cafema is constructed is leased from the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy which is owned primarily by the Himba people, who are amongst the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet. Thanks to this partnership we are lucky enough to be able to share this unique cultural experience with our guests. We are glad to see this was a highlight of your stay with us and hope you will visit all of us again soon. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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It was a long bumpy and sandy drive from the airstrip to the Lodge. The landscapes were stark and beautiful at the same time. We felt that we could have been on the moon. We arrived at the lodge which is situated on the wide river separating Namibia from Angola. The lodges (rooms) are excellent and well designed. The central area of bar and restaurant is great. The staff could not have been more hospitable. The food was very good and interesting. Our guide was excellent and took us on a number of safaris (including one up river). One of the outings was to visit a Himba village. The native women were welcoming and happy to answer any question (translated of course by the guide). After a bit of dancing, the native-made trinkets were laid out for our perusal (and purchase). The men of the tribe were at "work" discussing tribal matters and were therefore not part of the visit. Three nights at the camp were enough and we were happy to get away from the heat.
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp
Responded May 21, 2019
Dear AntarcticBound, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us as well as the time spent on the Kunene river. The Himba village is a great visit and a wonderful way to learn more of the culture of the local peoples. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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It was obvious flying from the Skeleton Coast up the Kunene river to get to the landing strip that hit sis an isolated place not eh boarder with Angola. After the usual cross country drive we arrived a the lovely lodge set on the river bank looking at the Angolan side only a few screws of meters away. Unfortunately, we only had a short time at the lodge but enjoyed a river trip seeing beautiful herons and even got sight of a crocodile actually basking in the sun with a heron only a few meters away. The lodge and cabins are beautifully designed and very comfortable. We were treated to a BBQ on the night of the Independence celebrations and the staff, who came from various villages around, presented a superb signing and dancing show. The highlight of the trip was stopping to visit a Himba village. The men were all at work so we were 'hosted' by the lovely women and the children of the tribe. The women are so dignified but very friendly and happy for us to ask questions. Fortunately, our guide was Himba himself which was a bonus for us all. This was a memorable trip for us.
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp
Responded Apr 1, 2019
Dear MalcolmM1947, In this isolated area, the Himba people continue their traditional semi-nomadic way of life and, when they are in the area, guests have an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and customs.We are glad to see you enjoyed not only the wonderful views on offer from camp but additionally this immersion into the local culture. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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Perfectly built, very luxurious camp on the border of Kuene river. All very new with a great taste and nicely decorated. A nice deck and bar with an appealing pool on the side. The camp has big arbors with a broad variety of birds. The hospitality of the manager and his wife is unsurpassable and this also is mirrored in the cordiality of the team. The food is outstanding with a special note added toeach course. The highlite of the stay at Serra Cafema is the visit to the Himba tribe. The visit has not the slightest touch of voyeurisme and we felt wellcome by the people and of course brought some food for them and bought some of their typical artwork. The landscaps (plural) are very impressive already when the guide is picking you up at the air strip. The cooperation of Wilderness Air and the Wilderness Safari team is perfect.
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Camp
Responded Mar 5, 2019
Dear katharinas82, Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience. Thank oyu for your amazing feedback, we are thrilled to see you enjoyed your time with us and our wonderful neighbours, the fascinating Himba people. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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NamibiaKunene RegionKaokoland
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8
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