Skeleton Coast - Namibia
Serra Cafema Camp is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia and is undoubtedly the most remote camp in Southern Africa. This camp is only reachable in a 3hr, light aircraft trip from Windhoek. It is just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. The cool Atlantic winds help keep the camp cool even in summer. Serra Cafema is Portuguese, and comes from the mountains to the north, of the same name.
The camp shares this region with the Himba, one of the last true nomadic people in Africa. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, and the river creates a lush oasis along it's banks, surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes
This small, rustic and peaceful camp can be found under the large, shady Albida trees. Serra Cafema has a small plunge pool, dining room and bar. There are set daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee are available throughout the day.
Accommodation is in 9 raised, riverfront, fully-furnished, Meru style tents, with en-suite bathroom facilities. Each tent has a fan, mosquito nets and insect repellent is provided. There is a private deck, complete with comfy hammock, and it has breathtaking views that overlook the private wilderness. The honeymoon chalet has possibly the best views, but book early to get this chalet. Two chalets can be used together as a family unit.
Serra Cafema Camp is the ultimate African off-beat track and wilderness experience. Spend time in the breath-taking landscape of the Hartmann Valley to the south and game view desert-adapted wildlife, such as Oryx, herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard.
Traverse sand dunes on 4x4 safaris, or float down the Kunene river on one of the camps boat trips, watching Kunene crocodiles basking on the river banks as you drift by.
For those who enjoy foot safaris, the remote mountain and river valley walking trails, will present a challenging, but safe pursuit. Many of their guests comment on how enjoyable these treks are.
Serra Cafema is often visited by the local Ovahimba. It gives guests an opportunity to learn about a completely different lifestyle and tradition.
- Nature drives
- Explore the breathtaking landscapes and traverse sand dunes in Hartmann's Valley in an open 4x4 vehicle. Springbok, oryx and ostrich graze and browse as you pass.
- Quad Biking
- Travel in formation lead by your experienced guide to the dunes, in an environmentally-friendly quad-biking excursion. Not only is it great fun but the scenery is outstanding.
- Look out for the Kunene crocs basking on the riverbanks.
- The river valleys and waterfalls of the region provide some of most striking and dramatic scenery the country has to offer. Apart from the magnificent views, there is a variety of plants and wildlife to admire on the way.
- Cultural tour
- A visit to an authentic Himba village should top the list of any visit to the region. The lifestyle and traditions these nomads endure, especially the women and children, belong to the past but are a part of their future. Alternatively you might be fortunate enough to meet native Ovahimba families who often visit Serra Cafema.
- Full day outings
- A picnic lunch in a remote and peaceful location somewhere in the Marienfluss Valley is recommended.
A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements
On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha
On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls
An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.
An excellent lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must
In the village of Opuwo, this is a basic tented camp
One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland
Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants
On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.
A comfortable tented camp close to the Epupa falls
This is one of the newer lodges in Opuwo - it has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis
Up-market luxury safari camp on the Kunene River - only reachable by light aircraft
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