Serra Cafema is considered the most remote camp in Namibia, and it's one of the finest. Being so far north, the only access if by light aircraft. You won't be dissapointed, the setting is idyllic, on the banks of the Kunene river with mountains in the background. There are just 10 beautifully appointed thatched villas, and they lend themselves perfectly to relaxing in solitary splendour when you are not out exploring the area. The lounge areas are very spacious with comfortable. The sleeping area has a large mosquito-net draped bed. The bathroom leads off from this had has both indoor and outdoor showers and excellent views too. To complete the villa and make the most of the wonderful views, the bifolding doors lead out on to a large deck, complete with sunbeds and a hammock. The villas are linked to the main area by a series of raised wooden walkways.
The lounge/bar and dining room are housed in the main thatched building, with bi-folding doors opening the building up to the outdoors on most sides. The wooden deck is huge and leads down to the pool, overlooking the Kunene river. Meals can be taken al-fresco on the deck or indoors under cover. There is an outdoor sunken lounge area where you can sit and listen to the river flowing past while you enjoy the breeze rustling through the reeds.
Despite the remote location, there is plenty to do here, not least explore the magnificent scenery and search out the wildlife that survives in this hostile enironment. Explore the area in a 4x4 vehicle with an experienced guide, then leave the vehicle and opt for a walk to get closer to the smaller flora and fauna. An exciting quad bike adventure through the sand dunes awaits you, and you can take a vist to a Himba village and with the help of your guide/interpreter learn more about the fascinating customs and beliefs of this nomadic tribe. What better way to finish off the day than a boat ride on the Kunene river to watch the sun go down. Remote bliss!
Open: Serra Cafema is open all year round.
Location: The camp occupies a superb spot on the banks of the Kunene river, on border with Angola.
Rooms: The 10 spacious thatched villas are beautifully furnished and decorated with natural muted tones. The bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers. Each villa enjoys a large wooden deck with sun loungers and a hammock. The tents have bi-folding doors right the way across the front making the most of the views.
Activities: Explore the area by 4x4 with expert guides. Quad-biking is also on offer along with guided walks of varying lengths. Visit the Himba and learn about these fascinating people and finish of your day on the water, a sunset boatcruise.
Facilities: The main area houses a lounge, bar and dining room. Out on the deck is a pool with wonderful views, a sunken lounge and more wonderful views. Meals can be taken under cover in the dining area, or in the open air overlooking the river.
Dining: Delicious meals are served at separate tables.
Children: Children over the age of 6 are welcome, this camp is more suited to older children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is a computer station in the main area with internet access.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499