Remote, unique, Serra Cafema is located in northern Namibia, on the Kunene river, and is literally in sight of Angola. Accessed by air, it is surrounded by desert, situated in a grove of Albida trees, and extends right over the river when in flood.
While Serra Cafema possesses the multi-peaked thatch roofs common to many a Namibian lodge, it is also quite unlike any of its competitors. Modern and yet other worldly, Serra Cafema Camp combines a cutting edge service with something one might find in The African Queen. Raised above a dry island, and consisting of a main area, 8 Meru-like chalets and a honeymoon suite, it is largely a stone, wood and thatch build, and is characterised by traditional verandas, extensive wooden floors, woven table covers, old armchairs, handwoven rugs, hammocks and wooden walkways. Divided into a seating area, bar, lounge, library, pool and veranda, the main lodge is a delight.
FOOD AND SERVICE
The food is fresh and satisfying, with the option for dinner to be enjoyed privately on the room’s decking, and the staff are exceptional; always willing to go the extra mile for guests.
Canvas, wood and thatch constructs, the 8 chalets are raised up on platforms, and look out over either the river or the dunes. Accessible via walkways, each chalet has a double bed, multiple ceiling fans, large glass doors, separate bathroom and a veranda. The style is simple, and the beds – built from untreated woods – are remarkable not only for their comfort, but for their design; particularly in the way their uprights finish in mid-air.
Activities at Serra Cafema Camp includes boat trips, quad biking, guided walks, scenic drives, bird and crocodile viewing and swimming.Boating on the Kunene River (water levels permitting) and visiting a (nomadic) Himba Community are also potentially outstanding highlights.