One of the most remote camps in Namibia, amid vast sand dunes on a lively, bubbling stretch of the Kunene River – the only permanent source of water in the entire region. The lunar-esque landscape of the surrounding Namib Desert is contrasted by the lush oases found along the river, and the area is home to herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard. This remote valley is also shared with the colourful Himba people, one of the last true nomadic tribes in Africa.
The Serra Cafema camp itself is a small and peaceful one, with only six fully furnished, tented and thatched chalets set on raised platforms that blend perfectly into the surroundings. Each sumptuous guest tent has a large bedroom area featuring a canopied bed enshrouded with mosquito nets and spacious ensuite bathrooms with astonishing views of the river scene from the twin vanities. One of the villas is set up as a honeymoon villa and there is also a gorgeous family cottage.
All of the villas have expansive outdoor decked areas with hammocks and day beds for lazy afternoons watching the river. There’s a gorgeous guest lounge with fireplace that is stylishly furnished and right off this is the intimate dining room where delicious meals are served; there’s also a cool sunken lounge right next to the river reeds.
Outside, a small pool is the ideal place to cool off and all around you is the stark desert. Guided walking tours are available, and you can also traverse the dunes on eco-sensitive quad bikes.