- Chidozie Uzoezie
Namibia's Serra Cafema Reopens with Fresh New Looks
Following an environmentally-sensitive and inspiring rebuild, Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema Camp, in Namibia’s extreme north-west, has reopened.
Each incarnation of Serra Cafema has explored and enhanced its relationship with the natural world around it. The new Serra Cafema takes this to the next level.
The camp is comfortable, updated and modern, incorporating fresh elements, while retaining the heart and soul of Serra Cafema. It is also 100% solar powered.
Natural materials that reflect the surrounding landscape have been used throughout the camp, with stone sourced from the adjacent valley used for feature walls and defining structures.
Each of the 8 spacious guest rooms overlook the Kunene River and mountains of Angola and include a sunken seating area, an extra-large bed with a canopy and netting.
The rooms also feature indoor and outdoor showers, and a large private deck for private dining, from where guests can enjoy the surreal sight of a river in the midst of a desert.
The main central area also overlooks the river and has a lower-level oval seated area that is ideal for night-time star gazing. Further celebrating local culture, the conceptual organisation of the main area emulates the structure of a Himba village.
The buildings are arranged to connect to each other via different outdoor spaces, ensuring pockets of privacy within a larger cohesive whole. This arrangement allowed for the existing ana trees to be preserved and utilised as necessary shade.
Located in one of the most remote regions in southern Africa, on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann’s Valley, Serra Cafema offers life-changing journeys to this extraordinary desert, ensuring the ongoing biodiversity protection of this pristine area.