Namibian Desert Nature Safari – Camp Serra Cafema

Namibia, a country of vast open spaces; extreme contrasts of harsh and arid deserts and green oases fringed by palm trees, savannah of thorn bushes and craggy mountains, freezing winter nights and hot, sweltering summer days. A country with European influence revealed in the German architecture, way of life and language of a large part of the white population. A rich tribal population offers the traveler a unique cultural experience. Namibia is the driest country south of the Sahara, the 5th largest country in Africa and yet has the smallest population.

Living in an arid and harsh desert is not for everyone, but for me the experience was extremely beautiful. Peace and solitude reconnected me with nature, the abundance of space, the disturbing stillness reminded me of the infinity of life in the universe. The contrasting colors of the landscape allow for incredible photographic opportunities. The deep blue sky for the most part cloudless, the rugged brown lunar landscape dotted with unusual desert-like plant species, the ever-changing earthy orange sand dunes sculpted by the winds of time. You will return home with a different perspective on life. This landscape leaves you with a feeling of peace and tranquility.

As my intention here is to enlighten you on a true Namibian wilderness experience, I would like to draw your attention to the far northwest of Namibia to a secluded luxury wilderness camp located on the banks of the Kunene River. Wilderness Safaris Camp, Serra Cafema is a premier camp offering you a true desert experience in luxury. A relatively small camp that can accommodate a maximum of 16 people in beautiful chalets raised on wooden platforms made of thatch, canvas and wood that blend into their natural surroundings. Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa and is best reached by light plane from Windhoek, unless you have a few days to spare, a 4×4 and an adventurous spirit.

Once you arrive at Camp Serra Cafema after a 45-minute drive from the airstrip, you are pampered by friendly, caring, cheerful and bubbly staff that add to the experience of this remote camp. All deliciously prepared meals are included, as are activities such as Hartmann Valley nature walks by Land Rover, Kunene River boat trips, valley nature walks and village tours. Himba in activity if nomads are in the area. . Professional and experienced field guides accompany you in these activities. One of the highlights is a guided quad bike tour that lets you experience the untouched desert areas of the desert. The emphasis here is on information on the surrounding environment, on the endemic flora and fauna that blend so harmoniously into their environment, and on sustainable life within this balanced ecosystem.

Camp Serra Cafema is leased from the 300,000 hectare Marienfluss reserve, which is mainly made up of the local Himba population, one of the last semi-nomadic peoples on earth. Numbering around 12,000 people, the Himba live an isolated existence that has allowed them to preserve their culturally rich way of life.

Like all Wilderness Safaris camps, Serra Cafema truly embraces unity among the local population, including that on the Angolan side. The Himba community visited not only benefits in terms of direct employment, but is also supplied with staple foods like cornmeal from the camp. This way of life, so different from many others, fascinates visitors and it is important when meeting the Himba to maintain the delicate balance necessary to be able to share this insight without negatively impacting people and their customs. Serra Cafema and Skeleton Coast Camp of Wilderness Safaris are both located in Himba territory and have approached the Himba people with respect, creating a positive relationship between the camps and the community.

A year round destination, Namibia’s climate creates a variety of fascinating moods. Namibia receives the majority of its rains in February with an average of 25 to 30 ml / a. The rains cause the stark desert’s most incredible transformation into lush green meadows and colorful blooms that only last a few weeks, then return to hibernation until the following year.

Namibia has become a popular destination for its airplane safaris and combining a few days on a desert experience with a great authentic game viewing destination like the Kruger National Park in South Africa would make for a very exciting African adventure.

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