May 2017 – Wilderness Safaris has announced its exciting plans to rebuild Serra Cafema Camp, undoubtedly one of the most remote camps in southern Africa located in the extreme north-west of Namibia overlooking the Kunene River in the Hartmann's Valley.
“We are thrilled to be rebuilding this iconic camp in the first half of 2018, where we’ll be maintaining the same footprint on its current island location nestled amongst shady albida trees. To facilitate the rebuild, we will therefore be closing the camp from 15 January to 15 June 2018, with a proposed opening date of 16 June 2018”, said Mike Wassung, Wilderness Safaris Namibia MD.
The new Serra Cafema Camp will be 100% solar powered and built with an extremely light eco-footprint to ensure minimal impact on its pristine desert location, whilst at the same time focusing on celebrating the local Himba culture, one of the last true nomadic peoples on the planet. It will remain an intimate, peaceful camp, comprising only eight riverside villas that will blend into the picturesque surroundings.
“Inspiration for the new camp will be drawn from the exceptional desert location and the local Himba culture; we look forward to sharing further information and details about our architectural and décor plans in the coming months”, Wassung added.
Even though the solar installation has begun, as well as the build of the camp’s new staff accommodation at a new location further away from the camp, there has been little to no impact on Serra Cafema’s guests. The camp had an extensive softs refurb in December last year and is ready and waiting to welcome guests for a bumper 2017 season ahead.
Serra Cafema is renowned for offering the most authentic Himba cultural experience in all of Namibia. In addition to the rare opportunity of meeting members of the Himba people, guests are also able to explore the surrounding Namib Desert on fascinating nature drives or on a carefully guided quad bike eco-excursion through the fragile dunes. Boating on the Kunene River (water levels permitting) in search of crocodiles and waterbirds also offers a surreal adventure in the midst of the desert.