Escape to the remote wilderness of Namibia
The rugged and vast Skeleton Coast earned its name one shipwreck at a time. Its startling expanses of sand, lichen and gravel also make it one of the most beautiful sights in Namibia. Located in the country's northern region is the Serra Cafema, a camp that takes full advantage of the unique landscape and the solitude that it affords.
Namibia's northern border with Angola is drawn along the Kunene River, effectively heading off the Skeleton Coast. Major roads, however, have stopped well before the river. It is in this remote corner of Southern Africa that the truly adventurous will find the Serra Cafema camp. There, travelers will have the opportunity to take in the harsh landscape of the desert, the lush plains of the surrounding Hartmann valley and the villages of the nearby Himba tribes - comprised of some of the last semi-nomadic peoples left in the world.
Getting to the camp is half the adventure. Travelers must take a flight hundreds of miles from the capital city of Windhoek. According to Fodor's the ride is long and bumpy. Once there, the terrain is equally tough, as befits one of the most remote regions in the world. The activities offered at the camp in large part play into these rough surroundings. Those who wish to explore the desert can take quad bikes over the dunes with a guide. Nature drives take the curious to see Namibia's wildlife and geography. Boat trips set sail along the river, providing first-hand views of Nile crocodiles and water birds.
Yet, not all aspects of the journey here are so demanding. Desert picnics are another amenity offered by the camp, as well as regular visits to Himba villages. According to Serra Cafema, it has developed a strong relationship with the surrounding tribes, and interactions are a welcome highlight for travelers.
?While the desert may be less than accomodating, the hotel is a welcome oasis along the river. Thatched villas provide protection from the elements, each room equipped with its own bathrooms, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. However, the camp makes sure that travelers still have a strong connection to the land. A few paces away from the beds are covered porches that open out onto a view of the river just below. These rushing waters not only provide a good sight upon waking up, but also a calming murmur to help guests fall asleep.