Located in one of the most remote regions in all of Southern Africa, Serra Cafema Camp in Kaokoland, Namibia is an unexpected oasis of luxury that offers the traveler the gift of space, peace, and solitude amid the Namibian desert. Perched on the Kunene River and named for the mountains that overlook the area to the north, the luxury Namibia camp is inspired by the pioneering spirit and contrasting biospheres of the region.

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At Serra Cafema Camp in Kaokoland, Namibia, seven canvas and thatch luxury chalets with private decks are safely situated on raised wooden platforms along the Kunene River. Their elevated position provides spectacular views of the lush river vegetation amid the sand dunes nearby. Each chalet features a large en suite bath with indoor and outdoor showers and twin copper vanities, as well as dramatic mosquito netting lining the beds to create an air of authentic African romanticism amid the open-air living quarters. Families will appreciate the single family chalet, which is able to accommodate up to four guests.

The Ozonganda, or main camp area, is a haven of indoor and outdoor amenities decorated in true Himba style with red ochre and richly appointed throughout. Inside, relax in the sunken lounge, taste unique concoctions at the river bar, or peruse in the library shop. Outside, the swimming pool sparkles aqua blue in the desert landscape and offers up an accompanying sundeck lined with sun loungers and oversized bean bag chairs for those wishing to soak in the warmth of the Namibian sun. Enjoy dinner at the communal table on white linens with accompanying crystal, or choose the cavernous wine cellar as the setting of an intimate meal for two.

The Kunene River acts as a permanent source of water for the arid desert landscape, a setting likened to the Nile River during the era of Cleopatra. It is indeed odd to hear the rapids downstream while surrounded by desert sand dunes, but this stark contrast is what makes the region so incredibly memorable. Away from Serra Cafema Camp, boating excursions along the Kunene River reveal loyal masses of crocodiles and various bird species. Quad biking further afield introduces adventurous guests to the region’s nomadic people. The Himba are among the last of their kind on earth, and interactions with them here are as authentic as they are memorable.

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