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Located on the banks of the Kunene River in the extreme north-west of Namibia and reachable only by light aircraft, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in Southern Africa.

Inspired by the area's Himba people, accommodation consists of eight fully-furnished Meru-style wood and canvas tents with a thatched roof, en suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. Each one is set on spacious, elevated deck beside the river - a great place to relax and soak up the vistas - and blends into the surroundings. The gurgling rapids below camp create a calming atmosphere that lulls you to sleep after a day exploring one of the world's driest and most starkly beautiful regions.

The menu of activities available here consists of wildlife drives, walks and guided quad-bike excursions through the fragile dunes in the Hartmann Valley, so you can to experience the area in its unbridled glory, while taking care to preserve this unique and delicate habitat. Boat trips on the Kunene River make a pleasant change of focus, and fishing can be arranged. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba tribal settlement.

Serra Cafema is reached by light aircraft, three hours flying time from Windhoek.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Distinctive Namibia

This flying safari encompasses the finest attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating rockscape of Damaraland with its diverse compliment of desert adapted wildlife, and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Experience beauty and solitude at every turn.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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The Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with soaring dunes and plains to deep canyons, mountains, saltpans and freshwater springs. Wildlife includes huge colonies of Cape fur seals, and travelling by light aircraft provides stunning views of the coastline and its remarkable natural features.

  • Where: Erongo & Kunene Regions
  • Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, cape fur seal, desert elephant, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Flying safaris, Vehicle safaris