Serra Cafema

Reviews of Serra Cafema

Excellent(96%) From 14 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 14 of our travellers who have visited Serra Cafema, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from Bath
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Serra Cafema review

Serra Cafema is in the far north of Namibia, set on the banks of the Kunene River and on the border with Angola. The flight to its airstrip is spectacular, particularly if you fly over the Skeleton Coast. The airstrip is a long way from the camp but the journey is again spectacular and full of photographic opportunities. The welcome at the airstrip was exceptionally good.

The camp is approached along a board walk and hugs the river bank. It is very spacious and comfortable with plenty of different dining areas both inside and outdoors. We ate at a different location for each lunch and evening meal - the camp goes to a lot of trouble to look after you and give you surprises and the menus and hospitality are excellent.

Activities include trips into the desert, walks, visiting a Himba village, boat trips on the river , quad biking etc. Everything is very photogenic and tailored tp your requirements.

Individual lodges are spacious and well equipped.

My only disappointment with the camp is that the diesel generator used first thing in the morning and in the evening is noisy and intrusive to the rooms closest to it. This would be rooms 1 and 2, we were in 1, and if we return (likely) i would insist on a room further away. The camp manager altered the start time for the generator from 0500 to 0600 but for a camp of this quality, the generator should be further away and better sound proofed.

Overall though an exceptional camp and a great experience, particularly the interaction with the Himba people, the quad biking and the breath taking scenery.

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Mr. & Mrs. CW - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

Without doubt, our stay at Serra Cafema was the highlight of our trip. Not only is the location unrivaled, but also the guiding, the service and the ambiance.

Gert, our guide, deserves special mention, since he was a most professional, knowledgeable and kind, especially to our 12-year old son. We enjoyed all activities with him and learned much about the Himba culture, geogolgy and wildlife in the area.

Without exception, all the staff were excellent. We will remember their friendliness and smiling faces for many years to come. Clement, the deputy manager, is an fantastic host who made us feel most welcome.

The attention to detail is outstanding, so that even out in this remote wilderness, Easter was not forgotten. The surprises laid on by the camp ensure that no day is the same. The three days here went all too quickly!

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Mr & Mrs M - Hereford
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

This place is amazing. It really is in the middle of nowhere and the setting is sensational.

Everything we did here was exciting from the scenic drive where we found a horned adder, to the quad biking which was fantastic. Who would think that quads would go up and down sand dunes as they did. This was the camp where we felt we would spend more time very happily.

The camp is so beatifully positioned and well run that time goes too quickly. It is very expensive and we ended up there courtesy of Wilderness Safari's generosity. We were unable to go to their Skeleton Coast camp as it did not open on time so happily accepted an upgrade to Serra Cafema. We were so glad we did.

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Dr F & Mrs A - Golden wedding anniversary
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

A wonderful place to finish our sightseeing trip. Once more we were given special treatment, champagne on arrival at the airstrip, the honeymoon suite, special private dinner in a pavilion, and more champagne at the end of the stay.

Such delightful people, especially our guide, Gheradus and our waitress, Gina. Gheradus made sure we saw as many birds as possible, all of which he knew at a glance, and took us for two exciting boat trips, one of which resulted in us seeing at very close hand, a crocodile take a cow from a group drinking in the river.

We were so pleased that Wilderness's CEO was staying there and we were able to express our appreciation for everyone's efforts and attentions, including our travel agent in London!

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Mr & Mrs K - Guildford
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

The location, ambience, food and staff were all excellent.
The river trip and the visit to the Himba tribe were highlights.

You will be aware of the incident which occurred to the friends we were travelling with, which sadly curtailed their holiday.
Mr and Mrs G. Miss will have written separately about this.

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Mr & Mrs G from Guildford
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serra Cafema review

We had a very bad arrival experience here. We were not offered any activity for the afternoon and despite being told that our guide would introduce himself and advise us at dinner, neither he nor anyone else did. After an hour of pre dinner drinks we went in search of the manager! .

The first afternoon and evening definitely spoilt our visit, and although this is considered one of the best camps in Namibia, we found it the least friendly of all the places we visited.

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Mr and Mrs M from East Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful Serra Cafema

The scenery at Serra Cafema is unbelievable. The camp is very special in a great location.

We couldn't fault it and had a great time there as the food is very good and there are interesting activities. However, it was too luxurious for us as we prefer to be part of the bush a bit more and prefer a simpler African experience.

We also suffered with lack of hot water here too!

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Splendid Isolation

A wonderful camp in a wonderful location and good to have time to relax and appreciate our surroundings.

Interesting drives, walks and sundowners on the Angolan side whilst treating the crocodiles with respect.

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Mr & Mrs E - Coulsdon
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stunning scenery at Serra Cafema

This was undoubtedly the high point of our holiday as far as accommodation is concerned. The suites are huge and beautifully appointed, really luxurious. Then there is the huge deck looking directly over the river. And they provide hot water bottles - very welcome, the nights (and early mornings) were really cold.

Food and service were great too, after the first evening we were the only guests there (such a pity, it deserves to have more visitors) so we had really individual attention.

The activities here are rather different from other places we visited - again making it a rather special place. The river trips (we had two) showed us the wildlife of the river - stunning birds and of course the crocodiles. Perhaps the most stunning was the goliath heron, seeing it fly majestically over the river, just skimming the surface, was magical.

Then the visit to the Himba village was fascinating, our only regret was not being able to talk to them directly, but our guide, Franco, was great at translating and very knowledgeable on their way of life. He was also very kind and patient when he took us on a quad bike excursion, very gentle for the "mature".

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Mr and Mrs F - London
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

- Dinner rather late
- Again, it would have been nice to have had some access to the outside world (eg internet)

But a stunning place in wondeful location and scenery

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