Serra Cafema

Reviews of Serra Cafema

Excellent(96%) From 27 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 27 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.
Ms M. from Ottawa
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

By the time we got to this location, we appreciated the fact that the activities started a little bit later in the morning and that we had quite a bit of down time.

The visit to the Himba village was very interesting. The sand dunes in the afternoon sun is a beautiful sight.

The staff was very friendly and attentive.

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Mr P M - Namibia Fly-in
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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V interesting visit to Himba village

Spectacular location and welcome contrast to the desert regions. Views down the river and birdlife were a very positive aspect. The camp staff were particularly friendly and interesting to talk to.

I found the Himba village visit fascinating and a far more authentic experience than the Damara "Living Museum", especially since I was the only visitor, along with my guide, and the lingering low cloud meant that the cattle had not yet been taken to pasture.

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Mr & Mrs S - Worcester Park
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Serra Cafema review

A beautiful remote location, again we had a great guide for the 4 days we were there.

However, the management was a bit hit and miss and we were never quite sure who was actually in charge.

There was also an issue with the hot water in the shower, pretty much showered in tepid water every day.

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N & R from Essex
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serra Cafema review

Again a disappointing guide. All staff we spoke to at the various Wilderness Camps said what a wonderful employer they were So for all three guides to be not very good was surprising. Our experience of there camps previously was in Botswana where we had fantastic guide so it was really disappointing. I realize that a lot of what we were doing was about the scenery but there is still lots of other things that could have been pointed out and explained.
The visit to the village where you are expected to buy stuff is just not our cup of tea.
Again a couple of lovely surprise lunch locations.

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Mr & Mss from Brussels
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serra Cafema stay

Excellent experience.

Good service level, excellent guide (Darius).

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Mr Y and Mr T from San Francisco
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Remote! Remote! Remote!

Though Serra Cafema is the oldest of the three Wilderness properties we visited, we liked the interior layout and design of its suites the best. Our suite's lounging areas (both interior and exterior) were spacious and comfortable and were smartly separating from the sleeping, dressing and bathing spaces. We understand, however, that Serra Cafema will undergo major renovations and perhaps relocation in a few months, so we will not dwell on its current features.

Activities-wise, we loved every moment of our Himba Village visit (our outstanding guide Timo is from a nearby Himba community and offered us unique personal insights); river cruise; and ATV adventures. Michael and Elroy were outstanding hosts. As well, deWald (who heads Wilderness Safari's Food and Beverage operations in Namibia) was on assignment at Serra Cafema, and we had the pleasure of learning first-hand the immense challenges of provisioning and preparing healthy, varied, and delicious meals in some of the world's most remote locations.

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Mrs L & Mr G - Australia
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Remote Epic Serra Cafema

The drive from the airstrip through the Hartmann Valley to Serra Cafema is "epically" and spectacularly African! Arrival at the camp is equally as impressive - set alongside the Kunene River in amongst the reeds. This is truly a place to just be - at one with Namibia and with nature. This lodge beckons me back!

Our guide Darius was just brilliant, he was very attentive to our needs and continually amazed us with driving us to vistas better than the previous which we didn't think possible! Taking in the breathtaking landscape whilst having our sundowners on our first night there was the highlight of our Namibian trip! Our boat trip up the along the Kunene river spotting Crocs and having sundowners on the Angolan side of the river was special too.

The staff were very pleasant and accommodating - we were given an upgrade (huge thanks!) and a special, surprise, private lunch right on the river. The tents are very spacious and gorgeous.

The lodge will be undergoing a revamp later this year - can't wait to go back :-)

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Mrs K - Netherlands
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unforgettable!!

The main reason to go to Serra Cafema was based on my wish to interact with the Himba's in there natrual environment. But it became so much more. To fly in, surrounded by magnificent mountains, where the quide was waiting with something to drink and to eat gave me the first glance how beautiful it would be.

To the remote lodge it takes about 50 minutes. I enoyed every minute of it. With beautiful scenery and the mountains of Angola in the background.

There was a warm and personal welcome when I arrived. My chalet was overwhelming big, beautifully furnished and very clean. Outside a wooden deck with comfortable chairs. And a vieuw over the river! Wow!!! In the evening before diner, somethimes around the pool litted by candellight, I sat at the fireplace, With a drink and some bites. My faverite spot in the main area. The decorations were very stylish.

The food was more then excellent. My complements to the chef!

The excursion to the Himba was excactally what I had hoped for. My guide (a Himba himself) got me on a very respectfully way in contact with them. Before there was a very extensively explenation about there style of life.

The boat excursion and the sundowner on Angolian territory was fun (crocodiles) but not special.

But what a stay!!!!!! What a beautiful remote area with a stunning environment. It is one of the most extra ordinary places I ever have been. It is unforgettable.

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J&V from Florida
Arrived on: 27-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful site with extraordinary outings

We must rate the experience extraordinary in spite of some management observations or actions that were less than excellent. The general manager & visiting food manager were sometimes less than fully engaged in their interactions with guests. The later seemed much more attentive to pilots staying over than he did to some guests.

Door closing practices in our room (at turndown) were a bit confusing to us but 2 nights we ended up having a gerbil in our room (who would dash under the platform bed). We did not find this particularly disturbing but my husband went for assistance our first night The visiting manager did not appear to be successful but seemed confident we would have no other problems. On night 2 (somewhat cute) Mr. Gerbil was back in our room. We successfully chased him out. By day 3 one of our ceiling fans was not working. Eventually we were told that would require an "outside" service.

Upon our arrival in our next camp we discovered that Mr. Gerbil had made considerable headway into a woven cloth bag with bagged snacks enclosed.

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Drs B - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Perfect!

Amazing place in a very isolated location. The staff is fantastic!

Thank you!

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