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Tatler talks about Serra Cafema, Kunene, Namibia


Tatler talks Serra Cafema, Kunene, Namibia

The journey here is truly a flight of fancy. Swoop over dunes above the Namib Desert’s sea of sand in a Cessna and gaze down at the world’s most exotic, hypnotic wilderness. Abandoned diamond mines, the gems lying just below the surface, can be seen where the sand meets the surf of the Skeleton Coast, graveyard of clearly visible shipwrecks and home of seal colonies and flamingos.

This is Africa’s most dramatic safari camp, an oasis on the green banks of the Kunene River, shaded by giant bulrushes. In the pink dawn, Nile crocodiles float half-submerged past the deck. The mountainous caramel and rust-red dunes are awesome to quad-bike over, and afternoons are spent on a boat on the fast-flowing river. This is ancient, untouched land but, with eight secluded thatched lodges built on raised stilts under a sheltering carapace of tamarisk leaves, it’s like a plush tree house hideaway.

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, an enthusiastic guitarist, used to book out Serra Cafema for a whole week every year and invite his amateur band so they could jam into the night.

Who knows what the frogs thought!