03 Apr 2015 / by Pilot Michael / in 2015 Africa Flying Safari
Camp Highlight – Serra Cafema – Namibia
Serra Cafema camp is by far one of the best camps of the entire trip. Serra Cafema is a definite study in contrasts, on one side of camp is the driest desert I’ve ever been in and the other side of camp is the Kunene River, a bastion to many aquatic lifeforms both docile and quite vicious. It was at this camp last year that I took a quad bike out into the desert with a group, upon reaching a high mountain I had no idea where I was. I could look out in every direction and see nothing but desert. If I was left on my own to find my way back to camp, I would have been done for. Coming from America, it’s tough to get so far outside of civilization you couldn’t find your way back. When you are in the most remote region of Namibia, it’s tough to find civilization. This camp will give you time to gaze inward to your soul with zero outside influence, this is a great place to look for yourself. The Northern Namib desert along the Angola border is also home to the Himab people, an ancient tribe that lives on subsistence. They are a semi nomadic tribe that raises sheep, goats and cows. The himba number approximately 50,000 people and are very distinguishable by their red Otjize body paint or cosmetic made of ochre and butterfat. It an honor and privilege to meet and interact with this incredible tribe of people that have lived off this land for countless generations.