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The New Serra Cafema - Changing Perspectives (Architecture and Design)


The new Serra Cafema Camp, located in the remote northwest of Namibia overlooking the Kunene River and distant mountains of Angola, is set to reopen in mid-June 2018 after an environmentally and culturally- inspired rebuild. 

The camp is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the Marienfluss Conservancy, which includes members of local Himba villages. The rebuild was therefore designed to enhance the stunning natural features of its beautiful desert-scape, while drawing guests into the world of the statuesque and semi-nomadic Himba people.

Serra Cafema's main area emulates the structure of a Himba village, with a grouping of buildings arranged to connect to each other via different outdoor spaces, ensuring pockets of privacy within a larger cohesive whole. The eight guest rooms, connected by walkways, are also being rebuilt to maximize space and privacy. Natural materials that reflect the surrounding landscape have been used throughout the camp, with stone sourced from the adjacent valley used for feature walls and prominent defining structures, creating texture and a direct connection with the landscape.

Staff reports: "We can't wait to welcome guests to this remarkable new camp, not only offering them a life-changing journey, but one that changes their perspective of their place in the world, as well as the lives they positively impact by choosing to travel to this remote region".

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