Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week

Hidden within the thin green ribbon that traces the Kunene River along the Namibia-Angola border, Serra Cafema Camp lies stands on the northern edge of the 300,000ha Marienfluss Conservancy.

Leased from the local Himba people, this sustainability success story is all about coexistence and interdependence. Livestock graze alongside oryx and local tribes coexist with the luxury lodge and its tourists upon whom they rely for their livelihoods.

Almost all lodge staff are recruited from the local villages and trained in every aspects of lodge management with the ultimate objective being to have the lodge exclusively staffed, run and owned by the local Himba people.

While all water is solar-heated, a timely full solar upgrade – to eliminate the need for the carbon-heavy diesel generator – will take Serra Cafema to the next level of ‘greenness’.

The long-term partnership between Serra Cafema and its Himba landlords resulted in this remote, luxury lodge being included amongst the top 50 sustainable safari operations in Africa, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their eye-opening book: Africa’s Finest. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this magnificent coffee table book, then you can order it here.

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