Serra Cafema is remotely located on the southern bank of the Kunene River.
Serra Cafema: Our full report
Serra Cafema is probably Namibia's most remote camp. In the extreme north-west, at the end of the vast Hartmann Valley, this luxurious lodge nestles in a lush belt of riverine forest beside the Kunene River, overlooking Angola. This river stands in total contrast to the arid desert and rugged mountains around it making this a very special location.
Serra Cafema is a small camp which combines rustic and with luxury. The wood and thatch main area sits on the bank of the Kunene River nestled in amongst the reeds and shaded by large trees. There is a sunken lounge to the front, a bar area, indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as a small library, curio shop and plunge pool. All have views over the Kunene River.
Serra Cafema has eight luxurious en-suite villas raised on wooden decks. Constructed from canvas and thatch, each spacious room has a large double bed surrounded by a mosquito net, lounge area, an en suite bathroom and private veranda. The large glass doors all along the front of the room can be opened giving stunning views across the Kunene River to Angola beyond.
Due to its location, a stay at Serra Cafema enables you to explore a diversity of landscapes and eco-systems on a variety of activities. The lodge offers nature drives into the rolling yellow dunes of the Namib Desert, and well as quad biking. Both are done sensitively so as not to disturb this fragile environment. You can also take drives and walks into the Hartmann’s mountains, where the scenery is stark but breath-taking. Boat trips along the Kunene add another dimension – water birds abound and crocodiles bask – so different to the arid landscape that surrounds this oasis. There is also the possibility of visiting a Himba community, which too is done with sensitivity.
Our viewSerra Cafema is one of Africa's most magical areas, so staying here in great comfort, with enthusiastic guides, is a real privilege.
Ideal length of stay: Three nights
Owner: Wilderness Safaris
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome at Serra Cafema
Generally recommended for children: This camp is probably best for older children.
Power supply: Generator
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Included