Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema: Our full report

Rooms
8 chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (96%) From 14 reviews
Open
All year

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 view

Serra Cafema is one of Africa's most magical areas, so staying here in great comfort, with enthusiastic guides, is a real privilege.

Geographics

Location: Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Three nights

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Wilderness Safaris

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Special interests

Honeymoons: For a magical and exclusive honeymoon in Namibia, Serra Cafema is a very special choice. The camp is one of the most remote in southern Africa, and combines rustic and luxury elements in a starkly beautiful and peaceful location. A lovely, romantic setting for your honeymoon.

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Cultural experiences: Arguably Namibia’s most remote camp, Serra Cafema offers visits to traditional Himba villages. They’re authentic experiences; off the beaten track, away from most tourists, and conducted with great sensitivity. Learn about the lifestyle and customs of these semi-nomadic people.

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Children

Attitude towards children: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome at Serra Cafema

Infrastructure

Power supply: Generator

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Included