Welcome to Serra Cafema.
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. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.) 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.
Please note that due to the remote nature of this camp we tend not to get to visit it as often as some of the more accessible camps unfortunately.
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
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Wilderness Safaris
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
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.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Namibia
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.See more ideas for Cultural experiences in Namibia
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
Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Serra Cafema. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Included