Serra Cafema Camp Tented Camp
Set in the starkly beautiful Hartmann Valley in the remote north-western corner of Namibia, Serra Cafema Camp is luxurious, intimate and peaceful; providing one of the most authentic interactions with the fascinating Himba people – one of the last semi-nomadic people on Earth.
* Serra Cafema Camp Highlights
- ∞Enjoy the surreal contrast of rushing rapids in a desert-like landscape
- ∞Great mix of rustic and luxury in lunar-scape setting
- ∞Authentic interactions with Himba people
- ∞Explore local area on quad bikes
- ∞Nature drives and bush walks in Hartmann's Valley
- ∞Boating on the Kunene River (seasonal) – prolific crocodile and bird life
More about this accommodation
This camp will be closed from 15 January to 15 June 2018 for major refurbishments and to be completely solar powered.
A remote, intimate and luxurious camp in the remote reaches of north-western Namibia, Serra Cafema is set on the ‘oasis’ of the Kunene River, the lifeblood of this arid lunar-like landscape.
There are altogether eight villas made from wood, canvas and thatch nestled alongside the Kunene. Each tent is en-suite with a ceiling fan and mosquito nets. One of the tents is an intimate honeymoon villa with stunning views and there’s also a spacious family tent. The villas are on elevated decks which blend into the local surrounds with minimal impact.
Comfortable Main Area
The communal Ozonganda or main area has both indoor and outdoor dining areas, a sunken lounge, library, curio shop and swimming pool. Wherever you are at Serra Cafema, you’ll have views out over the Kunene River and all its moods.
The Kunene River is the only permanent water source in this area, with oasis-like vegetation along its banks. Game viewing is limited to small herds of gemsbok (oryx), springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra but the surrounds are fascinating to explore in open safari vehicles. The river itself has healthy numbers of Nile crocodile and the birdlife is prolific with endemic species like Burchell's courser and Benguela long-billed lark to look out for. Nature walks provide you with a good chance to see the famous fairy circles and desert plated lizard. Boating on the Kunene River (if the water levels permit) give you the opportunity to venture through the lush riverside reeds and spot the crocodiles and water birds up close.
Serra Cafema, with all humility and respect, has established an excellent rapport with the Himba people. When they are visiting the area, guests are able to visit with them and gain insight into their ancient customs and way of life.
Aside from working closely with the Himba people to the benefit of both parties, Serra Cafema is also involved in conservation initiatives by protecting and securing the nesting beaches of the sea turtles from local fisherman – also monitoring the turtles whilst they are in the area. Various studies and collaborative research of the crocodile populations on the Kunene River are also underway. The camp itself is largely powered by a solar energy which has drastically reduced the hours required for the diesel generator system. Each villa has its own solar geyser for hot water.
Serra Cafema is seriously remote. The only access is by light aircraft to the Hartmann Valley airstrip, followed by 1½-hour road transfer over somewhat bumpy roads. Once there, you’ll know it was worth every minute.
Our Take on Serra Cafema
A lovely, luxurious lodge in typical Wilderness Safaris style – in one of the starkest and breathtakingly beautiful corners of Namibia. While the actual game viewing is limited, the surrounds and contrasts between river, open skies and surreal landscapes are out of this world. An unforgettable safari destination if you’re up for the challenge of getting there.
Images: © Dana Allen, Courtesy Wilderness Safaris
- ∞All meals
- ∞Scheduled camp activities
- ∞Park fees
- ∞All local drinks
- xScheduled charter flights
- xTransfers to camp
- xPremium imported brands
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