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
Delayed due to unusual floods, Serra Cafema has reopened in September 2018 after its re-build and is now 100% 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. It forms part of a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy, owned primarily by the Himba people, one of the last remaining semi-nomadic people on the planet.
Each of the eight spaced-for-privacy guest rooms overlooks the Kunene River and mountains beyond. The rooms have a sunken seating area, an outsized bed with a canopy and netting, both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a large private deck where you can enjoy an intimate dinner.
Comfortable Main Area
The communal Ozonganda or main area overlooks the river and has a sunken seated area, perfect for stargazing by night. The whole layout of the camp echoes that of a Himba village with areas for quiet and areas for sociability. Wherever possible, furniture, building material, décor and so on has been sourced locally or in support of local concerns.
All buildings sit gently on elevated decks to create a minimal footprint. There are 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.
When the Himba are visiting the area, guests are able to visit with them and gain insight into their fascinating, ancient customs and way of life.
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 most 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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