Serra Cafema Camp

Kunene, Namibia

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Serra Cafema Camp

Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, its Portuguese name originating from the mountains that dominate the northern skyline. At Serra Cafema, you sleep to the sound of rushing water at night; while by day explore one of the driest deserts in the world.


We Love
  • The Camp is located in Marienfluss Conservancy which is comprised primarily of the Himba people, the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet.
  • The Camp’s vision is to make Serra Cafema venture which is wholly staffed, run and owned by the Himba.
  • The Camp has begun a conservation initiative with the aim of securing the nearby Turtle nesting beaches which are vulnerable to slaughter by local fishermen.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating is 6 years, for walking activities is 13 years and for quad biking is 16 years.
  • The Camp has 220v power with facility to charge video and camera batteries.

The Review

Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia and is only reachable by a three hour light aircraft trip from Windhoek. The Camp is a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene River, the only permanent source of water in this region.

Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of 8 riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.

Serra Cafema also has a intimate, luxurious honeymoon villa, with possibly the best view of all. Early booking is essential owing to its popularity. Families can be accommodated by opening up adjoining units.

The main area comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all sharing views of the Kunene River.

Game viewing in this area is limited to herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra. The Kunene River has a large population of Nile crocodiles. Burchell's Courser and Benguela Long-billed Lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area. There are also a number of endemic reptiles, the desert chameleon being a particular specialty.

Activities here are varied, including boating (seasonal), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes, as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes. In this isolated region, the Himba people continue their nomadic, traditional way of life and when in the area, offer guests the opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and traditions.

Getting There

Serra Cafema is located in Marienfluss Conservancy on the southern bank of the Kunene River, northern Namibia, at the foot of the Hartmann’s Valley. It can be reached by air from Windhoek in 3hrs 20 mins and from Swakopmund in 2hrs 30 mins.

Serra Cafema Camp Kunene, Namibia