- Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is located in the extreme northwest of Namibia and one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.
- Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world.
- The eight chalets are set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas and thatch to create a unique camp that is at one with its surroundings and celebrates the culture of the Himba people. The main area affords spectacular views over the Kunene River.
- Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.
- Undoubtedly the highlight of the camp is the quad bike rides over the rising dunes in search of gemsbok and the camouflaged Rüppell’s korhaan. A visit to the nearby Himba community gives insight into the life of these semi-nomadic people as they survive in the harsh desert landscape.
- Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise to the Angolan side of the river for a sundowner.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Enjoy river safaris on the Kunene River from Serra Cafema Camp. Boating on the Kunene River (water levels permitting) provides guests with the opportunity to venture through the lush riverside oases. Crocodiles and waterbirds seem out of place in this surreal, lunar-like landscape.
The Skeleton Coast is dominated by enormous dunes, and one of the best way to explore these is in a 4X4 vehicle specially adapted for dune-driving. Setting out early in the morning, you will first be taken to see the sun rise over the dunes – this is a beautiful sight, with the colours of the dunes changing as the sun passes over them. The air is still and cool, and it’s a great time for photography – no dust or haze to blur your shots. You then embark on your dune safari – traversing the mighty dunes and, at the hands of your skilled guide, driving right over the top of some of them.
The Himba people live in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region, very close to the Skeleton Coast, and a visit to one of their villages is a fascinating insight into a way of life unchanged for centuries. During a visit to the Himba Village, you will see how they eke out their existence in one of the harshest places on earth, breeding cattle and goats. The homesteads are small, circular hamlets of huts surrounding a fire, and you will be able to meet the occupants and learn about their lives.
One of the highlights, guided quad bike excursions through the fragile environs, is done with utmost care along specifically allocated pathways, so as to tread lightly on the dunes and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape. Serra Cafema Camp has a number of excellent quad-bikes, perfect for exploring the surrounding area. Jump on a bike, accompanied by your superb guide and he will guide you along the Hartmann River Valley, a swathe of green slicing its way through the sand and rock of the Coast. Or venture further inland and visit the Marienfluss valley, softer and greener than the Hartmann.
Full-day outing to Marienfluss Valley with a packed picnic lunch. The vast expanse of the Marienfluss Valley offers a much-needed sense of space and enables new interpretation of the concept of beauty.
Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is located in the extreme northwest of Namibia and one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.
Serra Cafema revels in its relationship with the spectacular natural world around it. The primary concept for the camp is expressed with reverence and respect for our partners, the Himba, using natural materials that reflect the surrounding landscape and ground the lodge in the earth. Set in a lush riverine oasis with views over the Kunene River and the wilds of Angola beyond, the rooms are spacious with luxurious amenities. In the main areas, the sense of space continues, with angles that open to extraordinary vistas of the surrounding Namib Desert dunes, and, of course, the river. Boating, quad biking and walking allow for a close, personal introduction to this unforgettable ancient landscape and its nomadic dwellers.
Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched chalets (including one family chalet) on spacious, elevated decks blended craftily into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets as well as bug repellent.
There are seven twin bed tents. The beds can be moved together to make a double bed. There is two twin bedded guide/pilot room which are smaller than the standard tents.
There is one family unit which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms connected with a door.
Wilderness introduces you to every aspect of Africa: from relaxing in camp and dining in the bush to observing nature unfold in the African wild or getting to know our staff, their heritage and culture.
All buildings sit on elevated decks to create a minimal footprint. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, a sunken lounge, library. Serra Cafema Camp’s magical outdoor dining areas overlook the Kunene River under the bright stars of Namibia.
The camp’s main area comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, a sunken lounge, a river bar, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all sharing views of the Kunene River.
Main lodge area offers a swimming pool.