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Serra Cafema

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9/10

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Highlights

- Stunning, remote location
- Spacious, well-appointed accommodation
- Quad-biking excursions
- Cultural visits

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Overview

Serra Cafema is a luxurious tented camp nestled on the banks of the Kunene River in Hartmann’s Valley, north-west Namibia. This remote, rugged location offers a unique combination of verdant, shady oasis flanked by one of the most arid deserts on earth.

The river is the main source of water for much of the area's bird and wildlife, and attracts an impressive population of Nile crocodiles along with herds of gemsbok, springbok, and zebra. Baboons and oryx are regular sightings, with occasional glimpses of the elusive African wildcat. Serra Cafema is accessible by air, with flight connections available from Windhoek to the airstrip approximately half an hour’s drive from camp.

Constructed on raised boardwalks, the camp’s thatched main area, or ‘ozonganda’, is shaded by trees and comfortably furnished. Guest areas, all with river views, comprise a modest pool, and indoor and outdoor dining areas with individual tables. There is also a library, gift shop and a lounge with bar. The camp runs predominantly on solar power, and its owners participate in local conservation projects.

The wide range of activities on offer include vehicle safari, boating trips (water levels permitting), birdwatching, and guided walks into the vast Hartmann’s Valley, famed for its unique rock formations. Guided quad-biking safaris within the isolated sand dunes are an exhilarating experience. Cultural visits to the semi-nomadic Himba community allow guests an authentic glimpse into local traditions and ways of life. While vehicle safari usually involves sharing transport, it is possible to book private vehicles and guides in advance, subject to additional cost.

The camp’s accommodation comprises eight spacious, well-appointed villas raised on wooden decks, including one family unit. Constructed from canvas and thatch, each villa has either one double or two single beds with mosquito net, lounge area with ceiling fan, and safe. All have an ensuite bathroom with shower, twin basins and flush toilet, and a private veranda affording stunning views across the river to the Angolan border.

Children are welcome at Serra Cafema. The generous family unit accommodates four guests in two adjoining rooms with an ensuite bathroom. As the camp is unfenced, Serra Cafema is recommended for families with older children, and adult supervision is essential at all times.

Serra Cafema provides a luxurious retreat in an untouched, secluded environment, and will suit travellers seeking adventures in one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • We had the most amazing time. It exceeded all my hopes of what the trip would be. The guides, the hotels - everything was of such a wonderful quality. Thank you for organizing everything. I will absolutely recommend Tourdust and use you again.

    MissingClaudia L reviewing Luxury Desert Holiday on 11 January 2024

  • We had a brilliant trip!
    An amazing experience for parents, children and grandparents alike.
    We are already planning a trip to Vietnam next year

    MissingKate B reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 10 January 2024

  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

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