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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

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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