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Serra Cafema

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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.

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Our rating

9/10

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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