Serra Cafema Camp

Damaraland, Namibia

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Serra Cafema Camp


Serra Cafema is a remote, luxury riverside camp offering a rare cultural experience with Himba tribes people. Located in the extreme north-west of Namibia, it 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. Serra Cafema consists of 8 riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings.

Game viewing around Serra Cafema Camp 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 at Serra Cafema Camp 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.

We Love
  • Serra Cafema vision is to make it wholly staffed, run and owned by the Himba.
  • Visit the Himba people, the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet.
  • The Camp aims of securing the nearby Turtle nesting beaches, which are vulnerable to slaughter by local fishermen.
Need to Know
  • Serra Cafema Camp is a Premier Safari Lodge with 8 luxurious tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching.
  • Located in Marienfluss Conservancy in extreme north-west of Namibia.
  • Best for Honeymoon, Adventure, Off the beaten track, Eco/ethical tourism


Stay Serra Cafema Camp is a Premier Safari Lodge with 8 luxurious tents with a capacity for 18 guests. These riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas are set on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Serra Cafema also has an 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 Camp Situated under large, shady albida trees with uninterrupted views of the Kunene River valley, the Serra Cafema camp is elevated on wooden decks with walkways to each tent. Main area comprises various dining areas, sunken lounge, library, bar and viewing decks. There is also a plunge pool where you can sit in the late afternoon and soak up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness.

ChildCare There are no specific facilities available for younger children. Hence only children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at the Serra Cafema Camp. Families can be accommodated by opening up adjoining chalets to sleep four.

Safari Daily routine at the Serra Cafema Camp begins early but the routine is flexible and you have a choice of various activities. These include scenic drives, nature walks, visiting a nearby Himba village, quad biking and boating on the Kunene River. You can have early breakfast in the camp or take picnic breakfast basket. Lunch is served at the camp followed by afternoon siesta, tea and more activity. Three-course dinner is served in camp.

Experience A full-day outing to Marienfluss Valley with a picnic lunch can be arranged. Other activities around the Cafema Camp include guided quad biking (for 16 years and above), boating & fishing on the Kunene River and walks in the valleys and at the waterfalls. Visit to a working Himba village (small denominations of local currency cash should be carried if guests wish to purchase curio items from the Himba settlement.


Serra Cafema Camp Damaraland, Namibia

Location Serra Cafema is situated in Marienfluss Conservancy on the southern bank of the Kunene River, northern Namibia, at the foot of the Hartmann’s Valley. Serra Cafema Camp is undoubtedly the most remote camp in Southern Africa, it is just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.

Getting There Serra Cafema Camp is only reachable by a three hour, light aircraft trip from Windhoek. Windhoek is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight.

When to go The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around the waterholes. Summer months between November and April bring rain, when migratory birds flock into the Etosha park's many habitats followed by bird watching in December in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region).