Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a hard day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world.

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  • Location

    Serra Cafema Camp is situated under the big Aliba trees offering much needed shade in the Hartman Valley. This Namibia safari camp is located on the banks of the scenic Kunene River, in Kaokoland, Namibia. Serra Cafema Camp is surrounded by the Namib Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world.

    The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in the region.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of 8 riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched chalets 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. A late afternoon spent lounging in the hammock on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.

    Serra Cafema also has a intimate, luxurious honeymoon chalet, with possibly the best view of all. Early booking is essential owing to its popularity.


    Rooms Details

    Room Types


    Standard Tent(s)

    (7 ROOMS)

    The camp comprises seven luxury canvas tented, twin-bedded accommodation, under thatch – with en-suite facilities. Each built on an elevated wooden deck, with elevated wooden walkways linking through to the main area.


    Family Tent

    (1 ROOM)

    There is one family unit consisting of two bedrooms, each with two three quarter beds per bedroom, with their own en-suite facilities. Separate entrances lead to each bedroom, while a shared outdoor deck connects both units.


    Standard Tent


    Family Tent


  • Facilities

    Property Facilities

    Electrical Outlets
    Hair Dryer
    Internet Access (Complimentary)
    Laundry Service (Complimentary)
    Lounge Area
    Mini Bar
    Mosquito Nets
    Outside Shower
    Tea / Coffee


    Room Facilities

    Tanted Camp
    Family Accommodation
    Private Vehicle Available



  • Activities

    Activities at Serra Cafema revolve around the exploration of surrounding Namib Desert sands and the lush oases along the river, a journey of contrasts. Informative nature drives and carefully guided quad bike excursions through the fragile dunes allow guests to experience the true Namib in its unbridled glory.


    The utmost care is taken to tread lightly on the dunes and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape. Boating on the Kunene River 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. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement – one of the last true nomadic people in Africa. The fairy circle phenomenon is also best viewed in the Hartmann’s Valley


    Activities on site

    Bird Watching
    Game Drives
    Massage treatments at an extra cost
    Quad Biking
    Walks (Guided)
    Boating seasonal or dependent on Guide availability
    Photo Hub Olympus camera experience dependent on camera availability


    Activities nearby

    Cultural Tours
    Quad Biking


    Boating on the Kunene

    Boating on the Kunene River (water levels permitting) provides our guests with the opportunity to venture through the lush riverside oases. Crocodiles and water birds seem out of place in this surreal, lunar-like landscape.
    Boating on the Kunene River (water levels permitting) in 01 x 06-seater boats.


    Birds on the water and the sand

    Serra Cafema’s location means that it has a unique combination of water and desert birds. .


    Quad Biking Excursion

    One of our highlights, guided quad bike excursions through the fragile environs, is conducted with the utmost care along specifically allocated pathways, so as to tread lightly on the dunes and preserve the unique and delicate habitat of this landscape.


    Explore the dunes

    Take a stroll up and along with one of the Namib’s dunes; the view from the top alone is worth it!


    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.


    Vists To A Himba Community

    In this isolated area, the Himba people continue their traditional semi-nomadic way of life and, when they are in the area, guests have an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and customs.





  • Fast Fact


    Classic Camp


    Tented Camp




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  • The Place

    Serra Cafema’s home is in Namibia’s Kaokoveld, more specifically in the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy, owned primarily by the Himba, and a model of ecotourism.

  • The experience

    Tune in, tune out in one of the most untouched places on Earth, along a rushing river amidst an ochre desert – one of the world’s oldest. Respectfully engage with a community of Himba, Namibia’s last semi-nomads still living traditionally, and local custodians. Hear their stories, and share yours.


    When water levels permit, boat on the Kunene, with Angola’s craggy mountains in the distance and plenty of Nile crocs on the banks and in the water. Explore the dunes on foot and in game vehicles, perhaps spotting oryxes, springbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, or tiny desert chameleons. Along specially allocated, low-impact pathways, quad bike across the untamed, lunar landscape.

  • Getting there

    Guests can access this remote safari lodge in Namibia by air and land at the Serra Cafema Camp’s airstrip. A transfer will take guests to the camp through the spectacular scenery.



    At this time, Serra Cafema is not accessible on a self-drive basis. For any self-drive itinerary, vehicles would need to be parked, at own risk, in camp at Doro Nawas. A Wilderness Safaris representative will then transfer guests from Doro Nawas to the airstrip and from the airstrip to the camp, on the return, for their vehicle pick-up. With a return seat on the Wilderness Air Namibia Flying Circuit between Doro Nawas Airstrip and Serra Cafema to be booked and paid for. Guests are to be in camp, at Doro Nawas, 1.5 hours prior to the Wilderness Air Namibia Flying Circuit flight times.


    Airstrip Name: Hartmann’s Valley Airstrip

    Duration to Camp: Between 60- and 90-minute road transfer (depending on wildlife sightings, scenery and photographic opportunities along the way).

    Airstrip Coordinates: S 17 22 36 Latitude E 12 15 17 Longitude

    Altitude/Elevation: 2 060 feet

    Runway Length: 1 550 meters

    Runway Heading: 04/22

    Airstrip Surface: Hard, compacted gravel surface.

    Airstrip Services: Serra Cafema

  • General Information


    Children of 06 years and older are accommodated.

    For families travelling with children between 06 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.

    Children between 06 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years and for quad biking activities is 16 years.

  • Food

    Serra Cafema Lodge


  • Animals

    Some of the animals found in this area.

    Skeleton Coastal National Park, Namibia


    Chameleon catching the prey – Serra Cafema Camp


    black-backed jackals – Serra Cafema Camp


    Ground squirrel – Credit Inklein,( Serra Cafema Camp)


    Scrub hare – Serra Cafema Camp


    Barking geckos – Serra Cafema Camp


    Brown-hyena – Serra Cafema Camp


    Seals – Serra Cafema Camp











  • Birding

    Some of the birds found in this area.

    Skeleton Coastal National Park, Namibia


    Black Crake – Credit francesco_veronesi (Serra Cafema Camp)


    Egyptian Goose – Serra Cafema Camp


    Goliath heron – Serra Cafema Camp


    Green-backed heron – Wikipedia Commons


    Lesser masked-weaver – Credit Francesco Veronesi ( Serra Cafema Camp)


    The Great white Pelican – Serra Cafema Camp


    Black bustard – Serra Cafema Camp


  • Airstrip

    This field is located in Namibia. The field elevation is 2,045 ft. The ICAO designator of this field is FYHV.

    Nearby other airfields are Marienfluss, Okahirongo River Camp, Baía dos Tigres Airstrip, Epupa Falls and Okangwati.



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Google Map for Skeleton Coastal National Park, Namibia


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