• Location: Namibia, Kaokoveld
  • Type of Accommodation: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Luxury


Deep in the Hartmann Valley of the northern part of Namibia known as Kaokaland is Serra Cafema, a remote camp that is accessible only by light aircraft and a 4x4 transfer across the Namib Desert. A true wilderness, the volcanic rocks and soaring dunes make for a lunar ‘moonscape’ that delights visitors by being surprisingly alive with desert-adapted creatures like the Cape fox, horned adders and long-billed larks. Their lifeblood is the Kunene River that forms the border between Angola and Namibia, and that also provides the spectacular views from the eight tents at Serra Cafema.

Set among albida trees, Serra Cafema will appeal to safari veterans and lovers of the desert who enjoy setting out on quad bikes to spot Ruppell’s korhaans or scimitar-horned oryx. Or hiking in the Marienfluss Mountains looking for Namaqua chameleons and getting a bird’s eye view of the deserted fabled ‘fairy circles’, bizarre circular spots of barren land that form a dappled pattern on the sand. Toast the evening with a river cruise that ferries you to the Angolan side to enjoy sundowners before making your way back for private dinner in Serra Cafema’s wine cellar.

For a truly off-the-beaten-track safari that provides unforgettable accommodation and memorable experiences, Serra Cafema is considered one of Namibia’s flagship desert lodges.


  • Exclusive-use & secluded honeymoon suite
  • Himba cultural interaction
  • Quad biking in the Namib Desert
  • Boating on the Kunene River
  • Awe-inspiring ‘lunar’ landscape
  • Plunge pool 

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The emphasis at Serra Cafema is on the spectacular views and unique attractions of the Hartmann Valley and Kunene River. The ozoganda or main living area accommodates a sitting area and library with décor inspired by the local Himba people. The river bar offers scenic thirst-quenchers while the plunge pool offers relief from the sun-baked desert heat. 

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Beauty or wellness therapist


Delicious meals at Serra Cafema are served in the shaded dining area or out on the deck next to the flowing Kunene River. You can also feast on the private verandah of your tented chalet. Picnic lunches or intimate suppers in the wine cellar can also be arranged.

Room Description

Serra Cafema Camp offers raw luxury in true seclusion. Thatch-roofed tents hug the banks of the Kunene River and are raised off the ground on wooden platforms.

Each of the cool and spacious suites includes a sleeping and sitting area that open onto an expansive wooden verandah with a dining area, a hammock and a comfortable bench with breath-taking views of the river. Each tent is equipped with en suite bathroom facilities as well as an additional outdoor shower with excellent views – a shower to remember!

Other Room Types

To ensure total seclusion and privacy, the honeymoon suite can only be reached by rope bridge and has arguably the best views at Serra Cafema. 


  • Boat excursions
  • Cultural tours
  • Dune walks & drives
  • Full-day safaris
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Quad-biking
  • River cruises
  • Nature drives

Traveller Reviews

  • Serra Cafema was really nice. Our room had a fantastic view of the river and mountains. We enjoyed the activities offered, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the quad bikes. Food here was top notch and the management was always checking in.

    David Aulen, December 2015
  • Surprise surprise - we loved it here! We loved the rustic feeling it had, made us feel like Victorian explorers! The guide here was fabulous and the staff were so very welcoming and keen to please their guests - we had the most relaxing time here)

    Susan McGuigan, November 2014
  • We had an incredible time! We loved Serra Cafema and Little Ongava in particular. Serra Cafema is a truly special place. The setting is stunning, the lodge and rooms were absolutely lovely, and the staff were exceptional - everything we could have wanted was taken care of, but more impressively the staff were truly warm and engaging in a way that went above even what we have experienced in other lodges. And my husband LOVE the visit to the Himba village. He enjoyed it so much he went twice!

    Jennifer Drake, September 2013
  • We had a great time in Namibia Serra Cafema lodge. This is probably the most remote place I have ever visited and it was exactly what I wanted! We had a great time on the quad-bikes in the dunes and enjoying the scenery close to the Angola border. The lodge was really great with the right balance between luxury and comfort in such a remote place. I am already promoting the place to my friends and colleagues in Luanda.

    Bertrand Meyer, July 2013
  • I LOVED Serra Cafema, the landscape is fantastic, Himba interesting, quad biking fun, guide great and the room really beautiful.

    Joanne Krupa, April 2012

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I LOVED Serra Cafema, the landscape is fantastic, Himba interesting, quad biking fun, guide great and the room really beautiful.

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