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

overview

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.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Ranked among the best 'Wild at Heart' hotels - Tatler UK 2011

highlights

  • 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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Facilities

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

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    Swimming Pool
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    Beauty or wellness therapist
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    Library
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    Bar

Dining

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.

Standard Tent

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!

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    Mosquito net
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    Safe
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities
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    Ceiling fan
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    En-suite shower only

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. 

Activities

  • Boat excursions
  • Cultural tour
  • Dune walks & drives
  • Full-day safari
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Quad-biking trails
  • River cruises
  • Nature drives
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 15 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $1080 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $730 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 $865 Fully Inclusive
  • 11 Jan 2015 - 14 Jun 2015 $720 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $1070 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $720 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 $855 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • 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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Monique Roden

Monique Roden

Africa Safari Expert

"Exclusive Serra Cafema provides a truly remote, 'off the beaten track' wilderness get-away. One of the very few places on earth where you can experience true silence and absolute serenity."

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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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