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Kunene River, Namibia

Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, the river creating a lush oasis along its banks – a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar like landscape of the Namib Desert which stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north.

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.

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 on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.

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.

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Location & Getting There

The Serra Cafema camp is located close to Botswana's Okavango Delta than Namibia's capital city. It is only accessible by plane.


Serra Cafema comprises of eight riverside wood, canvas and thatched villas, each equipped with an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. The honeymoon villa is a luxurious villa with spectacular views while the family villa is spacious and perfect for a family.


-Dining: 1 indoor, 1 outdoor
-Sunken lounge
-Curio Shop


Guests can visit the Himba Community or go for Quad biking excursions. Alternatively, guests can embark on boating trips on the Kunene River or take leisurely nature drives and walks in Hartmann’s valley. Guests can also enjoy a full day outing to Marienfluss Valley with a packed picnic lunch.


Children are welcomed but no specific facilities are available.

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