Serra Cafema is a camp located in the extreme northwest of Namibia and is probably the most remote camp in Southern Africa. The camp is located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast meaning that the cool winds that blow from the Atlantic help to keep the camp cool, even in summer. For those who appreciate truly wild places, the journey to Serra Cafema is one of the most exciting in all of Africa - the flight in takes guests over stunning red desert landscapes. The Portuguese name comes from the mountains to the north that dominate the skyline. The region is shared with wonderful Himba people who are some of the last truly nomadic people in Africa. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in the whole region and the river creates a lush oasis along its banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.
The small, rustic and peaceful camp stands within an island of ancient, shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene River. The six fully-furnished tents, with en-suite bathroom facilities, are raised off the ground. There is a small swimming pool, dining room and bar.
Spend time in breathtaking landscape scenes in the Hartmann Valley with herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard. Traverse sand dunes on 4x4 safaris and boat on the Kunene River watching Kunene crocodiles basking the riverbanks. Walking trails in the remote mountain and river valleys will always be a highlight for those who enjoy foot safaris. The native Ovahimba families, who live in the nearby vicinity and often visit Serra Cafema, give guests the chance to learn all about their lifestyles and traditions.
Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched chalets (including one family chalet) 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.
There are no specific child care facilities available at Serra Caferna Camp. However, children over the age of 8 years are most welcome at the camp and families can be accommodated by opening up adjoining chalets, or they can stay in the family chalet.
The camp's main area comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, a sunken lounge, a river bar, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all sharing views of the Kunene River. There are set daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee available throughout the day.
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. There is also a chance to visit a nearby Himba village.
When to travel
The Skeleton Coast is a year-round destination: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best time to visit the Skeleton Coast.
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Location and directions
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. Serra Cafema Camp is undoubtedly the most remote camp in Southern Africa, it is just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.
How to get there
This camp is only reachable in a three hour, light aircraft trip from Windhoek. Windhoek is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight.