From R 7945 per person sharing
- Single supplements and child discounts may apply
- Price varies with seasonality and room options
- Indicative price is for low season
- Wilderness Safaris
Located in the extreme northwest of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful riverside camp. Nestled amongst shady Albida trees, it offers a perfect mix of rustic and luxury elements. Activities at Serra Cafema revolve around the exploration of the surrounding Namib Desert sands and the lush oases along the river – a journey of contrasts.
WHAT MAKES SERRA CAFEMA SPECIAL?
Undoubtedly one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, rushing rapids in the desert make this a surreal experience, with the sounds of the river just below the camp lulling you into dreamland after a day of desert exploration. The honeymoon tent is a particular favourite, and family accommodation is also available.
The Hartmann’s Valley lies at the border between Namibia and Angola, and forms part of the vast Marienfluss Conservancy. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, creating a lush oasis along its banks – a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert that stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north. In rainy years, the valley becomes a grassy expanse, but it is generally sandy flatland, broken only by a few tough grasses, toxic euphorbias, mysterious 'fairy circles' and sheer granite inselbergs.
You are likely to see herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra, as well as brown hyena, Cape fox and small spotted genet, with smaller creatures abounding in this surreal setting. The Kunene racer, Namaqua chameleon, Nile monitor and horned adder are some of the reptiles to be seen here. The endemic desert plated lizard is a particular specialty.
The Kunene River has a large population of Nile crocodile and vibrant birdlife. Burchell's courser, Bokmakierie, Pririt Batis and Benguela Long-billed Lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area, as well as the Lesser Masked Weaver, Black-crowned Night Heron, Goliath Heron and Rüppell’s Korhaan.
THE PREMIER CAMP
The wood, canvas and thatched design and décor of the spacious riverside Meru tents draw inspiration from the area’s Himba people. These tents are set on elevated decks, blending smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Expansive private viewing decks with comfortable seating and hammocks overlook the Kunene river valley and the Serra Cafema mountains. An intimate, luxurious honeymoon tent offers possibly the best view of all.
The main areas share wonderful views over the Kunene River. Set menus with delicious cuisine are offered three times a day in the opulent indoor and outdoor dining areas. Spoil yourself with a sunrise breakfast in the desert watching the iconic Atlantic fog roll through. Spend a late afternoon lounging on the front deck soaking up the contrasts of desert and water. Borrow a book from the library and relax in your hammock, or in the sunken lounge, or under an umbrella beside the pool. Visit the curio shop for something special to remind you of your unforgettable experience here.
Informative twice-daily nature drives in open Land Rovers allow guests to explore the surrounding desert and experience the true Namib in its unbridled glory.
Carefully guided quad bike eco-excursions through the fragile environs are done with utmost care to tread lightly on the dunes and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape.
Boating on the Kunene River provides the opportunity to venture through the lush riverside oases in search of crocodiles and waterbirds, which seem surprisingly out of place in this surreal, lunar-like landscape.
Bush walks provide unique opportunities to see the smaller denizens of the desert and learn about the famous ‘fairy circle’ phenomenon, best viewed in this valley. Take a walk into the remote Marienfluss Mountains in search of a Namaqua chameleon.
- Visiting a Himba settlement – one of the last true nomadic people on the planet.
- Enjoying a full-day outing to Marienfluss Valley with a packed picnic lunch.
- Sitting atop an inselberg and taking in the complete silence.