Serra Cafema Camp
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Serra Cafema is located in the
extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann
Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra
Cafema is only reachable by a three hour light aircraft trip from Windhoek. The
Kunene River is the only permanent source
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 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 villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.
Serra Cafema also has a intimate, luxurious honeymoon villa, with possibly the best view of all. Early booking is essential owing to its popularity. Families can be accommodated by opening up adjoining units.
The Serra Cafema Ozonganda, or main area, comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all sharing views of the Kunene River.
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.
Serra Cafema Camp description
Under big, shady Albida trees you
will find a small, rustic and peaceful camp with all the comforts in fully
furnished Meru tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp's six tents are
raised off the ground. The camp has a small swimming pool, dining room and bar.
The camp is located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.
The cool winds that blow from the Atlantic help to keep the camp cool even in
Activities at Serra Cafema
We spend time in breath-taking landscape scenes in the Hartmann Valley, to the south of the camp, with herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard. We traverse sand dunes on 4x4 safaris and boat on the Kunene River that becomes the focus for the area. On the boat trips, one can watch Kunene crocodiles basking the river banks. Walking trails in the remote mountain and river valleys will always be a highlight for those who enjoy foot safaris. Cafema is often visited by the native Ovahimba families who live in the nearby vicinity which give the guests the chance to learn all about their lifestyles and traditions.
Serra Cafema Camp is accessible by light aircraft, for which there is a landing strip relatively close by, and by 4x4 vehicles. A minimum of 2 days stay is recommended.
Hartmann Valley and following are the airstrip details:
Latitude: S17 22 37.0
Longitude: E012 15 22.0
Rates per night per person - FI: on request
Please note the following children and family unit policy:
Rates are subject to change without prior notice should tax be increased or Government levies introduced. Rates include Value Added Tax.
P.O. Box 3127 Windhoek, Namibia
Fax: +264 61 244558
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
See also: Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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