Serra Cafema - Hartman Valley, Namibia - Luxury Safari Camp

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Hidden within the enormous Hartmann Valley, looking onto the Kunene River and surrounded by the lunar-like infinity of the Namib Desert, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote and surreal destinations in all Africa. A visit here is a journey into the latent elements of the soul, a pathway of discovery and re-discovery and a winding track of rejuvenation at every turn.

Set amongst ancient albida trees on the banks of the Kunene River, the only permanent source of water in the region, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance; guests fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while by day they explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Serra Cafema gets its Portuguese name from the mountains that dominate the northern skyline, and shares the area with the Himba people, amongst the last true nomads in Africa.

The camp has 8 canvas and thatched chalets on spacious decks, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Attention to detail, elevated decks and simple structures of wood, canvas and thatch create a camp that is at one with its surroundings. The Ozonganda, or main area, comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, river bar, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all looking out over the Kunene River.

The variety of activities to explore the breathtaking landscape includes informative nature drives that tread lightly on the fragile habitats and boating on the Kunene River, where crocodiles and waterbirds seem out of place in this moonscape environment. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys are also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement, should the nomadic people be in the area. One of the highlights of Serra Cafema is the carefully guided quad bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes, while allowing guests to experience a true desert. The fairy circle phenomenon is best viewed in the Hartmann's Valley.


Accolades & Articles

"Serra Cafema camp occupies a unique setting in a narrow band of lush vegetation lining the banks of the Kunene River. Hidden within the enormous Hartmann Valley, looking onto the Kunene River and surrounded by the lunar-like infinity of the Namib Desert, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote and surreal destinations in all Africa. A visit here is a journey into the latent elements of the soul, a pathway of discovery and re-discovery and a winding track of rejuvenation at every turn." - Andrew Harper recommended since 2008

Trip Type

Romantic Getaway