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Serra Cafema is situated on the banks of the Kunene River in the extreme north-west of Namibia and has to be the most remote camp in Southern Africa.

Serra Cafema's Portuguese name comes from the mountains to the north that dominate the skyline. The lodge share this region with wonderful Himba people who are some of the last true 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 it's banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.

Serra Cafema is located in Kaokoland, 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 summer.

Under big, shady Albida trees you will find a small, rustic and peaceful camp with all the comforts; accommodation is in fully furnished Meru tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp has 8 canvas and thatched chalets on decks, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Serra Cafema has a small swimming pool, dining room and bar.

Guests also spend time in the breath-taking landscape scenes in the Hartmann Valley, to the south of Serra Cafema Camp, with herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard.

We also 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.

Serra 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.

Due to its remoteness, Serra Cafema is only reachable in a light aircraft.