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Serra Cafema
9 Canvas and Thatched Chalets on Decks

This small, private camp is built within an island of ancient, shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene River. The camp is rustic and peaceful, with all the comforts in fully furnished tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp has 9 canvas and thatched chalets on decks, each with its own en-suite bathroom. One falls asleep to the gurgling water sounds from the cataract downstream from camp. 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 summer.

Kunene River


Year Round

The best time to go to Namibia depends on where you’re headed.

Windhoek-The best time to visit Windhoek is between May and September, when it is cool and dry. From November to March the summer is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable. In December and January the main local school holidays happen and much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit during this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.

Southern Namibia-If you’re visiting southern Namibia (Luderitz, Keetmanshoop or Sossusvlei, among others) the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. The best time to visit southern Namibia is between May and September. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.

The Namib-The Namib coast (including Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) is best visited from October to March when the weather is cooler. Inescapably, however, when the dry easterly winds blow it is sometimes very hot even at this time of year. For the inland areas of the Namib, the cooler months from May to September are best, though the easterly winds have the same effects here as on the coast.

Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld-The northern Skeleton Coast experiences much the same weather year-round: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best period. For the inland Kaokoveld, the period from May to August is best. The summer months bring flash floods and very high temperatures, and most rain falls between January and March.

Etosha and the North-The most popular time to visit Etosha is from April to September, because during this time the temperature is tolerably cool. From May to September the animals gather at waterholes, so this is the best period for game viewing. Summer is best for bird watching, as migrant birds visit the pans after the summer rains.

Kavango and Caprivi-Summer is the best period for bird watching in the Kavango area and the Caprivi Strip, but visitors should be forewarned that the heat and humidity can be unbearable unless they are at least partially alleviated by rain. Winter, being cooler and drier, is best for game viewing.
Discover Breathtaking Landscape, Unique Wildlife Viewing, Traversing Sand Dunes on Quad-Bike, Boating on the Kunene River, & Nature Walks.

Guests will 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. Game drives amongst the sand dunes on 4x4 vehicles and boating on the Kunene River are the focus for the area. Walking trails in the remote mountain and river valleys will always be a highlight for those who enjoy foot safaris. Other activities include traversing the sand dunes on quad bikes, boating on the Kunene River, walks in the valleys and at the waterfalls, visit to a working Himba village and full day outings with picnic lunches.
Owners & Hosts

Owned by Wilderness Safaris and Jockel and Monica Gruettemeyer. The Landlords are the local Himba Community.
Serra Cafema Camp, one of the most remote destinations in all of Africa, offers one of the most memorable experiences. Serra Cafema is a new camp located in the extreme north-west of Namibia.
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 some incredible scenery. The airstrip is well to the south of the camp in the Hartmann Valley, an immense grassland plain between two high mountain ranges. The camp's 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 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. In some ways, being at Serra Cafema is a bit like being on the banks of the Nile as the Kunene River meanders through the desert.

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