Serra Cafema, Namib Desert, Namibia

Serra Cafema Camp is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Serra Cafema Camp

The land on which Serra Cafema is constructed is leased from the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy which is owned primarily by the Himba people, who are amongst the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet.


Marienfluss Conservancy and the Himba people

With the utmost respect for the Himba peoples and culture, Serra Cafema has been able to establish excellent relationships with the Himba when they move into the area and stay for a while in one of their village sites. Guests are able to experience traditional Himba culture in respectful interaction to the benefit of all.

Namibia Sea Turtle Project

Just north of the Kunene River mouth, a host of sea turtles annually nest on Angolan beaches where they are vulnerable to slaughter by local fishermen. To this end, Wilderness Safaris is involved in a conservation initiative with the aim of securing nesting beaches in southern Angola and monitoring the turtles when they are in Namibian waters.

Crocodile Research

This two-pronged project aims to establish a population estimate of the crocodiles on the stretch of Kunene above and below Serra Cafema Camp. The second approach is a joint DNA project between Wilderness Safaris, the University of Stellenbosch and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism looking at the genetics of the Nile crocodiles across Namibia, from Kunene to Zambezi.

Energy-saving initiatives

Serra Cafema is powered by a hybrid system, combining solar energy and a diesel-powered generator. Thanks to the solar energy the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours. In addition, each guest tent has its own small solar geyser that provides hot water.

Pack for a Purpose

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organisation that provides travellers with up-to-date information about required supplies for community-based projects. Guests that would like to bring along a contribution can view the needs list for Serra Cafema's community projects on the Pack for a Purpose website.

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Latest News From Serra Cafema Camp

  • Serra Cafema Camp - September 2016
    Sep 14, 2016

    The area around Serra Cafema is green again with the regular fog that moves into the area and there is an abundance of flowers and small desert life around…

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  • Serra Cafema Camp - August 2016
    Aug 27, 2016

    Serra Cafema river cruises provided amazing close-ups of impressively-sized crocodiles along the banks of the Kunene this month.

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  • Serra Cafema Camp - July 2016
    Jul 19, 2016

    The green carpet around Serra Cafema has turned a golden hue and the springbok in the area are fat and seem happy…

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