Serra Cafema, Namib Desert, Namibia

Serra Cafema Camp is a Premier 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.

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Latest News From Serra Cafema Camp

  • Serra Cafema Camp – May 2015
    Jul 2, 2015

    A most welcome gift for the local Himba women while early-season fog lends drama and beauty to the Serra Cafema landscapes…

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  • Serra Cafema Camp – February 2015
    Apr 7, 2015

    Endemic freshwater crab spotted at Serra Cafema for the first time and our Valentine’s dinner a resoundingly stylish and romantic success…

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  • Serra Cafema Camp – January 2015
    Feb 13, 2015

    Numerous pied kingfishers have been seen close to Serra Cafema as receding river water trapped fish in the drying channels …

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“ Our three days at Serra Cafema were absolutely wonderful. A wild and different destination with a fast flowing big river and riverine bush, desert sands of beautiful varying colours and vast valleys with grand mountains. ”
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Reviewed by: marnman, 2013.07.29