Highlights of Camp Kipwe
- Offers excursions to search for desert elephants
- Eco-friendly camp
- Endless views of Damaraland
- Twyfelfontein rock engravings is nearby
Camp Kipwe is the southern-most roaming ground for the desert-adapted elephant and rhino of Damaraland, so the lodge offers 4-6 hour morning excursions in search of these elusive creatures in the nearby desert valleys. By all accounts they seem to be quite successful though the staggeringly beautiful desert scenery is an equal drawcard. Nature walks around the camp allow you to explore the smaller details of the bush up close and personal. Or you can simply lounge by the pool, or on your private deck enjoying the spectacular surroundings.
Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of chalets complete this eco-friendly camp. The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore – enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at nearby Twyfelfontein rock engravings, a World Heritage Site.
Organic and understated, the rooms at Camp Kipwe are like extensions of the rocks themselves. Inside the dome shaped space, you feel like you are entering a secluded cave, becoming one with the landscape. Natural touches – rocks embedded in the floor, animals carved into the wood, mimicking the area’s famous engravings – add to the unique sense of place found at Camp Kipwe. Nestled against the boulders, the partially open-air bathrooms provide a bit of whimsy in the bush, while a small deck extends the living space, connecting you to the dry riverbed and the views beyond. In all there are nine rooms at Camp Kipwe and one sprawling, thatched roof suite full of unexpected luxuries, surprising pops of colour and spectacular views.
Mini SuiteA luxury thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar. Special offers available for longer stays!
Standard RoomsThe camp is nestled in the boulders, facing out onto superb scenery. Incorporating boulders, small red basalt rocks and mopane branches, it has a natural organic feel. The 9 rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view. The outside, partially open bathrooms adjoining the bedrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning 'donkey' boilers.