$ 308 (Pps)
- 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.
Camp Kipwe on the map
The 9 twin-bedded rooms are in the shape of rondavels and have boulder, cement and rock walls ensuring that on entry, feel like a cool secluded cave with outside decks to admire the view. The en-suite, open-air private bathrooms are built amongst the rocks, allowing guests to take advantage of the outdoor weather. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning ‘donkey’ boilers and solar geysers.
The Kipwe Suite is an air-conditioned, luxury elevated thatched suite that has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television and minibar with drinks included. The large double room with king-size bed opens up onto an en-suite open air bathroom with a beautiful bath area.