At a Glance
A camp of simplistic elegance with superb scenery
9 rounded organic bedrooms nestled into the boulders
An incredibly imaginative camp with a relaxed ambiance
A great spot from which to head out on a desert elephant safari
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Damaraland is from May to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. The optimum game viewing times are between June and November. The land will have dried out meaning animals must again come to waterholes to drink. Summer (November to April) also known as the rainy season is best time to travel to Damaraland for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.
To start planning your holiday to Camp Kipwe
Camp Kipwe is set within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in Damaraland, Namibia. It is an area renowned for its geology, unusual rock formations, rock paintings and flora and fauna endemic to the area.
Camp Kipwe is nestled into the boulders in such an organic way that with a passing glance you might not even notice it is there. The 9 cottages and 1 honeymoon suite are each round in shape with large decks wrapping around them to take advantage of the glorious views across the Aba Huab valley. The camp has been created in a way that suggests intimacy and cosiness whilst being surrounded by space and expansive land and sky. There is a refreshing plunge pool resting amongst the rocks for guests to relax around and the bungalow bedrooms are scattered throughout the eco-friendly camp. From the camp you can embark out on a morning game drive in search of the elusive desert dwelling elephants and wonder at the way they have adapted to life here in the endless landscape of Damaraland, or the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River might tempt the more energetic into a hike around the incredible terrain.
The main area of the camp consists of a large open-fronted dining room with a terrace on which breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served. Next to this is the extremely comfortable lounge area in which sofas are dotted around for guests to relax on. There is also an indoor dining room which can be used in the winter and where guests might enjoy watching as the food is prepared in the kitchen in front of them.
Each of the igloo-shaped bungalows is constructed of stone in order to keep temperatures level and has it's own shaded veranda on which guests can bask in the sun. One of the rooms has an area at it's back where a domed tent has been pitched between two boulders and can be used as an additional room to sleep up to two children. The suite is located slightly further away from the rest of the camp giving it an additional sense of privacy and making it a popular choice for honeymooners. Each of the rooms is decorated with comfortable neutral tones to relax guests and the organic theme of the camp is reflected in the furnishings, with the lamps and small tables having been constructed from tree trunks. The partially open to the stars ensuite bathrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls and roofs of rough mopane branches and are lit at night, although showering during the day might be easier.
Each of the rooms is decorated with comfortable neutral tones to relax guests and the organic theme of the camp is reflected in the furnishings, with the lamps and small tables having been constructed from tree trunks. The partially open to the stars ensuite bathrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls and roofs of rough mopane branches and are lit at night, although showering during the day might be easier.
Children of all ages are welcome at Camp Kipwe and special meals for children are available on request. A cot is available for babies and the room with the tent outside is a particular favourite for families with children. Children younger than 3 may stay at Camp Kipwe free of charge, and those aged 3–12 may share a room with their parents on additional camp beds. Children older than 12 will be accommodated in a separate room, and charged at full price.
The main areas of Camp Kipwe comprise of a main bar and lounge area, a rock plunge pool with loungers and a curio shop.
Activities at Camp Kipwe are focused on the surrounding area of Twyfelfontein, with excursions to visit the ancient rock engravings and geological formations as well as nature drives in the area with te possibility of seeing desert adapted wildlife and hiking and guided walks. End each day with a sundowner atop of a rocky kopje with desert scenes laid out before you.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Camp Kipwe is a lovely small camp tucked away in the boulders in Damaraland. Nine of the rooms are designed to reflect the round shape of the surrounding granite boulders. They are comfortable and cosy with great outside bathrooms which are located between the boulders. My favourite room was the tented suite which is located a little bit higher with a nice terrace and has wonderful views and is in the perfect spot for cooling breezes particularly during the hot summer months.
The staff were charming and nothing was too much trouble for them and there was lots of room in the main area if you wanted to curl up with a book or play a game of cars or scrabble.
Desert Elephants in Damaraland
Damaraland is the southern part of the Kaokoveld, Namibia's least inhabited area, and is utterly spectacular for its landscapes. Ambling amongst the mountains and valleys are the famous Desert-adapted elephants.
See the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain
Take an hour and half excursion to witness the natural phenomenon of The Organ Pipes and The Burnt Mountain.
Visit a Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest in Damaraland is a National Monument and contains 300 million year old tree trunks.
Visit Damara Living Museum
When in Damaraland a trip to The Living Museum of the Damara is always well worth a visit.
Walking Safaris in Damaraland
Tracking wildlife on foot and sneaking up to big game is one of those unforgettable experiences that will live with you long after your safari. Damaraland is a great place to explore on foot, get out with your expert guide and experience it!
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Location & directions
Camp Kipwe is situated in the Twyfelfontein area and is accessible by self-drive or fly-and-transfer.
How to get there
Camp Kipwe is situated along the D2612, opposite the entrance to Mowani Mountain Camp. The closest towns are Uis 9130km to the south) and Khorixas (130km to the east). Windhoek is about 550km (5.5 hours' drive) away. The nearest airstrip can be found at Twyfelfontein, 15km away from the camp.
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