Camp Kipwe

Reviews of Camp Kipwe

Excellent(95%) From 44 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 44 of our travellers who have visited Camp Kipwe, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs M - Suffolk
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Luxury at Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe was another stopover because the distance between places we wished to go to we're too far to be driven in a day. However It was worth the stop as Camp Kipwe was the nicest place we stayed at. Having experienced showering and toilet in the open air at Tok Tokkie we were not worried that the wash basin, shower and toilet were all outside covered by just a few sticks. How you went to the loo in a rain storm, should that event ever happen, is anyone's guess. No need to worry about privacy though as rock and vegetative screens block the view from outside your quarters.

The camp is set amongst boulders so blends into the environment as is the small plunge pool where I was able to cool off after another long drive. We watched the sun go down from a spot high above the camp with drinks and canapés brought to us by the attentive staff in the company of two honeymoon couples.

Dinner was on an open terrace where we both had delicious Oryx steak.

Again we were sorry we only spent one night here as we could have spent a whole day exploring the area instead of making do with a short visit to the Twyfelfontein rock engravings on he way to our next destination.

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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Very pleasant reception and dining area,with very attentive and helpful and informative staff.Good selection of food for dinner,and a nice wine list. They have the best selection in their souvenir shop that we found anywhere.

The room was large and a lovely outside bathroom. Must say we prefer lodges like Dorset homestead or DoroNawas where there is a large window to take in the astounding views,seems a shame to be in an igloo with very small windows.Nice pool,but quite tiny.

The elephant drive was very well led by the best guide we had on the trip,he was knowlegable and was on a real mission to find the elephants for us,even though they were a long way away,the trip was much longer than their commitment,and done very cheerfully.

Another member of staff thought one of our tyres looked a bit flat,so he pumped it up for us,and kept an eye on it the next day too!
Really good service here.

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Dr's Spear - Washington DC
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Camp Kipwe could be excellent with proper management. The site is marvelous and the architecture interestingly adapted to the environment.

But, to give an example of the poor oversight, the daily 'service' of our room left the wastebaskets un-emptied, the dirty glasses untouched -- i.e., nothing was done but make the beds (when we told the manager, whose office was usually empty, he did send someone back). Also, I had to insist by showing our vouchers that we were entitled to two excursions per day, including a return visit to Twyfelfontein, for which they wanted me to pay the entrance (but relented).

Worse, this was the only place with many flies, probably caused by all of the animal droppings (cattle?) behind the hotel's hill, where the staff lives and makes an inexcusable mess of the area (all kinds of trash strewn about, which simply should not be allowed but the management seemingly doesn't care).

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Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Superb small lodge of individual cabins built around a boulder strewn hill. The outside bathroom would be cold in winter and the evenings did get cold. The views are again spectacular. The cabins are comfortable and spacious but slightly spartan inside.

The service was really good the food and wine also. Their game and rockart drives are good the game drive especially so. The guide seems very knowlegeable.

The clean your car for you but it's dirty within five minutes of leaving as the only access is via gravel roads. The scenery is spectacular though.

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Mr M & Mrs K - Hampshire
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp

We stayed at Mowani Mountain Camp, NOT Camp Kipwe as stated here.

A wonderful location; excellent accommodation; helpful staff. The food was probably near the bottom end of what we had while in Namibia: not a disaster but somewhat disappointing - tough and chewy meat on both nights. Very slow breakfast service too.

Otherwise a wonderful place, and we had a very enjoyable and successful trip to look at desert adapted elephants.

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Dr & Mrs C - West Sussex
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

We were "upgraded" to Mowani Mountain Camp 5km away along with other guests, because of a fire at Camp Kipwe a few weeks before our visit. As a result, we had expected Mowani to be busy but it was not full by any means. Our thatched "tent" was brand new and very comfortable and well equipped with a gorgeous view. Dining was a pleasure, even if we needed blankets over our knees for dinner as the temperature dropped close to zero at night.

We tracked desert-adapted elephants for hours in a wet mist until the sun broke through and we found around 30 animals in two groups - a wonderful experience. The situation of the camp is extraordinary and a great place to stay in Damaraland.

We organised a morning game drive searching for desert adapted elephants for these travellers. They commented:

"Excellent.

From the Camp, we could see that the valley of the Huab river was shrouded by thick mist. Once we reached the river, visibility was only a few yards and we wondered if our guide would be able to find anything! However, once the sun broke through it was a glorious day and we eventually found two groups of elephants, totalling around 30 animals, which we were able to observe from close quarters.

Much of the journey was along dry and bumpy river bed, and might not be appropriate for guests with back problems. It was also extremely cold for the first hour or so, and good insulating layers are recommended (June)"

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Mr C & Mrs L - Kent
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

We were changed to the sister camp Mowani as camp Kipwe had suffered form a fire. Superb location and rooms.

Service was over the top for us. Valet parking for a couple of backpackers at heart! We went desert elephant tracking with an excellent guide.

The highlight of the trip however was when we had a puncture under the gaze of an interested elephant. No problem ? - ah - no wheel brace. Limped back to the guides home village for assistance which turned out to be another highlight.

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Family Tsuchiyose - USA
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This is the review of Mowani Mountain Lodge

This is the review of Mowani Mountain camp. Since the camp Kipwe had a small fire, they moved us to Mowani Mountain Lodge.

Great location overlooking the red boulders scenery. They also have the sunset view area with a Bar, and a small pool. Our room had a nice view, spacious. The staff was all friendly and service was great. We had 2 guides and both are completely different in style and knowledge, so it is good to go out with different guide each morning, afternoon.

If you ever go to Namibia in June, it is very cold in the morning, and at night so bring a warm clothes.

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Dr F & Mrs A - Golden wedding anniversary
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe was a lovely interlude

Again, this was a stop-over on a long journey so we did not partake in activities. The setting is delightful and staff friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our night there and the rooms and centre are lovely.

Compared to other places we did not find mixing with others as easy, probably because there are individual tables and we were not there long enough, nor did we go out in vehicles. I loved the outdoor bathrooms and the way the rooms fitted into the natural setting.

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Dr A & Miss A- Namibia honeymoon
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

An enjoyable stay at Camp Kipwe. We loved the design of the camp which is built quite subtly into and amongst the rocks of the area. The room itself was extremely hot however, even with a fan. I guess the stone structure retains heat very well! The staff were very pleasant and helpful.

The food was good - we liked the fact that the kitchen was open and were able to watch the chef in action. Again a nice sundowner spot on top of the main kopjie next to the camp. We had a great morning drive to find a family of desert-adapted elephants. (Despite getting stuck in sand...) I'm not sure that our guide was initially too thrilled when we wanted to go on the tour, but he found the elephants despite not being too confident!

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