Camp Kipwe

Reviews of Camp Kipwe

Excellent(95%) From 49 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 49 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.
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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Ms H & Mr L - Wales
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

The room were circular and unique with outdoor bathrooms. The guide was excellent in finding the elusive desert elephants. The food was wonderful with first class service from Cyril.

We had an uninvited visitor in the open bathroom: a whip snake-whcih was apparently harmless-this induced much astonishment among our friends when we recounted the incident on our return home. Don't let this put you off Camp Kipwe as it was one of the highlights of the trip!

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Ms C & Mr B - Inverness
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Wonderful setting among the boulders - we called it "Bedrock".

Welcoming, friendly staff, extremely comfortable. We loved the bird "fountain" and spent ages watching and photographing from the comfort of the lounge.

Room very hot during night. If the windows had mesh covering we would have left them open and introduced some ventilation.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Beautiful and unusual accommodation nestled in the rocks (some were more private than others). The pool was small, refreshing but welcome! Lovely seating areas and restaurant. The meals were nice too.

Most people seemed to stay for only 1 or 2 nights. We really enjoyed our three nights here as it allowed us some relaxation time by the pool as well as our excursions.

On our full board and activity basis we were entitled to one excursion a day so we did the elephant trip twice and visited the rock carvings one afternoon. Our guide was good but could afford to learn and spend more time discussing the geology, the plant life and be better about positioning for photos/observations. He could also be more confident about striking out by himself to find the elephants. Following other vehicles all of the time results in a lot of dust and not the best photo opportunities!

As an aside, the guide needing to stop for cigarette breaks on a regular basis was annoying.

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Mr C & Mrs M - Cheshire
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great spot for desert adapted elephants.

A great camp and plenty on offer to do. The desert adapted elephant activity very well worthwhile.

We did other things ourselves and it was easy from here. Again staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Mr O & Mrs R with sons' - Germany,
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxation and Culture at Camp Kipwe

An amazing camp and great value for money! It is ideally placed for the Twyfelfountain rock engravings, which we all enjoyed so much, that we went back there again the following day. it was the only place where we stayed for three days and it was a great decisions. It is a great place to just relax and enjoy the view. Having said that, we did a lot and went to the petrified forest, Twyfelfountain and the Organ Pipes. We even managed to do a flight down the Abu-Huab river to the Skeleton coast, an experience we would not want to have missed.

They serve sun-downer drinks and a great selection of appetisers on a small mountain behind the restaurant, where there is a 360 degree view over the surrounding plains. Meals were exquisite, we are still debating whether they were the best meals we got served in Namibia, but we all agree that it was absolutely the best lodge we stayed in. On our last day, the waiter as a special surprise served us a candle-lit dinner in a small area enclosed by rocks and illuminated by an open fire and plenty of lanterns.

Whilst I was initially worried by the thought of bathrooms in the open, we enjoyed the wildlife it offered, such as a wild cat licking tooth paste from the sind and little geckos on the rocks. One of our treasured memories are the sunrises enjoyed from the open-air shower!

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