Camp Kipwe

Reviews of Camp Kipwe

Excellent(95%) From 46 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 46 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.
Mrs & Prof R - Southampton
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Beautiful location amongst the rocks with lovely views from the cabins. We went for a walk by ourselves when we arrived - you will never get the grass seeds out of your socks! - and then went for the morning elephant drive next day which was expensive but well worthwhile. The excellent guide found us two herds of desert elephants up on the rocky hills and we had superb views of the animals.

Close to Twyfelfontainand the (disappointing) Organ Pipes rocks and easy to drive yourself there.

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Beautiful place with lovely warm 'igloos'. We showered outside at midday between 2 boulders under an awning whilst it was still warm! It felt less personal that other camps as there was no central fire place and neither the guides nor management socialised with the guests. A lovely open kitchen and charming chef, Henri who was quite happy to socialise in his kitchen.

Good food and really good excursions.

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Mr J & Mrs V and Mr R & Ms C - Luton
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The middle earth stop-brilliant

Another warm welcome into what was this most unique accommodation. We lived among a landslide of giant granate bolders. It was the closest thing to being a Hobbit. Yes! there is an outside toilet/bathroom but amazing to be beneath a Africa night sky in all its glory while brushing your teeth.

The lodge was warm and friendly with a myriad of wild birds visiting a giant bird bath almost on the veranda.

A short steep climb above the camp took us to a sunset viwing point where we were served with canapes and drinks. So relaxing before a return to the lodge for an excellent meal.

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Mrs T Mrs N - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 5-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Lovely location, excellent service and food. Great excursion with very helpful and informative guide

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6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Amazing place - must stay here

Off the beaten track, but well worth the journey! Stay at least two nights, we arrived at sunset and had to leave the next morning but would have loved to stay longer.

Met by Adrian and served welcome drinks. The staff (all male) and service are excellent, and the place is very well managed. Food is fantastic, good wine selection. Overall, a top class act. The rooms are unique and well blended into the surrounding rocks, with discreet, outdoor bathrooms. Very special and quite private. We loved this place! Our vehicles were even given a wash in the morning. Balloon trips available nearby.

Lounge and balcony area nice place to relax and view the sunset. Wood burners used for heating hot water. The only adverse comment would have to be that the rooms were extremely hot and the floor-standing fans, although new, were too noisy to use. We were the first NZers to visit this place, and would love to come back one day. Highly recommended.

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Mr W & Miss H - London
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unique mountain lodge

Lovely room, though hot even with the floor-standing fan. The outside bathroom was great. Fantastic views.

Very nice plunge pool.

Extremely attentive, efficient staff - we particularly enjoyed the sundowners at the top of the hill.

We were lucky enough to see a big group of desert elephants up close. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

The rock painting trip was quite interesting but a bit rushed, though it was raining at the time. Entertainment again provided by the Italian coach party we met at Kulala.

The drive from the coast to Damaraland via Uis was beautiful. Another group we met had gone up the skeleton coast and the C39, which was apparently spectacular.

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Mr & Mrs M from Portugal
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Fabulous venue, outstanding location, enjoyed our stay and treking the elephants, very rewarding.

Thank you to Adrian for organising the repair of our punchure.

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Mr M & Mrs J - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mountain Retreat

Setting was well thought out although the layout prevented any view from the room itself. The outside shower and bathroom was excellent. The terraine was quite sandy and a bit difficult for the wheelchair, although the staff were helpful and accomodating.

Trips were interesting, Desert Elephant tracking was done sensitively and without undue stress on these rare animals , an enjoyable experience.

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Ms A & Ms M & Miss E - Norfolk
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe the ultimate in outdoor bathing

Wow what a visionary design, which once again made for a completely different experience. The staff were all friendly and keen to prvide us with everything we needed. Watch out for Alex the pet African wildcat who provides a predatory experience especially around the ankles!!!!

The sundowners were amazing or was this just the impact of the cocktails. The outside bathroom experience was fantastic, and provided us with the chance to cool down.

The rooms became very warm at night so sleep with fans on and doors open. It would be nice to see more female staff working at the camp and contributing to the atmosphere.

Recommend desert elephant tracking and once again our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Mr & Mrs R from Berkeley
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellence in the making

One of the best places we stayed in. Lovely setting amongst the "boulders". Rooms very spacious with outdoor bathrooms - great view from the loo! Hot water via individual wood burners lit for you each evening and morning. Rock pool and sun lounge area very peaceful. Lovely place for honeymooners with special "rooms" and private candlelit dinners. Staff very friendly with huge smiles - especially Jefferey at the gate. They really went the extra mile to make you feel welcome. However this is a new lodge (opened August 2009), and Adrian the manager is still training the staff but they have made huge progress. Adrian has a pet wild cat kitten who is a "character"!

Can recommend the drive to see the Desert Elephants, but sighting is not guaranteed. We were lucky and spent an hour with a family group but it took a 6 hour expedition to find them but this was worth the effort.

If you want to go to Twflefontein to see the rock carvings it is easy to do this yourself. The visitor centre had no refreshment facilities and poor toilets, both of which would have been welcome on a hot day.

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