Reviews of Camp Kipwe
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The location was beautiful and the buildings were unique. However, we found the rooms to be dark and dreary.
The air conditioning was very underpowered and took many hours to cool the room. A staff member came to look at but told us the air conditioning would cool down much quicker than it did. We didn't like the outside bathroom at all. The door to the bathroom was warped and difficult and noisy to open. Lots of bugs in the outside bathroom, especially when the lights were on in the evening, so it was very unpleasant to use the bathroom. The bugs were still there in the morning.
We suggest that visitors know ahead of time about the outside facilities before booking Camp Kipwe.
Superb room and camp. Good food in lovely setting.
One day there seemed to be too many staff standing around doing nothing. The next day there were not enough.
We did not want to see the desert elephants, so there was not much to see or do. However we did go on the excursion to see the rock carvings.
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So stunningly beautiful it made you cry. The suite was exquisite. the best accommodation of the whole trip. Beautiful 4x4 desert drives. Desert elephants, bushman art ++. Very hard to tear yourself away from. Whatever pictures you see of this place do not do justice to the reality. I would give the room more than excellent if I couldRead more about the whole safari
I was disappointed there were no guided walks available but took the opportunity to just relax with the lovely views and friendly service. Game drives were available at extra cost but I didn't want more time in a vehicle.
The iigloo style room was very hot and we needed to use the air conditioning (the only time during the entire trip).
The chef was trying a bit too hard to be creative - amuse bouche cold soups were rather odd!
Quirky and excellent
We loved Camp Kipwe. It was quite a long drive from our previous lodge and some of the roads weren't great but it was a very nice surprise to arrive in such a starkly beautiful location/setting. The rooms/huts are quirky and lovely. The plunge pool is great on a hot afternoon. The sunset from the top of the hill as also lovely.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. We went to see the desert adapted elephants with Taffy, who is an excellent guide. He really went out of his way to talk to us about the environment and how things work for the elephants and other wildlife but also for the people living in the area. Kipwe is a great place to spend a few days. Highly recommended.
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Camp Kipwe is an oasis in Damaraland. We loved the camp being within a mound of rocks and the rooms were beautiful.
The bar at the top for a sundowner was also a real treat. the staff were so kind and the food was lovely, particularly the breakfast. It was also nice to have free access to the kitchen and talk with the chefs.
Our trips out with Tafty were a treat. Exploring Damaraland is a an excellent experience as the landscape is so varied and discovering any wildlife in their natural setting seemed a privilege.
One note is that the 'Nature walks' are no longer free.
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Very comfortable chalets kept beautifully cool in the desert sun. Outdoor bathrooms with breathtaking views of the night sky. Great service and best food that we experienced in lodges across Namibia. Wonderful rock plunge pool.Read more about the whole safari
Blessed with good guides
Beautifully designed, intimate, well maintained luxury camp, an oasis in the desert among the boulders. Excellent in every way.
Especially noteworthy is our guide on the nature drive, Taffy (not sure about spelling his name). Not only knowledgeable but wonderfully passionate about the area, eloquent and a person fun to be with. Taffy shows and teaches (!) love and respect for the desert adopted Elephants and we are glad vi had the privilege to visit the Elephants with him.
There is just one little remark; When we arrived in the afternoon it was 40 deg. Celsius and not long after there was fire burning by every room. There should be another, cheaper environment friendly alternative to fire to heat the water for showers in the summer; just a black container and/or pipes with water in and the sun would do rest.
Just the most amazing accommodation
A stunning place with such original bungalows. The outdoor en suite bathrooms are amazing. The staff were very attentive and the food excellent.
We did a morning trip to see the desert elephants and managed to see a large group of about fourteen drinking at one of the waterholes as well as a separate sighting of a mother with two babies.
I also did a trip in the afternoon to see the rock engravings at Twyfelfontain which was great but very hot!
The guide Tafi was very engaging, knowledgeable and his tracking skills were superlative.
This lodge is on the edge of desert area and the accommodation and food was fine.
The game drive with Daffy (or Taffy or Tuffy) was brilliant as he quickly tracked the desert-adapted elephants which we were able to approach very closely and seemed unfazed by our proximity, especially the the young calves.