Camp Kipwe

Reviews of Camp Kipwe

Excellent(95%) From 100 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 100 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.
Ms K & Mr J from USA
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe is a gem!

Such a lovely camp! There are only 9 rooms so there's a very intimate feeling. The rooms were comfortable and air conditioned. No mosquito nets so it was important to keep the windows closed and the AC on - since it cools off so nicely at night it might have been nice to open windows. The outdoor "bathrooms" were fun, although a tad chilly first thing in the morning - I wonder how well that works in winter? The pool is pretty but tiny.

The lodge is charming and while the main area is roomy, it was always arranged so that mealtimes provided an intimate experience for everyone. Everyone gathers for sundowner cocktails on the lookout at the top of the camp; this was a great place to enjoy the view, but wasn't open until 6:30. It should be pointed out that our booking form showed that drinks and laundry were included. Drinks were in fact NOT included in the room rate, and the camp isn't offering a laundry service due to the lack of water. There is a small pool beside the lounge/dining room which attracts lots of birds and lizards so that you are serenaded as you sit.

The Nature Tour was fantastic! In addition to the two of us, there was one large Spanish group with its own guide at our camp. Thank you Camp Kipwe for recognizing that this wouldn't have been a great experience for us, and arranging for us to go with another couple from their sister lodge. Our guide was experienced and gave us a great time, finding elephants twice, despite the guidebooks telling us that they can't be seen from November to March (we were there in January). Also being off-season, there weren't many groups out there and we had plenty of peace and time to watch the elephants in the river beds. Even if we hadn't seen them, it was great fun driving up and down in the sandy river-bottom!

The afternoon excursion was to the rock carvings at Twyfelfontein, as well as Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. The carvings were interesting and our guide was well-informed about them. This was a very hot activity and I wished I'd brought even lighter-weight clothes. The other attractions weren't as good, although I think they may have been better viewed later in the day.

Food was excellent and you couldn't wish for a better view.

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Mr & Mrs SH from Seattle
Arrived on: 12-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Great location for seeing Twelfelfontain.

Relaxing, great sundown location and food.

Cool rooms but a bit hot. Leave the top of the Dutch doors open at night for more airflow.

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Ms S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved it Here

We stayed in the suite and it was incredible.

A stunning room and wonderful outdoor space. Great food, service and drive guide. Excellent day trip viewing the desert elephants.

Highly recommend and would have loved to have stayed longer.

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Mr & Mrs B. from Richmond
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe is situated in a spectacular setting in Damaraland with extremely comfortable and well equipped circular chalets set into the hillside overlooking a desert landscape. One of the unique features is a sundowner bar located at the top of the hill just above the lodge. Amazing views and sunsets. The lodge has a very nice dining room serving excellent food and great wines.
The owner of the lodge was very accommodating and arranged a private tour for our group one morning to look for the desert elephants. This lodge has a beautiful small pool set into the rock hillside with a reasonable quantity of lounge chairs. It was recommended to us by our guide that we visit the Damaraland cultural living museum just a few kilometres from the lodge, and this was a great recommendation, being able to experience the life of a typical local Damaraland village. Our guide, "Taffy" who led us on the early morning activity to see the elephants, was a very knowledgeable and personable driver/guide.
Camp Kipwe was one of the overall highlights of our trip

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Dr and Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

I loved this place! So beautifully designed - a visual treat with stunning views... The service was faultless.

High levels of luxury but with a sense that you were in a very natural environment. Classy! Food was amazing too and beautifully presented.

We did not stay long so could not really say much about the activities. We did have a good trip out to see the rock art with an excellent guide .

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Dune lover from London
Arrived on: 12-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fun at Camp Kipwe

We particularly loved the design of this lodge which merged so well with the environment. We thought the outdoor bathrooms were fun and loved the main room at the Lodge.

The safaris were excellent and the landscape stunning.

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Mrs G.& Mr H. from Moelln
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

We loved our little hut with an outside bathroom. Never had this before! In the night we had a few mosquitos. A mosquito net would be fine.
The staff, serving the dinner, couldn't tell us anything about the wines they offered. The food was very good.
We loved the sundowner up the hill.
We made two excursions: Twywelfontain and a morning nature drive. At both times we saw the desert elephants and also mountain zebras.

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Four poms from Somerset
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Wonderful location and imaginative architecture amongst the rocks.

Staff willing and friendly but require further training. Food quality a bit erratic.

We declined the trip to see the desert elephants on the basis they had moved 70k away and it would have meant may hours in the viewing vehicle.

Morning drive to model tribal village interesting with good curios. Afternoon trip to bushman paintings interesting but let down by amateurish guide.

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Mr R & Mrs S from Southsea
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent Lodge..after a Tough/Hard Drive

Camp Kipwe is not a place for the faint hearted to travel to. Really isolated after a good 3 hours of hard dirt-track driving but the isolation, quietness and amazing scenery made it worthwhile.

We were greeted by the Manager, Sarah, but she was pretty invisible apart from that. That said, here staff were all very helpful, charming and attentive. The ‘Viewpoint’ climb for sundowners was worth it with amazing views. Great selection of Virgin & Alcoholic Cocktails at the top plus a nice complimentary offering of canopies awaited guests on arrival. The evening dinner was excellent and on our 2nd / final night we were treated to dinner with 2 other couples / guests to dinner by candlelight by the Boma Fire...a unique and pleasurable experience where the food, staff and service were all excellent.

For those requiring ‘wifi’, there wasn’t any and unconvincing excuses were given as to why not...the bottom line in my opinion is that the management / owner didn’t appear to want to pay for the technical solution which is available these days.one other guest commented that like water & electricity, in this day and age WiFi is essential and assumed to be provided. While the Expert Africa information pack referenced this to be the case, we couldn’t find reference on the Camp Kipwe website that WiFi wasn’t available (mis-selling??!!).

Come on Management....it is 2019!!!

Also, insufficient umbrellas by the pool...just 2 for 5 sets of sun-beds.

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Mr & Mrs D from UK
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular setting

Camp Kipwe provides a stunning setting among the granite boulders of a kopje with far reaching views, particularly from the sundowner bar above the Camp.

The rooms, however, in need of an upgrade - the air conditioning inadequate for the heat of the day; an overhead fan would help; as would a small fridge; and the outside bathroom a bit too rustic.

Surprisingly, given the remoteness of the location, we saw no wildlife at all during our stay, other than birds visiting the small pond beside the main building.

The provision of only two shade umbrellas next to the small rock pool needs addressing.

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