Camp Kipwe

Reviews of Camp Kipwe

Excellent(95%) From 78 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 78 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 B.from Herts
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great sunsets from the hilltop viewpoint

The accommodation in huts with outside bathroom facilities need to be experienced along with the views and sunsets from the camp.

Great guide for the visits to see the Desert Elephants and Petroglyphs. The visit to the elephants was particularly memorable and during this we had an opportunity to see the magnificent landscape of Damaraland finishing up with a drive up a dried up riverbed where we saw this magnificent Kudu bull.

Just a quick point the C35 was particularly rough, not just because of our problem on that road, the guide at Kipwe commented on it as well.

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J & K London
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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We loved Camp Kipwe

What a fantastic lodge, cleverly built into the rocks. We were upgraded to the only suite for the one night we were there, which was a wonderful treat. Elevated accommodation with a vast bedroom and lounge area, outside bath with a private view and large decking area. We were hot and tired after a long drive and decided to postpone sightseeing to make the most of it (plus the all inclusive bar) .

The food was delicious, as we found throughout our visit to Namibia. The only thing we would have liked in hindsight was a mosquito net. The mosquitos were a bit pesky despite the insect repellant and 'Doom' spray, and I got quite badly bitten. That aside we would have loved to have stayed longer.

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Muz from Colchester
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe is our favourite place in Namibia

a dream location, outstanding food, we want to return as soon as possible

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Fantastic lodge amongst photogenic boulders. Room spacious, very helpful and friendly staff

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Mr & Mrs H - Cambridge
Arrived on: 23-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

Beautiful location and could be great but significant issues with management, staff and service.

I would not recommend visiting until issues are sorted.

I have contacted Expert Africa about the issues.

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers contacted us separately regarding the issues they encountered at Camp Kipwe. These included drainage issues caused by a faulty water pump, staff trying to elicit extra tips, a staff member requesting the guests transport something personal to someone in Swakopmund for them, and a mix up over the drinks bill. The feedback was passed onto Camp Kipwe who swiftly responded with an apology and details of how each issue had been investigated, dealt with and rectified to ensure there is no reoccurrence for future guests.

Mr & Mrs J. from London
Arrived on: 10-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great camp in the rocks

We especially enjoyed the sundowner.

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Mr & Miss S from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Really nice place with excellent views. Good food although service a little formal at times. Noticeable, compared to other lodges, that no women work here. Air con was needed at night and ours was quite noisy.

Room cleaning was a little basic we thought and the camp would benefit from there being more of a 'host' manager. However it is a great place that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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Mr & Mrs. P. from Seattle
Arrived on: 1-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful property and people in Damaraland!

We stayed for two nights at Camp Kipwe, which is a beautiful property located in Damaraland. First things first, the food was deliciously innovative. The chef curated a menu for each meal that featured unique flavor combinations with local proteins using elements from the on-site garden. For two food-lovers from Seattle, Washington, this really scratched all of the itches we have when it comes to food.

The guide staff were top class, particularly Tafe, who took us on a drive tracking desert-adapted elephants. His knowledge and patience lead to wonderful, close encounters with the elephants. Despite being in the middle of a pack of other tourist groups, he seemed to know when and where to move that kept us away from the herd of tourists and at the forefront of the movement of the herd of elephants. We also went on an afternoon drive with Willy to the Organ Pipers, Burnt Mountain, and Twyfelfontein; he was a knowledgeable guide and was great in assisting our group with any questions or needs along the way.

The rooms were very appropriate for the setting and pretty simple in design. There was an air-conditioning unit in our room, which was essential as it is very hot and there's not much ventilation through the stone room. As hard as it tried, the A/C unit couldn't get the room too cool, making sleep a bit difficult. The outdoor bathrooms are a great touch! However, they didn't feel completely private and the amount of bugs/lizards around made any late night trips to the toilet mildly unsettling. An enclosed shower/toilet option would be a fine addition in the future.

Overall, we had an excellent stay at Camp Kipwe with friendly staff and a sundowner location that is spectacular. Make sure to go up for a tasty drink at the end of each day that you're there!

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A&A from Portland
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Camp Kipwe

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.

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Mrs & Mr C-J - British Columbia
Arrived on: 17-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Kipwe review

This Camp blends into the rock kopjes perfectly. The plunge pool and loungers are surrounded by kopjes and stunning views. The circular stone accommodations were clean, cool, and unique with an outdoor bathroom which included an amazing view from the shower.

The dining area of the Lodge had outdoor tables with panoramic views and superb food - on par with any top rated cuisine. Considering you are in the middle of Damaraland this is amazing!

We went on both tours. The guide who took us to see the Geological Features, Rock Engravings and the Desert Adapted Elephants was extremely knowledgeable and eager and able to explain and answer all our questions. We were so glad we took the Tours rather than go ourselves. To top everything off we climbed to the summit of Camp Kipwe for the Sundowners to end three magnificent days.

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