Reviews of Camp Kipwe
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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.
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.
Camp Kipwe review
Lovely location, excellent service and food. Great excursion with very helpful and informative guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rock and a soft place
Arrived on a hot afternoon when the welcome drink was much appreciated. A lot of work and imagination has obviously gone into making this camp blend into the rocks. The domed huts (with outdoor bathrooms) were very stylish and we had a great view from ours. Staff friendly and efficient and an enjoyable evening meal.
We visited Twyfelfontein to see the rock engravings on the day we arrived and left early the following day so didn't have much time to explore the area. Would use Camp Kipwe again if we ever pass by.