-Elusive desert elephants
-Impressive boulder strewn landscape
Camp Kipwe is located in the Damaraland area in the western region of Namibia. This charming camp is nestled in a collection of boulders with sweeping views across the valley and offers a slightly different safari experience for a reasonable price.
Built between huge boulders resting on the hillside, this camp blends into the natural landscape and offers a simple lodge setting. A pleasant open air lounge area and a modest swimming pool make up the communal areas and are great places to relax after a day out on safari.
The wildlife in the area is good year round and unusually, offers the chance of spotting the elusive desert elephants as well as baboon, giraffe, jackals and the occasional leopard. Vehicle safari is the main activity at Kipwe, and the camp runs to a strict schedule of twice daily game drives around the local area. Walking safaris are also offered with this being a fantastic landscape for some unusual hikes. the guides have valuable local knowledge of the area and should be able to take you to some breathtaking viewpoints. Rock art is also a major draw of the area and there are some impressive works to be seen at various locations. Cultural interaction is a big part of the camp’s ethos and there are some really interesting local villages guests can visit. Hot air balloon rides are also offered at nearby Twyfelfontein.
The accommodation is split into ten eco friendly bungalows that are a pleasant change from the usual safari tents. Each room features a private verandah and can be made up as a twin or double bed. The large, open rooms use natural colours and materials to blend into the rocky landscape and all have ensuite bathrooms with outdoor showers and washing facilities. Air conditioning is also in each bungalow to counteract the much hotter months between August and November. Two family suites are available with separate children’s tents; perfect for families with older children who would enjoy their own space. One mini suite is also available:- a thatched bungalow with a bedroom and lounge area, verandah, television, mini bar and personal laundry service.
Unusually, there is no minimum age for children at Camp Kipwe, which is a great advantage for those with young children. However, close parental supervision will be needed as the camp is not specifically geared up for children and with so many boulders, the landscape is not particularly child friendly. In addition, the family suites have separate tents for the children which may not be appropriate for those not old enough to be left to sleep alone.
Camp Kipwe is a pleasant camp in a fantastic location for impressive hiking and good game viewing. Whilst the wildlife here may be slightly more sparse than in other areas, the guides do a good job of getting the most out of the area and provide an enjoyable desert experience.
- Close to famous Twyfelfontein rock carvings
- Beautiful, rugged location
- Namibia Country Lodges portfolio
- Spectacular setting with amazing views
- Easy access to rock art at Twyfelfontein
- A chance to see desert-adapted elephant
- Game drives and cultural interaction
- Fantastic cultural activities and ethical tourism
- Mountain landscapes
- locally run
- Stunning Views
- 25 Bungalows
- Two swimming pools
- Between Etosha & Damaraland
- Rare Rhino tracking
- High concentration of desert adapted wildlife
- Remote and secluded
- Stunning views
- Black Rhino and Desert Elephant tracking
- 100% run by the local community
- Fantastic cultural programme
- Stunning Views
- Stunning isolated setting
- Day and night safaris
- Rhino tracking
- Rare desert-adapted wildlife
- Stunning secluded location
- Authentic eco-friendly camp
- Guided walks and game drives
- Rare desert adapted elephants
- Innovative architecture
- Local rock art
- Excellent rock art and rock formations
- Peaceful, laidback property
- Stunning mountain backdrop
- 10 chalets, pool, lounge area, bar
- Breathtaking desert location
- Close to Sossusvlei entrance
- Communal bomas and Braai facilities
- Taleni Africa Portfolio
- Secluded desert location, great views
- Characterful, comfy & friendly lodge
- Informative Sossusvlei dune visits
- Swimming pool
Condensed 7-day self drive adventure focusing on Northern Namibia (Etosha NP, Damaraland, & Central Highlands) with superb wildlife viewing and good value, characterful accommodation.
Tailor-made Classic 8 days
From $1,471 per person
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019