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Camp Kipwe

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8/10

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Highlights

-Elusive desert elephants
-Impressive boulder strewn landscape
-Locally run

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 502 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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