Camp kipwe

Camp Kipwe is situated within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in the Damaraland area of Namibia. The entire region is renowned for its geology and unusual rock formations. So it is no surprise that the camp is built amongst large granite boulders, which are cleverly incorporated in the overall design and layout of the lodge. Rock paintings and rare desert-adapted flora and fauna can also be viewed on organized trips from the camp. A sister lodge, Mowani Mountain Camp is a mere 4km away.

An advantage of the small size of the Camp Kipwe is the relaxed and tranquil environment. The lounge in the main lodge is an ideal meeting place to discuss travel and safari experiences with other guests. Wine and dine in the bar and restaurant. The views from here take in the mountains and Aba-Huab River. Stunning sunsets complement the outstanding scenery. Other facilities include a curio shop and reception area. Many guests make a beeline to the swimming pool, which offers a welcome respite from the hot Namibian sunshine.

The rooms are built from natural materials including mopane branches and the local red basalt stones, giving a natural and organic feel. Hot water is heated by an old fashioned wood burning 'donkey'. Guests stay in:

Bungalows: There are 9 bungalows with twin/double beds. Air-conditioning, en-suite facilities (outdoor shower and ablutions) are standard. A private verandah overlooks the rugged Damaraland scenery

Suite: The luxury thatched suite has a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar.

As the lodge is situated close to the Aba-Huab River Activities from Camp Kipwe include elephant nature drives, These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4x4 vehicle, in search of Namibia's remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant.

The Twyfelfontein excursions last for around 2 ½ hrs, starting in the afternoon. The drive includes visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings.

There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests.

Children are accepted at Camp Kipwe, and special meals can be arranged on request. Meals at Camp Kipwe have fixed timings and are served in the dining room.

Breakfast is served at 07h00 and lunch at 13h00 daily.

In the winter months of April-September, afternoon tea is served at 16h00 and dinner at 19h00.

In the summer months of September-April, afternoon tea is served at 16h30 and dinner at 20h00.

Parents are advised to watch their children closely at all times, as the area is known for snakes and scorpions. Camp Kipwe is also surrounded by boulders, which can get quite slippery and dangerous at times. Parents should also make ensure their kids do not disturb other guests.

The closest airstrip is at Twyfelfontein, which is approximately 15kms from Camp Kipwe.

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Elephant / Nature Drive: A 4-6 hour morning drive to explore the surrounding country and possibly find some of the elusive desert adapted elephants.

Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes Excursion: This 2 hour trip sets out every afternoon and visits the main highlights of this part of Damaraland including the rock art at Twyfelfontein. 

Hiking: This region is ideal for walking and guests are encouraged to explore the area surrounding Camp Kipwe.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Berti, Saudo

15 Dec 2014

nice place.... ( The hotel manager could be more friendly, and less tip oriented for a natural smile....)

Bonifay, Denis

8 Jan 2012

Very nice amenities. stunning location. very friendly atmosphere and good services.Definitely to recommend.

Canins, Emanuela

10 Jul 2016

Fabulous - the best lodge - very very gentle staff, fantastic views, great gourmet cusine - everything had been PERFECT.


8 Sep 2010

Very nice luxury place, perfect service, very kind staff, We had a trip with a guide to see desert elephant, it was wonderful

Godin, Aurore

15 Nov 2009

Exceptionnal view, splendid room, great bath room and really kind people, helpfull... Ask for room 4, you won't be desappointed

Pritchard, Rob

7 Oct 2016

Just the most amazing place. One top of the hill with our cocktails watching the sun setting was stunning. What more canbe said.

Gelazis, Julija

31 Oct 2016

LOVED this place -- location hard to get to (the road is quite bad/sandy, and I wouldn't recommend it without a 4x4), but well worth the trip.

Smith, Linda

7 May 2013

Brilliant!!! This is a very good lodge, remarkable accommodation and served the best food we had during the trip. Very friendly and efficient staff.

Torres, Ana

19 Aug 2017

The place was very nice and very well decorated. However, there was no wifi and the water was not complementary. The elephants excursion was very good.


14 Oct 2015

One of the highlights. A very special place and so beautiful. So glad we had 2 nights there. The situation is amazing. Nice helpful staff and great food.

Bergstad, Odd

17 Dec 2015

Excellent and very special. Bungalows very memorable. Guided tours exquisite with very skilled and genuine guide. Food very nice. Definitely the highlight of our trip.

Jones, Alun

29 May 2013

Beautifully done, to blend in with its surroundings, and to make good use of the environment in which it is situated. Lovely staff, and good food, excellent guide (Taffy).

Baldi, Michele

17 Jul 2013

Very beautiful; very kind. For our honeymoon they prepared champagne and fruit basket, and, for dinner, they prepared a private table for us. I think the best accommodation.

Charnley, Robin

30 Nov 2010

Beautiful location. Desperate need for aircon in 40 degree rooms. Rooms themselves are fantastic. Rather a hard sell on the add ons but I guess that is the name of the game.

Antoniadi, Thalia

4 Jun 2010

A lodge with a different flavour! Magnificent bathroom with outdoors feeling(partial roof, a star gazing situation), and unique sunset views, from the restaurant and the top hill.

Richter, Chris

27 Feb 2012

Stunning in every way, clearly a top place - worth the price, as good as any top end hotel I have stayed at (Four Seasons, etc.). The personnel were extraordinary as was the food, service and more.

Jones, Bruce

3 Jul 2014

We loved Camp Kipwe and wished that we had stayed longer there. The quality of the accommodation and the food was way above our expectation. We loved the atmosphere and found all the staff working there very friendly and helpful. This was our favourite lodge on our trip.


Camp Kipwe is situated east of Twyfelfontein on the D2612 road

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