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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#1 of 15 in Damaraland
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4.9
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4.8
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4.7
Value
4.4
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‘Kipwe’ meaning blessed in Swahili, is revealed amongst gorgeous boulders with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley in the stunning ancient landscape of the Damaraland desert. When entering the nine dome shaped rooms you will feel like entering a cool secluded cave, whilst relaxing on the outside decks you once again become one with the breath-taking landscape, connecting you with superb views beyond. Nestled within these boulders, you are led from your room to your partially open outdoor bathroom where you can enjoy a starlit showering experience. Kipwe’s Suite provides you with all this and yet even more elegance, space and style for discerning guests. The two new Luxury Suites offer spectacular views - one east-facing and one west-facing. The Luxury Suites' large air-conditioned bedroom and lounge spill out onto an extensive deck, complete with heated splash pool and sala. Activities at Camp Kipwe include nature drives to find the desert-adapted elephants, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein to see the rock engravings, and enjoy our signature sundowner experience with 360 degrees of breath-taking beauty.
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Baggage storage
Gift shop
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
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Special diet menus
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Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Seating area
Separate living room
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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English, Afrikaans
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Andrerela wrote a review Jun 24
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom17 contributions5 helpful votes
After a long drive from Etosha, we were greeted by fantastic staff who made us welcome. The hospitality is amazing, service faultless. Do not miss cocktails at sunset on top of the boulder. Food is excellent, rooms/cottage superb. The rock carving tour was great and the elephant safari superb with an amazing guide. We will be back next year
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Philipp M wrote a review Jun 16
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The camp is wonderfully embedded into the rock (including the rock pool!) The food was delicious. The room was cleean. The outside bathroom was also a nice experience! The view from top is absolutely stunning and a big recommendation for sunset! The elefent excursion was also worth it!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear 843philippm, I am so glad you enjoyed your time spent at Camp Kipwe and sincerely appreciate you sharing your experience with others. We hope you will visit us again someday soon. Regards
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UkCorporate_gal wrote a review Jun 10
Parkend, United Kingdom41 contributions30 helpful votes
We arrived after a long drive from Swakopmund and were greeted by Philip who looked after us magnificently during our 3 day stay. During discussion we told hi, the (familiar) tale of delays to the holiday and how we should have been there in 2020 for our 25th wedding anniversary and he immediately told us he would make sure we had a private space for dinner every night and even put us in the boma for our last night with them. We had the 3 night package in the Kipwe Suite with activities and it was wonderful. There are two new suites high above the rest of the rooms with a private plunge pool and fabulous views. But we loved the Kipwe suite for its rustic charm; although after talking to Jack one of the managers, he told us they will be renovating the Kipwe suite to refresh it and add a similar plunge pool too. The tours were great as well with a trip to the rock paintings, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes (if you’ve been to Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, these are a lot smaller!). Loved the peace and quiet here. Just sitting on the balcony with a G&T from the minibar was enough to make us go back in 2023. Hopefully the suite will have had its refresh by then!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear UkCorporate_gal, Thank you for leaving a review and we are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Phillip would be excited to know that you enjoyed his service! Phillip is always going the extra mile during his time at work. We will definitely share this with him. Looking forward to serving you better in the future! Regards
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S B wrote a review Jun 9
Harrisburg, North Carolina39 contributions7 helpful votes
One of the most unique lodges that we’ve stayed at. The hospitality was awesome. The food was delicious. They went out of their way to make my birthday special. The views from our cottage was incredible and the sundowner drinks from the top of the boulder was spectacular. Seeing the desert adapted elephants was the highlight. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear sbyker, We’re glad that we were able to cheer your day. We are honored that you made Camp Kipwe part of your special celebration! Hope we see you back for another special occasion in the future Regards
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BiggySmiles wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom22 contributions13 helpful votes
What a place! Amazing and friendly staff, delicious dinner and breakfast. Perfect room with an epic view. Arguably the best sunset spot for sundowners in Nambia! Wish we could have stayed longer! A must visit for anyone visiting Namibia
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Mereille du Toit, Guest Services / Front Office at Camp Kipwe
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear BiggySmiles, Thank you very much for taking time to write this review. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and service. We take pride in the quality of our food and are delighted to hear that it was delicious. We will make sure to share this with the store team to let them know to keep up the amazing work. Regards Camp Kipwe
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Ken wrote a review May 2022
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If you go to Namibia this place is worth more than the cost. From the customer service, to the rooms, and the incredible breakfasts and dinner we felt super welcome and truly felt as cherished guests. The sunset views from the top of the rock formation were possibly the best sunset my wife and I have every witnessed so far. They literally thought of everything when they built this place and it shows they really took previous customer feedback and keep improving. We even did the desert elephant safari and let me tell you that was one of the highlights of our trip!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Mereille du Toit, Guest Services / Front Office at Camp Kipwe
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear E5347GOkenk, thank you for your review! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed our food ,service and the Nature drive. We’re always looking for ways to improve the guest experience at the our Lodge but it’s great to know that we are on the right track. Thank you for choosing Camp Kipwe Regards The Kipwe Team
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Frankxxzz wrote a review May 2022
Sydney, Australia14 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a 2 night stay at Camp Kipwee in April 2022. It is a fantastic place to stay, beautifully designed amongst a rocky outcrop with terrific views over the Aba Huab Valley. We arrived by air to a nearby airstrip, but many were self-drive. The sundowner viewing site at the top is amazing, with sweeping views, chairs/lounges, a bar and attentive staff. A perfect way to end a day before going down for a meal. The food was very good, and all staff extremely friendly and efficient. The bungalow accommodation was excellent and felt very private, with our own small deck, an excellent bed, and a fun outdoor shower. The room was airconditioned, which was very welcome in the heat of the day. They offer 2 activities, so 2 nights here was just perfect for us. The first afternoon we went to see the ancient rock art which is worthwhile (you get taken to a start point from the camp, then a local non-camp guide takes you to the art, so take some money for a tip). The next morning we went off on a safari hunt in search of elephants, and our experienced camp guide finally tracked them down; the search was fun, we saw 15 in all grazing on or near the dry river bed. It was a great experience to see these rare desert-adapted elephants. Camp Kipwe is certainly worth a visit!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded May 8, 2022
Dear Frankxxzz, Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing your great memories with us. Damaraland is world-famous for its ancient rock engravings and we are delighted that you where lucky to meet our friendly desert adapted elephants. Thank you again Camp Kipwe Team
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GoguiMardjos wrote a review Apr 2022
Montreal171 contributions118 helpful votes
In the heart of Damaraland, this lodge in the middle of rocks is unbelievable. Rooms are large and well equipped. Food is excellent. View at sunset is fantastic and the service is professional and friendly. The excursion to see the elephants is worthy with excellent guide. Of course this jewel in the middle of nowhere has a cost but it’s really worthy.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded May 8, 2022
Dear GoguiMardjos, Many Thanks for your kind words of praise for Camp Kipwe. We sincerely hope to see you again in the future! Regards
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Carin van Schalkwyk wrote a review Apr 2022
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We had the privilege to stay in one of the newly built luxury suites in Camp Kipwe. Extraordinary designed and nestled between huge boulders in Damaraland. Just the thought of all the planning, design and logistics that went into building the new suites is mind boggling. The suites are carefully designed and decorated to blend seamless in with the environment and no effort or cost were spared to get the feel of utter luxury, tranquility and peacefulness. We truly felt like royalties and were treated as such by the friendly and helpful staff. The food was exceptional and tasteful, even more so considering the remoteness of the lodge. Kipwe’s luxury Suites definitely get a 5/5 from us. It is very difficult to describe the experience, you simply have to come and experience it yourself. Thanks for a memorable experience to be cherished in the years to come. We’ll be back!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded Apr 24, 2022
Dear CarinvS, Thank you for taking time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay at Camp Kipwe. Our Lodge is quite "unique" in design, the intention being to integrate as much of our Natural Surroundings into every Guest's experience so I am glad you feel we succeeded in this. Our main aim at Camp Kipwe is to give each guest the royal treatment and make them feel at " Home" away from home. Until next time Regards
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Deike B wrote a review Feb 2022
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We went to Camp Kipwe in a group of three and we were spoiled so much by that nice staff that we didn't need to take care of everything. The rooms are exceptionally well done - you feel just like being in the wild. The interior blends sooo nicely with the wild that is waiting just in front of your door. It was all clean, nicely arranged with coffee, some cookies, rusks...everything to make your start of the day just beautiful. We actually sat in front of our little huts in the morning just after waking up and had a sleepy coffee before we went to have a tummy breakfast (I highly recommend their Omelette - one of the best I ever had). BUT what is really special about this place is for sure the whole environment this little gem sits in. It is build in a little hill of big rocks (one can only think of the effort the owners put into building it here - 450km away from Windhoek). If you have seen this you can go on in your life in peace. That's for sure! Oh and do visit the desert elephants! DO NOT take any offer of people from around to bring you to them, they are not part of the reserve and don't really pay attention to the rules how to encounter the elephants really respectfully so that you can close to them without getting them into any stress. We highly recommend this please and can only wish for anybody to experience this!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded Feb 10, 2022
Dear deikeb2022, Thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed review of your experience at Camp Kipwe. Feedback like this fuels our passion for providing the ultimate guest experience and sharing the natural wonders of Damaraland with visitors such as yourself. I truly hope you return to Camp Kipwe someday soon! Regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Kipwe
Which popular attractions are close to Camp Kipwe?
Nearby attractions include Damara Living Museum (2.0 miles) and Burnt Mountain (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Camp Kipwe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Camp Kipwe?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Camp Kipwe?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Camp Kipwe?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Camp Kipwe?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Camp Kipwe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Camp Kipwe?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Twyfelfontein (5.0 miles).
Does Camp Kipwe have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.