Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp. The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained, They beckon you to explore – enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
‘Kipwe’, meaning blessed in Swahili, is nestled in the boulders, facing out onto superb scenery. Incorporating boulders, small red basalt rocks and mopane branches, it has a natural organic feel.
The nine rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view.
The outside, partially open bathrooms adjoining the twin bedded rooms have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning ‘donkey’ boilers. The luxury suite provides even more elegance, space and style for discerning guests.
The luxury elevated, air-conditioned thatched suite has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television, a double room with en-suite open air bathroom and minibar with drinks included. Special offers for longer stays!
The central area of the camp is raised and comprises four thatched domes; the reception area and curio shop, dining room, lounge and bar and guest toilets all with amazing views toward the Aba Huab riverbed.
An outside boma area is an additional venue for dining or relaxing. The central lounge and dining areas are furnished in a colourful, relaxed African style inviting guests to linger and appreciate the views. Rough-hewn chunks of wood are used as small tables and woven lights hanging elegantly from the thatch roofs complete the picture. A small swimming pool built into the rocks and a viewpoint with 360 degrees of breath-taking beauty, are two attractive outdoor features.
Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.
The spirit of exploration is alive and well here. Apart from the draw of Twyfelfontein’s rock carvings are the natural wonders of the region.
Morning game drives depart in search of desert-adapted elephants while guides draw attention to interesting aspects of local fauna and flora and hikes through this haunting landscape are spellbinding.
In-between, unwind in the inviting lounge, equally appealing to birds attracted to water seeping from the rocks, or take a refreshing dip in the pool.
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