Camp Kipwe

Lies in the heart of Damaraland, ideally located for the local attractions

Camp Kipwe

Charming and full of character, Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland and is ideally located for the local attractions. The camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed, often traversed by desert adapted elephants.

Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply yet tastefully furnished, with an en suite, open-air bathroom. In the centre of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the camp.

Excursions are offered to Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone which hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings depicting wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It was Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa.

Geological attractions include the Burnt Mountain with its fantastic range of colours at dawn and dusk, caused by a chemical reaction that took place roughly 125 million years ago when molten lava penetrated organic shale and limestone deposits, resulting in contact metamorphism. In ordinary sunlight it is a dull black.

The Organ Pipes are another geological curiosity in the area consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks also about 125 million years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion.


Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, room fans, safes, mosquito repellent, hairdryer and private veranda.

Local Wildlife

There is a population of 600 desert adapted elephants in the region, though they roam over vast areas and are not also easy to see. Other desert adapted mammals include black rhino, besia oryx, springbok, zebra, jackals and birds such as ostrich and bustards. There is also a colony of brightly coloured agama lizards around the lodge.

Optional Activities

Exploration of Damarland. Safaris in search of desert adapted elephants, and other wildlife. Excursions to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes as well as exploration of the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland.

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Swimming Pool


Alan Godwin
Area Specialist

Camp Kipwe is very family-friendly, with two rooms having kids’ tents outside. There is also a honeymoon mini-suite available for those looking for an extra-special experience.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Camp Kipwe -20.537560, 14.429590 Camp KipweView

Stunning in every way - location, accommodation, food. Rooms were very good (as were the outside bath rooms). Beautifully styled, designed and built amongst the extraordinarily beautiful Damaraland landscape.

Mrs J H - Folkestone