Hidden behind the boulders
This literally is a hidden gem, Camp Kipwe is nestled amongst the boulders and rocks and blends in with the scenery seamlessly. You almost perform a double take to distinguish where the rocks finish and the domed lodges begin.
The camp has been thoughtfully designed to give an unobscured view of the surroundings and the mergence with nature is flawless.
To ensure this lodge fitted impeccably with the landscape, natural materials were used as much as possible, even utilising the boulders and rocks as walls.
The staff at Camp Kipwe could not do enough for you, if you stay at this stunning Damaraland luxury lodge you won’t be disappointed.
There are 8 standard circular domed rooms/lodges, all with a secluded outside bathrooms and with a view to take your breath away.
Perched up within the rocks this secluded hideaway is truly memorable. Not just for the care and the detail that has been taken, but for the wonderful views across the region, whilst relaxing in your open air bath.
This certainly isn’t something you experience every day.
This lodge offers its own tours, one of which is to visit the 2007 Unesco World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein rock engravings and paintings. This site has one of the largest known concentration of engravings in Africa and over 5,000 individual figures have been recorded.
You could also embark upon the adventure to track down the elusive Desert Elephants, all from the safety of the safari truck. These elephants were once widespread through Africa but can now only be found in Namibia and Mali. Their numbers have dwindled considerably over time, but conservation measures are now in place and their numbers have increased to 600, although around the early part of the 20th century there were around 3,000.
We decided on the Desert Elephant tour and we certainly did not come away disappointed.
The evenings at Camp Kipwe are equally special, the staff encourage everyone to partake in enjoying a sundowner high above the lodge.
After selecting your preferred beverage at the bar, you are shown to the winding route up to the top of the boulders, closely followed by your G&T’s. Seats have been placed out so you can sit around, chat and eat nibbles whilst the sun slowly sinks across the skyline.
We were lucky that we stayed at this luxury lodge for 2 nights, so we were able to enjoy this truly memorable experience twice.
Once the sun had set we headed down to the thatched semi open air dining terrace, where once again you had unobscured views, but this time to the evening sky.
The service and food here were fantastic; you wouldn’t believe you were actually in a remote part of Africa.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return.