Giant boulders, desert elephants and ancient engravings
Camp Kipwe is a unique place, built in crevices between giant boulders stacked one above the other – a feature typical of this part of northwestern Namibia. You have to admire the ingenuity of the camp's designers, who have managed to combine intimate accommodation with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley. From this eco-friendly camp, you can explore Damaraland – take an early morning game drive to look for the country's famously elusive desert-dwelling elephants, hike the ancient Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
At the lodge
Inside the communal area, the lounge area has comfy sofas – sit back and watch the birds flying in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks. Meals are served under thatch or on the deck, and the food is both plentiful and excellent. The deck is popular as one of the best places to have a sundowner and watch day turn into night. There's a plunge pool (midday and afternoon temperatures can be really high).
The 10 thatched, dome-roofed bungalows are simple but extremely comfortable, each with an outside shower and tub (your privacy is ensured). They are private, elegantly furnished and extremely quiet with excellent views of the surrounding scenery and wildlife. There is standard power with a generator backup, but no wi-fi. Deck chairs on the porch offer private views across the boulder-strewn desert.
Early morning game drives in search of the desert-dwelling elephants, which are elusive but the guides know the area and the animals' movements so well that the effort is invariably successful. Hike in the ancient surroundings of the ancient Aba Huab River or explore Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. On the road to Brandberg are the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion.