Camp Kipwe

Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe is a lovely lodge situated in the private Twyfelfontein-Uibasen Conservancy in Damaraland. Constructed almost entirely of local stone, basalt and mopane wood, it has a natural, earthy feel.

Camp Kipwe is a small lodge situated in the Twyfelfontein-Uibasen Conservancy in Damaraland, northern Namibia. Like its nearby sister camps, Mowani Mountain and Onguma, Camp Kipwe has a very unique and distinctive design. Set among giant boulders on the slopes of the Aba Huab Valley, it is constructed almost entirely of stone, allowing it to blend in with its natural surrounds.

Camp Kipwe is not a luxury lodge - while novel, the boulder-style rooms are simply furnished - but its dramatic location and well-run activities (these include game drives and walks) make it a great option for those travelling to Damaraland on a reasonable budget.

Many come to Kipwe, and Damaraland more generally, to see the desert-adapted elephant. Sightings of these beautiful creatures are common from Camp Kipwe, though not guaranteed.


There are 9 'stone igloos' at Camp Kipwe. These unique rooms (essentially stone rondavels) are scattered among the boulders, with which they blend in remarkably well. Constructed entirely of local stone, red basalt rock and mopane wood, they have a natural, organic feel. The interiors are well-lit and comfortably, if rather simply furnished, with large beds, carved wooden furniture, and the expected amenities (safe, electric fan, air-con, hair dryer). Neutral, earthy tones complement the natural building materials.

Each room has a shaded verandah and an open-air en-suite bathroom, sheltered between the rocks. Hot water is supplied via a wood-burning boiler.

In addition to the 9 standard rooms at Kipwe, there is a mini-suite, comprised of two conjoined buildings, which together form a lounge and bedroom.


Meals are served in the open-air around a campfire in the boma, or in the sheltered dining room overlooking the valley. Service is prompt and the menus varied.


Plunge pool
Lounge and bar
Dining room and outdoor boma


Game drives (these typically last 3-6 hours, and may cover large distances in order to track the desert-adapted elephant that the region is famous for)
Walking safaris within the vicinity of the camp
Excursions to see the Twyfelfontein rock engravings

Child Policy

Camp Kipwe accommodates children of all ages.