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.
‘Kipwe’ meaning blessed in Swahili, is nestled in the boulders, facing out onto superb scenery. Incorporating the red basalt rocks and mopane branches, it has a natural organic feel. Great care has been taken with the design of the recreational areas, giving the impression of an African Village.Download Fact Sheet
9 X twin-bedded rooms are in the shape of rondavels and have boulder, cement and rock walls ensuring that on entry, they feel like a cool secluded cave, and offer outside decks to admire the view. The en-suite, open air private bathrooms are built amongst the rocks, allowing guests to take advantage of our outdoor weather. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning ‘donkey’ boilers and solar hot water heaters. Two rooms have adjacent children's tents outside.
3 X Luxury Suites, each features a large double room with king size bed and an ensuite open-air bathroom with a lovely bath area as well. The air-conditioned, luxury elevated thatched suite has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television and minibar with drinks included.
Camp Kipwe boasts an inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks; enjoy delicious meals in the dining room with stunning views toward the Aba Huab; relax at the refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks; an outdoor boma area is an additional area for relaxing and is used for dining on special occasions and three-night stays. Camp Kipwe's scattering of bungalows nestled within the massive boulders complete this eco friendly camp.
"Being cognizant that we aren’t the only ones that inhibit this space, we expanded the waterhole to ensure a herd of 18+ desert adapted elephants have enough to drink when they pay us a visit. Our interest spans far beyond our conservancy, and we proudly support the desert lion project. To preserve our natural environment, we planted indigenous plants which are harvested and replanted around the lodge and waterhole. We ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ all our refuse and use energy saving bulbs as well as solar geysers to reduce our carbon footprint. The lodge was also designed with this mind – a high roof and ventilation ducts - results in a temperature change from inside and outside, of no more than 5 degrees on hot days."
Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Mowani’s 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. Mowani Mountain Camp activitities on offer: Guided game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, explore the surrounding area in search of animal life such as the desert-adapted elephants and desert black rhino; excursions to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein to explore the rock engravings, along with seeing Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes; and nature walks on the short walking trails with information showing the names of different plants and trees (self-guided), or guided on a longer walk with one of the lodge's expert guides (longer walk subject to guide’s availability). Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Living Damara Museum.
The following camps compliment Camp Kipwe well, and should be considered when extending an itinerary.
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