Once known as Francolini Fly Inn, Camp Kipwe is located amongst the rocks of a hillside in Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Namibia. The camp affords tremendous views across the Abu Huab valley.
Totally rebuilt and refurbished since a fire in 2012, the shared areas comprise a reception, a large restaurant that offers in or outdoor dining, a very comfortable lounge with sofas and chairs, a plunge pool, and a charming spot on top of a neighbouring rock where sundowners are served. The decor balance tradition with comfort, with locally-made lamps of coloured glass, tables that are adapted from fallen trees and seating on armchairs, loungers or cushions; walls are open local stone beneath thatched roofs and there are traditional rugs on the wood or smooth concrete floors. The restaurant offers individual conventional table-seating and excellent cuisine.
As well as the communal areas, Camp Kipwe offers nine bungalows and a larger honeymoon suite that is slightly removed from the others for added privacy. Each bungalow has a distinctive ‘igloo’ shape that helps mitigate the area’s fluctuations in temperature, and is built into the surrounding rocks in such a way as to make each totally unique: the bathrooms have flush toilets, outdoor show-ers that are open to the sky and sinks and shelving built into the stones. Each has twin beds that can be combined into a double and a thatched verandah with deck-chairs. The furnishings are full of character: attractive mirrors and dressers, local rugs and wicker chairs, and lamps that provide taste-ful lighting and set off nicely the soft red of the open-plaster walls. The honeymoon suite is far more expansive and includes a freestanding bath with an excellent view, a lounge space with satel-lite television and a large deck where meals and breakfast can be served in private.
Activities available at Camp Kipwe include game drives, guided walks and trips to see the rock carvings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site.