Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 246 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 246 of our travellers who have visited Doro Nawas, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr M & Ms B - Brussels
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Focus on frills at the expense of basics

Our experience of Doro Nawas was a 'mixed bag'. Ultimately, we would cut this stop from our itinerary if planning another holiday to Namibia. The location, while very beautiful, felt uncomfortably isolated. The drive there on very bad gravel roads was unpleasant.

The main lodge was beautifully designed and offered spectacular panoramic views, however the gravel pathways between the chalets and the main lodge were badly lit at night and could have been tended to better, given that luggage had to be hauled over them.

The guest chalets were spacious and clean but they felt less cosy than Sossus Dune Lodge as they were quite dark, both in terms of lighting and decor. The lack of tea-making facilities in the room was disappointing. There was also no Wi-Fi access.

The staff and guides were friendly. We did feel however that too much emphasis was placed on entertaining guests at the expense of meeting some basics needs. For example, staff tended to clear plates before guests were finished with their meals, and arrangements for lunch were not clarified by the guide/manager as the morning game drive concluded, despite lunch being included in the price of the drive.

We were happy to move on from Doro Nawas.

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Mr C. B and family - from St Albans
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful lodge,stunning location Doro Nawas

Stunning location with lodge at top of hill. Beautifully furnished, it looked its best in the evening with the fires and candles lit.
Really enjoyed the meals, the service was so friendly and the food delicious.
Views from the dining room were gorgeous.
Amazing, huge rooms.
Younger son got bitten by a scorpion ( in his bed!) on day2. Response very good: immediately they called a 24 hour helpline and I talked to a doctor in South Africa. Guides and manager descended on us to identify the culprit. Luckily it was not venomous, just a sore arm for a few days.
Doro Nawas was very close to Palmweg where we were taken to from Etendeka. We got there at 10.30 in the morning, and spent the afternoon doing the local sites. That meant we didn't have anything left to do on the second day so we had a day sitting around. Very restful. If anyone is pushed for time, you could just do 1 night at Doro Nawas if coming from Etendeka. But you would miss out on a treat:

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Mr & Mrs J - West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Red carpet welcome by very cheerful staff. Beautiful lodge with lovely views over the plains.

Magnificent rooms with stunning views, lovely outdoor showers. Meals were excellent and vegetarians well catered for. The staff were enthusiastic and the atmosphere was great, could have stayed longer.

Yet another place not to be missed

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Mr and Mrs H from Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Must learn !Click language

Fabulous accommodation, view and scenery. Lovely people who would do anything to help, especially if you tried to engage with !Click language! Desert Elephant trip also brilliant.

Don't miss this Lodge is our opinion, if it's cold they'll put hot water bottles in your bed. This touch certainly appealed to my wife so 10 out of 10 was always going to be their score from us!

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Mr and Mrs W from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Good welcome with cold drinks and towels.
Friendly, helpful staff.

Dramatic setting and a chalet with stunning views across the hills.
Very comfy room with a great verandha to enjoy the scenery with a drink.


Bit odd; tea bags and coffee sachets in room but no kettle or hot water.

Evening meals good.

Would have liked a guided walk but a large American tourist group had booked all guides. We were warned though to book in advance to guarantee an activity. Walked alone which was fine as camp visible for miles for orientation.

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Dr J & Ms G - the best of Namibia
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We loved this place – the staff were wonderful and we felt really rested. Some daft English people on the next table at dinner were quietly moaning that it wasn’t luxurious enough... it was the loveliest place at which I have ever stayed. The location and views are stunning and the rooms amazing.

The staff were a little unclear when it came to settling the bill and we had to tell them what we had had – we realized after leaving that neither they nor we remembered the laundry bill. Not a big problem, I suppose, but we did feel a bit guilty.

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Family H - Namibia, Bots and Vic Falls trip
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A very arresting main building- like a citadel. The staff were warm and friendly and helpful. Accommodation was lovely, with lots of dark wood and fantastic views.

We liked the sensitive tourism here and such things as collecting the shower water, while it heats to your required temperature, in a bucket, for using the next day to clean the room.

Food was very good and one night we were entertained by the staff singing and dancing ( not at all cringeworthy ).

A great place to see lots of things nearby - elephants, rock drawings, the petrified forest and organ pipes.

The fire pit in the evening was a great place to sit around and look at the stars.

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Mr R & Mrs E - anniversary and birthday trip
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Another beautiful camp location with very friendly staff. We would have liked more time here too.

Only a minor niggle - the terrace breakfast bar was plagued with small birds - on tables and on the food itself. Staff did make some effort to shoo them away but it was not very hygienic.

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Mr & Mrs V - Coleraine
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Uninspiring architecture!!

The initial impression on arrival was of a dark and unwelcoming building. The chalet decor was dark and gloomy and floors were so polished that it was quite slippery.

It would be a good idea to inform future visitors that the Doro Nawas camp is at the end of D2612, almost an hour's drive from the first (locked) camp with a sign 'Doro Nawas Camp.'

We found the staff very anxious to get everything right for the guests.

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Mr & Mrs O from Chester
Arrived on: 26-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Long (bad) road to Doro Nawas

Staff seemed less professional than at other lodges and less wlcoming/enthusiatic.

However they were most helpful in repairing a puncture.

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