Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas review
This was one of the two lodging highlights of our trip. The setting and design of the main lodge and individual units was just wonderful and staff was, without exception, genuinely attentive and helpful. It is all in a spectacular setting and enjoying this at night by rolling the bed out onto the terrace was a brilliant idea.
We did take the evening drive to look for the elephants and happily found them but even if we hadn't the ride in the riverbed at sunset was gorgeous. The tours are a little pricey but the experience of being in this setting for a couple of days was unmatched for us.
Desert elephants a highlight
View of the 'fort ' on approach looked rather like Alcatraz !! Not the most welcoming of buildings but luckily better inside than out.
The rooms were also splendid so first impressions not always correct! The elephant drive was a huge success, with a lot of elephants to the pound and the guide excellent. The visit to the village was really interesting and the people really keen to share their way of life with us. Anyone who thinks they have a hard life should definitely go there and experience how happy and welcoming these people are in very difficult circumstances. We also learnt that empty coke cans keep elephants away from your tomato plants!
The staff were friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
What a lovely place again. Very helpful and we enjoyed exchanging tales with other guests.
We went on the trip to find the desert elephants- we were very pleased we had done this. We saw lots and would thoroughly recommend to others.
We visited the other local sites by car ourselves which was very easy to do.
Fantastic Elephant Safari at Doro Nawas
We had a great 2 day stay here, the highlight being the Desert Elephant Safari, fantastic!Read more about the whole safari
Doro Nawas review
When you approach Doro Nawas, it's a pretty weird sight seeing what looks like Moorish castle on top of a hill. But it turns out to a well designed main facility with view rooms around the bottom.
We were lucky that our guide was able to find the group of desert elephants very quickly and we were able to follow them into the small village where there is a water tank. In addition, the village was holding its big celebration at the time. However, if the elephants had been somewhere else that day, it might not have been such an outstanding experience.
Doro Nawas review
Incredible service. Staff does really impress with hospitality and extra effort.
Really one of the best places I have ever stayed in the world.
Thanks to everybody there making this an experience of a lifetime.
Doro Nawas review
The rooms were very spacious and nicely decorated. I really liked being able to push our beds out onto the patio to sleep under the stars. The only disappointment with the room was its location. Rooms 1-3 face away from the mountain (we were in room 1) and we looked out onto the plains with cattle and goats. It would have been a nicer experience to face the mountain. Room 1 (our room) was located next to the employee quarters and one afternoon and night there was an ongoing fight (very loud angry yelling) between some employees. The yelling was very disturbing and unsettling.
The food was very good. We liked having our own table for meals (instead of having to sit with all the other guests). The view from the dining room was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and responsive. On our second night the staff sang songs and danced. That was a special treat.
The game drives were good, no complaints. The drivers were friendly.
Expert Africa comments
Doro Nawas requested that their sincere apologies be passed on to these guests for the unsettling disturbance they heard during their stay. The staff at Doro Nawas all come from the remote surrounding communities where traditional beliefs remain strong. The camp manager explained that it was believed a mischievous spirit known as a Tokoloshe had taken up residence at Doro Nawas, and a traditional healer had been invited to banish it. The disturbance these guests heard was the healer praying and chanting as he evicted the spirit.
Doro Nawas - an oasis in the desert
Friendly, well-trained and attentive staff made for a very comfortable stay. Our guide, Reinhold, eventually tracked down the desert elephants after a long hunt. He was pleasant but could do with a bit more training on demonstrating the flora and fauna.
Our outing to Twyfelfontein was a highlight - we drove ourselves. The rock engravings were fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The pertified foresr was also worth a short visit.
Doro Nawas was stunningly stark
We enjoyed a good walk in a desolate part of the world and a great hunt per land rover to track down and finally sight the desert elephants.
We also had a rewarding and interesting time viewing the Bushmen engravings at Twyfelfontein - which we did ourselves - we considered the tour cost to be too expensive.
As it happens, the World Heritage sight provides an excellent guide guide in any case.
The main facility is well located with excellent views from a beautifully shaded veranda
An oasis in the desert
This is an oasis in the desert.
The food was excellent and the staff very friendly indeed.
The excursion to see the Damara elephants was rewarded with a good sighting late in the afternoon. Very memorable.
Views from the Lodge and chalets were wonderful