Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 255 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 255 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 J & Mrs E - Namibia in November
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A great spot with a fantastic vantage point

We enjoyed our time here, and particularly the trip to the Desert Elephants. For those who have their own transport, we would recommend making your own way to the rock engravings and Organ Pipes/Burnt mountain as there is no real added value in taking the lodge trip, which works out more expensively. Although not offered by the Lodge, we would strongly recommend a trip to the Petrified forest, which we found really interesting.

The staff were friendly and welcoming, particularly the manager Alvin, although I wished he hadn't laboured the dangers of snakes and scorpions as much as he did, as this meant I was particularly on edge throughout the two nights of our stay (unnecessarily it transpired).

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Miss E & Mr L - Stockport
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A DREAM!!

What can we say, fantastic location, amazing rooms and the 'castle' was great! But here the thing that made it for us was the Staff! It felt great staying there as it was very energy efficient and they generate their own electricity etc.

So friendly and helpful and they read the menu out to us in Click language and English and sang on our last night which was fun!

Erwin took us to look for Desert Elephants but due to the time of year they had gone further up the river bed and he just said 'we aren't going back to camp until we have found them' which was great seeing as the excursion should only have been half a day (it turned out we found them in time anyway, but we liked his determination'. There were only 3 of us in the Jeep so it was really personal and he answered all of our questions really well.

The rooms were huge, the patio was fab and the view was out of this world. We were initially going to stay at another lodge close by but we were so glad it was fully booked and we stayed here instead. The food was great as well and the pool was stunning (although it could have been cleaner- possibly my only criticism but I advised Doro Nawas at the time too).

I do have to say getting there was not easy on the route suggested to us in a 2WD. The D2612 was not an easy road and we had to turn round and go back on the C35 up to Khorixas and then on the C39 which was much better. At the rate were driving on the D2612 we could have walked the same pace. But that is not a criticism of Doro Nawas.

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Mr & Mrs W - VIC Australia
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The ideal place to relax and explore

This place was a stand out. Manager and staff went out of their way to look after us and particularly Gaenor. First thing phoned doctor and had her speak to Gaenor to discuss and reassure her re the scorpion sting. Helped Gaenor up and down the hill to the restaurant.

Trip to stone drawings was very pleasant and edifying. Lovely guide.

Trip to the desert elephants was a good excursion and was well done as was the visit to the native village. Sun downer was welcome although blowing a gale, but ponchos helped as supplied.

Friendly, courteous and a delightful place to spend time.

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Mr & Mrs H Ulverston
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro !Nawas ace place

Our room and view were lovely. The staff were welcoming and in the evening they sang beautifully to a very small group of customers. We loved the translation at meal times into the local Damara dialect. The food and service were excellent.

Both trips at Doro !Nawas were excellent. Our morning trip to Twyfelfontein and the Damara Living Museum was very interesting. The evening trip in successful pursuit of the desert adapted elephants was one of the big highlights of the holiday. We were so much closer to a herd of 13 elephants than we would have expected - and for so long. Amazing.

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Mr M & Mrs S - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Being woken up by a group of four yellowbilled hornbills tapping on the window five minutes before your guide's early morning call lets you know you are somewhere special. But to see the desert adapted elephants was our primary reason for coming to this part of Damaraland and we were not disappointed.

There was a very friendly welcome from the manager {Agnes} and her assistant {Maureen} but the ambiance is perhaps less slick / more homely than in the other camps. Our room safe did not work and the information in the room about timings and activities proved to be out of date but the staff were helpful {especially Freesas who helped with the tyre replacement}.

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Mr G & Mrs S - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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More elephants than you can shake a stick at

What can I say about this place , It was our third visit and the more we stay the more we like !!!

Can not fault the place at all

We did the elephant tracking trip and saw a group of twenty they were very relaxed with us and came very close to our vehicle A few years back we did the same trip and the elephants were very wary of us would not allow any vehicle to get near them they must be getting used to tourists

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Mr & Mrs R - Surrey
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A warm welcome in a spectacular setting

The welcome after a long dusty drive was warm and friendly. The room was very well equipped, comfortable and private - the outdoor shower was a delight.

The staff were all happy, friendly and helpful - their singing to us after dinner each evening was great fun. Food was excellent and varied. The drive to the desert elephants was wonderful and the guide helpful and very informative. The stars from the roof were brilliant.

Overall a wonderful experience.

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Miss & Miss H - Sussex
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Service here was excellent with everyone appearing happy. Worth the long journey from Etosha to stay here and we spent some time relaxing though very little else to do if you weren't on an organised trip. Most people were fully inclusive and were able to plan their programmes the night before.

ALL staff were willing to help in any way even to having a conversation in the 'click' language when asked. Food here for veggie's was cooked specially at each meal and was delicious - sometimes more than enough! and there was also usually a good choice from the buffet.

Morning desert elephant trip was enjoyable and was interesting to see the younger ones sleeping during the heat of the day. We booked an extra trip to the rock engravings which were fascinating and well preserved. Was v hot but guide found shade in a few places.

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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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