Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 232 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 232 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.
Family M - Massachusetts
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

probably our favorite stop and we loved them all! especially loved sleeping under the stars!

the evening singers were a huge treat!

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Family P - Cirencester
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We slept out under the stars here - an amazing experience. It was nice to have guides who explained the southern hemisphere constellations to us.

We still can't believe how close we were able to get to the elephants.

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Mrs B - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Absolutely wonderful. Sleeping in a comfy bed outside under the biggest sky with the most stars we've ever seen was a highlight of our holiday. The reception / dining room looks like an old dark fort on top of a hill as you drive up but once you're in it the views are fantastic and the big soft sofas are great.

The rooms were the best we stayed in. 1/3 of the round building is outside, separated by glass doors from the inside. These can be pulled back and the bed rolled outside so we slept under the stars both nights. Each room is totally private with a great view - the outside shower (additional to the inside one) was a bonus.

Staff were very friendly and smiley and the evening (short) singing and dancing were very good.

Morning game drive tracking desert adapted elephants
Enjoyable but expensive....
We had pre booked the morning elephant drive. This was enjoyable but it is expensive for what it is. Difficult to tell how the 'desert adapted' elephants differed from those in Etosha especially as they were not in the desert when we saw them!

A word of warning - on leaving Doro Nawas to go to Etosha we wanted to go to the Petrified Forest. We stopped at the sign on the road, paid N$30 each (4 of us) and walked round with a guide, surprised at how broken up the petrified trees were (like logs lined up!!). With hindsight the fact that it took 10 minutes when the guidebook said an hour and the sale of bits of the forest should have warned us! 20 minutes later we came across the proper site with official entry, guides etc. We had to laugh but it's worth letting others know to wait until they come to the official site (white writing on a brown metal sign rather than handpainted signs at the side of the road) - having looked at others' photos I think it's a lot more impressive than the bits we saw!!!

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Mrs A & family - Bristol
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland magic

What a beautiful place Damaralnd is. So much space, the ever changing scenery, beautiful colours in the rock, and so dry and deserted.

To slowly come across this large buiding perched on top of a small hill, so dark and brooding at first glance we thought it had been damaged by fire, was very exciting. We received another warm welcome with cool towels and cold drinks and were taken through to the enormous balcony, with panoramic views of the landscape, for our now customary welcome talk and explanation of services and activities.

The large huts were very comfortable, and we all enjoyed wheeling our beds out to sleep under the stars. There was an indoor and outdoor shower which amused us, and a small swimming pool as well.

We were able to watch sunset from the roof prior to our excellent cooked and served set 3 course dinner. We were treated to some singing from the housekeeping and kitchen staff, who made their way through the restaurant singing and and dancing as they went.It was all very jolly.

We went on the desert elephant trekking, and were rewarded with a good siting group of 9 female/calves in the river bed. Doro Nawas is a strong contender for our favourite lodge that we visited.

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Ms. F - Essex
Arrived on: 16-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The bungalows were huge and like Kulala the doors could be opened very wide to allow you to move the beds outside.

The staff were extremely helpful, and although offered their own tours reminded us that as we were self drive we could do the excursions easily ourselves.

I particularly liked the culture of responsible tourism and how the community own part of the lodge. Highly recommended.

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4 travellers from the UK and Zambia
Arrived on: 15-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The dreadful Doro Nawas

Design: lodge looked ugly and bleak, with a steep, stony path leading up to it. If the idea was to not spoil the surroundings, why not build it into the hill instead of on top?

Rooms were nice except for 2 things: first, ours faced west and started to get sunshine by lunchtime so it was too hot to sit on the verandah or even back in the room and the place was therefore very hot at night. Facing East would have been such a nice thing.
Secodly, as a group of 4 we got 2 adjoining tents, which was fine, except that Wilderness had decided to save money on plumbing and put the toilets for the 2 tents adjacent to each other separated only by a window in the canvas! Quite a surprise to walk into your toilet to see your friend through the gauze window!

Manageress did not have a clue about looking after guests and the staff were not well trained, though pleasant. When we arrived we were given what seemed to be the standard half hour lecture on the lodge and what we could and couldn't do - before we were allowed to go to our rooms. On the second evening, they had lit several fires in the dining area, on an already very hot day. Before we passed out I requested a dinner table outside and you would have thought I had asked for the lodge to be moved down the hill, it was going to be so much trouble! I noticed they let the fires die down, once they had found the windiest place to set our table!

Food: pretty bad, including a potjie with bones and gristle but no meat that we could find.

Guiding: we went on one drive on the day we arrived. had to leave 30 mins late as the manageress hadn't finished her lecture, but were charged in full. The guide was very pleasant but had not guided here before and had received no training, so could not identify birds or vegetation.

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Mr & Mrs H - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We stayed in Room 12.

Enjoyed everything about our stay here except for the night we decided to wheel our bed out and sleep under the stars...when I was stung by a scorpion. I didn't have any medical treatment in Namibia but did attend the Hospital for Tropical Diseases when we returned to the UK.

Our morning tracking desert elephants was particularly successful.....we found two families and in total 20 elephants.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re very sorry about this – and scorpion encounters, let alone stings, are thankfully exceedingly rare amongst our travellers.

It’s perhaps worth noting here, for any readers, that in a case like this we would have advised these travellers to seek immediate medical advice in Namibia. Apart from any other considerations – Namibian doctors are likely to be more familiar with Namibian scorpion stings even than the excellent medics at London’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

If you are stung or bitten by a scorpion, snake or any other small creature – then in theory (and only if it can be done safely) it would be ideal to take the offending creature (alive or dead) with you to the doctor – as identifying the precise species can sometimes help with the choice of treatment.

Mr L & Mr L - Kent
Arrived on: 12-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Loved it ! Location was great, the main building offered spectacular all around views. The room was comfortable, the food good, and the staff made you feel very welcome, and that you were valued. The guiding was first class, probably the best we experienced in our trip. Knowledgeable and friendly. The desert as a location was better than perhaps we had even imagined.

We liked the fact that the local community were involved in the business, were employed there, and it showed in their approach and the pride they took in everything about Doro Nawas.

A wonderful night sky, the staff singing after dinner, bats flying through the dining room and most of all seeing the Desert Elephants.

The best place we stayed.

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Mr & Mrs R - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A great place to stay in Damaraland. Wonderful location though the building itself had a dark and foreboding look from the distance it could have been used in Lord of the Rings. Staff were excellent as was the food and accommodation.

Took advantage of the early morning start Elephant game drive to see Desert Elephants despite the drivers sales pitch being "a very slim chance of seeing elephants". After about 90 minutes searching during which we'd seen a variety of other game our driver spotted a lone bull elephant about 1km away in the bush as he was driving- it was difficult to see through binoculars when stationary! The 2 4x4's then went off road to get to within a couple 100 yards away and stopped.

The elephant then cam very close and walked between the vehicles about 20 yards away. On the way back we were flagged down by a local farmer who told the driver of a family herd that had been behind his farm earlier that morning, after about 20 minutes we were lucky enough to locate a herd of about 25 animals including young calves - a wonderful experience which we wouldn't have found on our own. Well worth the extra cost.

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Mr & Mrs L from Sheffield
Arrived on: 7-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

What a location! Suoer activities, thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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