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.
Mr and Mrs F - London
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Doro Nawas review

- Dinner only after 8pm was rather late.
- It would have been nice to have a quiet room with internet access (agree it should not disturb guests but if you are going to attract business people......)

-West facing room was very hot indeed at about 4pm!
- At Etosha and Serra Cafema excursions were included in the price - but not at Dowa Nawas. Why? I thought excursions were rather expensive. But the guide was very good (Richard).

But a lovely place.....and people

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Expert Africa comments

We are delighted that overall these travellers had a super stay at Doro Nawas . As a result of their comments regarding activities at Doro Nawas, we have had a chat with them to clarify the reasoning behind not having included these in advance.

We are able to book this lodge on a full board and activities basis (as Ongava and Serra Cafema were), however when on a self-drive, many of the attractions in this area very easily accessible in your own vehicle. Consequently we feel it is unnecessary to charge in advance for activities that you may not wish to do once you are staying at the lodge; or feel that you could have done yourself without having to pay. We generally find that our travellers perfer to book Doro Nawas on a half board basis and then buy any excursions that they want once at the lodge. This way you do not pay for any activities that you do not take. If you do book the excursions locally there is no difference in cost to if you had booked them in advance.

The one activity that we highly recommend booking in advance is an excursion to track the desert adapted elephants in this area. The sightings are good and the guides excellent. We can easily pre-book this for you and would usually recommend this.

Mr. M-S - Letchwood Garden City
Arrived on: 6-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The early morning guided drive to see the desert elephants was excellent and Richardt a first class guide. We were fortunate to find two groups of elephants without having to go too far. We drove ourselves to Twyfelfontein to see the rock engravings which was fine but we should have allowed ourselves more time. Richardt gave an interesting interpretation of the night sky from the roof.

The food was generally good although one night the steaks were definitely under-cooked. We were a little frustrated waiting much longer than necessary for a cup of tea at breakfast time because the hot water flask was empty.

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Mr and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

amazing location.sleeping out under the stars one of the highlights of the whole trip.real sence of the isolation of the desert

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Mr G & Mrs S - Wincanton
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Brilliant location - though the main communal area was a bit of a visual intrusion, great views if you were in it.

The trip along the river bed to see the elephants was magical.

The rock paintings were amazing - Why hadn't we heard of them before?

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Mr B & Mr K - Kent
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Rather austere central area but made very welcome. The day out to see the deserrt Elephants was special

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent return visit

We had high expectations after a previous visit and were not disappointed. In our opinion the units of accommodation are amongst the best in Namibia, being large and well fitted. It is wonderful to wheel your bed out under the stars on to a large safe balcony. The staff have always been wonderful here and excelled themselves in producing a surprise birthday cake for my wife and singing her 'happy birthday' in both Damara and English.

Searching for the desert elephants is better from this camp than another that we have visited. Do not be put off by the dark burnt out appearance of the main building as we were on our first visit - it is very well appointed and has a huge dining room, balcony and seating area with exceptional views. One of our favourites.

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Ms J & Dr S - London
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The rooms are huge (we had no.3) and very nice.

We had a very nice guide - Michael - who was clearly very into the desert elephants & nature. In addition to the desert elephant tracking, we had a treat on our 2nd night: we opted for a short hike with sundowner drinks back on the lodge roof, and to our surprise a group of 19 elephants were trudging in a long line about 1km from the lodge. It was beautiful to see them this way, in the evening light.

The food was a bit disappointing, redeemed only by a delicious lunch as we waited to leave.

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Mr B & Ms D - Dublin
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Great place to see the desert elepahnt.

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Mr & Mrs Quiseb Ravine
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Weird but Wonderful!!

Initial impressions are that it feels a bit strange at first. We both thought “where are we going?”, as you turn off the main road, and encounter rather off-putting ram shackle dwellings, a burnt out bus and a few goat pens and continue driving over the hill into this strange looking place in the middle of nowhere. One wouldn't think that you would arrive in a slightly weird yet such a luxurious camp.

We were met by a very pleasant manager called Steven and given a good orientation of the place. Arrangements were made to take our belongings to the lodge. It really was huge and sumptuous if not a bit over the top accommodation, but we really liked it.


The activities offered here are very expensive but can be easily done by yourself such as visiting Twylfontein, Organ pipes etc. If Desert Adapted Elephants are your thing then one might want to pay the high prices. We have seen so many elephants and they all look the same except the desert elephants are a bit long in the legs, thin and apparently bad tempered and if you are lucky you can see them on the way to Twylfontein in your own car.

We went on an early morning walk with a very knowledgeable guide and really enjoyed it. In the evening the same guy showed us various star constellations with the rooftop telescope.

The food served here was cooked to a good standard, although I was served an apple crumble with raw crumble one night. When I pointed this out; the waitress said it was definitely cooked but it was as raw as any dough and a few other guests stared to point out the same problem, but the staff said, "nothing wrong with it"! Anyway it was a busy night and I really didn't mind it at all.

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Mr & Mrs L - Northants
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

There is a sense of drama about the approach to Doro Nawas which is continued when you stand on the terrace of the hut, taking in the infinite desert-wide view. Breathtaking ! This was just such a beautiful place to be: all you need to do is open your eyes and they feed themselves on the empty spaces that stretch in all directions. The chalet was built in dramatic style, with thatch, stone, wood that gave the feeling of a desert palace. Watching the sun set, watching the sun rise from the terrace !

The restaurant facility (and the house style) is rather more formal than at Kulala, but the food is ample and good.

We were sceptical about doing the elephant tracking activity but when our guide, Lister, promised we would definitely find elephants, we did it and had another wonderful Namibian experience. He had already walked us around the wilderness, giving names to so many plants, insects, tracks, birds. He really came up trumps with the elephants: two groups and two solitary bulls. Plus two cheetahs. Not bad ! This was an extraordinary experience, topped by a fine sunset.

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