Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 247 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 247 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 & 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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Mr S & Ms M - USA
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

As far as location goes, this was perhaps the best place we stayed in Namibia.

Would have been nice to have had a few walks offered from the Lodge, but otherwise service good and only thing that could have been improved was food (perfectly safe but not particularly creative).

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Expert Africa comments

The main focus for activities at Doro Nawas is tracking the desert-adapted elephants and excursions to the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein. Short hikes are also on offer; however these are not as clearly promoted as they are less popular than the other activities. We have passed on this review and hope that in future Doro Nawas will more clearly promote their walks.

Mr & Mrs S - Inverness
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Friendly staff and service along with good facilities and excellent rooms with fine views. Food reasonable.

Very interesting trips to find the desert adapted elephants. long and not very comfortable morning outing with little to show for it mainly due to the intercom radio on our vehicle not allowing contact with the other vehicle which was more successful. Afternoon trip was very successful and was run for us because of the morning's technical problem. This was not totally resolved, but was sufficient to let us get excellent access to the animals. The staff tried to charge the full rate for the second trip, despite it being necessary because of the technical malfunction. However, we did manage to negotiate a more appropriate charge after the staff had to contact more senior managers 'elsewhere'.

Slight difficulties with this arrangement on check-out, but resolved simply. Altogether a very good place to stay, though the overall 'feel' resulting from it being run on a contract basis means that it suffers a little in comparison with the directly managed lodges.

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Mr & Mrs C - Gloucs
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A stunning location especially for the sundowner experience and to see the desert Elephants.

We had an unfortunate experience with a radio failure which meant that we did not get to see one of the big herds in the early morning drive. That siad the camp did allow us to go again in the afternoon where we had a wonderful experience of the herd in late evening light.

The sleeping out experience is NOT to be missed, truly wonderful.

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Mr & Mrs H - York
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best accomodation we had

An excellent site and with fantastic accomodation. Sleeping outside under the stars was an unforgettable experience. We struggled to find the elephants on outr morning trip. The jeep was uncomfortable and the resort made the mistake of putting all 10 of our group in one cramped 4x4. The radio for the 2 jeeps out was not working properly and our jeep could not find the elephants. Our guide went faster and faster in a mad dash to try and find them. When we got home the other party had found them. Fortunately the lodge arranged for another trip but it meant our whole day was taken up finding the elephants where a little bit of common sense and communication could have given us a much better experience.

The desert elephants more than made up for our difficulties when we found them.

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Ms L & Mr H - West Boylston, USA
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rolling our beds onto the patio!

Terrific rooms, with beds that can be rolled right out onto the patio to sleep under the stars---fantastic!

Tracking the desert-adapted elephants was great, although our vehicle's radio wasn't working in the morning, so the driver of the other vehicle wasn't able to let our driver know when he found the elephants (and we consequently saw only a solitary male that AM). However, the management was very accomodating, and lowered the price of an afternoon ride significantly to compensate for the radio problem.

We saw a large family group (as well as a big bull) in beautiful, golden, late afternoon light.

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