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 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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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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