Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 247 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Average
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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 J & Ms J - Wedding Anniversary
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Doro Nawas - chalets on the wide open plains

Chalets were extremely good - huge, well appointed and you could roll your bed out onto the terrace to sleep under the stars. Your private terrace has an amazing view out over the plains, with the nice touch of a outdoor shower. It's a splendid, extremely private spot to sit and contemplate the vista and wandering animals. The lodge itself we really liked - a bit like a Moorish Castle and well suited to the mountains behind. Again, from the terraces you get a spectacular view out over the peaceful plains, with wonderful sunsets.

The pool while lovely, was just too small for the number of guests. Although we had a nice few hours on the loungers, most people were left to sit on the deck. I'd recommend they invest in more than 5 loungers!

There were plenty of activities on offer, but you did have to fit in with their planned schedule - this wasn't a problem for us as we were self-drive, so we drove ourselves to Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes as they didn't have this on offer the afternoon we wanted to do it. We're glad we did, because it was very easy to do this yourself, it cost us nothing (apart from a little petrol!) and we had the Organ Pipes to ourselves - a real highlight.

If you're self-drive I'd recommend doing the local attractions yourself because they are easy to find and self-guide. In terms of the Doro Nawas activities, we did a guided desert elephant safari with the Doro Nawas guide one morning, and found the Oscar group up into the river, after a 2 hour mission where we'd nearly given up hope! It was amazing to get so close to them. We really enjoyed this activity and would recommed it.

Staff were variable. Our first night they were great - kind, attentive and very cheerful. On the second night service was patchy at best, and we waited over an hour for our dinner. When busy they look like they might struggle to maintain good service. The food was average - it was edible and well presented, but not of a high standard.

We would go back to Doro Nawas, because we thought the setting and our beautiful room really made this a special place to stay.

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Mr & Mrs H - West Sussex
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Doro Nawas review

Arriving after the long drive from Swakopmund we were uncertain if we should turn off the main road as the sign said Doro Nawas Camp. Arriving at the end of the track we were in no doubt that we were in the right place as there was the Lodge sitting dark and brooding on top of a low hill.
A member of staff came down from the lodge with cool face towels, just rght for wiping away the Namibian dust.
Going up to the main building we were given welcome drinks and shown the facilities before being shown to our " room". This is an understatement as the building, just for us, was nearly as large as the ground floor of our house and this just for a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
The bedroom, with island site bed, felt like a half marathon just to walk to the bathroom.
Bed isn't the right description either as it could be wheeled onto the huge veranda to sleep under the stars.
The evening meal was very good, but as with a previous lodge, was served very cool and a replacement was requested and brought without much delay.
At the end of the meal a guide came around with details of the following days actvities. As we needed to be away mid morning we chose a guided walk which we found to be very informative and our guide, Michael, told us about tracking and the uses that animals and local people make of the various trees/ bushes.
Doro Nawas was the first lodge with a crafts/ gift shop which had a good selection and reasonably priced therefore welcome and used.
All staff were friendly and welcoming and seemed genuinely pleased that you wre in Namibia... this was a common experience in all Namibian accommodations.

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Mr & Mrs S - York
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Doro Nawas review

Love the fact that the local people own part of this lodge.

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Miss A & Miss L - Dundee
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Doro Nawas review

As with Kulala Desert Lodge, no complaints at all about Doro Nawas.

Everyone from the reception staff, general maintainance staff to the guides were very obliging and informative, making our stay here very enjoyable.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful place

Absolutely stunning setting with lovely views from both room and all general areas. Rooms were really spacious.

Only criticism of this lodge was that the excursions were really expensive so we didnt do any of them. We went to the rock drawings by ourselves which was about a 45 min drive.

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Mr. & Mrs. L - Swanley
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Food:
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Average
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Enjoyable safari to see the elephants.

Excellent breakfast and lunches but the evening meals were rather average.

The safari to see the elephants was excellent with a nice meal at the end. However we were up at 4.30am for this safari and had the meal at around midday which left us all rather hungry. It would have been better at 11am

Morning excursion in search of desert-adapted elephants
A very early start . A slight haze detracted from obtaining any stunning photographs but all in all a very satisfying and comprehensive morning.

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Mr. T & Mr. B - Crowthorne
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
Average
Average
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Eco Doro Nawas

Great location. good service and an eco friendly lodge to boot. The activities were on the expensive side. Well we couldn't tell the difference between the desert elephants and the ordinary elephants but paying NS650 per head for this privilige. The otherwise excellent service was slightly marred by one of its inexperienced guide/staff.

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Mr & Mrs P - Belgium
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Service:
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room & safari superb

Excellent. The game drive perfect.

Just one point : the afternoon activity was dedicated to the engravings near Twyfelfontein; the guide was not very convinced concerning the interest of this activity and consequently poor and less comments. A pity for me because I was very interested by engravings.

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Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Doro Nawas review

Watching desert adapted elephants from the dining room what more do you need?

Although they were rather expensive the guided trips were excellent and all the guides very informative.

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Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Doro Nawas was everything it promised to be - the room was fantastical with its mock stone headboard, stone bathroom and inside and outside shower - the only disappointment was that noone told us that you could unlock the bed and push it out on to the huge verandah - we only learnt that on our second night, in conversation with other guests, and then we slept under the starts which was a breathtaking experience.

The food was excellent - unsurpassed salads, crisp vegetables, delicate puddings.

We joined an afternoon drive to see the desert adapted elephants - was a bit disappointed that the drive around the property is no longer part of the deal (as described in Chris' book) - and were delighted to come across 13 of them and observe them for some time. Our guide was knowledgeable as was the person who pointed out the stars to us on the roof that night.

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