Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(91%) From 244 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 244 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 A & Mrs L - Notts
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We wanted to use Doro Nawas because of its links with the community and its place as part of a conservancy and we weren't disappointed with the feedback we got from all the people there about how it brings in an income that is then distributed to the wider community. The staff were happy to talk to us about how it all worked and were obvioulsy enormously proud of what was being achieved. I just hope that the rudeness from another English group (not with Expert Africa I have to say!), making comments, and asking what we thought were intensely personal questions about life in Namibia and ethnic isues, does not give the staff there the impression that all English people are so ignorant! We certainly wanted to apologise for their rudeness and insensitivity.

Anyway, the important bits are: The location is wonderful, the rooms enormous and so luxurious, and the 'bed out under the stars' had to be tried, even though it only lasted a few hours due to the damp night. Tracking elephants was great fun, and so rewarding to get so close and spend so long with the group. Food and facilities in the main camp couldn't be faulted and to end each evening with the magical singing from the staff made it a very special place. Tranquil, peaceful, with huge views and wonderful sunsets.

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Prof. S & Mrs M - Cumbria
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best of the camps we visited. Staff very welcoming, stunning location and great rooms.

Sleeping outside is highly recommended!

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best lodge on the trip!
Very roomy lodge and we wheeled the beds out onto the verandah to sleep out under the stars.

Elephant drive was a fantastic five hours.

Food and service excellent.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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We had only one night here but we were lucky enough to have the desert elephants in the neighbourhood.

The place is wonderfully located and they've thought of everything to help you make the most of it. We felt spoiled! We did sleep part of the night outside., even with fresh winter temperatures it was much worth trying out.

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Miss. F & Mr. E - Surbiton
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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After sorting out the problem with our first flat tyre of the trip we arrive at the lodge and again a friendly welcome which makes you forget those gravel roads!!! Very nice room with beautiful view and again we found the extra blankets and the hot water bottles.

Food was good but at times a bit extravagant and it didn't help the fact that the dining room was poorly lit. Staff again very professional and friendly and they sang for the guests at the end of the evening meal!!

Ignatious our guide was superb in finding the most beautiful views for the snacks and the sundowners!!!

Overall a place in a beautiful setting and once again we can only praise Wilderness Safari for their professionalism.

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Mr. Z & Mrs. O - Netherlands
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Moving your bed to your own veranda and sleep under the Namibian stars was an unforgettable experience. The spacious and tasteful lodge was overall a very nice and charming place to stay. A special note for the hot water bottles we got before we went to sleep: they were very welcome, because it was pretty cold at night.

In our opinion, the food and service were both very good as well. However, we felt that the woman we thought was the manager was a little too formal and 'professional', which did not really add to the relaxed and warm African atmosphere.

Doro Nawas is pretty well-located for a self-drive to the Twijfelfontein area. Since the prices of the trips are fairly high if you book them at Doro Nawa, we suggest that people drive themselves to the highlights. The high prices (more than 1,000 Namibian dollars for the morning drive) were also the reason that we did not attend the desert elephant drive. Instead of that, we took an afternoon guided walk through the surroundings of the lodge, which was a very pleasant and exciting walk, as the guide told us a lot in a relaxed pace and since we came across pretty fresh cheetah prints.

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Mr D & Mrs G - St Albans
Arrived on: 30-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

I have mixed feelings about Doro Nawas. The accommodation itself was by far the best we had i.e. the rooms were huge, well equiped, beautiful decor etc..and I loved the outdoor shower! But I found the staff almost unfriendly and when we asked for things e.g. ice in our drinks, butter for our toast, I got the impression it was a hassle for them.

I was also left with a bad taste in my mouth due to the cost of their activites. As I mentioned with Kulala Desert Lodge, I find the camps under the Wilderness Safari group very expensive. But where as I found the dune trip with Kulala worth it for what was included, I didn't with Doro Nawas. Given how cheap things are locally N$1,305 for the elephant trip was silly.

The main reason for going to this lodge is to see the desert elephants, but you can't drive yourself, so you have to join their trip, so I guess they can charge what they like. It was basically a game drive, and the independant lodges we visited generally charged around N$200 for a game drive. The lodge is in a lovely area, and it was great to see the elephants, but the cost of it spoilt the experience.

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Mr & Mrs S - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 30-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We only stayed one night at Doro Nawas, essentially as a stop-over on the long journey between Swakopmund and Desert Rhino Camp so we did'nt have time to do any walks, drives or activities. The location, on a hill with 360 degree views is certainly spectacular. Had a very similar feel to Sossus Dune Lodge (see our review) with the same downsides. Not a place we would personally go to again.

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Mr W & Ms G from Glamorgan
Arrived on: 22-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Incredible views. Very attentive staff who persevered with solving our broken safe.

Excursions very expensive.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 13-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This is a lovely and very unusual lodge - the setting is stunning and very unexpected!

The staff were more than helpful and there was a lot of flexibility in the type and time of activities. The food was nice and we particularly enjoyed 3pm tea and cake!!

The singing and dancing by the staff was wonderful and gave a very authentic african feel to our stay!

The stars here were amazing and the fact that someone is on hand to help with stargazing was great!!

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