Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 243 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 243 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 P - Crowthorne
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We were looking forward to our stay in Doro Nawas and we were not disappointed. The chalets are very spacious and well appointed, the main area is relaxed and friendly with superb views over the desert. We sat on the veranda looking out for some elephants! On our first afternoon we relaxed by the pool, which is very secluded.

Our guide took us to the elephants, which were a long way from the camp. Although our guide was determined to find the elephants she did not seem to have the all around passion for Namibia that we found in the previous guides. We paid quite a lot for the trip to the rock paintings but being taken there was relaxing and we finished the day with a sun-downer and some interesting conversations in a beautiful spot.

Sleep outside, it feels very special with so many stars and shooting stars and the cool pure air of the desert! The food was good and the young girls in the restaurant were charming .

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Mr & Mrs N - Billericay
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This was a good place to stay but could have been signposted better once leaving the main road as it is quite a way up. It was good to see the desert elephants.

There are a lot of steps to reach reception & the restaurant.

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Mr & Mrs G - Surrey
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Huge room with large shaded deck with private outside shower as well as good normal inside facilities. Food, buffet style, good and plentiful. Good, long narrow pool. Staff cheerful and friendly - they sang to us at dinner.

Our guide, Elaine, for the Desert Elephant excursion was very knowledgeable although, at N$550, we thought it was expensive. The morning excursion to Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and Petrified Forest (at N$960) is outrageously priced and easy to do yourself - which we did at a minute fraction of the cost.

Best to see Burnt Mountain early or towards sunset. Check your extras bill!

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Mr P & Mrs E - Eastbourne
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Visit to the desert elephants excellent. Guided walk poor; I do not think the guide was in a very good mood.

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Mr & Mrs W - Chipstead
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The manager during our stay was a charming, keen and intelligent girl, but her lack of grip on the staff was evident.

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Mr. H - Chester
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro a delight

Directions near camp not overly clear but camp is in a really good location. Staff are warm and very friendly and made the stay a delight. Lots to do and the trip to see elephants was a highlight; very good guide who was infromative, knowledgeable and warm.

Management were clearly keen for you to enjoy the stay and spent time with guests around mealtimes. We travelled to Doro Nawas from Swakopmund and the roads in-land are poor and the journey took most of the day.

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Expert Africa comments

We also organised a morning game drive for these travellers from Doro Nawas, about which they commented:

"Can not express what a good morning we had look for elephants. Guide was top quality and explained all about the area as we travelled over plains and through the bush. Eventually we found the elephants and spent ages right next to them as they fed.

Terriffic experience."

Mr T & Ms J - Kincardineshire, Scotland
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

After a long and dusty drive the outside appearance of the building was disconcerting. The cold towel and the welcoming drinks quickly restored equilibrium and made us apprieciate the excellent camouflaging into the hillside.

Huge lavish room with beds that can be pulled onto the veranda - and this is a tent! Birds, desert elephants stargazing. Thanks to all our guides and friendly staff. Florencia, you are in the right job.

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Mr S & Ms J from Cymau, Wales
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Doro Nawas failed to deliver on the service we expected at a lodge of this nature. We weren't met at reception, and it took a while to attract someone's attention. At our first breakfast there was a large party of people and the serving staff struggled to cope. As a result, we had to continually ask for stuff. We weren't offered a cooked breakfast, but this was clearly available. Breakfast on the next morning was better organised, and we suspect this was because it was much quieter, as a lot of people had left.

Lunch was a buffet, and the food was of a decent standard, but expensive. Dinner was half served half buffet. Some of the dishes were very good, others were average. We ordered a bottle of red wine which was served chilled.

There are several trips you can do from this lodge, but we passed on the Twyfelfontein trip, as it was expensive for what it was, and you can do this trip so easily on your own for a fraction of the cost. We did do the elephant trip and saw elephants.

If this lodge is aiming at the luxury end of the market. they need to focus on those little details that make staying in a place like this a more seamless experience. It is a fabulous lodge, and the staff were friendly, so maybe we just caught them on a bad day.

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The S Family - Darwin, Australia
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Fantastic rooms like Kulala

The begging by the children at the turn off to Doro !Nowas was quite off putting. This is a very dead end existance for these kids and vistors should be encouraged to think about the practice of giving to these young boys. I did not find an oppurtunity or the right person to mention or discuss this with when there but it is a very important issue.

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Mr A & Mrs A - Twickenham
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Good views, and closest location for elephant tracking.

Staff courteous but management not very helpful at solving problems. We had no hot water for 2 days and they were not able to fix this before we left, but implied that the problem would be solved quickly. On check-out it transpired that they were unable to do this (resulting in another cold shower) but management implied that we were at fault for not complaining earlier. We appreciate that the lack of water may have been unavoidable, but we should have been offered an alternative.

Accomodation is showing it's age (tired looking bedding and sinks) and the food was cooked well but a poorly thought-out menu (i.e. too much European food, no local game, some very stodgy combinations).

Overall, not bad but very pricey for what you get. It is probably worth looking at alternatives in the area.

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