Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 250 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 250 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.
The Dune larks from Sheffield
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Excellent! One of the highlights of the holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for staff, food was very good and the atmosphere wonderfull.

With Elaine as our guide we went for an early morning trip to see wild desert elephants and were rewarded with an extremely close encounter from the magnificent beasts!! Don't miss it.

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Meerkats from Thame - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Doro Nawas was a wonderful place - the staff here were the best we met. Friendly, efficient, helpful, and excellent management. Some of us took a trip to find the desert elephants - successfully.

The place looks rather like a desert fort and the views from the lodge are world-beaters. Sunset is a magic show.

One of our party had a birthday here - the breakfast staff (who saw the cards being opened) sang Happy Birthday in the local click language, with descants and other extras that I have never heard in the song before. Extremely well managed place. At Doro Nawas, as at most of the places where we stayed, it was good to see so many Namibian women in management posts.

Our visit to Twyfelfontein was excellent - we drove ourselves and there is no need to take the offered trip there.

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Jacana family from Bristol
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great views, forbidding architecture

We only used this camp as a staging point. Externally the main building appears to have been designed in the style of a second world war gun emplacement complete with camouflage, but is internally delightful with central courtyard and a roof platform allowing extensive views over the region by day and star sightings through a telescope by night.

A larger camp than many and felt a bit less personal, though maybe that was just because we only had a short stay. Rooms large and comfortable, offering choice of inside or outdoor shower. Food good. Advised not to walk on local trails without guide owing to presence of local predators, so cooled off in swimming pool.

Advised not to drink local water, but lodge did not provide bottled water in room and it had to be purchased; a curious omission.

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The Hornbills from Ffestiniog - Wales
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Another stunning lodge. The Bradt guide describes the place totally accurately!!

The location is wonderful, the design unique, the chalets superbly designed, and the hilltop location and design of the "castle" also wonderful. The guide was excellent in finding the elephants and then allowing us lots of time to just sit and watch them. Although the lodge was busy, the food was excellent and individually served.

The staff here were particularly friendly and a very happy bunch!!!

We drove to the bushmen paintings ourselves, and thought that the price the lodge charged was very expensive with little more to offer than what you could achieve on your own, with a guide at Twyfelfontein.

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The Pelican family from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert elephants and rock art

Nice relaxed ambience and excellent accommodation.

Great outing to see desert adapted elephants and rock art - although guide did have to be encouraged to spend more time on the nature rather than taking us to the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, which we could easily do ourselves in our car.

The short 'sundowner' drive we were encouraged to go on after arrival proved rather expensive for what it was, although very pleasant. Overall, a very fine place.

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The Waterbuck family from Salisbury
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Hard to fault, but hard to enthuse about

We probably didn't get the best out of Doro Nawas as we only spent one night there. It was very polished and professional - possibly just a bit too much so for our liking. It seemed a much bigger place than anywhere we had stayed hitherto on the trip, and everything seemed like it was available for a price - nothing was free (contrast Etendeka Mountain Lodge). Specifically, to be informed you couldn't drink the water from the tap but not to have any bottled water freely available in your room just seems a bit un-Namibian!

The pool area was small given the number of guests it can accommodate and the game drive seemed pricey.

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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A very warm welcome - excellent service. Beautifully situated and the roll-out to the balcony beds with hot-water bottles were amazing.

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The Suricate family from Hale in Cheshire
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The highlight of our holiday from the stand point of accommodation. Public spaces have got even better since Kulala, design and comfort of rooms has been maintained as has the quality of food, but the real plus is the friendliness and professionalism of all the staff led by Joe and, the perpetually smiling Elfrieda.

The potentially outstanding visit to Twfelfontain was somewhat let down by an unsatisfactory - apparently totally bored - guide called Honey. We registered this at Twfelfontain and Dora !Nawas but you might also like to follow up.

The visit to Burnt Mountain is not really worth while under the full sun. Compensation was an extended viewing of desert - adapted elephants! The guide put in an effort beyond the call of duty to ensure this.

The roof top telescope was an unexpected and much appreciated bonus!

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Family H - Surrey
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Stunning location and great welcome.

Damaraland excursion from Doro Nawas:

Although the excursion was thoroughly enjoyable the fact the trip to see the local rock art also involved seeing the elephant there was a high degree of duplication.

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Ms. Z - Ford
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We had another lovely stay at Doro Nawas. The camp is in an excellent location and we had a hut looking straight out onto the mountains in front of us.

The staff were really friendly and helpful. During our stay it was one of our birthdays. When the staff found out, they prepared a huge birthday cake with candles and wheeled it out of the kitchen and sang happy birthday and then some other local songs from the area, which was a lovely experience.

The only very slight negative would be that the buffet food was a little cold and didn't seem to match the high standards of the starters and desserts.

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