Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Excellent desert elephant safari
Fantastic place, very slick operation.
Would rate as excellent except we like to get out walking in our surroundings and this wasn't possible at this location without a guide. If there was someway of including some walking it would be heaven.
The wheel-out onto the balcony beds are inspired. Loved it
On approach, Doro Nawas does look foreboding, but from the warm welcome with cold flannels onwards we received outstanding service, an exquisite room and a restaurant/communal area with great panaramic views.
Special mention must be made of Susan (waitress) who had an ever present smile and infectious laugh. Our guide Lister provided a great morning drive and after 90 minutes of tracking we were fortunate enough to follow a herd of 14 desert elephants for 2 hours.
We cannot speak highly enough of this accommodation - it was a real highlight of our trip.
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Close to the Twyfelfontein rock art site, also good chance of seing Desert elephants in an unusual environmentRead more about the whole safari
On a high at Doro Nawas
The main reason for staying here was to see the Desert Elephants and we weren't disappointed. So thanks to Arthur our guide for making it exceptional.
Another lovely place with beautiful views from the hilltop main lodge. The staff were helpful and cheerful; Johann was the perfect host and appeared to be everywhere at all times for eveyone (maybe he has a twin?). We had a puncture to our car and Johann was insistent that they fixed it before we left. It was this sort of attention to guest needs that made this a special place.
Charming staff, stunning setting
This was another fantastic lodge. It's in the same vein as Sossus Dune Lodge in terms of both eco-friendliness and service. Note that the track from the main road to the lodge is not really friendly to 2-wheel drive vehicles, you'll be better off with 4wD. We had to take it very gingerly in our Toyota Yaris!
The staff happily taught us a few words of their local language, which uses various clicks that are very difficult to reproduce! They also sang for all the guests at the end of our meal, which was lovely and very entertaining. The manager here - Johann - was superb, a real gent and very obliging. He was very knowledgeable about astronomy, insects and just about anything else you could throw at him! A man who clearly loves his job and is very good with people. We particularly enjoyed our stargazing session with him on the roof, we learned a lot!
The room here was superb. We went for a guided morning walk, which was very enjoyable. Our guide, Arthur, showed us lots of different tracks and explained a lot about trees and plants as well. We were very happy here.
The desert elephants were the highlight!
An excellent lodge with very friendly and helpful staff (they changed my wheel and repaired a puncture at no charge!) Our room was lovely and we enjoyed one night sleeping under the stars on our private veranda. "Peaceful Sleep" was very useful!
The highlight, however, was the game drive which culminated with very good sitings of a herd of around 35 desert elephants.
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Very highly recommended. V friendly helpful staff and manager.
Memorable bonuses were sleeping on private terrace under the stars, a knowledgable guide by the manager to the astronomy of the night sky from the lodge rooftop, finding desert elephants which was our main reason for being there. Also the delightful simple swimming pool with a view over the plains.
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The new thatch chalets are in a superb location with excellent views of the open countryside. The chalets are very spacious but would definitely benefit from air conditioning as they become very hot.
We felt that atmosphere was rather formal for us and the dining room service and food could only be classed as average compared with other establishments that we stayed at.
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The chalet here was of outstanding quality, the sort of luxury we don't normally experience as a couple on holiday, what a treat! I adored the outside shower and thought that was a brilliant touch of luxury. Food was excellent and really liked the buffet style so that you could pick what you liked in the main meal and the staff brought you your starter and desert.
This place was 5 star to us. The service was impeccable with exceptionally well trained staff, almost scarily efficient when you are used to the standard of service in the UK!! The trip to see the elephants we felt was quite expensive but to see them so close up and as we were the only 2 on the trip it gave us such a lovely amount of time to spend just watching them.
Thoroughly pleasant experience
A dreadful road from Khorixas (due to being washed out after heavy rains), but well worth the trip.
Because of the rains, the desert elephants had strayed far from their usual haunts and had not been seen for three weeks - but our guide, Lester, found them for us in two hours in knee-high grass!.
All the staff were friendly and efficient, but our special recommendation must be for Florensia who is outstanding.
We would love to return there in typical dry conditions (if we can tolerate the road again). Actually, the road had been re-graded before our return journey - which indicates that they do a good job