Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas review
The rooms were very spacious and nicely decorated. I really liked being able to push our beds out onto the patio to sleep under the stars. The only disappointment with the room was its location. Rooms 1-3 face away from the mountain (we were in room 1) and we looked out onto the plains with cattle and goats. It would have been a nicer experience to face the mountain. Room 1 (our room) was located next to the employee quarters and one afternoon and night there was an ongoing fight (very loud angry yelling) between some employees. The yelling was very disturbing and unsettling.
The food was very good. We liked having our own table for meals (instead of having to sit with all the other guests). The view from the dining room was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and responsive. On our second night the staff sang songs and danced. That was a special treat.
The game drives were good, no complaints. The drivers were friendly.
Expert Africa comments
Doro Nawas requested that their sincere apologies be passed on to these guests for the unsettling disturbance they heard during their stay. The staff at Doro Nawas all come from the remote surrounding communities where traditional beliefs remain strong. The camp manager explained that it was believed a mischievous spirit known as a Tokoloshe had taken up residence at Doro Nawas, and a traditional healer had been invited to banish it. The disturbance these guests heard was the healer praying and chanting as he evicted the spirit.
Doro Nawas review
The lodge at Doro Nawas sits on a hill and has a lovely view of the surrounding countryside from the dining room, verandah and rooftop patio. The lodge staff were friendly and helpful. For example, a staff member spotted that one of our tires had a slow leak and changed it for us. He could have let us leave without saying anything, but his concern saved us a lot of hot dusty work at the side of the road. We really appreciated his effort.
We saw a herd of elephants by the side of the road as we neared the lodge, but didn't see them during our evening game drive from the lodge. We drove ourselves to see the rock carvings at Twyfelfontaine - highly recommended.
Doro Nawas - an oasis in the desert
Friendly, well-trained and attentive staff made for a very comfortable stay. Our guide, Reinhold, eventually tracked down the desert elephants after a long hunt. He was pleasant but could do with a bit more training on demonstrating the flora and fauna.
Our outing to Twyfelfontein was a highlight - we drove ourselves. The rock engravings were fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The pertified foresr was also worth a short visit.
Doro Nawas was stunningly stark
We enjoyed a good walk in a desolate part of the world and a great hunt per land rover to track down and finally sight the desert elephants.
We also had a rewarding and interesting time viewing the Bushmen engravings at Twyfelfontein - which we did ourselves - we considered the tour cost to be too expensive.
As it happens, the World Heritage sight provides an excellent guide guide in any case.
The main facility is well located with excellent views from a beautifully shaded veranda
An oasis in the desert
This is an oasis in the desert.
The food was excellent and the staff very friendly indeed.
The excursion to see the Damara elephants was rewarded with a good sighting late in the afternoon. Very memorable.
Views from the Lodge and chalets were wonderful
A great place to stay
Doro Nawas was another place we asked to return to.
Lovely accommodation, excellent food and superb staff.
Doro Nawas is high up, so the views are wonderful.
Several interesting places to visit while staying here.
Doro Nawas review
Great hospitality - everyone incredibly friendly. Excellent singing. Stunningly designed camp in remarkable location.
Desert elephant hunt very exciting and (ultimately) successful.
Doro Nawas review
This was just superb in every way. We had a wonderful trip to see the desert elephantsRead more about the whole safari
Doro Nawas landscape is stunning
Wish we had more time as we only spent one night. Loved the outdoor showers.
One of the staff noticed in the morning that our car had a flat. He arranged to fix the tire while we were having breakfast. Great service.
I wish the food at the two Wilderness Safari lodges we stayed at was of higher quality.
More than just elephants and rock carvings
We went to Doro !Nawas primarily for the desert-adapted elephants and we were not disappointed, spending a couple of hours in close proximity to a family of 18 on our first morning there, with minimal effort finding them. We guide, Mwizi, did brilliantly putting us in just the right spots for photos without disturbing the subject matter unduly.
We also greatly enjoyed the Doro !Nawas-organised trip to Twyfelfontain where we again beneftted from an excellent guide, Jenny, going round the impressive rock carvings.
Furthermore, we found that Doro !Nawas also has a very solid birding proposition - better than we had expected. We did three birding walks with Mwizi, two close to the camp and the third at a beautiful canyon location with permanent water some 25 minutes away by truck. Together with taking the 'back way' to Twyfelfontain, this allowed us to find a range of interesting birds including several endemics.
The camp itself is well-run, the food is good and we thought the wine list to be better than average. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful.