Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 250 travellers
Excellent
170
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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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.
Mr S party of eight - South Africa
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr L & Mrs H - Namibia in September
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Great hospitality - everyone incredibly friendly. Excellent singing. Stunningly designed camp in remarkable location.

Desert elephant hunt very exciting and (ultimately) successful.

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Prof. P & Prof S - Namibia highlights
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This was just superb in every way. We had a wonderful trip to see the desert elephants

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Mr F and Ms C from Toronto, Canada
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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.

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Ms S & Mr B - Charlotte
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This didn't start off so good. When we came to check in there was no one at the front desk. We inquired and waited, inquired, and waited, inquired and waited and about a literal hour later someone checked us in. This person has to give a talk to you about staying at the lodge and I guess he had to do that with the previous group that checked in...but it seemed like an unforgivable amount of time to make a guest wait.


We came here to go on a desert adapted elephant tour. We saw elephants driving ourselves on the way in and an elephant on the way out...but none on the 5 hour tour...which I understand. If you want a guarantee then go to a zoo...but Ahhhh!!!!. They saw them in the afternoon and made a point of coming to tell us they had seen 18 elephants...which somehow was supposed to make us feel better.

This lodge was beautiful and had a gorgeous view. I think in the morning they need to remember that their guests are freezing and maybe keep the dining area warmer so I don't have to wear a hat and gloves to breakfast. ...Keeping the glass doors closed still allows us to see the gorgeous view. For anyone driving in, we had to pass a Doro Nawas camp on the road that was a little confusing.

Our room was clean. The room service excellent. We appreciated the hot water bottle and special attention from the room staff. I would have loved a robe (since the morning air was so cool) and a blow dryer... The staff was really trying to give excellent service and sang for us one night. The top of the lodge was a terrific place for night star photography. It was a fine place to stay to go to Twefelfontein, the petrified forest, and organ pipes. I would have like to have taken in the living Museum as well.

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Expert Africa comments

Doro Nawas responded by thanking the guests for their feedback: we are very pleased that most aspects of their stay was rated as excellent, although we are of course disappointed about the way in which their check in was handled. We also regret that they did not have the elephant experience they were hoping for. Whilst sightings cannot be guaranteed, the guides and management have discussed ways to better communicate sightings guests did not see in order to avoid any frustration.

With regards to the check in, an unfortunate situation arose in camp beyond anyone's control that saw only one manager handling more than one meet and greet. The camp has apologised to the guests for this unusual situation. The camp team has looked into ways that managers might adapt their meet and greets depending on the situation they find themselves in.

The H family from Farnham
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Elephant safari

The rooms were large and stunning with a fantastic panoramic view of distant mountains. The wheel out beds were great; even in winter! The stars were fantastic to watch while lying wrapped up warm. Staff were great fun and very good with excellent food. Make use of the courtyard seat round the fire at night.

The Desert Elephant Safari with Ryan was a highlight. It took Ryan a long time to locate the elephants but once found we spent a good time viewing them and learning about them. The scenery we saw during the search was great.

We would also recommend the living museum which is about 5-10 minuted drive.

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Mr D & Ms F - London
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We did not stay long enough to have the time to enjoy some activities but the camp itself was very nice and the food amazing.

Perhaps the swimming pool could be heated with solar panel so that it could be enjoyed during the whole year.

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Mr & Mrs R from Bristol
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Close up views of Desert Elephants.

A long drive from Swapokmund but a very warm welcome when we arrived.

Lovely tents, if a bit dark, but with nice views and a lovely terrace where you could push the bed out for the night! It is,however
chilly and very windy so think that is probably unlikely!

Rather strange meal!

Amazing trip out to see the Desert Adapted Elephants! Able to get really close to them, including a week old baby! Freezing trip back to camp in open jeep!

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