Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 232 travellers
Excellent
157
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 232 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.
Ms S - North Carolina
Arrived on: 23-May-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A true gem in every way.

The lodge is in a beautifully desolate landscape, with incredible views. The design of the lodge and rooms were certainly the most stunning that I have been to in Namibia. I deeply appreciated the lodge's attention to eco-friendly practices and, in particular, the dedication to the local community.

The interior of the rooms are finished concrete with the traditional grass roof. The entire room is oriented to enjoy the breathtaking landscape, and the result is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful environment. In addition, the dinner at the lodge is a gourmet meal.

We used the lodge as a base to visit the Twyfelfontein rock paintings nearby. If I returned, I would also visit the Living Museum, which was recommended by one of the managers.

We had a wonderful conversation with one of the managers of the Doro !Nawas lodge (unfortunately, I can't remember his name, but he was from Windhoek). We were very happy to hear about Wilderness Safari's investment in local communities, to learn more about Namibia in general, and to hear about his experiences at the lodge and his trip to the U.S. many years ago.

I look forward to returning to Doro !Nawas. I find myself reminiscing about my wonderful time there on a near daily basis.

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Mr & Mrs O - California
Arrived on: 13-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Had a wonderful safari to see the Desert Elephants and we were able to find them. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area.

They were very aware of my diet restrictions and tried very hard to make sure I had enough food. Meats were overcooked.

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Mrs and Mr C - Toronto
Arrived on: 13-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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As we approached we thought of a lunar station! The black paint and building were unattractive from the outside, but blended in perfectly with the terrain.

From the inside , the main building was great - large, with sweeping 360degree views. the staff was welcoming and showed us to our own building which was roomy, well-equipped with a roll-out star-gazing bed, and huge porch overlooking the desert.

We saw no animals from the lodge, but were taken in the morning on a jeep ride up the riverbed to find a large group of elephants who had just returned to the area. It was an outstanding trip, our first intro to african animals in the wild. They were spectacular, and the guide friendly and informative. meals and service were good - fresh, tasty and accommodating. A small pool was available to cool off - a necessity if hot.

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Mr P & Ms H and Mr R and Ms S - Nottingham
Arrived on: 6-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great experience sleeping outside at Doro

An imposing fortress like lodge on a small hill greets you on arrival. Wow it was hot 39° and it was winter!

The rooms were lovely and very spacious although in the searing heat air conditioning would be good, there was only a ceiling fan. Massive patio doors on to a large deck area meant you could pull the beds outside and sleep under the stars, however the wildlife (moths, bats, lizards, birds) could make sleeping disturbed all the same it was a great experience. The outside shower was also good.

On the first night we had dinner outside on the roof and after dinner entertainment from the staff.

A good location from which to visit Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and the rock paintings at Twelfylfontein. Afternoon tea was a nice touch too.

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Mr S & Mrs S - Washington
Arrived on: 2-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere and loved it. Very interesting architecture.

We chose to spend our days staying at the lodge rather than driving to other nearby sites....we were driving past the cave drawings on our way to Swapkopmund when we left. The weather was very warm for us so we were happy to just sit and relax.

The staff was very nice and the sunsets were great.

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Mr R & Mrs D - West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Full of nice characters.

Another amazing location. Much better than I had expected after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor.

Bob was poorly one night so I ate on my own and the staff were really considerate. Some meals much better than others.

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Sheffield party of 4
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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I felt this lodge had more style than substance. Little things detracted from the experience. For example, none of the lights in the lounge were bright enough for reading and star gazing was difficult because of the lights all rouind the roof platform.

The staff were less friendly than at Hoodia and less concerned with individual needs. There was no mosquito net so one didn't feel like pushing the bed outside although the room was hot. Outside, there was not even a small trail to walk from camp which was frustrating.

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Ms S & Mr D - South
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This was truly the low point of our trip to Namibia. One should only stay here if you want direct experience of a poorly run resort in a remote location.

Everything started well when we were greeted at our car with a welcome drink and a chilled towel upon arrival. Our room was large and spacious, so should have been a pleasant place to spend two nights. We also really enjoyed our dinner on the first night.

However, the resort has no visible management and has too many rough edges to make for a pleasant stay:
* we had no hot water in our room for our entire stay. Nothing was done about this despite reporting the problem after our first night
* the reception desk is never manned and the gift shop is constantly locked
* we chose to have a late breakfast and had to request a long list of essentials when we arrived e.g. cereal bowls, cereal spoons, teaspoons, butter, coffee, etc
* birds walk all over the breakfast buffet
* restaurant and bar staff seem to spend more time in the kitchen than with customers
* lunch prices are exhorbitant at NAD 150 per person to eat in or NAD 135 per person for a lunch pack. This is a rip-off if you normally just have a toasted sandwich for lunch

As seems to be customary for resorts in the north that offer game drives, dinner is served at 8pm.

This has the potential to be a nice resort, but is currently very poorly managed and should be avoided.

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Mr & Mrs K - Guildford
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The accommodation was good; the activities and our guide Ignatius were excellent. He was so friendly and enthusiastic as well as extremely knowledgeable, which greatly added to the enjoyment of our stay at Doro Nawas.

We were, however, very disappointed at the lack of imagination in the variety and choice of food at Dora Nawas. Since completing the trip, our enjoyment of food at the other camps only emphasised the difference, e.g. on 2 out of 3 lunches we were served a cold chicken drumstick, with a very mediocre green salad. In addition, food was left uncovered on the verandah at lunch which attracted the birds !

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Mr & Mrs N - Devon
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Doro Nawas review

First impressions were not good as you arrive after a long hot drive in front of an austere building and you then have to climb some steep uneven steps to get into reception. Then after registration you are led back down the uneven track to your lodge and once they have unloaded the luggage you have to drive the car to the parking lot and walk back, again, over uneven paths. Surely this could be refined?

However the rooms are superb and although we didn't, you could roll your bed outside at night. Again there was no air conditioning but the fan was efficient and quiet.

Food was disappointing as the main course was buffet style and not particularly interesting. Overall not very well run and no obvious sign of any management.

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