Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 232 travellers
Excellent
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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.
Family B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Not if you are serious about wildlife

We had a tremendous drive from Swakopmund via the Cape Cross seal colony (well worth visiting) and then via back roads past Brandberg West to Uis with a stretch of 165km without another car - but you do need a sense of adventure, ample water, two spare tyres and 4 wheel drive. 500 km and 8 hours including stops.

We had never stayed at a Wilderness property before, and after this and more particularly Ongava, I am not sure that I am particularly enamoured. There is somehow an impersonal air. Having said that, the rooms, food and service were all excellent and dinner was particularly noteworthy. We had lunch here twice, and that was also excellent. The outdoor showers are great when you are hot and dusty. Three of us did not like the singing after dinner, finding it a bit intrusive and difficult to escape, but I accept that many would like it very much. There is a very nice pool of decent length and depth which was crystal clear. The staff are clearly enthusiastic.

We went on an afternoon elephant drive with 8 in a landrover, which is too many at the price. We are used to east africa camps where 4 is the norm. 6 is acceptable, but 8 is hopeless. We found elephants quickly, and our guide then did not seem to know what to do to fill the remaing time; a really good guide can always find something to talk about. We went for a walk next morning with the same guide, who said that they did not have many visitors interested in birds and general wildlife. I suspect that the guides are simply rusty about anything other than elephants and the Twyfelfontein area because of the type of client they get. He was very friendly, and arranging to check out late to accommodate the walk, and then staying for lunch was no problem.

We thought that the rock art at Twyfelfontein was extremely impressive in a beautiful setting. The petrified forest is not to be missed with a particularly good on-site guide who really knew his stuff, both about the trees and also the birds and plant life, being particularly interesting about the Welwitschia. Our sons were a bit concerned that the sites would be not that great, but were very impressed.

As we only had a short drive to Etendeka from Doro Nawas, we felt that we could have seen the rock art and petrified forest and driven to Etendeka afterwards, using the spare night to add to our stay at Erongo. The desert elephant drive was not very good, certainly if you have seen plenty of ellies before. If we had not been going to North Damaraland, however, two nights would have been needed.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful location, room was spacious (honeymoon room apparently) with large deck to sit out on.

Very friendly staff - and the choir was great fun. Efficient guest briefing detailing costs of activities and max no of people per vehicle - it's worth confirming before booking.

Desert adapted elephant outing was wonderful. We also did a guided walk which was adapted to the time we had available before leaving. We plan to go back the next time we're in Namibia.

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Mrs P with Mrs L & Mr C - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We really enjoyed our stay here.

The guide we had for our trip was excellent- very knowledgeable. Food and accommodation was superb.

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We enjoyed our stay at Doro Nawas. The rooms are exceptional and the staff all very eager to please.

We went on a desert elephant tracking trip which was great fun. We only came across one adult male but had a great time searching for others.

The food was ok but could have been better. My only critisism really is that compared to other places we stayed of a similar standard Doro Nawas was very expensive particularly the activities.

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Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas with wonderful views

In the distance Doro Nawas does look a bit intimidating, perched on high ground, but once there, the level of welcome and comfort is wonderful.

We were met at the bottom of the hill by staff with lovely cool flannels to refresh us, and then taken up into reception and given a welcome drink, before being shown round. The panoramic views are breathtaking.

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful place to stay. Incredible view from the main area and from the (very large) rooms.

Interesting to spend the night sleeping under the stars on the 'roll-out-of-your-room' bed.

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Dr O & Dr J - Hungary
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful place! We spent a lot of time just enjoying the wiew from the main building veranda.

The chalet is spacious, we used the outdoor shower and we slept on the terasa under the stary sky.

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Mr & Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This was our favourite location.

Very atmospheric, wonderful, large 'chalet' rooms with fantastic views. Fantastic food, really great trip to see elephants (Wilfred, trainee guide, went out of his way to take us back later in the day to find the large herd), nice, informative evening walk. Positive feeling of it being a collaborative project with staff very committed to this.

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Ms S and family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A very enjoyable stay, beautiful rooms, great staff and particularly liked the staff singing after the evening meal

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Mr & Mrs F - Brazil
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This lodge has a spectacular view and a very friendly staff.

Dinner could be much better. Breakfast is good and they offer delicious cakes in the afternoon. Hot running water seems to be a problem. We had to use another chalet to take a shower and even though we only find some warm water. It was cold by the time we were there, so we were happy when we arrived in the next lodge, where we could have a nice shower.

Too expensive in comparison to other lodges. This was our second visit to Wilderness camps in Namibia (the other ones were Damaraland Camp, Sossusvlei Camp and Ongava Tended Camp, in the year 2000), and I'm afraid their camps in Namibia are not of the same standard as the ones in Botswana. We were the only guests in our first night.

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