Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(93%) From 429 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 429 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 LeenP from Lewes
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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beautiful place in desert

Beautiful place in the desert. Very hot. No water hole. Many animals elsewhere because of drought.

Staff were really lovely and the place seemed well connected to the community .However the lodge still seemed to offer trips to see Desert Elephants when we knew none had been seen in the area for a month as they had moved north because of the drought.

Despite lack of elephants the lodge was a lovely place to stay.

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Mr & Mrs L from BC Canada
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas

Two excellent experiences: the bush dinner, and sleeping outside on the large patio in front of our bedroom. The pool here was excellent, long enough for one to really swim. We enjoyed the singing.

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Mr & Mrs OC from Sheffield
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful scenery

After the excitement of Etosha, we really enjoyed the slightly slower pace of our time at Doro Nawas, which is .. We really supported the ethos behind Doro Nawas and the ownership model.

The bush dinner was a real highlight. After a number of evenings sat at a table for two, it was actually really enjoyable to sit at a long table and chat to other guests and our hosts. The food was excellent and it was a really atmospheric evening.

We decided to drive ourselves around rather than join the excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the rock carvings at Twyfelfontein, despite the drive there being one of the bumpiest of the trip. The organ pipes, burnt mountain and petrified forest were a little underwhelming, and the entrance prices for these did feel comparatively a bit high. These attractions cumulatively only took us a morning to see, so we spent the afternoon relaxing and reading. This area could potentially benefit from some walking trails, or Doro Nawas could potentially run some guided walks, just to increase the variety of activities on offer and enable visitors to immerse themselves in the beautiful scenery. Overall we would say there was just enough to justify a two night stay.

This was also the only place where we encountered a large group (20+ Spanish people led by quite a vocal tour guide). They were all very pleasant, but it did change the dynamic slightly as their comings and goings rather dominated the place! It made us realise that the absence of large groups at the other places we stayed was a real positive.

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Mr & Mrs D from Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Loved Doro! Nawas

This was our first experience of a Namibian lodge and what a fabulous introduction.

The staff were just lovely and very talented singers and dancers too. Arriving at the same time as an American bus tour, we had to manoeuvre for lounger space at the narrow pool, however the chance to cool off was blissful. We stayed only one night but the evening meal in this very special desert environment was a highlight of our trip and never-to-be-forgotten.

In the morning we were up at 6am to pack the car and have breakfast, since we were checking out before going on the Desert Elephant safari with our friendly guide Geraldo. We saw plenty of close-up elephants, ostrich, chacma baboons, giraffes and some distant zebra. A fun first jeep adventure. I also loved seeing a glimpse of the village where Geraldo's little son went to school.

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Mr K from Channel Islands
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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My first time here and well worth the visit.

Just getting the opportunity to see desert elephants up close was worth the trip (possibly some of the worse gravel roads of the trip to get here).

The rooms a big and airy and really clean. The pool was well utilised and the location is excellent for the local gems to be found in this area.

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P & B, from UK
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Absolutely wonderful.

Our guide, Immanuel, was brilliant and such a lovely person.

We loved the singing and dancing by the staff and still have the bye-bye song running through our heads.

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Mrs C. from Blauzac
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A stunning position, and great experiences

Another wonderful lodge.

Rooms were fantastic with great views. Spacious, good showers - indoor and out. Staff were lovely greeting us with a song. We were taken to dinner out in the dessert which was totally unexpected. The table was beautifully set with candles everywhere - totally magic. We loved drinks round the fire in the lodge in the courtyard.

The guided drives were amazing with the guide doing everything to find us éléphants. We could get really close. He found the most wonderful spot for our sundowner.

One of the highlights of our trip.

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Eve& Reuben from Bozeman
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An interesting lodge perched like a Scottish castle on the rocks. The food varied between as good as we experienced anywhere on our trip to better than just OK.

Seeing the desert elephants was interesting, but seeing how the locals were dealing with the drought was for us even more interesting.

A high point here was the singing as we arrived, as we were finishing our dinner and again as we were leaving. Could have wished more lodges did this.

(An afterthought. On our way to Doro Nawas you directed us to take route D2612. This road at the time was the worst by far of the roads of our entire trip, courduroy reduced our advance to a crawl. Later we found C35 no less scenic and much better. We found the Twyfelontein rock carvings most interesting and guide so well informed. Strongly recommend this to certain clients. The bing museum of Damara was good, the petrified forest and burnt mountain much less so.)

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Mike from Oxford
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fortress on the hill

After some fairly exciting gravel driving the fortress like Doro Nawas suddenly appeared perched on a hill ahead. We were welcomed by the staff/team singing a lovely song in reception - very memorable. Another huge room with stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

The first meal was the 'bush-dinner' involving a walk out to a hidden area lit with dozens of candles and a couple of flaming fire pits (very welcome as it was cold)!! Singing and dancing by the team was most enjoyable. Then back to find we had hot-water bottles in our beds!!

Elephant Safari - the desert elephants were fantastic. Having the time to watch them roaming along the valley and eating Acacia was brilliant. For huge animals they can be very delicate. Coffee and cookies was very welcome. Bernard told us about the dangers of Euphorbia and showed us how to make a whistle from the Mopane leaf. Giraffe and Ostrich also spotted.

Whole staff team lovely and before we knew it we were listening to the farewell song!!

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Mrs L. from Leatherhead
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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