Reviews of Doro Nawas
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Doro Nawas - a real gem
The best staff ever - so happy and friendly !
Everything else was perfect too but the staff are the icing on the cake ! After dinner all the staff came out singing - magical !!
The morning desert elephant tracking tour was excellent. In the afternoon we drove ourselves to see the rock carvings at Twfelfontein.
Beautiful setting. Loved the nature walk.
Fantastic and very private room with enormous verandah, giving views of the setting sun.
Once again would have appreciated a bit more advance information about the early morning nature walk before committing to it but it turned out to be excellent. We learned so much from our guide and, as we were the only guests on the walk, we were able to ask lots of questions.
We also went on the afternoon drive to see the desert-adapted elephant. We were very impressed by our guide's persistence - he eventually tracked them down after 2.5 hours. It meant that our drive back to the lodge was more exciting than anticipated; we will never know how the guide managed to find the way in complete darkness!
The service could again not be faulted but we were less at ease in the Wilderness Safaris lodges compared with the privately owned ones. In general, the Wilderness Safaris lodges do not seem to provide advance information on prices for drinks (which is slightly unnerving) but they were very generous measures and turned out to be very cheap!
A Mad Max desert experience
This is a Mad Max sort of place in that the design, exterior and location are intriguing and in keeping with the desert, mountain and boulder scenery.
Our room was comfortable and well designed and the activities and food were good.
The visit to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein was very interesting.
Doro Nawas review
Wonderful location and we had a great trip looking and finding desert elephants.
Staff friendly and helpful when asked but lack of attention to detail compared to other places.
B B Q under stars was great and could move our bed out to sleep under stars.
Doro Nawas review
We had very little idea about what to expect as we drove to Doro Nawas, although Sabina at Expert Africa had told us that it was special. Nothing could have prepared us for what we found on arrival.
The setting is spectacular, the last few meters of drive up to Reception slope up steeply and dramatically. After our long drive we were delighted to be greeted as we got out of the car by cool towels and fruit juice. As we were shown around I kept saying 'I'm at a loss for words'. The panorama view is breathtaking. Our room was also beautifully appointed. We pushed our beds out onto the veranda and slept under the stars, which was one of the highlights of our trip, unforgettable. We also loved the fact that meals were served variously in the dining room, out on the veranda or up on the roof by candle light at night. Sitting round the fire in the evening was so peaceful.
The service at Dora Nawas was exceptional. The staff were extremely helpful, friendly, efficient, attentive and happy. Again, we were made to feel like part of a big family during our stay.
Mwezi was our guide as we visited the rock engravings, burnt mountain and organ pipes. He was excellent, very informative, enthusiastic and cheerful.
Doro Nawas was our favourite stay of our whole holiday.
Absolutely loved Doro Nawas
What an amazing location!
Doro Nawas is set on top of a hill, and has the most beautiful view over the surrounding landscape. The highlights of our stay at Doro Nawas were our elephant trek, nature walk and sunset drinks, and dining on the roof under the stars. Rooms were clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated, with a bed that rolls out onto the verandah and an outside shower. The staff were incredibly helpful and so friendly.
Highly recommend Doro Nawas!
Interesting place to stay
Nice room and warm welcome. Booked activities but confusion over whether it was going ahead and timings were confused - too many staff involved it seemed. (actual activity when sorted was good).
Pool was closed and emptied for half our stay with no warning - a shame (would have used it earlier if we had known).
Food was really nice and all staff were very keen to help.
An anxious few hours
Unfortunately due to a mix-up caused, we understand, from an IT problem we arrived after a long journey, to discover that there had been a double booking and the lodge was fully booked. This took some time to resolve and we ended up with all four of us sharing a chalet for two people for one night. The staff went to great lengths to ease our anxiety and the following morning thankfully we were able to take part in the desert elephant tracking safari which was an unforgettable experience.
As agreed with Expert Africa, the following afternoon we transferred to Camp Kipwe for the second night where again the staff were extremely accommodating. Camp Kipwe itself was very attractive though quite different in character.
The situation of both lodges was stunning.
We have graded both lodges below as excellent, however our overall experience was influenced by the upset caused by the mix-up over the booking.
Expert Africa comments
As these travellers have stated, there was an IT problem at Wilderness Safaris (who own Doro Nawas) and as a result, no reservation in place on their arrival at Doro Nawas. As above, Doro Nawas was able to accommodate all four travellers in one room for the first night, and for the second night the travellers stayed at the nearby Camp Kipwe. By means of compensation, these travellers were given a complimentary elephant tracking activity at Doro Nawas, as well as a refund for the affected nights of their trip. Expert Africa and Wilderness Safaris are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.
The top hotel of the trip- Doro Nawas
We drove to Doro !Nawas up the Skeleton Coast - it was a long way and we arrived very tired. This was a very special place - staff were superb, very caring and looked after us brilliantly.
Our connected family accommodation, semi-detached huts was characterful and spacious. We ate dinner on the roof of the central building, lit by candle lanterns and under a starry star with the Southern Cross above. We visited Twyfelfontein from here which was a great experience.
Doro !Nawas is run very professionally but also in conjunction with the local community and there is a real sense of pride in this establishment. We went to sleep listening to the wonderful barking geckos.
Doro !Nawas - In the wilderness
We stayed end July 2015 for 2 nights.
We travelled from Etosha down to Doro !Nawas and stopped off at the Petrified Forest on the way which is well worth a visit. You approach down a long track and first see the main building in the distance which looks rather dark and foreboding! However when you arrive, greeted with a welcome song and drink, you find a relaxing area with fantastic panoramic views including a wide balcony with seating. It was a bit windy so sitting outside you needed to wrap up to watch the sun setting. Before sunset we went out for a walk to the sandstone ridge and across the plain - well worth it.
The lodges were a short walk away (ours were quite close) and beautifully done. Thatched roof, stone floors and canvas walls which did make it a bit chilly at night, but hot water bottles and warm blankets were provided. The vista from the villas was delightful across the plain to mountains in the distance. However the novelty, very much enjoyed by the boys was to be able to roll the beds out of the room and onto the veranda area.
The dinner menu was announced by our waiter in the local Damara 'tongue' which was very interesting. If you don't already know, you will find out what the "!" means in !Nawas. The food was excellent and then we were entertained by the staff singing to us. They really were excellent, the best on our trip, and we found that they had won competitions.
We took Expert Africa's advice and took ourselves around local attractions - rock carvings (v good), organ pipes and burnt mountain (OK but not great), living (Damara) village (interesting to see how they live). We decided not to do the trip to see the elephants which I think was expensive having seen lots in Etosha. We found 'Wilderness Safari' trips to be more expensive than others.
Previous comments mention a telescope to see the stars but it wasn't there, and it would be great to have this given the roof area and no light pollution.
Overall we had a great time at Doro !Nawas and would recommend it.