Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 370 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 370 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 G & Mr F - London
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing rooms; great stay

One of the most amazing rooms we have stayed in. Very comfortable with option outdoor shower and bed on wheels you can roll outside to watch the sunrise.

Main building a fort on a hillock with great views. Excursions were pretty good. Guides were excellent and seeing desert elephants was really great. Good food and service (singing on arrival, departure and after both dinners was a bit much though).

Overall very relaxing stay although not too much to do in surroundings. Would have liked to have been a bit more active.

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BarryT from Knutsford
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Truly atmospheric with great staff

Perched on the top of a small hill giving fantastic views of the plains. Excellent food and lovely rooms. Not for those with walking difficulties though as the rooms are some distance from the main lodge and you have to walk up the hill.

We took a guided elephant safari at 16.00 with Marcus. Absolutely brilliant with a superb guide and we saw a family of desert elephants really close ending the day with a sundowner in a dry riverbed. Fabulous.

We visited the Organ Pipes and Burnt mountain ourselves. Interesting but if short of time go to the Damaraland Living Museum instead. Its a really great experience and we had a very nice girl showing us around. Well worth supporting.We also went to Twyfelfontein to see the rock art which is excellent.

Wine was included with dinner and our waiter explained the menu both in English and Click language. Brilliant.
Dont leave too quickly after your dinner as the staff put on a great show of African singing once everyone has finished eating.

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Mr A. from Horsham
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Doro nawas

Good lodge. Nice room with a good view. Private.

Had to walk up steep hill to facilities ,went to see cave engravings and a living museum.

Very interesting although we had to climb over rocks to get to some engravings.

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Drs F & S - Oregon
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Not up to Wilderness Standards!

Wow this was the most disappointing venue of our whole trip. We have stayed at many Wilderness Safari properties and this one was definitely not up to snuff. We were given the worst room with a parking lot view and no orientation...ie beds could be moved for star viewing.

The game drive was reliant on 5 or 6 desert elephants with not much else. The group dinner out in the coma featured skimpy food...literally my lamb chop had 2 bites of meat on it and the food was running out due to a large Spanish tour group. The breakfast buffet was skimpy and the offer of a hot breakfast was not made.

I really wish we had not paid the price for this place and just driven on to stay at Palmwag lodge where we could have seen elephants on a morning walk before awaiting our 3 pm transfer to Desert Rhino...would have been a much better value.

I really am very surprised this place was so bad.

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Paul & Nicky from Keswick
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Despite some concern that the camp looked rather austere from photos, we thoroughly enjoyed Doro Nawas. We chose to drive to the camp via the D2612 and this proved to be a scenic, quiet and interesting drive avoiding the busier route.

The staff singing to us at reception on arrival should be seen for what it is, a truly joyous welcome to their home and not interpreted unkindly and described as cringing by some reviewers. Try just smiling back and applauding their warmth, they are a beautiful bunch of people.

The entire camp is professionally run, with everything clearly explained by staff. The guiding was outstanding and our guide, Nesley, was exceptionally good. We enjoyed an early morning guided walk with him and a late afternoon tracking the desert adapted elephants. The elephants proved hard to find, but he never gave up and we eventually enjoyed 1.5hrs watching 6 elephants, including 2 young, from close range.

We visited Twyfelfontein, the Damara Living Museum and the Petrified Forest on our own. These are all well worth visiting, and our advice is as follows:-
Twyfelfontein - go very early if you can and beat the crowds; sadly the guide we had was not at all interested in her job.
Damara Living Museum - clearly aimed at tourists but great fun; run by an enthusiastic, smiley and warm group. Our expectation was for a quick visit, but we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Lovely people.
Petrified Forest - be careful to get the official site; picturesque walk, scenic and enthusiastic, helpful guide. Very interesting.

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Dr and Dr A - Cleveland, UK
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Comfortable camp, with good food

We only stayed at Doro Nawas for one night, in passing between Desert Rhino Lodge and Etosha, in order to pick up a hire car for the last part of out trip, and didn't take part in any of the activities.

The room was large and comfortable with an outside shower and a view out over the bush - though we did have people from the camp walking past the front of the room (and shower!). There is a nice, if small, pool for relaxing, and the terrace area in front of the dining room was comfortable.

Food was very good, served at individual tables

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Mr P M - Namibia Fly-in
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Interesting but a little too long

A three night stay here is unnecessary, since the worthwhile activities can be done in less time. Although the petrified forest is quite interesting, it involved a very lengthy journey covering similar terrain etc. to previous excursions and only merited a short visit.

It also meant that two out of three evenings had a "bush dinner" which was entertaining the first time but repetitious after that. Similarly, the singing/dancing routines, which the staff engaged in at every opportunity, eventually became a little excessive.

Service and facilities, like the other Wilderness camps, are of a good standard, but the rooms are a little dark.

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Mr & Mrs K - New Forest
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A musical interlude!

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to both the 'click' language of the staff and the way they regularly burst into song!

Had an excellent guided tour with Leslie (new to the lodge) to see the desert-adapted elephants. After showing us the main herd, his determination to track down the lone bull paid off which was a real bonus.

We also much appreciated the efforts of all the staff to provide us with a memorable 'bush supper'.

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Mr and Mrs H. from Fleet
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Again a very warm welcome form the staff. The room was very spacious and could have done with a bit more light. The manager was very helpful over our problems with our car. Eating in the bush was fun but it is a challenge to keep the food warm. We met some very interesting people among the other guests. A great private trip looking for desert-adapted elephants - perhaps the best activity of our holiday - thanks to Regie our guide.

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Mr&Mrs D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great Damaraland experience

Recent wreck of the Zeila about 50km outside Swakopmund not in most guide books and quite an interesting diversion for a few minutes on the long drive north giving a bit of a flavour of the Skeleton Coast proper beyond. Very windy drive for over 100km inland even in early morning in August with dust spectacular bur severely hampering visibility at times. Last 80km (D2612) from Swakopmund very rough (Aug 2017) to the extent that lodges trying to regrade locally using 4wd + towed tyres etc. - don't arrive late in the day!

Great singing welcome and departure. Great setting.

Stayed in family accommodation - two separate units joined by wooden walkway. Kids wanted one adult in each unit, but this was fine. All slept outside on verandas under the stars.

Nice pool area.

Dinner was on a single table out in the bush (twice a week). Great atmosphere. Food introduced in local language with plenty of clicking and chicken impressions. Kids a bit reticent at first but then loved it. Food largely from the braai and very good. Kids menu available if chosen in advance and excellent. Breakfast fairly basic.

Should have stayed for 2 nights but had to balance where we wanted to go with time available. Didn't do any lodge activities.

Self-drove to Twyfelfontein. Road very poor (Aug 2017) and wouldn't want to do it in a hurry or in a low clearance vehicle. Children interested in rock art to a surprising degree.

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Expert Africa comments

As of 21st August Expert Africa were made aware, by our team in Namibia, that the gravel roads are becoming increasing bumpy and continue to deteriorate, especially in areas around Damaraland and Sossusvlei. This is due to the lack of funds to support the costs of grading the roads. The roads used to be graded on a fairly regular basis and hence kept in good condition but unfortunately they now haven’t been done for some months with resulting ill effects on the road conditions. We hope that things will return to normal shortly.

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