Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 345 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 345 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.
N & R from Essex
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

It was an interesting stop over. The bush dinner was great and to seen the contrast between Classic and Adventure camps was good

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Ian & Vivienne
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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What an airport hotel this is!

It may look dark and forbidding but the main lodge is designed like a desert fort and the colour allows it to blend in with the surrounding boulders .The chalets are authentic in design and well placed and equipped . The views from your private deck area are fabulous and you are not overlooked. I just wished they had mosquito nets however. We did not sleep out under the stars as the night time insects were amazing to see but we didn't fancy them as bed fellows!

The bush dinner for guests is every Monday Wednesday and Friday and there does not appear to be an option to opt out. The food was a basic BBQ but it is beautifully done and eating out under the stars and being welcomed by the staff singing in a candlelit area of clear bush was really quite special and unforgettable.

The drive to the airfield to fly in any direction is a mere 5 minutes.

We saw desert adapted elephants in numbers here and Damaraland is such a beautiful area of Namibia ,not to be missed. The drive to here from Swakopmund was long and rough but the scenery certainly made up for it.

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Mrs S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Welcoming

This was the most welcoming of all the places we stayed in, even though the restaurant area does look a bit forbidding from a distance. The views are fabulous. It was great having a pool as it was really hot.

Evening meals were made to be an occasion - the first was in the dining room - it was fun listening to the menu in 'click' language & the singing was fun ; on the second night we were led out into the bush where a long table had been set out under the stars - a lovely touch. It was good to have house wine included in the price.

As we only had 1 full day to explore the area we didnt go on the elephant safari (my guidebook said it was the wrong time of the year for them to be close), which we regretted as people who went had a great experience. We did enjoy our visit to see the rock paintings, organ pipes & fingerklip.

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Mrs B. from Gabriola Island, Canada
Arrived on: 7-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A wonderful experience

Sorry we only had one night here.

The staff were wonderful and super happy to be involved.

Sorry we did not have time for the elephant tour.

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Mr B from London
Arrived on: 6-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This camp is at a fantastic location with lovely spacious rooms and being able to push your bed out onto the patio to sleep under the stars is a memorable experience. The bar/dining area has a great view.

Our guide found us the desert adapted elephants which was wonderful and we spent as long as we wanted with them. However we did feel that he was perhaps a bit less energised than some of the guides we had in Namibia.

Of special note was our guide at Twyfelfontein, Dion, who was extraordinarily well informed. (He also had an extensive knowledge of Britain that he had obtained from books!)

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Mr B & Mrs C - Glasgow
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The name was right out of Game of Thrones and the location was too . On a small kopje surrounded by nothing but desert and mountains . No people . No animals . Nothing moves as it is 40C. And there is no air conditioning and the enticing outside shower has a concrete floor which is too hot to stand on!

The view from excellent breakfast , lunch , drinks and dinner (with a choice ) was unparalleled .

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Mr and Mrs S from West Sussex
Arrived on: 31-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This is a fantastic place in an amazing setting. It's worth the long gravel drive!

We were given a warm welcome and the service was very good. The reason we didn't give it excellent is that we found the room, although huge and very well furnished, gloomy. I add this is an entirely person view and I know that other people will find it paradise.

The room had two showers and was very well appointed. We did pull our beds outside onto the deck one night to sleep under the stars. Incredibly memorable!

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Mr and Mrs T from Cardiff
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular location

The location looking across the desert to the mountains is spectacular. The tented chalet accommodation was excellent - spacious and well appointed.

The main lodge building with the roof terrace (unfortunately there was too much cloud/rain to do any star gazing), sitting area and indoor/outdoor dining is excellent. The meals - we had breakfast, dinner and lunch - were first rate.

The morning safari to look for wildlife was very well led and we had very good close views of elephants and good bird identification. The vehicle we were in - there were 4 of us and one guide - was not the most comfortable, especially on a hot day. We decided against doing a further trip in the afternoon - largely because we decided we had spent long enough in the vehicle already that day.

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Mr K & Mrs J and Mr J & Mrs R - Scotland
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vetry sadly, not recommended

And perhaps average is being kind. Doro Nawas in undoubtedly a good cause (income and employment to the community), but without Wilderness to provide a flow of bookings it would struggle. The hard fact of the matter is that is that the market is western and that means that standards should be western too. The easy way to understand this is to compare it to Hoodia.

To be fair judgement was probably skewed by the journey from Swakop to Doro Nawas in a car that wasn't fit for the journey on dirt roads.

The two page Wilderness indemnity should be dealt with in the UK before departure, and had I been given it I would have suggested a stay elsewhere. Asking someone to sign that at the end of a long day with no option isn't a good idea.

Having a receptionist who doesn't understand eye contact or a firm handshake creates a negative impression at the outset.

There was no question of viewing the stars; it rained. Equally no walking was permitted outside the strict perimeter, but drive 5 minutes down the road and you can go where you like.

The lady who carried our bags to our room, considerably helped by me I should add, had the nerve to stand there and demand N$10.

Wheels on one bed didn't work. No plugs for the basins. By late afternoon (and I do understand that it's a difficult environment) there was a good scum on the pool at the lee end. Etc.

The rooms (and indeed the whole place) is downright gloomy. Our rooms looked straight out onto the staff camp and its lamp post. Avoid rooms 1 to 3.

The singing was very jolly, but couldn't paper over the cracks.

Obviously I haven't been to the other offers in the area but the Bradt guide suggests that Doro Nawas the most expensive in the area and I am unclear as to why it has an AE recommendation.


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Mr J. from BIggar
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We arrived too late for afternoon excursion and left for Twyfelfontein in the morning so never saw the desert elephants.

In retrospect we should have done Twyfelfontein the previous evening, on our way thee, and left the morning free for an elephant hunting excursion

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