Reviews of Doro Nawas
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Beneath the stars at Doro Nawas
Spacious, stylish and very clean accommodation in a camp with stunning views from everywhere within it. The attention to detail within the rooms was impressive.
The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and professional and were obviously (justly) proud of their camp and very happy to be working there. They could not do enough for their guests.
The food and service were excellent -the only minor observation is that the excellent breakfast buffet should be better protected from the attentions of the local bird population!
It was so hot during our stay that we decided to relax in the camp facilities rather than go on the offered activities. The highlight for us however was the facility to wheel the comfortable beds onto the deck at night, gaze at the shooting stars and passing satellites and sleep beneath the amazing sky before waking to see stunning sunrise colours.
Whilst not affecting us in any way, we would observe that the distance and terrain between chalets, restaurant etc might make this a difficult camp for anyone with impaired mobility.
excellent and very kind staff that try and succeed to make your stay unforgettable, agnes - the manager - surprised us with a dinner below the stars
the elephant tracking is very recommendable, rhino tracking should better be done at grootberg
Great acommodation in a fabulous location
The only negative aspect of this lovely camp was the rather dirty pool. Everything else exceeded all our expectations.Read more about the whole safari
Expert Africa comments
Expert Africa forwarded these travellers' comments to Wilderness Safaris, who own and run Doro Nawas, and who apologised for the dirty pool. It would seem that on the day in question there was a very strong wind - when the wind blows properly out there it is quite something. Unfortunately, the maintenance team did not check the pool and nor did the managers. There had been sand and natural debris blown in to the pool. The management of the camp is hugely apologetic and have noted it as something to always keep an eye on. They thank the travellers for pointing out the problem, which allows them to ensure they are constantly checking this area in future. Both the maintenance team and management have been addressed on this issue.
Great location for star gazing
We were completely blown away by our stay here, beginning with the welcome from Aggie and her amazing staff. We absolutely loved every minute we spent here.
The location is amazing, a complete 360 view, which you really appreciate when night falls and the stars come alive. The guides are really knowledgeable and will happily talk you through all the stars visible.
Having lots of different outside space was great and made us feel we had to make use of it all. The pool is amazing and we definitely enjoyed whiling away some time there during the heat of the afternoon.
All the meals were delicious and the staff so very helpful, friendly and just a joy to be around.
The highlight for me were the beds, being able to wheel them out to sleep under the stars was phenomenal and I have to say we did it both nights we were there. The only issue was sleeping as I didn't want to miss out on the view! Also loved the outside shower, we definitely enjoyed being up close and personal with the outdoors.
We went for a guided walk which was really interesting and informative.
Couldn't fault it at all and were very sad to leave.
Doro Nawas is very good
Doro Nawas lodge is located in a beautiful & quiet corner of Damaraland.
You can pull out your bed & sleep on the terrace under the stars. No bugs or flies ever bothered us so we had a great night of sleep.
The next morning the staff had a "surprise breakfast" for those who wanted to get up at 6:30am. They drove us to the nearest mountain 10 min away from the lodge & when we arrived nicely set breakfast was waiting. It was the "sunupper" experience ;-) Opposite of "sundowner I guess...
Damaraland - Doro Nawas
Comfortable accommodation, thoughtfully arranged so as not to be overlooked by neighbours - making it possible to make use of the outside shower on the veranda - with a huge window/door and view over surroundings.
The food and service were good and what at first sight seemed an over-regimented approach and pressure to partake in the bush drive (eg breakfast at - not from - 6:30) was not followed through. The staff were friendly and helpful and the nightly hot water bottle was very welcome to protect us from the desert chill. The staff choir was a highlight.
Organised trips were disappointingly and excessively expensive so (as at Canyon Lodge) we drove ourselves to the local points of interest.
Amazing Tribal Hotel
The staff were mega friendly and helpful.
It was what holidays are all about.
A Gothic experience.
We agree with the comments in the guide book regarding the rather oppressive architecture.The whole ambiance could be greatly improved with a coat of lighter paint.
Room well appointed but gloomy. Cold at night, needed hot water bottles, and windy in the afternoons. Staff friendly and helpful with very good english.
Very little game near the fort but desert elephants were found after a drive up the Huab river bed through spectacular scenery. Probably only worth one night if you can get there in time to do the elephant drive.
Doro Nawas review
Excellent location and clean comfortable accommodation. Food good to average.
This was the first camp where we had to sign a disclaimer (others followed later!) which basically means whatever happens to you is your fault! Went on a drive to find the desrt elephants which took a while.
Game viewing here not as intensive as in other parts of Namibia.
Viewing desert elephants was wonderful
I thourougly enjoyed my stay here, and my guide, Michael was both interesting to talk to and an excellent and informative guide.
My only criticism would be that the access track from the road was terrible. I do think that for such a very good lodge they should do something to level it out/grade it.
Expert Africa comments
When we sent this feedback to the team running Doro Nawas, they came back to us within a week commenting, rather impressively:
"We would like to thank your traveller for this useful feedback.
Our Namibia Operations Team have followed up and the area manager has admitted that the road was indeed in a terrible condition. Thus she has, in the last few days, organised a grader to address the problem. The issue seems to have been that the previous contractor no longer operated in that area and she has taken a little time to find someone new to assist.
It is all sorted now."