Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas - an oasis in the desert
Friendly, well-trained and attentive staff made for a very comfortable stay. Our guide, Reinhold, eventually tracked down the desert elephants after a long hunt. He was pleasant but could do with a bit more training on demonstrating the flora and fauna.
Our outing to Twyfelfontein was a highlight - we drove ourselves. The rock engravings were fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The pertified foresr was also worth a short visit.
Doro Nawas was stunningly stark
We enjoyed a good walk in a desolate part of the world and a great hunt per land rover to track down and finally sight the desert elephants.
We also had a rewarding and interesting time viewing the Bushmen engravings at Twyfelfontein - which we did ourselves - we considered the tour cost to be too expensive.
As it happens, the World Heritage sight provides an excellent guide guide in any case.
The main facility is well located with excellent views from a beautifully shaded veranda
An oasis in the desert
This is an oasis in the desert.
The food was excellent and the staff very friendly indeed.
The excursion to see the Damara elephants was rewarded with a good sighting late in the afternoon. Very memorable.
Views from the Lodge and chalets were wonderful
A great place to stay
Doro Nawas was another place we asked to return to.
Lovely accommodation, excellent food and superb staff.
Doro Nawas is high up, so the views are wonderful.
Several interesting places to visit while staying here.
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Great hospitality - everyone incredibly friendly. Excellent singing. Stunningly designed camp in remarkable location.
Desert elephant hunt very exciting and (ultimately) successful.
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This was just superb in every way. We had a wonderful trip to see the desert elephantsRead more about the whole safari
Doro Nawas landscape is stunning
Wish we had more time as we only spent one night. Loved the outdoor showers.
One of the staff noticed in the morning that our car had a flat. He arranged to fix the tire while we were having breakfast. Great service.
I wish the food at the two Wilderness Safari lodges we stayed at was of higher quality.
More than just elephants and rock carvings
We went to Doro !Nawas primarily for the desert-adapted elephants and we were not disappointed, spending a couple of hours in close proximity to a family of 18 on our first morning there, with minimal effort finding them. We guide, Mwizi, did brilliantly putting us in just the right spots for photos without disturbing the subject matter unduly.
We also greatly enjoyed the Doro !Nawas-organised trip to Twyfelfontain where we again beneftted from an excellent guide, Jenny, going round the impressive rock carvings.
Furthermore, we found that Doro !Nawas also has a very solid birding proposition - better than we had expected. We did three birding walks with Mwizi, two close to the camp and the third at a beautiful canyon location with permanent water some 25 minutes away by truck. Together with taking the 'back way' to Twyfelfontain, this allowed us to find a range of interesting birds including several endemics.
The camp itself is well-run, the food is good and we thought the wine list to be better than average. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful.
Doro Nawas review
This didn't start off so good. When we came to check in there was no one at the front desk. We inquired and waited, inquired, and waited, inquired and waited and about a literal hour later someone checked us in. This person has to give a talk to you about staying at the lodge and I guess he had to do that with the previous group that checked in...but it seemed like an unforgivable amount of time to make a guest wait.
We came here to go on a desert adapted elephant tour. We saw elephants driving ourselves on the way in and an elephant on the way out...but none on the 5 hour tour...which I understand. If you want a guarantee then go to a zoo...but Ahhhh!!!!. They saw them in the afternoon and made a point of coming to tell us they had seen 18 elephants...which somehow was supposed to make us feel better.
This lodge was beautiful and had a gorgeous view. I think in the morning they need to remember that their guests are freezing and maybe keep the dining area warmer so I don't have to wear a hat and gloves to breakfast. ...Keeping the glass doors closed still allows us to see the gorgeous view. For anyone driving in, we had to pass a Doro Nawas camp on the road that was a little confusing.
Our room was clean. The room service excellent. We appreciated the hot water bottle and special attention from the room staff. I would have loved a robe (since the morning air was so cool) and a blow dryer... The staff was really trying to give excellent service and sang for us one night. The top of the lodge was a terrific place for night star photography. It was a fine place to stay to go to Twefelfontein, the petrified forest, and organ pipes. I would have like to have taken in the living Museum as well.
Expert Africa comments
Doro Nawas responded by thanking the guests for their feedback: we are very pleased that most aspects of their stay was rated as excellent, although we are of course disappointed about the way in which their check in was handled. We also regret that they did not have the elephant experience they were hoping for. Whilst sightings cannot be guaranteed, the guides and management have discussed ways to better communicate sightings guests did not see in order to avoid any frustration.
With regards to the check in, an unfortunate situation arose in camp beyond anyone's control that saw only one manager handling more than one meet and greet. The camp has apologised to the guests for this unusual situation. The camp team has looked into ways that managers might adapt their meet and greets depending on the situation they find themselves in.
Desert Elephant safari
The rooms were large and stunning with a fantastic panoramic view of distant mountains. The wheel out beds were great; even in winter! The stars were fantastic to watch while lying wrapped up warm. Staff were great fun and very good with excellent food. Make use of the courtyard seat round the fire at night.
The Desert Elephant Safari with Ryan was a highlight. It took Ryan a long time to locate the elephants but once found we spent a good time viewing them and learning about them. The scenery we saw during the search was great.
We would also recommend the living museum which is about 5-10 minuted drive.