Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas - a really lovely camp
We thought Doro Nawas was delightful - a wonderful setting and very friendly and helpful staff. The chalets were very spacious and charming with great views over the plain and the ability, if you wanted to, to wheel your bed onto the verandah and sleep under the stars.
We had a very good morning game drive to find desert adapted elephants and drove ourselves to see the rock engravings and organ pipes.
One highlight was the impromptu (or so it seemed) singing by the staff at the end of the meal on our second night.
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We used our stay here as a rest day and the facilities more than assisted this. The rooms are very spacious, private and comfortable. The view from the room was great for a relaxing sundowner.
The introduction to the lodge was poor, with no mention of any possible activities offered by the lodge, no real time spent showing the lodge / room and the free refillable drinks bottles were not mentioned to us, we found them on a table near to the restaurant with our names on.
The service for the restaurant improved with staff being more helpful and friendly.
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Despite the bizarre main-building architecture, the individual chalets were attractive, appropriate and generous.
The elephant spotting is pretty sure it seems, and rewarding. In quality and service, although a whisker down on its sister Desert Rhino Camp, still excellent.
What was amazing was the change in scenery that took place about 15 kms before Noro Nawas, coming from DRC.
Beautiful rooms at Doro Nawas
Doro Nawas was an impressive complex, but overall we felt it was trying a little hard to be something it wasn't. The room was certainly a highlight - huge, comfortable and innovative, with the rolling bed for stargazing and the outdoor shower, as well as an impressive view.
However, we found the food and service was not up to the standards that seemed to be targeted. It would have been much more enjoyable if they stopped trying to be 5-star and embraced the relaxed friendly energy that seemed to exist between the staff.
Doro Nawas - hilltop respite in Damaraland
Wonderfully located atop and around a small hillock in Damaraland near the mountain ridge that includes Twyfelfontein.
Very large, comfortable tented cabin rooms, with decks looking out on the mountains beyond. Brilliant night-time skies with endless banks of stars. Extremely attractive common areas. Excellent food. Especially friendly and helpful service that even included tentative lessons at Khoisan. Very quiet and peaceful (when the wind isn't blowing), so you can hear your neighbors cough.
The morning drive by Doro Nawas to Twyfelfontein was very informative; the separate guided tour of the site itself was extremely interesting, as was a later visit to the Damaraland Living Museum.
Fabulous desert elephants & wonderful staff!
We were only able to stay one night and it was a really long detour - but the great trip out to (successfully) see the desert elephants made it worthwhile. Excellent local guide with whom we were totally confident when the elephants came very near. Interesting social commentary on the village where he grew up and his parents still live - we went there. Shame that the old farm house is no longer used for camping after the 2011 rains. Wondered why Wilderness community programme didn't help village to develop a craft centre, showing off local crafts skills etc, as a well to bring income into a very poor village that is now mainly older people.
Breakfast good - best granola we had all trip! Delicious. Lovely staff - feisty and a good team spirit.
The main memory we will have of Doro !Nawas is the staff's friendliness and their keenness to teach us 'the click'. We engaged with several staff over breakfast and what was exceptional was the way they broke out into spontaneous singing for us, with most of the kitchen staff then coming out to join them. It was fun and not contrived. I was very impressed that the manager was quite happy for about 10 of his staff to spend time with us when he might have been more worried about getting the jobs done.I really thought that Wilderness had instilled a great team spirit and the staff were excellently trained. I felt that Wilderness were good employers and that it showed in how the staff were with guests and each other.
Wonderful resting place in great location
Really friendly and helpful staff who can't do enough to make staff pleasant.
Facilities and food are good and the service excellent.
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.
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What a lovely place - superb chalet, really made by the great staff - enthusiastic and warm.
Wheeled the bed out and slept under the stars (holiday highlight). One night not enough. Should have had 2 to allow for some activities and another night under the stars.
One less night in Swakop - one more here.
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!