Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Highlight of Bush Dinner
Nice gentle bush walk while others went to Twyfelfontein. Afternoon rest by well sited pool.
Second was evening trip for desert elephants. Easily found and good viewing.
Pity about the guide, reasonable driver but hopeless on client relations and information.
Evening meal set out in bush.
Nicely done, staff entertainment of singing pleasant and well done.
Doro Nawas , brilliant elephants!
We liked Doro Nawas and had a wonderful guide for an early morning drive out to see the elephants , just made our stay!
Rooms were good.
Staff friendly, but real lack of information if you were travelling as a couple, the larger groups with a tour guide seemed to know what was going on!
The shop was never open
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Doro Nawas was special. Very welcoming staff with a welcome and farewell song for us. Henriks the manager looked after us well, as did all the staff. Rooms were spacious, with superb views of the area.
We had a wildlife drive to see the desert elephants with Liberty, and saw the group in close proximity for the duration of the trip. Liberty was very informative and made sure we had excellent views of the animals. We self drove to Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes and were slightly disappointed by these features and the road was bad compared to other gravel roads.
We were very impressed with Twylfontein and the petrified forest that we visited on our journey north. Excellent guides at both sites.
The museum at Tsumeb is interesting and gives a lot of information on the German influences in the area, particularly the mining. It also gives the history of their involvement in WW1.
When we were booked in, the staff happily reunited us with our ipod. The singing on arrival and departure was enjoyable.
The room was excellent and the surroundings wonderful. The meals were very good. Pushing the beds out and sleeping under the stars one night was superb.
We did a short walk around the area (3/4 km or so) and enjoyed seeing various wildlife around us.
Staff were generally helpful and attentive, but attention to detail lacked on a number of occasions. Examples include:
- waiting at reception for nearly 10 minutes on arrival; perhaps the delay was to round up the singing chorus.
- we were not told that a glass of wine was included with each meal (and were not fully taken off our final bill which included a bottle of wine and a fair few beers);
- we were not told that on the second night dinner was a braai in the desert. We only just turned up at reception in time and were not really dressed for a meal outside;
- we were disappointed that there was no written information about the trips/activities, and no pricing. There was verbal information from the guides at dinner, but the content was inaccurate. We booked an activity, and our guide Liberty was very knowledgeable and informative, but the trip was not the one that we thought we had booked. Not Liberty's fault though, one of the other guides had given the trip details and taken the booking. (There may have been some hanky panky amongst the guides at play here). Fortunately, we did get to see the rock art and had an enjoyable trip but did not get to see the organ pipes.
Our comment are not intended as complaints, our intention is more to be helpful because Doro Nawas is so close to being excellent.
Brilliant in every respect
From the welcoming song to the song bidding us farewell we felt 'at home' - very welcome guests.
Doro Nawas' location - perched on a hilltop above the surrounding plain, with views to the mountains around - is commanding. The decor is in tune with the country, so the building fits in very well.
The rooms ('tents') are located at the base of the hill - all with private aspects across the plain to the mountains. You are able to open the sliding doors wide enough to roll out your bed onto the verandah and sleep under the stars - which was a wonderful experience. I also really enjoyed the outdoor shower, also located on the verandah.
The small but perfectly formed pool was a welcome dip after a hot morning's walk at Twylfontain
The most enjoyable part of our stay at Doro Nawas was, without doubt, the staff. Not only their singing - but their entire welcoming, friendly and helpful attitude.
Great rough athmosfere at Doro Nawas
No special comment, great experience there, I would only recommend to go there by plane, it was a really long journey from Swakopmund....Read more about the whole safari
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This was a very different kind of experience, signalled by our first sung welcome, in the Damara language. Everything was extremely comfortable in the tented chalets arranged around the central areas, all with fine views.
We booked an afternoon trip to to see the desert-adapted elephants; we found it extremely exciting, as our guide located tracks and we left the jeep to walk towards a group of elephants. We had a perfect view of the group, across a gorge, which fulfilled all our hopes.
Later, we enjoyed an evening meal, with the menu again sung in the Damara language. The service was excellent and we would certainly recommend this lodge.
Outstanding hospitality in remoteness
This is a camp well away from anywhere! A great base for the nearby art at Twyfelfontain and we did a really enjoyable morning trip to see the Desert Elephants with William, where as a birder, was also pleased to find Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Benguela Long-billed Lark, Ruppell's Parrot and Bare-cheeked Babbler.
Anyway, the accommodation was great with large spacious rooms where the beds being on wheels allow you to move them onto your verandah for a night under the stars - thoroughly recommended! Housekeeping were exemplary with turndown service each evening and immaculate rooms.
Staff here were outstanding, obviously working very hard and making all guests trips nice and special. We had lovely food too - first night being a barbecue in the bush, followed by a nice three course meal in the restaurant the next evening. The whole place is set atop of a hill, overlooking the barren desert landscape.
A special place with attentive staff - no wifi though (not a bad thing to be honest).
Bored staff, perfunctory service. This was third "outside" eating experience for us, and we did not really wish to do this yet.
It served no purpose, plus the large crowd of people stood around waiting for buses to the dinner spot.
We asked and were able to walk there and back.
Wow...what a welcome! It was a nice surprise to be welcomed by a lovely Doro Nawas song - and even for some of the kitchen staff to come out and sing it as well.
We enjoyed the evening meal out in the bush, which we believe they do 3 times a week. No mean feat for the kitchen staff and waiters! We were given hot water bottles to keep us warm, and the food was delicious - especially the soup. All the food was once again very nice, although breakfast on the first morning was a bit haphazard but I think it was due to so many of us being up early for tours. However, the cooked breakfast and cold selection was good once it had all come out. Breakfast on the second day when we had it later was more organised and tasted excellent.
The tour we booked onto to see the desert adapted elephants was very good. It was just the two of us and we got within meters of a family of 4 elephants where we stayed for about 2 hours watching them.
The room was very nice - spacious and light, and the honeymoon surprise was lovely. The bathroom was lovely too, unfortunately it was a bit windy in the afternoons for us to try the outdoor shower. The lodge itself was also very attractive and they made it look lovely at night with a fire and lanterns. The pool didn't look very inviting and we didn't see anyone in it.
On leaving we got another lovely song - it made me feel sad to leave this lodge. Again their English is excellent but also their willingness to show us their Damara Language brings special warmth to this lodge.
Before arriving at the lodge we did the rock engravings and burnt mountain. The rock engravings were good, and some imagination is needed. Although I get the impression different guides give different stories. Burnt mountain for us was not spectacular but maybe we went at the wrong time of day. We also visited the petrified forest after leaving Doro Nawas - my husband especially enjoyed learning how the trees have become fossilized, and they have a nice little craft shop there.