Reviews of Doro Nawas
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A memorable stay in Damaraland
The roads in Damaraland are a little rougher than average in places. Arrival at Doro Nawas was memorable not only in the striking appearance of the buildings, but in singing-welcome.
The main lounge and the view from it are excellent. The accommodation is luxurious with excellent air conditioning. The wide patio windows can be opened and bed wheeled out to sleep under the Milky Way. An excellent experience: the hot water bottle and blankets are welcome as temperatures can drop considerably before dawn!
Our trip to see the Desert Adapted Elephants was a highlight of our whole trip. It largely took place along the dry riverbed of the Huab River with its sandy bed and magnificent mature trees. Our highly informative and humorous guide, Liberty, made the trip very worthwhile. His knowledge of the ecology was excellent.
The dinner at night is very atmospheric as the restaurant appears dark but for the superb use of solar lamps at each table, making the tables themselves brightly lit.
The braai night was amazing. It could have been an 'activity' in its own right. We were driven for 15-20 mins in the dark to arrive at a Chinatown type experience ... dozens of solar lights and candles complementing fire pits. A table for almost 30 was set out and each diner had a hot water bottle and blanket. The buffet service and the food itself was really good. The staff singing was very genuine and enjoyable.
Interestingly, the Lodge is something of a hub for the area. At one stage there were seven light aircraft present: some visitors were flying to Etosha.
A top class lodge with a great staff.
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This is an excellent camp in a beautiful setting.
The food is great and the activities very satisfactory.
This is highly recommended for a visit to Damaraland.
We were initially disappointed with Doro Nawas after the friendly welcome we received in the 1st two camps. When we arrived, at about 3pm,there was no one in reception so we went into the bar- the staff reacted as those we had landed from Mars. They didn't know what to do with us and mumbled about our room not being ready.
However, once we got over this the service was great and all the staff were friendly. The chalet was the best of the trip, the outside shower was an experience! and the overall décor was fantastic - not to be missed.
We didn't do any activities at Doro Nawas as we just wanted to relax and that we did. Afternoon tea was lovely with tasty homemade cakes.
The food was really good and the courtyard with the fire and candles was cosy.
Overall we enjoyed our stay.
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.