Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas review
Doro Nawas failed to deliver on the service we expected at a lodge of this nature. We weren't met at reception, and it took a while to attract someone's attention. At our first breakfast there was a large party of people and the serving staff struggled to cope. As a result, we had to continually ask for stuff. We weren't offered a cooked breakfast, but this was clearly available. Breakfast on the next morning was better organised, and we suspect this was because it was much quieter, as a lot of people had left.
Lunch was a buffet, and the food was of a decent standard, but expensive. Dinner was half served half buffet. Some of the dishes were very good, others were average. We ordered a bottle of red wine which was served chilled.
There are several trips you can do from this lodge, but we passed on the Twyfelfontein trip, as it was expensive for what it was, and you can do this trip so easily on your own for a fraction of the cost. We did do the elephant trip and saw elephants.
If this lodge is aiming at the luxury end of the market. they need to focus on those little details that make staying in a place like this a more seamless experience. It is a fabulous lodge, and the staff were friendly, so maybe we just caught them on a bad day.
Doro Nawas review
Fantastic rooms like Kulala
The begging by the children at the turn off to Doro !Nowas was quite off putting. This is a very dead end existance for these kids and vistors should be encouraged to think about the practice of giving to these young boys. I did not find an oppurtunity or the right person to mention or discuss this with when there but it is a very important issue.
Doro Nawas review
Good views, and closest location for elephant tracking.
Staff courteous but management not very helpful at solving problems. We had no hot water for 2 days and they were not able to fix this before we left, but implied that the problem would be solved quickly. On check-out it transpired that they were unable to do this (resulting in another cold shower) but management implied that we were at fault for not complaining earlier. We appreciate that the lack of water may have been unavoidable, but we should have been offered an alternative.
Accomodation is showing it's age (tired looking bedding and sinks) and the food was cooked well but a poorly thought-out menu (i.e. too much European food, no local game, some very stodgy combinations).
Overall, not bad but very pricey for what you get. It is probably worth looking at alternatives in the area.
Doro Nawas - excellent activities
We very much enjoyed our stay at Doro Nawas. Elaine, who took us trekking Desert Elephants and to Twyfelfontein was very knowledgeable and would stop to show us things of interest or if we spotted any interesting birds. We didn't feel hurried.
Our room was very comfortable, the food was good and the setting pretty spectacular.
Tea and coffee always available within the central lodge. However, we were charged for bottled water.
Our only slightly negative comment is that when leaving, we asked for someone to take our bags to our car. Although we were told that someone would do this, it didn't happen, so we ended up carrying our own bags. This gave us the slight impression that once we had settled our bill, the lodge wasn't that bothered about us.
Stunning location, cool flannel welcome
One of our favourites, welcomed by one of the staff with lovely cold flannels, stylish interior despite its austere external appearance, incredible views out over the desert. Extremely spacious thatched roofed rooms and being able to sleep outside was something special. The staff were charming and Elaine did a marvellous job of finding the desert elephants, particularly enjoyed the baby elephant spraying himself with his mother's wee!
Easy to drive yourself to Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes. Don't miss out on enjoying a cool beer and listening to the juke box at the Push and Pull Tyre Repair and General Dealer store on the main road near the entrance to Doro Nawas.
This is the place the locals hitch a ride from and they will appreciate you offering as there is no bus service. You do need to remember that offering lifts to strangers has an associated risk and would not be advised in or near to larger towns.
A brilliant stay
After Kulala what a difference! Apart from the structure itself which was not to our taste, we could not fault our stay at Doro Nawas.
They had clearly received the dietary list and meals were no longer an issue. In fact nothing was too much trouble and Doro Nawas clearly benefitted from being properly managed. To cap it all we also had our sundowner watching a herd of 11 desert elephants in the Huab river valley. Thank you!
Doro Nawas review
Friendly welcome, and friendly service throughout our stay.
Our chalet was very spacious and enjoyable, though the bucket in the shower puzzled us for some time until we realised that it was to collect the drips! We especially enjoyed the alignment of the chalets which meant that no chalet was overlooked by another. For such a well-equipped chalet, it was strange to find we had no shelves or drawers in which to store our belongings. The canvas walls made the chalet colder at night than we had expected.
One unexpected feature was the climb up to the main building - every journey to any other part of the site meant climbing the hill, which could be a trial when the heat is on (40 degrees centigrade on the day we arrived) or if you had contracted a cough (as we both did) on arriving in Namibia.
Our game drive to see the desert elephants was a delight - excellent guide, excellent elephants, stunning landscape.
We greatly enjoyed our stay here, and would unhesitatingly recommend it to others - but we would have liked more clarity as to what is and what is not included in the prices - for instance our room booklet implied that house wine was included in the price - but we found it was not; lunch was included in the game drive price, but we did not know this and had not therefore planned to take lunch; after arrival, we found that the elephant game drive was available in the afternoon as well as in the morning, something not apparent from the website and therefore ignored in our planning. None of these was crucial for us, but we were left with a lingering uncertainty about what else we had missed. We feel that better and clearer information is needed - in advance of booking.
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Doro Nawas was another excellent camp. We were given what was essentially a small , stand-alone house, an enormous room in which our double bed was almost lost. It had large sliding doors opening out onto the open wilderness of the desert. The welcome was, as at the other Wilderness Safari camp, very personal, and indeed all the staff visibly made it their business to see that we were well looked after.
Meals were in the main building, from outside looking rather grim but inside very attractive. Food again was good. The staff put on a performance of traditional singing after dinner, which was very enjoyable and gave us a taste of the local culture.
After dinner we were invited to go up onto the roof to look at the stars. A guide using a laser pointer helped us identify some of the main stars/constellations of the southern sky and a telescope set up to look at the moon was fascinating.
We booked another landrover trip the next day to look for desert elephants with Elaine as our guide. We soon saw our first eleven. Elaine then started to take us, cross country, to Twyfelfontein but we shortly ran into another herd of 12 elephants which we were able to watch this time at very close quarters for quite a long time. We returned for lunch and then afterwards we set off again with her to Twyfelfontein for a very quick visit. On the way back we came across yet another two elephants, again at close quarters. These had been very successful and most enjoyable outings.
After leaving Doro Nawas after our second night we were able to drive to the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, and then to the Petrified Forest, before journeying on to the Grootberg Lodge.
Doro Nawas Review
Whilst perhaps not quite so friendly as Kulala, absoutely no complaints. We wanted to see in particular the desert adapted elephants and did so.
Initially I thought we were going to be disappointed because the guide could not locate the elephants despite his very best efforts. I have to say he tried extremely hard to do so and ultimateley, after a long search he was able to find them and we were treated to a real spectacle. There were eleven elephants in the group including a nine day old calf and we were able to be within a few feet of them. Brilliant work and driving over difficult terrain by the guide who again showed great enthusiasm and knowledge.
We took ourselves to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Amazing and fascinating but really very very hot. Take lots of water and go slowly. Even the guide felt the heat on the day we were there.
Doro Nawas review
I was sick here from eating a piece of fish. The Manageress implied that it was my fault for drinking the local water or too much wine. I don't drink alcohol and I only drank bottled water! The lady in charge of the Restaurant was much more synpathetic and tried to help me with some bland food. I was not too impressed with the way I was treated.
Hotel setting was nice, rooms were good, again service was a little hit and miss. The entertainment after dinner by the restaurant staff was excellent, local songs and transalation of the menu into the local click language was very interesting to listen to.