Reviews of Doro Nawas
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Doro Nawas review
This was an excellent camp with great views. The room was very comfortable, the guide went out of his way for us to see elephants and took us on a long day trek which was great although we didn't see much he made a real effort to find some of the rarer big animals and we saw mountain zebra. Followed rhino tracks for about an hour and some lion too. The elephants were much easier to find than I expected (as they come to a village waterhole!) and we had great views of them on our own before other vehicles arrived. I believe that if the elephants are not around it would be a struggle to find a great deal to do here although the scenery is spectacular. Looking over the hills from a sundowner was fabulous.
We took ourselves to Twyelfontein on the second afternoon and enjoyed the trip around that with the local guide. It was interesting. We stopped at the petrified forest on our way north the following morning which was a pleasant and interesting stop too. Glad we did this in transit and not in the heat of the day.
This lodge was slightly disappointing in two respects. Firstly the staff (but not all) were not generally as welcoming and helpful as at most other places. We hadn't realised we were not full board before we arrived rather hot and bothered after the trip from Swapkomund, and thus there was a tricky conversation about the trips out. When we came to pay they really hadn't a clue about what we had had as extras and we could easily have got away with paying less than due. Having said that it was still a great place and would recommend it. As an aside it is an easy drive by 2x4 to the main lodge from the main road.
Secondly the food was very variable. Breakfast was excellent as was a barbecue one evening but some of the other meals were poor especially a spaghetti lunch. This was fed back there.
More elephants than you can shake a stick at
What can I say about this place , It was our third visit and the more we stay the more we like !!!
Can not fault the place at all
We did the elephant tracking trip and saw a group of twenty they were very relaxed with us and came very close to our vehicle A few years back we did the same trip and the elephants were very wary of us would not allow any vehicle to get near them they must be getting used to tourists
A warm welcome in a spectacular setting
The welcome after a long dusty drive was warm and friendly. The room was very well equipped, comfortable and private - the outdoor shower was a delight.
The staff were all happy, friendly and helpful - their singing to us after dinner each evening was great fun. Food was excellent and varied. The drive to the desert elephants was wonderful and the guide helpful and very informative. The stars from the roof were brilliant.
Overall a wonderful experience.
Doro Nawas review
Service here was excellent with everyone appearing happy. Worth the long journey from Etosha to stay here and we spent some time relaxing though very little else to do if you weren't on an organised trip. Most people were fully inclusive and were able to plan their programmes the night before.
ALL staff were willing to help in any way even to having a conversation in the 'click' language when asked. Food here for veggie's was cooked specially at each meal and was delicious - sometimes more than enough! and there was also usually a good choice from the buffet.
Morning desert elephant trip was enjoyable and was interesting to see the younger ones sleeping during the heat of the day. We booked an extra trip to the rock engravings which were fascinating and well preserved. Was v hot but guide found shade in a few places.
Doro Nawas review
A place that we loved so much that we decided to just stay at the lodge all day.
Stunning location and interior, very welcoming, friendly, relaxed staff, great food.
Focus on frills at the expense of basics
Our experience of Doro Nawas was a 'mixed bag'. Ultimately, we would cut this stop from our itinerary if planning another holiday to Namibia. The location, while very beautiful, felt uncomfortably isolated. The drive there on very bad gravel roads was unpleasant.
The main lodge was beautifully designed and offered spectacular panoramic views, however the gravel pathways between the chalets and the main lodge were badly lit at night and could have been tended to better, given that luggage had to be hauled over them.
The guest chalets were spacious and clean but they felt less cosy than Sossus Dune Lodge as they were quite dark, both in terms of lighting and decor. The lack of tea-making facilities in the room was disappointing. There was also no Wi-Fi access.
The staff and guides were friendly. We did feel however that too much emphasis was placed on entertaining guests at the expense of meeting some basics needs. For example, staff tended to clear plates before guests were finished with their meals, and arrangements for lunch were not clarified by the guide/manager as the morning game drive concluded, despite lunch being included in the price of the drive.
We were happy to move on from Doro Nawas.
Beautiful lodge,stunning location Doro Nawas
Stunning location with lodge at top of hill. Beautifully furnished, it looked its best in the evening with the fires and candles lit.
Really enjoyed the meals, the service was so friendly and the food delicious.
Views from the dining room were gorgeous.
Amazing, huge rooms.
Younger son got bitten by a scorpion ( in his bed!) on day2. Response very good: immediately they called a 24 hour helpline and I talked to a doctor in South Africa. Guides and manager descended on us to identify the culprit. Luckily it was not venomous, just a sore arm for a few days.
Doro Nawas was very close to Palmweg where we were taken to from Etendeka. We got there at 10.30 in the morning, and spent the afternoon doing the local sites. That meant we didn't have anything left to do on the second day so we had a day sitting around. Very restful. If anyone is pushed for time, you could just do 1 night at Doro Nawas if coming from Etendeka. But you would miss out on a treat:
Doro Nawas review
Red carpet welcome by very cheerful staff. Beautiful lodge with lovely views over the plains.
Magnificent rooms with stunning views, lovely outdoor showers. Meals were excellent and vegetarians well catered for. The staff were enthusiastic and the atmosphere was great, could have stayed longer.
Yet another place not to be missed
Must learn !Click language
Fabulous accommodation, view and scenery. Lovely people who would do anything to help, especially if you tried to engage with !Click language! Desert Elephant trip also brilliant.
Don't miss this Lodge is our opinion, if it's cold they'll put hot water bottles in your bed. This touch certainly appealed to my wife so 10 out of 10 was always going to be their score from us!
Doro Nawas review
Good welcome with cold drinks and towels.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Dramatic setting and a chalet with stunning views across the hills.
Very comfy room with a great verandha to enjoy the scenery with a drink.
Bit odd; tea bags and coffee sachets in room but no kettle or hot water.
Evening meals good.
Would have liked a guided walk but a large American tourist group had booked all guides. We were warned though to book in advance to guarantee an activity. Walked alone which was fine as camp visible for miles for orientation.