Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 276 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 276 of our travellers who have visited Doro Nawas, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs W - VIC Australia
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The ideal place to relax and explore

This place was a stand out. Manager and staff went out of their way to look after us and particularly Gaenor. First thing phoned doctor and had her speak to Gaenor to discuss and reassure her re the scorpion sting. Helped Gaenor up and down the hill to the restaurant.

Trip to stone drawings was very pleasant and edifying. Lovely guide.

Trip to the desert elephants was a good excursion and was well done as was the visit to the native village. Sun downer was welcome although blowing a gale, but ponchos helped as supplied.

Friendly, courteous and a delightful place to spend time.

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Mr & Mrs H Ulverston
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro !Nawas ace place

Our room and view were lovely. The staff were welcoming and in the evening they sang beautifully to a very small group of customers. We loved the translation at meal times into the local Damara dialect. The food and service were excellent.

Both trips at Doro !Nawas were excellent. Our morning trip to Twyfelfontein and the Damara Living Museum was very interesting. The evening trip in successful pursuit of the desert adapted elephants was one of the big highlights of the holiday. We were so much closer to a herd of 13 elephants than we would have expected - and for so long. Amazing.

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Mr & Mrs M - Midlothian
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Spectacular and remote

After a very long journey from Swakopmund, greeted with chilled juice and fresh towels. The main reception, bar and dining areas are dark, cool and striking. The cabin was beautifully decorated and spacious, too windy to wheel the bed out that night. Enjoyed a beer at sunset from the terrace with wonderful views.

Dinner was introduced by the waitress in english, then in her own 'click' dialect, then she sang a song - a lovely touch. Food was above average and there was a vegetable kebab for the Vegetarian Husband (cooked on a corner of the meat BBQ, but it was nice thought!). After dinner, sat outside with our wine, on huge beanbags by the firepit and lanterns, looking at the stars - very memorable.

No hairdryers or wifi in the cabins, but that didn't bother us at all.

Just one night, would have liked to stay another.

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Mr M & Mrs S - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Being woken up by a group of four yellowbilled hornbills tapping on the window five minutes before your guide's early morning call lets you know you are somewhere special. But to see the desert adapted elephants was our primary reason for coming to this part of Damaraland and we were not disappointed.

There was a very friendly welcome from the manager {Agnes} and her assistant {Maureen} but the ambiance is perhaps less slick / more homely than in the other camps. Our room safe did not work and the information in the room about timings and activities proved to be out of date but the staff were helpful {especially Freesas who helped with the tyre replacement}.

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Mr & Mrs S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr G & Mrs S - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Mr & Mrs R - Surrey
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Miss & Miss H - Sussex
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr G B & Ms F S - Colchester
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr M & Ms B - Brussels
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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