Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(93%) From 392 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 392 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 D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great Damaraland experience

Recent wreck of the Zeila about 50km outside Swakopmund not in most guide books and quite an interesting diversion for a few minutes on the long drive north giving a bit of a flavour of the Skeleton Coast proper beyond. Very windy drive for over 100km inland even in early morning in August with dust spectacular bur severely hampering visibility at times. Last 80km (D2612) from Swakopmund very rough (Aug 2017) to the extent that lodges trying to regrade locally using 4wd + towed tyres etc. - don't arrive late in the day!

Great singing welcome and departure. Great setting.

Stayed in family accommodation - two separate units joined by wooden walkway. Kids wanted one adult in each unit, but this was fine. All slept outside on verandas under the stars.

Nice pool area.

Dinner was on a single table out in the bush (twice a week). Great atmosphere. Food introduced in local language with plenty of clicking and chicken impressions. Kids a bit reticent at first but then loved it. Food largely from the braai and very good. Kids menu available if chosen in advance and excellent. Breakfast fairly basic.

Should have stayed for 2 nights but had to balance where we wanted to go with time available. Didn't do any lodge activities.

Self-drove to Twyfelfontein. Road very poor (Aug 2017) and wouldn't want to do it in a hurry or in a low clearance vehicle. Children interested in rock art to a surprising degree.

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Expert Africa comments

As of 21st August Expert Africa were made aware, by our team in Namibia, that the gravel roads are becoming increasing bumpy and continue to deteriorate, especially in areas around Damaraland and Sossusvlei. This is due to the lack of funds to support the costs of grading the roads. The roads used to be graded on a fairly regular basis and hence kept in good condition but unfortunately they now haven’t been done for some months with resulting ill effects on the road conditions. We hope that things will return to normal shortly.

Ms S & Mr E - NSW Australia
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Weird architecture great location

We were not sure whether staying at two different lodges within Damaraland was a good idea or not. It turned out to be perfect. The difference between Grootberg Lodge and Doro Nawas allowed us to see very diverse aspects of this important region of Namibia.

The main building is unusual architecture and looks more like a fort than a lodge, but is very comfortable and had great outdoor seating to enjoy the stunning views. The staff singing your welcome and your departure was a particularly nice touch, as were the hot and cold towels at the beginning and end of each safari.

The chalet at Doro Nawas was excellent ( as the one at Grootberg had been too). The meals were good too.

Our Desert Elephant Drive was a big success and our visit to the Twyfelfontein Petroglyphs was well worth while.

We had a great two night stay!

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Family H & L - Berkshire
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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fantastic - loved it!!

Doro Nawas was one of our favourites - the bushmans dinner, (Mon, Wed and Fridays) elephant search (and finding them) and singing staff made it.

staff tried to teach us the clicks of the language....failed, but we had fun. Their guide - Marcus - was brilliant and very helpful! he helped us with petrol - the ride there took 7 hrs from Swapo - due to the awful road - and then took all our fuel. Marcus helped by getting us 25L and helping us get it into the car.

Bushmans dinner was great - really nice idea - and well executed. Liked the staff dancing and joined in.

Great to have all inclusive including laundry as we had been in RSA and Namibia a while by then and everything was dusty!! Would always suggest this on future trips - wash every 7 days or so!

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Mr & Mrs S - Wellington
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Another highlight. Wish we had had three nights here.

Road in awful tho. On the way from Etosha we detoured to see Finger Rock and had lunch at the Finger Rock lodge. A lovely setting and very good easy lunch. We also visited the Petrified Forest. Highly recommended- suggest you add this to the notes to travellers. We decided against the nature drive to see the elephants and instead drove ourselves to the Damara Living Museum; another place we highly recommend. Got to Twyfelfontein rock engravings but the roads were so unappealing we didn’t get to Burnt Mountain or Organ Pipes that day. The unexpected Bush dinner was superb. Staff and accommodation excellent. We did buy a lunch to take with us which was very expensive but we were glad of it on the Skeleton Coast. The surprise bush dinner under the stars was a highlight.

We drove out to the Skeleton Coast on the C39/34 and were so pleased we had. Firstly the more direct road was the worst we struck (on our way to Twyfelfontein). We met a tour bus driver there who recommended the coast road as being much better - and he was right. It was a very scenic drive out to the coast and a great drive south on the salt road. We would have been very sorry if we had missed this and the extra time was no problem. The weather was kind to us - it would be different in fog/wet conditions.

The road from Henties Bay is being upgraded and the scenery was very disappointing from here to Swakopmund.

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Mr and Mrs L from Brighton
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This is a special place which I will remember

This is indeed a special place in terms of people, location and room. Very stylish design, comfy rooms, and lovely welcoming staff who sang to us on arrival and departure! The service was helpful but also laid back, perfect! The guide went out of his to ensure that we saw the desert elephants. Staying here was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

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Vivonholiday
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The rooms here are amazing - so spacious. Looked ominous on arrival but we were sad to leave by end.

The local walk was not worth the money though - guide told us very little but we were told we could not go alone.

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Mr &a Mrs G. from Ringwood
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best service in Namibia

The best service in Namibia. Incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. A wonderful setting. Little touches included plenty of cold drinking water with cold flasks of water provided in the rooms too. Don't expect wifi so be prepared! We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends.

We were especially impressed by the layout of the dinning/reception area: indoor or balcony dinning, a central open air boma (surrounded by beanbags if you feel like being 'super relaxed'!) and stairs up to the roof for star gazing.

After dinner we went up to the roof where Marcus treated us to an hour of stargazing. Marcus provided a detailed explanation on stars, planets, constellations, etc. with some direction from his laser pointer.
The rooms were very impressive with indoor and outdoor showers. We rolled our beds out the room and slept under the stars after putting our new found star gazing knowledge to the test. Wonderful. Beware of the mosquitoes though if you choose to abandon the safety of the mosquito net in the room!

In the local area we visited the organ pipes, burnt mountain, petrified forest and Twyfelfontein (selfdrive). They were easily accessible but we only enjoyed visiting the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein

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Jules and Geoff from New Zealand
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Doro Nawas was a lovely stay - the views from the main building are simply sensational.

Personally i didn't like the fortress like look of the main building and felt some of the furnishings in the main building to be a little jaded. BUT, the rooms were lovely ( sleeping out under the stars was so beautiful) and the evening bush dinner was really beautifully thought out.

The staff were generally absolutely excellent - especially our guide for the elephant tracking. The star watching ( which i was looking forward to ) was more miss than hit i am afraid - disappointing because the stars were amazing and it was a great opportunity to learn. Love the Damaran language and the use of it by the staff when appropriate.

All in all a very nice stay.

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Mr & Mrs S - Worcester Park
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A pleasant stay, but not sure we really needed to be on the one day all inclusive rate as we were only staying there to catch the flight to Desert Rhino camp, so it was really a stop gap. Although we did go out on the drive in the morning it was cut short because of our flight time, so I would say this wasn't value for money.

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Mr M. from London
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Loved it -almost my favourite lodge....

Totally unexpectedly wonderful and enjoyed being sung through every step. Wish I had had two nights. Desert elephant excursion excellent and totally successful. Almost my favourite landscape of the trip too...

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