Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 369 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 369 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.
Ms and Mr KF. from London
Arrived on: 17-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert treat

We enjoyed the singing greeting.

The staff were really friendly. The food was good.

The lodges are lovely and we enjoyed the outdoor shower- a great experience.

The nearby sites are easy to drive to and view.

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Mr and Mrs T from Cardiff
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular location

The location looking across the desert to the mountains is spectacular. The tented chalet accommodation was excellent - spacious and well appointed.

The main lodge building with the roof terrace (unfortunately there was too much cloud/rain to do any star gazing), sitting area and indoor/outdoor dining is excellent. The meals - we had breakfast, dinner and lunch - were first rate.

The morning safari to look for wildlife was very well led and we had very good close views of elephants and good bird identification. The vehicle we were in - there were 4 of us and one guide - was not the most comfortable, especially on a hot day. We decided against doing a further trip in the afternoon - largely because we decided we had spent long enough in the vehicle already that day.

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Mr J. from BIggar
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We arrived too late for afternoon excursion and left for Twyfelfontein in the morning so never saw the desert elephants.

In retrospect we should have done Twyfelfontein the previous evening, on our way thee, and left the morning free for an elephant hunting excursion

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Mr K & Mrs J and Mr J & Mrs R - Scotland
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vetry sadly, not recommended

And perhaps average is being kind. Doro Nawas in undoubtedly a good cause (income and employment to the community), but without Wilderness to provide a flow of bookings it would struggle. The hard fact of the matter is that is that the market is western and that means that standards should be western too. The easy way to understand this is to compare it to Hoodia.

To be fair judgement was probably skewed by the journey from Swakop to Doro Nawas in a car that wasn't fit for the journey on dirt roads.

The two page Wilderness indemnity should be dealt with in the UK before departure, and had I been given it I would have suggested a stay elsewhere. Asking someone to sign that at the end of a long day with no option isn't a good idea.

Having a receptionist who doesn't understand eye contact or a firm handshake creates a negative impression at the outset.

There was no question of viewing the stars; it rained. Equally no walking was permitted outside the strict perimeter, but drive 5 minutes down the road and you can go where you like.

The lady who carried our bags to our room, considerably helped by me I should add, had the nerve to stand there and demand N$10.

Wheels on one bed didn't work. No plugs for the basins. By late afternoon (and I do understand that it's a difficult environment) there was a good scum on the pool at the lee end. Etc.

The rooms (and indeed the whole place) is downright gloomy. Our rooms looked straight out onto the staff camp and its lamp post. Avoid rooms 1 to 3.

The singing was very jolly, but couldn't paper over the cracks.

Obviously I haven't been to the other offers in the area but the Bradt guide suggests that Doro Nawas the most expensive in the area and I am unclear as to why it has an AE recommendation.


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Prof. B & Mr K from Delhi
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

What a delight to arrive after a long day's drive to be greeted by a group of people singing you a welcome song!

Doro Nawas was full of such sweet touches. The warmth and competence of the staff was truly remarkable. Our guide Markuz was fantastic too and seeing desert-adapted elephants with him was a special treat.

Doro Nawas also stood out for its beautiful design, especially its gorgeous rooms that harmonised with the severe beauty of the landscape.

So much to see in the surrounding area, I wish we'd stayed an extra day at least.

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Mrs S. from Toronto
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Safari to see Desert Adapted Elepanhts

Doro Nawas was our favourite place to stay. The hospitality and the safari was first class.

We loved our stay; the welcoming song, the bush dinner, the sunset, the scorpions at night, and last, but not least the Damara people.

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M and M of Auckland
Arrived on: 5-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

HOT as hell! Swimming pool was a god send - and a few beers!

Food, accommodation and service was excellent. Loved the singing welcome and farewell!!

Elephant safari great and the guide very knowledgable and funny. Was so amazing tracking the elephants and getting so close to them.

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Mr and Mrs R. from Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 28-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The reception by the staff on arrival was lovely. They all sang as they did on both nights that we were there. Really a treat.

The location is only minutes from the airport and the quality of the accommodation is first class. I would say that it was the most impressive of the camps that we stayed at.

Slept under the stars.

William the guide was very helpful and located elephants for us. There is not a lot of game at this time in this part of Damaraland but the camp and the staff (and the other visitors) made it most enjoyable.

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Mr E & Ms S - Sweden
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Worth staying for min 2 nights.

I think that this was another great lodge, worth staying more then 1 night at.

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Family L - London
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

A beautifully situated luxury lodge in a desert circle - the situation is unparalleled. We were unfortunate in that there was a sandstorm in the afternoon of our stay and it was too cold to sit out and enjoy the sunset or the fire pit (which looked magical). The lodge itself was great though and the rooms beautiful.

Only comment - this was the place where the food was hardest with our children as there was no choice and the food (although lovely), quite challenging for children - e.g. starters of beetroot soup or aubergine with moroccan spices.

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