Reviews of Doro Nawas
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Doro Nawas - hilltop respite in Damaraland
Wonderfully located atop and around a small hillock in Damaraland near the mountain ridge that includes Twyfelfontein.
Very large, comfortable tented cabin rooms, with decks looking out on the mountains beyond. Brilliant night-time skies with endless banks of stars. Extremely attractive common areas. Excellent food. Especially friendly and helpful service that even included tentative lessons at Khoisan. Very quiet and peaceful (when the wind isn't blowing), so you can hear your neighbors cough.
The morning drive by Doro Nawas to Twyfelfontein was very informative; the separate guided tour of the site itself was extremely interesting, as was a later visit to the Damaraland Living Museum.
Fabulous desert elephants & wonderful staff!
We were only able to stay one night and it was a really long detour - but the great trip out to (successfully) see the desert elephants made it worthwhile. Excellent local guide with whom we were totally confident when the elephants came very near. Interesting social commentary on the village where he grew up and his parents still live - we went there. Shame that the old farm house is no longer used for camping after the 2011 rains. Wondered why Wilderness community programme didn't help village to develop a craft centre, showing off local crafts skills etc, as a well to bring income into a very poor village that is now mainly older people.
Breakfast good - best granola we had all trip! Delicious. Lovely staff - feisty and a good team spirit.
The main memory we will have of Doro !Nawas is the staff's friendliness and their keenness to teach us 'the click'. We engaged with several staff over breakfast and what was exceptional was the way they broke out into spontaneous singing for us, with most of the kitchen staff then coming out to join them. It was fun and not contrived. I was very impressed that the manager was quite happy for about 10 of his staff to spend time with us when he might have been more worried about getting the jobs done.I really thought that Wilderness had instilled a great team spirit and the staff were excellently trained. I felt that Wilderness were good employers and that it showed in how the staff were with guests and each other.
Wonderful resting place in great location
Really friendly and helpful staff who can't do enough to make staff pleasant.
Facilities and food are good and the service excellent.
Doro Nawas - a real gem
The best staff ever - so happy and friendly !
Everything else was perfect too but the staff are the icing on the cake ! After dinner all the staff came out singing - magical !!
The morning desert elephant tracking tour was excellent. In the afternoon we drove ourselves to see the rock carvings at Twfelfontein.
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What a lovely place - superb chalet, really made by the great staff - enthusiastic and warm.
Wheeled the bed out and slept under the stars (holiday highlight). One night not enough. Should have had 2 to allow for some activities and another night under the stars.
One less night in Swakop - one more here.
Beautiful setting. Loved the nature walk.
Fantastic and very private room with enormous verandah, giving views of the setting sun.
Once again would have appreciated a bit more advance information about the early morning nature walk before committing to it but it turned out to be excellent. We learned so much from our guide and, as we were the only guests on the walk, we were able to ask lots of questions.
We also went on the afternoon drive to see the desert-adapted elephant. We were very impressed by our guide's persistence - he eventually tracked them down after 2.5 hours. It meant that our drive back to the lodge was more exciting than anticipated; we will never know how the guide managed to find the way in complete darkness!
The service could again not be faulted but we were less at ease in the Wilderness Safaris lodges compared with the privately owned ones. In general, the Wilderness Safaris lodges do not seem to provide advance information on prices for drinks (which is slightly unnerving) but they were very generous measures and turned out to be very cheap!
Grew on us as we stayed
Initially we thought it looked a bit tired and dark - but as we got used to the building the ambience was really good particularly at night - the evening meal on the rooftop was a highlight as was the elephant trackingRead more about the whole safari
A Mad Max desert experience
This is a Mad Max sort of place in that the design, exterior and location are intriguing and in keeping with the desert, mountain and boulder scenery.
Our room was comfortable and well designed and the activities and food were good.
The visit to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein was very interesting.
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Wonderful location and we had a great trip looking and finding desert elephants.
Staff friendly and helpful when asked but lack of attention to detail compared to other places.
B B Q under stars was great and could move our bed out to sleep under stars.
Doro Nawas review
We had very little idea about what to expect as we drove to Doro Nawas, although Sabina at Expert Africa had told us that it was special. Nothing could have prepared us for what we found on arrival.
The setting is spectacular, the last few meters of drive up to Reception slope up steeply and dramatically. After our long drive we were delighted to be greeted as we got out of the car by cool towels and fruit juice. As we were shown around I kept saying 'I'm at a loss for words'. The panorama view is breathtaking. Our room was also beautifully appointed. We pushed our beds out onto the veranda and slept under the stars, which was one of the highlights of our trip, unforgettable. We also loved the fact that meals were served variously in the dining room, out on the veranda or up on the roof by candle light at night. Sitting round the fire in the evening was so peaceful.
The service at Dora Nawas was exceptional. The staff were extremely helpful, friendly, efficient, attentive and happy. Again, we were made to feel like part of a big family during our stay.
Mwezi was our guide as we visited the rock engravings, burnt mountain and organ pipes. He was excellent, very informative, enthusiastic and cheerful.
Doro Nawas was our favourite stay of our whole holiday.