Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(93%) From 410 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 410 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 JM & co from Portugal
Arrived on: 8-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

We considered this camp as the most special in the whole trip.

We saw several elephants in the river bed (within touching distance) and could sleep outside with beds pulled out on to our room verandah which was magical looking at the night sky and during full moon period.

Excellent food and service.

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N & R from Essex
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

It was an interesting stop over. The bush dinner was great and to seen the contrast between Classic and Adventure camps was good

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Mr H from Portsmouth
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing!!!! Atmospheric location

We loved our stay here. Our room was very spacious and clean. The indoor and outdoor showers were a great feature, as well as the ability to sleep out on the balcony under the stars which we did one night. The stars were amazing and the view across the desert was spectacular!

The lodge was brilliant, - great to go on the roof and see the views across the desert and watch the sun go down, nicely located pool and we enjoyed sitting by the fire pit after dinner.

Just after we arrived there was a huge desert dust storm! This was very exciting and like being in a film. Our room was covered in sand but the staff cleaned it immediately and we would never have known all the sand had been there!

Staff were very friendly and welcoming. It was amazing hearing their tribal language and songs.

We did the Desert Elephant nature drive which was outstanding. Beautiful scenery and we were lucky enough to find the elephants and see them mating. We also did a guided walk in the desert in the morning. This was very different from other types of safaris and we were able to focus on animal tracks (e.g. aardvark tracks leading to aardvark hole), plants and birds. We were glad we did this and it was reasonably priced.

Food was great - we ate far too much. We also had a bush bbq one night which was a nice experience, although we would have preferred not to have to sit at a communal dining table.

Probably the best lodge of our trip; highly recommend staying here!

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Ian & Vivienne from UK
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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What an airport hotel this is!

It may look dark and forbidding but the main lodge is designed like a desert fort and the colour allows it to blend in with the surrounding boulders .The chalets are authentic in design and well placed and equipped . The views from your private deck area are fabulous and you are not overlooked. I just wished they had mosquito nets however. We did not sleep out under the stars as the night time insects were amazing to see but we didn't fancy them as bed fellows!

The bush dinner for guests is every Monday Wednesday and Friday and there does not appear to be an option to opt out. The food was a basic BBQ but it is beautifully done and eating out under the stars and being welcomed by the staff singing in a candlelit area of clear bush was really quite special and unforgettable.

The drive to the airfield to fly in any direction is a mere 5 minutes.

We saw desert adapted elephants in numbers here and Damaraland is such a beautiful area of Namibia ,not to be missed. The drive to here from Swakopmund was long and rough but the scenery certainly made up for it.

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raedrian from Canada
Arrived on: 13-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Magnificent Hill Top Doro Nawas Lodge

Driving up to this resort was like approaching a medieval fortress as it sits by itself on top of a hill looking out over the desert.

It has a roof top terrace for watching sunsets and star gazing as well as a small court yard with a fire place and bean bags for socializing. The cabins were great....lots of room and comfortable... spread around the base of the hill.

The safaris to see the desert elephants were terrific as we found ourselves in the middle of a large herd (50?) of elephants.

Other game was seen along the way.

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Mrs S from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Welcoming

This was the most welcoming of all the places we stayed in, even though the restaurant area does look a bit forbidding from a distance. The views are fabulous. It was great having a pool as it was really hot.

Evening meals were made to be an occasion - the first was in the dining room - it was fun listening to the menu in 'click' language & the singing was fun ; on the second night we were led out into the bush where a long table had been set out under the stars - a lovely touch. It was good to have house wine included in the price.

As we only had 1 full day to explore the area we didnt go on the elephant safari (my guidebook said it was the wrong time of the year for them to be close), which we regretted as people who went had a great experience. We did enjoy our visit to see the rock paintings, organ pipes & fingerklip.

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Mrs B from Gabriola Island
Arrived on: 7-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A wonderful experience

Sorry we only had one night here.

The staff were wonderful and super happy to be involved.

Sorry we did not have time for the elephant tour.

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Mr B from London
Arrived on: 6-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

This camp is at a fantastic location with lovely spacious rooms and being able to push your bed out onto the patio to sleep under the stars is a memorable experience. The bar/dining area has a great view.

Our guide found us the desert adapted elephants which was wonderful and we spent as long as we wanted with them. However we did feel that he was perhaps a bit less energised than some of the guides we had in Namibia.

Of special note was our guide at Twyfelfontein, Dion, who was extraordinarily well informed. (He also had an extensive knowledge of Britain that he had obtained from books!)

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Mr B & Mrs C from Glasgow
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The name was right out of Game of Thrones and the location was too . On a small kopje surrounded by nothing but desert and mountains . No people . No animals . Nothing moves as it is 40C. And there is no air conditioning and the enticing outside shower has a concrete floor which is too hot to stand on!

The view from excellent breakfast , lunch , drinks and dinner (with a choice ) was unparalleled .

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Mr & Mrs M from London
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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What an amazing location

We've never stayed anywhere like this and may never again. An extraordinary location deep in the desert plains and mountains, far from anywhere, with stunning views and a real sense of being in another world. The rooms are comfortable and you can sleep out under the stars, though there are a few mosquitoes, whatever the staff might tell you that there are not! So slap on some mosquito cream before bed, and enjoy watching the Millky Way in all its glory. The staff were friendly and we loved the singing to welcome us and at the dinner that they do out in the bush - a real treat. The desert elephant viewing is also well worthwhile - best go for the morning one when the animals armoire curious - they came right up to our vehicle, trunks almost inside!
There are two routes to and from Swakop - we debated for a couple of days which to take and eventually opted for the longer Skeleton Coast route. If you go that way, be sure to turn right at the coast for a few miles just to make sure you go far enough to see the endless sand dunes. It's only about 10km to the end of the road, though we didn't go all the way - the park staff had told us the road was closed though we had decided to ignore their advice not to go that way. But make sure you feel comfortable with any sand you might encounter, don't take risks. There are NO dunes once you go south, it turns to (amazingly remote) endless gravel plains with distant mountains.
We were told the inland route between Swakop the Doro Nawas region is just as good, if you are short of time. the Skeleton Coast road took us nine hours including stops - not to be under-estimated. But worth it.

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