Reviews of Doro Nawas
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A great spot with a fantastic vantage point
We enjoyed our time here, and particularly the trip to the Desert Elephants. For those who have their own transport, we would recommend making your own way to the rock engravings and Organ Pipes/Burnt mountain as there is no real added value in taking the lodge trip, which works out more expensively. Although not offered by the Lodge, we would strongly recommend a trip to the Petrified forest, which we found really interesting.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, particularly the manager Alvin, although I wished he hadn't laboured the dangers of snakes and scorpions as much as he did, as this meant I was particularly on edge throughout the two nights of our stay (unnecessarily it transpired).
Sleeping under the stars
Doro Nawas was a revelation. Being able to wheel our huge bed out onto the balcony and sleep under the stars was an incredible experience not to be missed.
The excursion down the dry riverbed in a four wheel drive landrover was an adventure in itself and finding elephants was the icing on the cake. We would have liked another night here.
Scenic location, dry, hot and windy
Twyfelfontein engravings worth the visit but maybe stay for one night onlyRead more about the whole safari
Spectacular setting - a great stay
We arrived at Doro !Nawas after a long but beautiful drive from Swakopmund. As with our arrival at Kulala Desert lodge (also operated by Wilderness Safaris), we were greeted by a friendly member of staff with a refreshing home-made beverage. A tip if you are self-driving: upon arriving at the property, just park your car and walk up to the reception building. The driveway is quite steep and it's unnecessary to drive up it only to have to come back down to park.
After a brief orientation by the staff, we were taken to our room which is described as a "natural-walled unit". The walls were canvas and the ceiling vaulted and thatched giving a wonderful open and airy feeling. The veranda from the room opened out onto a beautiful view of the plains. There was an indoor and outdoor shower and the option to sleep out under the stars on the veranda.
The food at Doro !Nawas was some of the best we had on our trip, especially the second night there when they prepared a perfectly marinated and prepared barbecue. Before sitting down to dinner we had what was probably the most relaxing evening of the trip, sitting around the open fire on big bean bags enjoying a glass of wine and watching "Dora" the resident cat make her rounds.
We were up very early on our first morning to set off with a guide to look for desert elephants - certainly the highlight of our stay there. The guide did a wonderful job of informing us about the flora and fauna and well as showing us how he tracks the elephants. He gave us a lot of information about the desert-adapted elephants as well as some of the individual members of the herd, and once we found them we were given as much time as we wanted to observe and photograph them.
The other excursion we made that day was a self-drive to see the San rock art at Twyfelfontein, one of Namibia's World Heritage sites. We also learned that the Twyfelfontein area is said to have the largest variety of scorpions in a single location - 13. Remember to shake out your shoes before you put them on! We actually did see a scorpion back at the lodge, but it was taken care of expeditiously by members of the staff...
We didn't have time that day to visit the Petrified Forest so we set off the next day and made a stop there en route to our next destination. There we also saw the very old Welwitschia plants.
Doro !Nawas was probably one of our favorite accommodations during our trip to Namibia. The total experience of the lodging, guided trip and geographic location made it a very memorable stay.
P.S.: The internet access in the reception area didn't work well. It wasn't actually broken but the wire on the back was loose and nobody made too much of an effort to fix it, which was really okay.
Sleep under the stars (with the bats!)
The best welcome and most friendly staff of our entire trip. Enthusiastic and happy and likely to burst into song at any moment!
Spacious, well arranged, huts with both inside & outside shower. The highlight was wheeling the bed out onto the terrace and sleeping in the open air. To be able to lie back and star gaze was very special. The bats flying close to your face for a while, gave it an added twist! Cold in the morning, so the thick blankets provided were definately needed.
A superb trip out into the valley to track desert adapted elephants with our guide Mwezi. After looking at the tracks in the dust, we rounded the corner and were up close and personal with a large group of elephants. Fascinating to sit and watch the different behaviours of young and old elephants in their natural habitat.
Also enjoyed sitting on the bean-bags around the camp-fire in the central area.
What can we say, fantastic location, amazing rooms and the 'castle' was great! But here the thing that made it for us was the Staff! It felt great staying there as it was very energy efficient and they generate their own electricity etc.
So friendly and helpful and they read the menu out to us in Click language and English and sang on our last night which was fun!
Erwin took us to look for Desert Elephants but due to the time of year they had gone further up the river bed and he just said 'we aren't going back to camp until we have found them' which was great seeing as the excursion should only have been half a day (it turned out we found them in time anyway, but we liked his determination'. There were only 3 of us in the Jeep so it was really personal and he answered all of our questions really well.
The rooms were huge, the patio was fab and the view was out of this world. We were initially going to stay at another lodge close by but we were so glad it was fully booked and we stayed here instead. The food was great as well and the pool was stunning (although it could have been cleaner- possibly my only criticism but I advised Doro Nawas at the time too).
I do have to say getting there was not easy on the route suggested to us in a 2WD. The D2612 was not an easy road and we had to turn round and go back on the C35 up to Khorixas and then on the C39 which was much better. At the rate were driving on the D2612 we could have walked the same pace. But that is not a criticism of Doro Nawas.
Doro Nawas review
excellent trip to see desert elephants, and very good guide for nature walkRead more about the whole safari
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.
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.
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.