Dolomite Camp

Reviews of Dolomite Camp

Good(89%) From 69 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 69 of our travellers who have visited Dolomite Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs F from Ealing
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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On the rocks - literally!

Contrary to the title I have used this is an unusual and exciting location on a large rock outcrop in the westernmost part of Etosha Pan National Park.

The rocks under our wooden framed chalet tent were inhabited by cute hyraxes (dassies) who emerge early in the morning to sun themselves. There is a wonderful view from the balcony of the park and one evening we watched a rhino strolling past and saw loads of more common species browsing only a couple of hundred metres away. There is a steep climb from the car park but a small buggy carries baggage (and passengers) up the steep track.

This part of Etosha is surprisingly empty of people - we drove 120km on our first morning around the park and only met two other vehicles but saw very many animals.

The facilities are excellent but we would rate the food as "good" and the waitresses need better training.

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Mr & Mrs. B - London
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

A classier camp than Okaukuejo for quality and service, almost achieving privately-owned standards.

Its hill-top location, gives great views over the plains on either sides, but requires dexterous buggy driving to get luggage to the spread-out tents. A slightly bizarre arrangement from a practical point of view, not ideal for anyone whose ability to walk is compromised. To be fair I was only there one night.

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Mr and Mrs H from Chesterfield
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

One of our favorite places - well worth booking the luxury chalet. The whole place is on a limestone ridge and we had views over the savanna right out to the horizon from our balcony.

The room was large and comfortable with a big patio with sunbeds and a private plunge pool. The camp is unfenced so you are escorted back to the chalet after dinner for safety reasons. Wildlife was all around from dassies on the rocks to lions doing a walk-past below our balcony at dusk. Couldn't have the patio doors open on the second night due to baboon colony camped on the rocks just outside. You could sit on our balcony and watch the comings and goings all day if you wanted.

The facilities are excellent but the staff, though friendly, are overstretched and the organisation could be better. Importantly the place gives access to the waterholes in the West of Etosha which is less frequently visited.

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Mrs V. from Grange-Over-Sands
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dolomite

No game drives available as car in for service. Wouldn't happen in the private sector.

Lengthy power cuts. Inter-room phones out of order.

Food dire (although 'light lunch' was fine)

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Mr and Mrs W Devon
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

Started badly waited over twenty minutes to be picked up from parking area, even though they had been contacted.

No welcome simply fill in these forms.

Moved our chalet, no consultation, new chalet poor, light cord had broken, toilet door catch did not work, ventilation panels unable to work as zips had stuck.

Reception staff more interested in carrying on their conversation on their mobile phone than dealing with customers.

Shame great location.

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Mr & Mrs D - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

Excellent

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Elephants as small as ants!

Not that easy to find unless we just missed a road sign - we came upon the waterhole first and spent a long time watching giraffe, zebra, oryx, warthog and elephant - and a few ostrich- looking up we could see the buidings blending into the dolomite hill behind - a splendid location - and next time(!) we will spend two nights here.

Our road here was the less travelled one -- at one point we had to weave among springbok and zebra just sitting and standing on the gravel road as if no cars had been passed in a long while.

Not a place for those afraid of heights but the view from our room really did make distant elephants look like ants.

Meal times were a bit weird with long waits while food came from the kitchen to one of the two dining rooms.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 12-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely camp in quiet part of the park

Great location, built on a ridge with rooms stetted along its length and not fenced in - buggy transfer provided after dark.

Wonderful view across the plain from the room and the bar and a nearby waterhole which was visible from the camp but only by walking a bit further than the paved track. Not to be done after dark!

Friendly service although not always efficient- e.g. there didn't seem to be a way of alerting reception of arrival at the car park at the bottom of the hill - we were lucky that a vehicle was already transporting someone else but we saw someone else left for about 15 minutes even after we told reception about it.

Good food and good value wine.

Good game viewing at the waterholes. Some of the game were quite inquisitive possibly because they were not as habituated to vehicles as in other parts of the park as access is mainly for people staying at Dolomite. This part wasn't open when we last visited so it was good to be allowed in. A fun experience

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

Our first visit to the now opened West side of the park via the Galton gate. The Dolomite camp is stunningly situated on the side of a crest with great views over Etosha.

The problem with the camp is that you are totally reliant on a golf buggy to get around the site as some of the climbs if you are elderly are just too much in the heat and as the camp was full, you spent a lot of time waiting for transport.

As it was fairly dry the game was concentrated around the water holes with especially good viewing at Renostervlei , Rateldraf and Arendsnes.

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Mr R & Ms L - a month in Namibia
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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fabulous position but watch out for oryx!

A fairly long drive to the western end of the Park with some stop-offs along the way brought us to Dolomite. Situated in a pass it has a dramatic position. The deal is that you leave your vehicle in a car park with covered bays, at the foot of a rocky ridge and are ferried up to reception. Because of bookings, we were only able to stay one night here and would suggest that future visitors should try to get at least two nights.

We also ended up in a hut at the far end of the ridge, away from the reception/bar/pool etc. This had a small 'plunge' pool on the deck but more importantly for us, it over-looked a water hole and as we were looking out over the bush about 5 minutes after arrival, a herd of around a dozen elephants crossed below us, on the way to water. As always the staff were great but there was a slightly confusing set-up, with two huts where meals were served, for no reason other than fitting everyone in as far as we could tell. But possibly because of a shortage of staff in the quiet season, there was some delay in getting served and getting a drink - nothing serious but given the status of Dolomite as a jewel in the crown camp, it needs looking at.

When we got a buggy down to the car park the next morning, there was some excitement and when when we got to our car we found that some roaming oryx had wandered through the car park overnight, and seemingly attracted by reflections from moonlight on the cars, had butted them. We had just one dent, but a large 4x4 from South Africa had some serious dents along one side. We took photos and gathered names etc for possible insurance claims. Then we set off to leave Etosha by the Galton Gate. Strictly speaking we had exceeded our time in the park by a few hours but the gate staff assured us that this was not a problem.

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