Dolomite Camp

Reviews of Dolomite Camp

Good(86%) From 93 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 93 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.
Dr and Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

We found this place a bit sad. An amazing setting and a beautiful lodge that had not been maintained so it looked worn around the edges. The service was ok but not warm or impressive.

I think in times of more rain it would be a stunning place to see the park from but in the drought less so.

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Dune lover from London
Arrived on: 16-May-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dolomite Camp Review

This is a state owned camp inside the West Gate to Etosha National Park. Upon arrival the place initially looked good. However, it soon became apparent that it was sadly neglected. Round the pool some decking had rotted and the walkways needed repair.

The views from this location were unparalleled so we were not unhappy that we stayed one night there, however the overriding feeling is that the staff are not motivated and generally could not be bothered. When we were in the restaurant we had to find the staff (as we were going out on a night drive) to serve supper. They were all clustered round the television in the bar area! A great pity that the lodge felt sad and tired as the location was simply stunning.

Not sure we would recommend this Lodge.

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C & D from Woking/Brighton
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautifully rugged and wild

It's a long way but definitely worth it! Watching the landscape change as you drive west through the park is really interesting, there appears to be less game but they're just hiding better...waterholes were busy when you waited and watched to see what comes out the bush...

The camp is in a great setting, wide open vistas from all angles, brilliant sunset and sunrise! We were treated to a giraffe munching right outside the room when we arrived, and later a herd of elephant too. The beds were incredibly comfy - very nice to relax into after the steep walks around camp!

The night drive was fun and our guide thrilled to find a couple of aardwolf, brown hyena, multiple rhino and a spotted wild cat.


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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Astonishingly view across Etosha

Unusual camp perched on rocky formation with amazing views - 5 rhino visible from our tented cabin amongst a sea of game.

Great infinity pool with view and lovely tented cabins.

Slightly disappointing restaurant with patchy service. Noone seemed to know whether safari drives were available, fortunately we were happy to do our own thing.

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Mr K from Maidstone
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

Visible from miles away, the views when in the Camp lived up to expectations.

Neither the book, nor our itinerary warned us that driving up is a not really an option, and everyone takes the shuttle. This needs to be pointed out in your itinerary. The chalets and facilities are very good - tented bar and restaurants appropriate - but there is an element of fitness required to get between chalets and these facilities. Paths long and at up to 20% incline in places - of maybe it just felt like it!

No-one asked for a deposit although there was an inventory! Staff extremely welcoming and helpful as we needed to plan for a tyre replacement (previous day's puncture plus, by adhering to 'do not get out of your vehicle', needed to drive on it for a while before able to stop) and assistance given with telephone as no mobile signal available.

Meals excellent and delightfully served, pool not used, but beautifully maintained and welcoming.

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Dr & Mrs S from France
Arrived on: 27-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Dolomite Camp review

This was our second visit to Dolomite Camp - the first was five years ago when the camp was newly opened. The camp shows some signs of wear and tear and really is in need of more constant maintenance.

Probably the best location of all the camps in Etosha - fantastic views from the rooms perched high on the hillside. Food in the restaurant was good - service a bit patchy.

Game in this part of Etosha is less prolific than in the eastern part of the park - but it is there if one is patient. Scenically this is a beautiful area.

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BarryT from Knutsford
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A fantastic camp right in Etosha

This camp situated on the Western side of Etosha is first class. It is perched on a hill and you have to walk up a long drive to reception and the chalets are stretched out across the hill. We were in Chalet 14 which was quite a distance to walk but they have a golf buggy to take you there and back especially at night as the camp is not fenced.

It is a truly spectacular location our chalet being one of two that overlooks the waterhole. We saw elephants, giraffe, scores of oryx, zebra and impala and at the various waterholes close by saw lions, kudu, and vultures. The food is good except breakfast which was poor with a lot of things having run out and no one from the staff noticing.The bar was nice although the barman gave the impression he wanted to go to bed somewhat earlier than the guests. Special mention must go to the Manager who was very helpful and told us the best places to watch animals. Etosha is amazing but you cannot leave your vehicle so be prepared to sit in the car and patiently wait. It is well worth it.

Be prepared for fairly long drives between the waterholes and note some are better in the morning than the afternoon. No complaints from us though as we saw everything we wanted to see.

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Mr & Mrs P from London
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dolomite camp review

We really enjoyed our stay at Dolomite and next time we'd look to stay here 3 nights (instead of 2) at the end of our Etosha visit. We came here after 6 nights at Okaukuejo and it's fascinating to see a different area of Etosha. There are far fewer vehicles at this end of the park. The wildlife was much more habituated than we had expected (but certainly not as relaxed as in the busier areas of the park). It's worth noting that the alternative route to the Gate has been closed. We had some really good sightings in the Dolomite area though.

The camp itself is gorgeous and completely different from Okaukujo and Halali. We stayed in a Deluxe Chalet and it was beautiful with its own little plunge pool with this incredible view out over the plains and the Dolomite waterhole. We enjoyed the afternoon of our full day in camp in the area off our room just watching the changing view and the animals coming to drink. The room was lovely and atmospheric. Though the pump on the swimming pool is very noisy (we managed to turn it off at night) and the lightning strike pole behind our tent kept "clinking" during the night (something is loose I guess) which was a shame.

We rather liked that it took 10 mins to walk from our room to the mess area but less able-bodied people might struggle (but then there is a golf cart). We had dinner here both nights - both excellent. Breakfast was very good with a wide selection (though whilst service on the first morning was excellent it was non-existent on the second ....). Check-in and check-out was smooth.

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Mr&Mrs D + kids from Herts
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Spectacular setting

This is a NWR-run camp, not a private lodge. If you go expecting the former, you will probably think it is fantastic. If you go expecting the latter, you will probably think it is rather rough around the edges.

The west side of Etosha is well worth a visit and this is the only real way of doing so other than camping or driving through. The setting is absolutely spectacular, perched on an outcrop high above the surrounding plains with views for miles of elephant, eland, zebra, giraffe, hartbeest and springbok.It is worth coming for the location alone.

The camp is unfenced. Parking is at the base of the outcrop. You can walk up to reception in a couple of minutes or a buggy will come and collect you and your luggage. This happened efficiently within 5 minutes.

Reception and communal facilities are all together, with chalets strung out along the top of the outcrop.The path is quite steep, sometimes uneven, and some units are several minutes' walk away. Wooden walkways are not in the greatest condition, with some trip hazards. Metal handrails are not earthed and frequently give a small electric shock - all part of Africa's charm but not to be recommended for small children or those not very mobile.

We had two chalets (one with an extra bed, which was a bit cramped but perfectly ok). Whilst they were next to each other, they were a good 2-3 minutes walk apart. Some adjacent chalets were closer. On booking, we were advised that an adult was required in each, but this was not confirmed at check-in - however, given the location, we split parents.

A fantastic small infinity pool was an unexpected surprise. There was a pleasant bar and seating area adjacent. Dinner was a choice of two meat options. There was no specific provision for children and they did struggle a bit. Breakfast was fairly basic. Service was pretty slow - but appeared to be largely reliant on cooking all meals pretty much simultaneaously. Staff were polite, but not welcoming.

Game drives were available but we self-drove.

Despite any average comments, would go back time and again just for the location.

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Mr M from London
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great location

Incredible location and great wildlife viewing everywhere. Badly let down by the state of the room, which would have been magical but almost every zip (forming blinds) was broken which meant that the freezing wind went straight through the tented room all night and there was only one blanket for the two twin beds. Leaking taps etc too. Great design, and spectacular position just needs an overhaul -though obviously can only speak for that room.

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