Dolomite Camp

Reviews of Dolomite Camp

Good(86%) From 86 travellers
Excellent
45
Good
28
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 86 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 P from London
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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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 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Facilities:
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Good

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
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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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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Mr & Mrs S - Worcester Park
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Dolomite Camp review

A nice camp, although we did have a mouse issue in the room which munched though one of our bags.

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Mr and Mrs P. from Australia
Arrived on: 15-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Wonderful Camp in the hills.

On the far west of Etosha, rooms built in the hills overlooking a huge plain, with good amounts of game to be seen. Well worth a stay here. (There are steep areas but a golf cart is available)

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Mrs F. from London
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

Fabulous views and great wildlife

Lovely tented cabins in a stunning location with great views of the plains below and lots of wildlife.

Staff in restaurant pleasant but overstretched. Food very average.

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Mr & Mrs G - Huntingdon
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Very disappointing

This camp is in the most wonderful location but ruined by poor design of the bar and restaurant, bad food and terrible service. The bar and restaurant were in tents with the flaps closed and completely failing to make the most of the spectacular views.

We had to carry our luggage up a steep hill to the room as the luggage van wasn't working, the staff were rude and unhelpful and the food was barely edible.

The room was attractive but in need of maintenance.

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Ms Q & Mr B - Minneapolis
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

Dolomite Camp review

The Dolomite camp in Etosha has a beautiful setting and with the infrastructure it really could be a showplace of the park. unfortunately it is probably the least well run of th camps in the park. the shuttle taking you around the camp or too and form the parking lot is awkward. it is not just a matter of running on Africa time but is treated as an unnecessary detail by the staff yet they demand you rely on it to go anywhere.

The dining room staff also comes off as having no desire to be there and help you, and is in stark contrast to employees at all the other camps in the park. The tent lodging themselves have the potential to be dramatic but there is insufficient ventilation (and no AC). The canvas flaps are designed to open and with the proper adjustments could really make the rooms comfortable, but the key hardware is out of reach and even the zippers at floor level are often broken and unusable. We had broken glass in our main sliding door, and while i understand it is a difficult situation to make those repairs some key duct tape would have at least made this a safer situation.

The most unfortunate thing about the camp is that only two of the tents have views of the waterhole. From the waterhole itself you can see the camp and what looks like a magnificent setting overlooking the water hole. However, the bar/restaurant/pool are on the other side of the hill and views are only available to a small percentage of the guests. It is a long drive out to this side of the park, and i do not think I would encourage people to go there unless they were entering the park from the western edge.

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Mr H - Michigan
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Excellent

great views and water hole

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Bruce from Harrogate
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Wonderful lookout for Etosha first night

Amazing setting but what a pity there was really no evidence of anyone in charge. Lodges are strung out across 400 metres of the ridge of one of the few hill ranges in Etosha.

But the lodges really needed a critical eye passed over them. Every window zip was broken in our tent and if the weather had been anything other than queit and hot they would have allowed wind, rain, and dust dust to pour in. Electrical plugs a shambles and probably dangerous. Any of these issues could be easily sorted with a program of regular preventative maintenance.

But what a setting and such nice staff with good food and remarkable views.

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