Reviews of Dolomite Camp
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95 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Dolomite Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Dolomite camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp review"
"Wonderful Camp in the hills."
"Fabulous views and great wildlife"
Staff in restaurant pleasant but overstretched. Food very average." See all these reviews: 26n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana
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." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 27n in Namibia
"great views and water hole"
"Wonderful lookout for Etosha first night"
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." See all these reviews: 20n in Namibia
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