Reviews of Dolomite Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
93 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 - lovely setting, lots to see"
Camp a stunning location on a hill overlooking plain and waterhole so we had excellent views of about 30 elephant converging on waterhole at sunset.
Chalets quite spread out on both sides of hill and staff suggested that we phone lodge for an escort after dark, but they did not answer phone and we felt quite safe walking around (I don't think they had enough staff to cope with everyone wanting to go to dinner). it was helpful to be able to phone other rooms. Friendly staff but slightly less exceptional than at most other places.
Literature offered packed lunch but they could not deliver on this, however breakfast ample. All better than we expected for NMR camp. Map suggests a long straight road across reserve but actually plenty of manmade, and hence permanent, waterholes with lots to see. We called briefly for fuel at Okaujuego and were glad we had not stayed there - more people than most Namibian towns!" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp review"
The food was okay - it was a bit cold sitting in the dinner tents.
The buggy system for ferrying guests back and forth to their rooms (to avoid them being eaten by lions) could easily become irritating - it was very noisy but luckily didn't go on too late at night.
The location is excellent for exploring the quieter western side of Etosha - there were hardly any cars and we saw great wildlife (rhino and lots of lions), much better than over on the eastern/central part. There appear to be few other options for places to stay in the western part of Etosha within the park gates." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp review"
"Dolomite felt like an upmarket private lodge"
The staff were really friendly and helpful but perhaps a little understaffed which meant service at meals was slow. Personally we did not think this was a problem, but some guests complained which we felt was unjust.
Perhaps because the whole camp is of such high quality some people expected private lodge standards but without paying for them. If we had to pick one favourite from all the camps we stayed at during our holiday this would be the one." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Dolomite - the 'new' Etosha government camp i"
The accommodation itself is on the small side, and for a newish camp somewhat disappointing. It was also not altogether clean, and the level of maintenance (light bulbs, cracked glass etc) seemed low, making us think that the camp could deteriorate quite quickly. This is probably caused through the apparent staffing situation, as whilst all the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, there just did not seem enough of them to service the camp efficiently or fully. This lead to poor service in the restaurant and bar, with the sight of staff doubling up on reception/waiting/bar and even maintenance work! Having said that, when food in the restaurant did arrive, it was good.
We preferred to go on our own game drives rather than those offered, and there were plenty of waterholes, and game within a very short distance of the camp, so there was no disappointment with this aspect.
We were a little surprised to encounter a family with a 1 year old baby which understandably made its lack of appreciation of the heat and its surroundings loudly heard. In our opinion this camp is really unsuited for young children in respect of its position, the fact that it is unfenced etc.and its overall facilities" See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
"An interesting place to stay"
A golf cart can be called to transport you - but you may have to wait a while for it to arrive (over 10/15 mins). The restaurant staff were delightful and tried their very best. We went on one organised game drive from the lodge and our guide, Gabriel, got us to the Klippan waterhole at exactly the right time to see 3 different black rhinos come for their evening drink, one after the other - fantastic !" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp enjoys an outstanding location"
Couple of points regarding service:-
(1) Service at mealtimes is unacceptably slow due to insufficient numbers of staff, particularly given the distance of the kitchen from the dining room. The staff are doing the best they can - they simply need more people.
(2) It would be useful if they could have an information board in reception advising the water holes that are open / closed in this part of Etosha - this would save wasting time driving to closed water holes. Just a suggestion." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Rhino watching at Dolomite"
Tea relaxing in the warm afternoon sunshine on the chalet balcony was accompanied by the sight of a rhino making its way through the thorn bush below. There is a water hole here but I doubt of any chalet or the public areas can see it so why was it not dug in a more prominent position?
We had read that game was sparse on the western side of the park - well if seeing a black rhino at a watering hole in broad daylight along with a few elephant plus the usual springbok, zebra, oryx, etc is sparse then whoever wrote that must have had their eyes shut. Yes perhaps not so prolific as the Eastern end but well worth a days' detour. Also staying at least a night at Dolomite enables you to spend time visiting all the park's waterholes without having to rush back to base before nightfall.
Check out with a credit card posed no problems although we had been told it is better to pay cash it can take some time. The staff were friendly and the food up to a very high standard.
In general a lovely place to stay. They insist that you use the golf cart after dark as it is leopard country but there is no point in doing so during the day. After sitting in a car all day the exercise is a relief." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia
"Dolomite Camp review"
The rooms are resonably appointed with fridge and comfortable with a balcony overlooking the plains. Mosquito netting is provided.
Food was good and the service 'ok' but we felt they were a little bit overwhelmed by numbers.
Accessibility to water holes is good. There is one just below one end of the camp and the others, all permanent and close by, are well patronised by good game including rhino and lion.
Watch out upon entering the park and paying the park fee. The rangers won't take 200 Rand notes as they say there are a lot of fake ones in circulation. They don't take cards. (At Okakuejo there is a warning about N$100 notes!)" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 6n in South Africa
"Dolomite has a fantastic setting"
We really enjoyed our time in the western part of the park, and (in October when we were there) saw plenty of wildlife (including Hartebeest which we didn't see anywhere else on our stay).
The rooms are beautifully designed, although possibly a bit overfilled with furniture and fittings! We got some close views of birds in the trees around our room.
There seemed to be a large number of trainees getting experience on the staff - so service wasn't slick, but it was always friendly.
At the moment there is no fence around the park, so after dark you need to ring for a golf buggy to pick you up to go to dinner etc. The service works really well - but we couldn't help feeling it was a bit like a Disney ride as we chugged up and down the pathways in the buggy!" See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
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