Doro nawas

Doro Nawas Camp is a striking lodge set in a stunning Damaraland location. The elevated site supplies endless and spectacular views of the beautiful Etendeka Mountains and red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein. Self-drive tourists in Namibia can plan their own trips to local tourist attractions or hop on a guided tour. Expect attentive service, excellent food and knowledgeable guides.

The camp has built up a good reputation for itself due mainly to the close working relationship between them and the local community who partly own it. All of the staff at the lodge come from the surrounding villages and have been specially trained to fill specific roles and positions.

Lovingly prepared wholesome meals are served in either the indoor or outdoor rooftop dining areas. There is also a pool area, and bar and full laundry service. The curio shop and small gallery, lead to a picturesque courtyard and staircase to the roof, a tranquil and cracking site for a sundowner, nightcap, or spot of stargazing. It is not uncommon, for the lodge manager to join you on the roof, giving you the benefit of his knowledge of various constellations and galaxies with his laser pointer!

Guests will be accommodated in one of the camp's 16 chalets. They have all been built from a combination of a stone base and canvas walls, supported on wooden posts, which also prop up the thatched roof. Each chalet is of an open-plan design, with a large bedroom, a double bed, a couple of comfortable, padded wicker chairs, and a ceiling fan.

Sectioned off from the bedroom is the flush toilet, shower, and twin washbasins, each with it's own large mirror. The luxury amenities continue with complementary shampoo, body lotion and hand cream are provided, not to mention a couple of big towels. There is a large set of sliding glass doors, that open out onto a veranda. Guests can take an outdoor shower, and then relax and unwind on the deck, whilst admiring the terrific views of the magnificent environment.

The spacious chalets are lovely and cool during those hot summer days. It is also possible on the warmer evenings, to wheel the beds out of the rooms, and enjoy a night under the stars. Power is supplied to the lodge from a generator.

Activities revolve around the game found in and around the Haub River Valley, that occasionally fill with floodwater in the rainy season; a favourite being a guided 4x4 trip to track desert-adapted elephants. Many of their guests also head out on a fascinating expedition to the local rock art site at nearby Twyfelfontein, with some of the most renowned San art engravings in Namibia, which usually calls in at the Petrified Forest. There is also a walking trail in the vicinity of the lodge, which can be done with or without a guide.

Doro Nawas Camp. A luxury safari experience, whilst creating a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the economic empowerment of the local community.

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Desert-adapted elephant: The most successful way of tracking desert-adapted elephants is on a guided 4WD trip. Your team leader will normally lead you into the Huab River Valley (weather permitting) and although early sightings are possible, expect to explore the region for a couple of hours before contact.

Twyfelfontein: Enjoy a guided 4x4 safari to the Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein, which also takes in the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes as well.

Walking: There are a number of trails in the vicinity of the lodge. Take a guide if the local flora and fauna is of particular interest, or simply enjoy the beautiful environment by yourselves.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Du Toit, Barry

12 Apr 2011

Very nice accommodation with very friendly and helpful staff. Also very different. A very good experience.

King, Damian

11 Sep 2009

ask for a hut that faces the sunrise. You can just open the large doors and watch it from your bed. Loved it.

Hyndman, Mathew

16 Aug 2015

This was our favourite; we loved it. Amazing staff, beautiful lodge, loved dining and sleeping under the stars.

Nippe, Veronika

24 Apr 2017

Wonderful accommodation, including that they arranged a (great!) elephant drive just to accommodate our tight schedule!

Halbich, Ute

16 Jul 2016

Doro Nawas was one of the best Lodges we stayed at! The staff was so friendly and happy, the accommodation was perfect :)

Mayr, Michaela

5 Nov 2009

great lodge, exceptional staff (singing after dinner), good game drive, delicious food. everything perfect! (we loved the outdoor shower!)

Klingenstein, Alixandra

19 Nov 2013

They might clean out the pool? a tad slimy on the sides. Sleeping outdoors was a delight. Theodore and Fiona amazing waitresses and hostesses

Maganza, Florian

24 Aug 2014

Fantastic lodge, incredible view from the lunch deck and fantastic guide who took us on an elephant trekking tour although we booked it last minute.

Harvey, Sinead

4 May 2017

Absolutely amazing stay - the rooms/tents are perfect with wonderful views and luxurious interiors. We loved every minute. The bush dinner was also a highlight!

Lattanzi, Paola

28 Aug 2013

Marvellous location! Bungalows magnificent out & in! Quality and chance of kind of the food sufficient(nearly!). Service & professionality of the staff so & so.


9 Oct 2009

Beautiful lodge, very relaxed stay. A little disappointed about the almost too laid back atmosphere, especially concerning the staff, burnt eggs for breakfast...

Fehrsen, Rod

9 May 2013

Another exceptional place. Poolside service needs attention. Local ranger exceptional but there could be a communication problem with foreigners. We are South African

Thorson, Chris

10 Nov 2016

Amazing looking place. The highlight was the outdoor dinner in the desert. A bit pricy and the $1100R for a 3 hr drive was high. Paid $675R for a 3 hr drive in Sossusvlei

O'brien, Aileen

19 Oct 2017

Highlight was the staff but otherwise food was basic (strange menu), accommodation and lodge was basic and could be greatly improved upon, overpriced - Mowani was far superior

Galanter, Jean

4 Mar 2014

The best in our trip. Willderness Safaris has a good feed-back and it`s real. Outstanding and upmarket lodge. Kind reception, comfortable chalet with view, safaris, excellent cooking. Worth for the price.

Dub, Barbara

20 Apr 2015

Beautiful location. Very large and comfortable rooms with large deck. Breakfast good. Dinner portions small and service somewhat unprofessional at dinner, but the help eager to do the right thing. Pleasant stay.

Dhenin, Sophie

29 Nov 2014

We had our concerns as we drove up to this place, it looked rather forbidding at first sight. But it was fantastic! Amazing room with heartstopping view, friendly staff, good food. Would like to have stayed longer.

Lutz, Felix

3 Jun 2014

Wonderful location! The welcoming was a bit less professional than in Ongava (they did not explain that we could sleep outside the first night), but this might explain why it is less expensive. Food was very good as well.

Sterckx, Jean-claude

26 Jul 2014

Worth it`s price ! Employees always smiling and helpful. Big nice rooms with sight on the bush. Very good food. Tours organisation excellent. Excellent atmosphere. Very good food. Everything excellent, you have for your money.

Barnes, Graeme

20 Nov 2011

Great location! Beautiful rooms. The service was very friendly though a bit casual. We enjoyed this but some people might prefer a bit more professional. Too many groups for our liking, but the place makes a visit worth it despite this.

Van Nielen, Katja

30 Apr 2011

Excellent place, well thought through (except hot water, which not hot in the evening, when the sun is down), great food, very well presented. The whole place is just beautiful, which made it just worth driving 75 kilometers on the bad road.

Middleton, Richard

19 Dec 2014

stuff very welcoming and good fun - it was the only place we had the evening meal memu sung to us in two languages (English and local). Plus staff gave an impromptu concert! Again wonderful accommodation and stunning location. Great Elephants

Grange, Sharon

20 Dec 2015

Accommodation was a bit more basic than some camps, and it was very hot, and only had a ceiling fan, we loved rolling the bed out at night and sleeping under the stars, the staff were lovely, and on the game drives we met some beautiful lions, which was a highlight.

Mandl, Helen

15 Jan 2015

Outstanding. The best of all the places. Location out of the way but fantastic drive in. Damaraland is beautiful and accommodation and service excellent. Revised our trip and stayed another night to enjoy the lodge and location. Sleeping outside on the verandah a great plus.

Ahmed, Aasia

12 May 2011

beautiful room very patchy service: a fantastic guide was provided, manager seemed helpful, waiting staff were poor and portions at dinner were small, we were told we could not have another helping lots of insects in dining room- more so than others reported not much atmosphere in communal areas


Doro Nawas is situated close to Twyfelfontein, entrance to the camp is 800 meters passed the D2612 on the C39 between Khorixas and Palmwag

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