Doro Nawas: The Lowdown

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Doro Nawas is a friendly, comfortable base for discovering the incredible rock formations of Southern Damaraland, and, if you’re lucky, meeting some of the area’s desert adapted elephants. And did we mention the desperately romantic star beds? Read on…

What’s Doro Nawas really like?

Doro Nawas is a lovely little lodge with charming staff and ravishing views over the distant mountains. There are sixteen simple chalets, all with ensuite bathrooms. Inside, they’re comfortable enough with duvets and hot water bottles for the cold desert nights, but the views outside the sliding doors are what really makes the experience here. They’re so impressive that even the beds roll out so you can make the most of the night time starscapes- something that hardy visitors make the most of even on chilly winter nights! Over in the main lodge there’s a mess area where you’ll eat meals, and snuggle up beside the fire. Doro Nawas also has a small swimming pool (bliss in the heat of a summer day) and up above a stargazing terrace.

What can I do at Doro Nawas?

As with many lodges in Namibia guests can either drive in to Doro Nawas and explore under their own steam, or fly in and enjoy activities arranged by the lodge (self-drive guests can book on to these as an optional extra). Highlights of this part of Damaraland include visiting the nearby Twyfelfontein rock art, and learning about the organ pipe rock formations and the petrified forest. On the concession around Doro Nawas, aside from taking in the frankly magnificent scenery, you can head out on drives in search of the area’s desert elephants, take nature walks, or head out at night in search of scorpions glowing in the dark.

Giving back at Doro Nawas…

The management of Doro Nawas have long been committed to giving back to the local community, and here they quite directly are- staff are local, the land the camp is built on and 40% of the camp itself is owned by the community so your stay brings a direct financial benefit. To minimise the use of the generator much of the camp is solar powered- ideal in a desert country like Namibia!

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