At YZ, we are pretty keen on Doro Nawas. The Camp’s location is fabulous and the service is outstanding. The Camp has been created with local community and conservation in mind, with the majority of the staff being from around Damaraland – this way, Doro Nawas supports the area. There are no age restrictions, though management do recommend close supervision.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Doro Nawas Camp is located in the Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
So much space, air and calm can be found at the centre of Doro Nawas Camp. The centrepiece is an open-air courtyard with a fire pit – and there are plenty of cushions to offer comfort to those sore bottoms after a day out in the wild! Sit here and relax, telling tales of your exciting day. The courtyard is such an interesting and unique area, it really makes you long for this life on a more permanent basis! From here, steps lead to an open-roof terrace, where visitors can look out at amazing panoramic views, perfect for sundowners and some stargazing after dinner. Inside the main building is a curio shop, where you can purchase some gifts to go with your memories. There is also a nice bar, an intimate lounge area with fireplace and sofas, and a long dining area, perfect for either communal or individual eating. Between the main area and the accommodation there is a swimming pool – this can be fantastic on the hotter days for dipping in, cooling off, and then drying out in one of the surrounding sunloungers!
Doro Nawas does not disappoint with its accommodation either, its sixteen stone-based and thatch-roofed open-plan chalets. One of the chalets is a family unit, but the rest are identical, with a large double bed (or twins, depending on your company), padded wicker chairs to offer comfortable reading space, and a ceiling fan. There are no mosquito nets – the climate of the area discourages the biters – and the rooms are breezy and comfortable at night. An en-suite bathroom is situated just to the side of each room, behind a stone-and-canvas divider – the facilities include a flush toilet, twin washbasins and a shower. A veranda at the front of the chalet also provides an extra shower, this one through sliding glass doors – you will find yourself showering with nature, reed screens protecting your modesty and a wire fence warning the elephant away! The veranda is also the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view of the sandstone cliffs and mountains of Twyfelfontein in the distance and the wild plains of Abu-Huab nearby. You can also roll out the beds to sleep under the stars, a fantastic way to spend an evening with a loved one!
The Huab River Valley is spectacular at all times. Doro Nawas is certainly in the right location to take advantage of this and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, first in the country to be awarded that status! Here, guided by locals, you can experience the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes, and enjoy astounding rock art and mind-boggling geological sites that portray how stark and beautiful Mother Nature can be! This part of the world is well known for being home to desert-adapted elephants and the Camp runs guided 4-wheel drive trips to track these majestic animals in the Huab River Valley. Doro Nawas is ideally placed should you wish to self-drive either to Twyfelfontein or into the wild. Closer to the Camp, there is a walking trail around the lodge, which can be taken either alone or with one of the friendly guides.