Doro Nawas Camp

Kunene, Namibia

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Doro Nawas Camp

Doro Nawas Camp is located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland, and commands spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south.

UNLEASH IT: AT DORO NAWAS THAT OVERLOOKS ANCIENT PLAINS WITH GLORIOUS VIEWS OF DAMARALAND.

 

We Love
  • Doro Nawas Camp is a joint venture with the Doro !Nawas community and a Namibian empowerment company and is acknowledged as a shining example of modern community-based ecotourism.
  • A visit to Doro Nawas Camp is also a wonderful opportunity to contribute to economic empowerment of the local community while enjoying a luxury safari experience.
  • The pioneering project supports Vision 2030 goals - set to ensure effective management of the nation's natural & human resources, and critical to economic development.
Need to Know
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  • Camp has 220v generator power which in turn charges up batteries (inverter power) for fans and lights in rooms.

The Review

Doro Nawas rests on the slopes of a small hill on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. Doro Nawas Camp provides an excellent base for self-drive and fly-in guests and for exploring the local area in game drive vehicles or on foot.

Guests can view petroglyphs – prehistoric rock engravings – and San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. The combination of Africa’s past and present makes Doro Nawas a fascinating visit.

Your Stay
Accommodation consists of 16 units: a mix of natural stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors, shaded by a thatch roof. Each unit, is designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, and consists of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom (with outdoor shower) and a veranda for stargazing or sleep outs.

The main building of Doro Nawas Camp is perched atop a sparse, rocky knoll and offers unspoilt panoramic views. This diverse and dramatic landscape varies from tabletop outcrops, small canyons and dry riverbeds, to savannah and grassland vistas. The main area is made up of indoor and outdoor dining areas, pool area, bar and local curio area. A staircase to the roof allows for relaxing sundowners and stargazing.

Wildlife
Wildlife viewing at Doro Nawas Camp concentrates on the game found in the riverbed and along the valleys that fill with floodwaters during particularly good rainy seasons. There are no large concentrations of wildlife, but this arid environment is home to desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species such as bat-eared fox. This includes the occasional glimpse of the endangered black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics, such as Damara Hornbill, Carp's Tit and Rüpell's Korhaan.

Experience
Activities revolve around extensive game drives and exploratory hikes through this unparalleled landscape. A trip to the fascinating Twyfelfontein San art engravings is not to be missed. Namibia's first World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein has the largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock art) in Africa. Visit the Damara Living Museum and learn about the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara people. This combination of Africa past and present makes for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Getting There

Doro Nawas Camp is located adjacent to the Aba-Huab river bed in Damaraland area within the Doro Nawas Conservancy. It can be reached by air from Swakopmund or Ongava in 1 hr and from Windhoek 1 hr 40 mins. Doro Nawas airstrip is located about 2 km from camp. The airstrip is 1,000m long, 15m wide with compact sand surface and can handle most general aviation aircraft, i.e. C210, Caravans, C310 and King Airs. GPS co-ordinates: S20⁰ 26.852, E 014⁰ 17.591

 
Doro Nawas Camp Kunene, Namibia

Doro Nawas Camp

Rating                          Adventure Camp
Type                            Safari Lodge
Friendly                        Children
No of rooms                  16
Max Occupants              34 guests plus leader/guides
Special Interests            Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                        Doro Nawas Conservancy


Standard Tents
There are fifteen standard units which are made up of 12 twin bedded units and three double bedded units. There are three twin bedded guide/pilot units which are smaller than the standard units.

Family Tents
There is one family unit which sleeps four.

Pilot/Leader/Guide Tents
There are six pilot/guide beds (though not of the same standard as a guest room)

Unit details
The units in Doro Niwas are comfortable, combination canvas and natural walled with thatched roof. En-suite facilities include indoor and outdoor shower. Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and roll out beds with mosquito nets. All rooms are valley facing with a veranda and wonderful views of the flood plains. Safe in each unit.

Camp Description
The main area has a an indoor and outdoor dining area (weather permitting). There is a bar, open fireplace and a lap pool adjacent to the main area. This is a wonderful area for enjoying the dramatic Damaraland landscape. There are no large concentrations however springbok, ostrich, oryx and predators like cheetah and bat-eared fox occur. The Doro !Nawas Conservancy is a shareholder in the camp and so they benefit directly from employment and an equity stake in the venture.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator power which in turn charges up batteries (inverter power). Fans and lights in rooms are powered by 220v power. Geyser heated water for showers but only heats up when the generator is running (usually 7-11am and 5-7pm). Video battery recharging facilities available. Hence please bring spare batteries and also adapters.


Activities

Nature drives via 4 x 8-seater open Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with reference books.

Visit the San rock art at Twylfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. The Damara Living Museum shows off the traditional culture of the Damara people and optional visits to the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes.

Scenic drive ending with river lunch or scenic walk ending at "Little Table Mountain" can be organised. Other activities include star gazing, night drives, walks, cultural visits, scorpion walks.
There are 9 mountain bikes available at the camp.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is at 0600h. Breakfast and depart on morning activity either a walk or a drive returning to camp for lunch. Afternoons are at leisure before departing for afternoon activity at about 1600h. Dinner served inside the main area or on the open rooftop under the stars

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013 & 20 December to 10 January 2014
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    Local drinks and house-wines are included if guests are booked on a fully inclusive but premium imports and bottled wine are not. Guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast pay for all drinks direct.
    Laundry service is included in the nightly tariff for guests booked on a Fully Inclusive basis but can also be done for other guests at an extra charge. Laundry is however limited as a result of a water shortage in this area.
    Payment can be affected by: Cash, Travellers Cheques or Visa / MasterCard

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Doro Nawas Conservancy

The 407,300-hectare Doro !Nawas Conservancy is a landscape ranging from boulder-strewn plains to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes. This is prime desert-adapted elephant territory, where herds traverse the Aba-Huab riverbed seasonally in search of water and vegetation. Wildlife viewing concentrates along the riverbed and valleys. While there are no large concentrations of wildlife, this arid environment is home to gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species, including occasional black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics such as Monteiro's Hornbill and Riipell's Korhaan. Africa's largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art are to be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.

Birdlife
Birding is excellent at Doro Nawas Camp. Raptors include the Secretarybird, Booted Eagle, Black-Chested Snake-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture and Pale Chanting Goshawk. The endemic Benguela Long-billed Lark is common on the rocky slopes here - its plaintive whistling call an evocative sound. Other endemics include Rüpell's Korhaan, Monteiro's Hornbill and Bokmakierie. During heavy rainy seasons, seedeaters like Red-billed Quelea are in abundance at Twyfelfontein 'Dam' and there is always the odd Gabar Goshawk looking for a tasty meal here.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

The summer months between November and April bring rain and turn the country green, occasionally bringing floods to the desert. But December can be rewarding for game viewing in Etosha and bird watching in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) though danger from Malaria persists. The region is best avoided in the peak wet months of January and February.

The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around water the waterholes as the dry season wears on. The months of June and July can have freezing night time temperatures while September and October can be extremely hot.

Visa
All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


Getting There

Doro Nawas Camp is located adjacent to the Aba-Huab river bed in Damaraland area within the Doro Nawas Conservancy. It can be reached by air from Swakopmund or Ongava in 1 hr and from Windhoek 1 hr 40 mins. Doro Nawas airstrip is located about 2 km from camp. The airstrip is 1,000m long, 15m wide with compact sand surface and can handle most general aviation aircraft, i.e. C210, Caravans, C310 and King Airs. GPS co-ordinates: S20⁰ 26.852, E 014⁰ 17.591