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.
Accommodation is comprised of 16 units: a mix of stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors, shaded by a thatch roof. Each unit, designed to blend into the hillside, consists of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom (with outdoor shower) and a veranda for star gazing or sleep-outs. Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on your veranda.
The main area is perched atop a rocky knoll offering unspoiled panoramic views from the indoor and outdoor dining areas, pool area, bar and a local curio area. A staircase to the flat roof leads to a place perfect for relaxing sundowners and star gazing. Namibia is known for its clear night skies, and with no light pollution this is the ideal spot from which to learn about the stars and planets that whirl above us.
This is raw, authentic Namibia, set in one of its harshest landscapes. The lodge blends effortlessly into the landscape and the large suites have huge king size beds. Aside from the first class dinner out in the desert, the staff and their investment into the community are what make this lodge unique and warm. They sing when you leave and make you feel like part of the family, a real sense of ownership which makes service levels soar.
This is a wonderful area for enjoying the dramatic Damaraland landscape. There are no large concentrations of wildlife; however this seemingly stark environment is amazingly home to a range of wildlife including desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species such as bat-eared fox and the occasional glimpse of black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics, such as Damara hornbill, Carp’s tit and Rüpell’s korhaan.
Enjoy nature drives in open Land Rovers which can end with a river lunch or scenic walk ending at “Little Table Mountain.”
Visit the ancient San rock art at Twylfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, as well as the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes, all incredible geological phenomena.
Back of house tours, and camp chats about the Doro Nawas Conservancy, the Damara/Nama language and traditions all give insight into the community, while the Damara Living Museum shows off the traditional culture of the Damara people.
After dark, another realm of the Namib awakes. Walks reveal some of these captivating critters such scorpions which fluoresce under UV lights.
This region is a vast prehistoric grassland, almost the epitome of rugged beauty and definitely remaining an untamed environment. It is home to Namibia’s highest mountain – the Brandberg – as well as the amazing Petrified Forest, which has incredible examples of fossilized trees.
Ways you can help in Damaraland
You can play a part to reduce elephant-human conflict in the southern Kunene region of Namibia. You will help construct protection walls around water points, or dig new water sources for elephants away from human settlements. You also get to spend a fabulous day tracking the desert elephants. You will learn all about the desert elephants […]