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Doro Nawas

Damaraland, Namibia

At a Glance

  • Sunning views from the main area across Damaraland

  • Have your bed moved onto the deck for a night under the bright Namibian stars

  • Family cottage

  • Visit the ancient San rock art at Twyfelfontein

  • Enjoy the spectacular views from the swimming pool

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All year round destination, although the best time to visit Damaraland is from May to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. The optimum game viewing times are between June and November. The land will have dried out meaning animals must again come to waterholes to drink. Summer (November to April) also known as the rainy season is best time to travel to Damaraland for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.

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Insider's View

Have your bed pushed out onto the deck for a night under the stars.

Cool off in the swimming pool with stunning views to the mountains

Fabulous views from the main area to the volcanic rocks of the Etendeka Plateau to the west, the range was formed about 130 million years ago.

The small hill were Doro Nawas is built on is formed of mica schist, a type of metamorphic rock

Star gazing is offered on the roof on a clear night

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Doro Nawas elegantly combines the comfort of its sixteen stone and thatch rooms with unspoilt panoramic views over small canyons, savannah and dry riverbeds. A perfect place to explore the wild and desolate Damaraland area with your guide.

Doro Nawas is situated in the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland area of Namibia, on a small rocky outcrop within the floodplain of a small tributary of the Huab River. The camp is located on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River with spectacular vistas of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein (famous for its San rock engravings) to the south.

The unique lodge design allows for an unspoilt panoramic view of this diverse and dramatic landscape, which varies from tabletop outcrops, small canyons, dry riverbeds to wide grassland vistas. The magnificent terrain holds the possibility of a sighting of the rare desert-adapted elephant while enjoying a nature drive.

The sixteen elegant rooms are built in a combination of natural stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors and thatched roofs. The main camp area is made up of indoor and outdoor rooftop dining areas, a pool area, bar, curio and small gallery and leads to a picturesque courtyard and staircase to the roof that allows for relaxing sundowners and stargazing. Absorb the dazzling African skies from your rooftop terrace before settling down for the night in your safe and comfortable room.

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Accommodation at Doro Nawas Camp consists of sixteen cottages, including one family room. The construction uses a mix of natural stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors, shaded by a thatch roof. Each room, 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.


There are no specific child care facilities available at Doro Nawas Camp. However, children are most welcome to come and stay. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit younger guests and babysitting can be arranged on request if parents fancy a bit of time out.


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.


Activities are centred 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 UNESCO 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. Wildlife viewing at Doro Nawas concentrates on the game found in the riverbed and along the valleys that fill with floodwaters during particularly good rainy seasons.



Louisa Verney (Staff)

I loved the way Doro Nawas was built round a hill with the main area perched on the top. I was there in December so breeze in the main area was very refreshing and the views were just stunning from the lodge. The cottages were very comfortable each with a huge deck over looking the magnificent view, but my favourite aspect was having our bed made up on the deck so we slept out under the vastness of the Africa night sky.


  • Bushmen Art at Twyfelfontein

    Damaraland is home to one of the oldest tribes in the country, the San, and a visit to Twyfelfontein, where you can see their art, is a highlight.

  • Desert Elephants in Damaraland

    Damaraland is the southern part of the Kaokoveld, Namibia's least inhabited area, and is utterly spectacular for its landscapes. Ambling amongst the mountains and valleys are the famous Desert-adapted elephants.

  • See the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain

    Take an hour and half excursion to witness the natural phenomenon of The Organ Pipes and The Burnt Mountain.

  • Visit a Petrified Forest

    The Petrified Forest in Damaraland is a National Monument and contains 300 million year old tree trunks.

  • Visit Damara Living Museum

    When in Damaraland a trip to The Living Museum of the Damara is always well worth a visit.

  • Walking Safaris in Damaraland

    Tracking wildlife on foot and sneaking up to big game is one of those unforgettable experiences that will live with you long after your safari. Damaraland is a great place to explore on foot, get out with your expert guide and experience it!

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Namibia

    Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Aus, Sossusvlei, Naukluft, Swakopmund

    from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights

    • Explore the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei that Namibia is so famed for.
    • Stay at Fish River Lodge, with a spectacular position on the rim of the Fish River Canyon.
    • Feel the eerie atmosphere of Kolmanskop, a deserted ghost town that has been absorbed by the encroaching desert.

Location & directions

Damaraland, Namibia

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.

How to get there

It is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a two hour international flight Windhoek. Desert Rhino Camp is approximately a 1-hour 40-minute flight from Windhoek. The air Strip is located 15 minutes from the Camp.

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