Doro Nawas Camp
Immerse yourself in bold, rugged Damaraland at this remote camp
Doro Nawas Camp
This is Damaraland at its best – rugged, uncompromising and beautiful in its austerity. It's also the setting for Doro Nawas Camp, perched on a rocky outcrop on the floodplain of the dry Aba Huab River. From here, the views across the plains to the mountains and sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein are completely uninterrupted. That is, unless a group of desert elephants ambles past, or a southern pale chanting goshawk catches your eye.
At the lodge
The open-plan communal area has a long indoor dining area, a lounge with comfortable sofas and a fireplace, a bar, curio shop and a small picture gallery. Below it is an open-air courtyard with a firepit and squashy beanbags. Climb a few stairs to the rooftop terrace with its all-round views – meals are often served here, followed by an animated chorus of local songs performed by the staff, and it's popular with stargazers. Nearby is a small pool.
At the foot of the hill are 16 chalets (one is a family unit). All have stone bases, canvas walls and thatched roofs. The units have a large bedroom (with a double bed or twins that can be wheeled onto your veranda for a night under the stars) and padded wicker chairs. There's no aircon, but the chalets are spacious and cool, and have ceiling fans. There's an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower, accessed via sliding glass doors.
Game drives concentrate on the the valleys and the riverbed which rarely fills with water. Drive to nearby Twyfelfontein to see the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in Africa, the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes. There's a walking trail near the camp. After dark, a guided walk will reveal captivating nocturnal creatures such as scorpions, which fluoresce under UV lights. Doro Nawas is convenient for self-driving visitors, who can safely make their own way to the sights.