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Damaraland, Namibia

Wilderness Doro Nawas

A luxury safari lodge within the Doro Nawas Conservancy

Wake up with dramatic views of the desert

Blending in with the surrounding rugged terrain, the thatched stone Wilderness Doro Nawas Camp is set atop a rocky mount in the dry and dramatic Aba-Huab River Valley. Taking full advantage of those sweeping Damaraland vistas, the main portion of the camp provides indoor and alfresco dining, a pool plus a flat roof for perfect sundowning and stargazing.

Meanwhile each of the sixteen open-plan chalets also enjoy fantastic views with their large glass doors opening out onto a verandah. Take in the awesome plains and Etendeka mountains from here and on warm evenings wheel your bed out for a magical night under the stars.

Head out into the diverse land on exploratory hikes and 4×4 drives in search of desert-adapted elephant, springbok and – if you’re lucky – the black rhino. The ancient Twyfelfontein San Rock art engravings are also nearby, while cultural visits provide an insight into the work undertaken by Doro Nawas to create economic empowerment for the local community.


16 thatch suites with views over the desert

Opprtunity to engage with the local Doro Nawas community

A chance to spot black rhinos, elephants and other desert-adapted animals

Sleep under one of the least polluted skies in the world

Locally grown ingredients used in traditional recipes

Sleep-out deck for incredible stargazing

The impact of your stay:

  • Wilderness has made a significant impact in Namibia, covering a cumulative area of approximately 1,673,100 hectares. Through the Namibia Large Fauna Programme, they actively engage in ongoing conservation initiatives for desert-adapted wildlife species, including large predators such as lions, leopards, brown and spotted hyenas, as well as the desert-adapted elephant and black rhinos, giraffes, and other ungulates.
  • Doro Nawas operates under a joint venture conservancy lease scheme, marking the first of its kind in Namibia. These conservancies empower local communities by providing them with a stake in the ownership of the camps, along with receiving annual lease fees. Wilderness prioritises training and local hiring, further supporting these communities through employment opportunities.
  • In a bid to reduce their environmental footprint and strengthen community ties, Doro Nawas incorporates a variety of traditional recipes and indigenous ingredients into their menu. This includes venison, dates, local spinach, and beans cooked on an open fire in the boma or served fresh from the BBQ, showcasing a commitment to sustainability and local culture.
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