During September, Wilderness Safaris Members Club subscribers Fayne and Stephen Connelly packed their car and headed off on a 24-day exploration of Namibia, stopping off at Doro Nawas to discover Damaraland, it’s fauna, flora and unique geology… Fayne tells us more.
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Wilderness Safaris Doro Nawas Camp was without a doubt a highlight for both my husband Steve and myself, on our 6 500 km Namibian road trip. Damaraland is a must. Having pretty much four full days we could have easily spent another day to just ‘chill’ and take in all that there is to see at Doro Nawas, an interesting and beautifully designed lodge.
Perhaps a little like a fortress, with large heavy wooden doors at its main entrance, Doro Nawas is perched on a rocky outcrop in the dry Aba Huab River Valley, with mesmerising 360-degree uninterrupted vistas of the surrounding plains.
Time allowed us to explore this arid landscape, the dry riverbeds, grasslands and lunar-like landscapes with Geraldo our charming and competent guide. On our first drive out, we were lucky to find five desert-adapted elephant, two adults with a couple of youngsters and a year old still suckling, walking along a riverbed toward a natural spring. After some time, they moved off to another water source where they were joined by a further seven elephants from the same group. All seemingly happy to see each other – with lots of rumbles and interaction among the herd.