1) Name of property and country: Dolomite Camp, Etosha NP, Namibia
2) Website address if known: http://www.nwr.com.n...esorts/dolomite
3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). Green season, February, 2015
4) Length of stay: 2 nights
5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? I wanted to see all of Etosha NP from East to West.
6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? I did the initial research an then contacted Discover Namibia.
7) How many times have you been on Safari? 4 times
8) To which countries? South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia.
9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? None
10) Was the camp/lodge fenced? No, we were still warned to be careful
11) How many rooms/tents does it have? 20 cabins
12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? We had a waterhole sunrise room which had a great view (only two rooms had this view) and also a sunset room with a lovely view.
13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? The rooms were comfortable, bed with a mosquito net, air con, fridge, bathroom. All was clean but a little run down. It was fantastic having a fridge in the room.
14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. The food was simple but ok. We brought a lot of snack food and drinks from outside the camp to sustain us whilst watching the waterhole. The breakfast and dinners were basic and ok.
15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Yes there were different things on offer.
16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes? Single tables, no hosting.
17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? Not sure.
18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. We used our own car.
19) How many guests per row? N/A
20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Game drives were varied and depended on where we wanted to visit.
21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? We stayed in the waterhole room to watch the animals in the morning and afternoon. We spent the late afternoons/evenings around the pool because it was too hot to be in the room.
22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like?
23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity? Density was low due to the Green Season and the waterhole had very little car activity.
24) Are you able to off-road? No
25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting. N/A
26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings? Waterhole sightings. Excellent elephants, giraffe and plains game.
27) How was the standard of guiding? N/A
28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? N/A
29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: N/A
30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? The staff were helpful and happy during our stay.
31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known. Not sure.
32) Safaritalk trip report link:
33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:
My parents and I really enjoyed our time at Dolomite. We stayed at the far end of the camp so a long walk was always necessary so make sure you have everything you need when heading to the communal area. The rooms were lovely and we had one on each side to experience sunrise and sunset. Although the rooms were approximately 3/4 years old they are showing signs of neglect and needing freshening up but this doesn't interfere with the guests experience. I preferred my sunset room, which during our time there seemed to be a cooler option. The communal areas were great and the pool was fantastic even though the water was very "fresh". The food and drink during our stay was average and the staff seemed to do a better job during our stay than what other guests have experienced. The wildlife experience from the tents was lovely but you will need binoculars. The surrounding waterholes were not as productive as Okaekuejo but it was still a beautiful part of the park and worthy of 2/3 nights. I believe spending 2/3 nights at each camp really allows guests to experience the whole Etosha NP and provide lifelong memories.
34) Please add your photographs of the property below, with headings.
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Edited by SaminKaz, 02 March 2016 - 05:36 AM.