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Dolomite Camp
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Wonderful place in the western side of Etosha. No sign of the golf buggy when we arrived. (An intercom can surely solve the problem?) Staff friendly (Tamatie did all the driving) and Martha and Maria were great during our delicious dinner.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 548RvG
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The Dolomite Camp sits on the top of a hill with amazing views on the surrounding savannah, especially from the infinity pool. It is a great stop when you visit the recently opened east part of Etosha. From the camp you have a view on a small waterhole. At sunset we saw a rhino patently waiting for an elephant to finish drinking so it could take its turn (you would need binoculars or a very powerful zoom). On our way to the nearest gate to leave the park we stopped at several waterholes, one of them where two herds of elephant were busy playing in the water, and sometimes fighting a little! There were at least 50 of them.
The bungalows are nice and well-equiped with great views but it can get really hot in there. There are kind of tents with walls made of a very thick, dark fabric. Temperature inside was way beyond 30°C, hard to get a rest. That and not so extraordinary food even by the Namibian low standards get them 4 stars instead of 5. Staff was friendly; although obviously not trained for high-end hotel work, they got the job done and we had a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Ask if you can have a bungalow with views on the waterhole
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank la_soeur_warner
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Having been to Etosha National Park on various occasions between 1988 and 2000, I wanted to see the recently opened western half of the park. This necessitated an overnight stay at Dolomite Camp, inside the Galton Gate (well inside, maybe an hour's drive). We drove up from Swakopmund, with an overnight at Twyfelfontein (highly recommended).

Dolomite is spectacularly situated on a cliffside, overlooking vast plains, but it must have been designed by a madman. You arrive at the parking lot at the foot of the ridge and discover that there is no phone or any other way to signal the hotel on high that you have arrived. You just wait until you are spotted. Impossible to do that climb on foot with luggage. Eventually, a noisy diesel-powered golf cart arrived for us. We were told that there were three such vehicles, but two were broken. This one had to serve all the needs of the camp. What if it, too, broke? Don't ask.

We were driven up the mountainside and dropped off at the reception desk to check in, then were picked up by the same golf cart to take us to our tented room, which was some distance away. We were warned that we must not walk on the path after dark, as the camp is not fenced. Call the desk for the golf cart to take you to dinner or back after dinner, we were told. How great is the actual risk of being attacked by an animal? Probably minimal, but who knows?

The room was adequate, although hot and stuffy when we arrived, until we figured how to open the windows. Dinner, back near the reception area, was OK, no complaints. Same with breakfast. The pool was small, but refreshing. The bartender made a decent rock shandy. Aside from the hassle of getting from one place to another within the spread-out lodge area, it was all right. This is not, however, the place for handicapped people or those with mobility issues, despite the golf cart. There is still some necessary walking and climbing of steps that cannot be avoided.

The next day, we drove to Okaukuejo, seeing western Etosha on the way, which was the whole point of the Dolomite stopover. There were some good animal sightings along the way, including some species (e.g., Hartman's Mountain Zebra) not found in the east, but all in all, I felt that once was enough. There was much more accessible wildlife activity near Okaukuejo and Namutoni.

Despite the maps, there was no barrier between east and west Etosha, so you could make the drive into the western part of Etosha from Okaukuejo, as long as you started back early enough to be in camp by sunset. You cannot exit Galton Gate unless you overnighted at Dolomite.

Room Tip: The nearer the reception area and restaurant the better, to minimize walking and/or golf cart riding. The rooms themselves (individual tented cabins), are apparently all the same inside.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayed in Dolomite for 2 nights. We were met by the infamous noisy golf buggy in the middle of the day and a morose driver who could only tell us it was very hot all day and all night. On arrival in our room it was stifling as no one had opened up the windows of the tent to allow some breeze through.
The location of the bar and dining area are badly thought out and the staff quarters get all the wonderful views that the guests should have.
The staff were often not around when required and a walk to their quarters was needed to get drinks etc.organised.
Food took a very long time to come but was good enough when it arrived. Staff failed to fill up empty baskets of bread etc at breakfast and it was up to the guest to find someone and ask them to replenish.
On leaving the camp we phoned for the golf buggy to pick us up to take us and our luggage to the car. It eventually arrived and the driver got out to sit next to a colleague whilst my son and husband rushed around putting our luggage into the buggy. When asked if that was not his job to help he laughed.
The safari guide was knowledgable and helpful and we did get to see some lovely wildlife.
Dolomite camp needs some serious improvement in management before I would recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Pauline v
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

luxury accomodation on top of a mountain, tent with great view over plain,nice staf, good food but nothing to do on site but lying at the beautiful pool, a lot of waterholes in the area are closed but lots of animals to see, you have to ride a golfcar all the time because walking on the uneven narrow trail is a bit tricky

Room Tip: choose a room overlooking the entry road
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Manuel H
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