Highlights of Kulala Desert Lodge
- Comfortable lodge in Kulala private game reserve
- Sunrise visit to Sossusvlei dunes is a highlight
- Closest of the four camps to the private Sossusvlei entrance
- Choice of meal basis for greater flexibility
Kulala Desert Lodge is a lovely lodge of 23 thatch and canvas ‘kulalas’ (rooms), with a unique private entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, making it the closest lodge to the majestic red dunes of Sossusvlei dunes. The 27,000ha Kulala Game Reserve is one vast mass of haunting wilderness with vast open plains, dunes and rocky outcrops. On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, game is sparse but the fascinating thing is that anything can survive here at all! Yet they can – with springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and aardwolf all seen on a regular basis.
The design and decor at Kulala Desert Lodge are both imaginative and sensitive to the fragile ecosystem of the area. Eco-friendly adobe walls give a Moroccan ambience to the lodge and provide a cool refuge from the Namibian heat. Enjoy delicious cuisine, served al fresco on the wraparound veranda overlooking the waterhole and dry riverbed where the wildlife comes to drink. Or cool off in the pool and relax in the sun or shade of the pool terrace.
Each of the en suite ‘kulalas’ has cool clay walls and thick thatch to keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Outside there’s a private veranda for viewing the stunning Namib sunsets. Each is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and above is a delightful flat rooftop sleeping area where you can sleep out under the stars of the desert sky if you wish. Recommended!
Kulala Desert Lodge is 30km south of Sesriem but their unique private entrance to the Park is the closest to Sossusvlei and is used for their 4×4 guided dune excursions. (Note that this gate can only be used for their excursions and not by their self-drive guests.) This ensures that you get the best light for those inevitable, and irresistible, photographs of the dunes at sunrise. Later you enjoy wonderful desert breakfasts under shady acacia trees surrounded by the towering dunes.
Kulala Desert Lodge can be booked on a Fully Inclusive basis or DBB basis where all activities are booked as extras. The Fully Inclusive package includes the Sossusvlei excursion, visit to Sesriem canyon, afternoon nature walks and afternoon sundowner drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. Hot air ballooning, eco-sensitive guided quad biking excursions and horse-riding are also on offer as optional extras.
Kulala Desert Lodge is a child-friendly camp with two family tents, one for older kids with two tents sharing a common deck and one for younger kids with two bedrooms sharing one bathroom but under the same roof.
Kulala Desert Lodge - Standard KulalasThere are 20 standard kulalas which are made up of 17 twin bedded kulalas and three double bedded kulalas. There are four guide units which are much smaller than the standard units.
Kulala Desert Lodge - Family KulalasThere are three family kulalas – two family units being two separate rooms with separate entrances and en-suite bathrooms and a connecting deck. The remaining family kulala is a standard room with an extra bed and shared bathroom.