Little Kulala is in a prime location on the western side of the private 27,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve in the Namib Desert of Namibia. The Kulala reserve is the closest to Sossusvlei itself and offers magnificent dune scenery to the west and the rugged Namib mountainous escarpment to the east – with grassy plains and ‘fairy circles’ filling the space in between. A private gate ensures exclusive access to the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei.
Accommodation at Little Kulala
Little Kulala is small and exclusive, located on the dry Auab River bed dotted with camelthorn trees. This luxurious camp comprises 11 spacious climate-controlled thatched & canvas chalets or ‘kulalas’ (meaning ‘to sleep’). All are on elevated bleached wooden decks and blend seamlessly into the timeless desert landscape. The extensive use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. Each has its own private bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, bedroom and large veranda with a small plunge pool and sun loungers. An external (quite steep) staircase leads to the flat rooftop with a ‘skybed’ for romantic star gazing and sleeping as well as private dining.
The pointed roof of the main lodge echoes the Sossusvlei dunes. Here you find a relaxed lounge, dining room, library, bar, wine cellar. The use of serene natural colours, textures and light is the perfect answer to the natural tones of the desert. Dining under the clear Namibian skies is a highlight at Little Kulala. The interiors exude an all-natural ambience with sun-bleached colours and loads of space and light. The overall mood is cool, serene, organic and sheltering.
Activities at Little Kulala
Activities are designed to show you the splendour, solitude and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, with early morning excursions to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei (via their own private gate). Later on in the day you can enjoy guided drives and walks in the reserve with awe-inspiring views of desert wildlife and plants. Desert-adapted animals such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence near Little Kulala. Smaller creatures such as the lovely bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air.
A balloon safari (at extra cost) offers a unique experience soaring silently above the desert, while eco-sensitive guided quad biking excursions takes place at its sister camp nearby.
Little Kulala - Standard KulalasThere are ten standard kulalas which are made up of seven twin bedded units and three double bedded units. There are four twin bedded guide/pilot units which are much smaller than the standard units.
Little Kulala - Family KulalaThere is one family Kulala which can accommodate four guests.