- Lodge type; Safari Camp
- Location; Namib Desert
- Lodge size; 15 thatched tents
- Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
- Nature drives into the desert
- Walking trails, including the Tsauchab River Trail
- Visit Sossusvlei and Sesriem
- Balloon safaris (additional cost, closed 15 January to 15 February)
- Horse riding safari (on request and at an additional cost)
- The scenic sundowner tour, one of the best scenic safaris in the Namib
Kulala Desert Lodge is situated within the arid Namib Desert on the 37 000ha private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and is closest to the iconic red dunes of the Sossusvlei.
The overall setting of Kulala Desert Lodge is a real delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of Namibia, wholesome meals and intimacy.
A waterhole in front of camp attracts some local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, and jackal) and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.
The Lodge comprises 15 thatched and canvas "kulalas" ("to sleep" in Oshiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas.
Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the myriad stars that Namibia's clear skies portray.
A hot breakfast is served in the morning; a light breakfast is served if participating in an early morning event.
Around mid-day, a full buffet brunch is served on the dunes and on your return from the afternoon activity.
Dinner will be available at the main lodge.
The central area at Kulala Desert Lodge, with decor inspired by northern Africa, has a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole - a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista.
Early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei are through a private gate on the Tsauchab River. World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous red dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously transforming the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake.
Nature drives and walks are also offered on the private reserve with those incredible views, and to catch a glimpse of the denizens of the desert. Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.
Rates from NAD$ 4 475.00 per person
Per person per night sharing
Rates are in Namibian Dollars (NAD)
*Rates may vary according to season
- All meals
- Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- Park fees
- Laundry at camps which are able to provide this service
- Namibian VAT and Tourism Levy
- Local beverages
- Local and international flights
- Premium imported beverages and champagne
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional activities
- Travel insurance