Lodge And Activity Highlights
- Kulala game drives into the Namib Naukluft Park
- Walking trails, including the Tsauchab River Trail
- Visit Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon
- Hot air ballooning safaris
- Mountain biking trails and excursions
- Scenic desert sundowners and sunsets from Kulala
- Family-friendly with family units and activities
General Lodge Information
- Lodge type; Safari Lodge
- Location; Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia
- Lodge size; 23 thatched tents
- Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
Experience The Magic Of Kulala: A Unique Safari Desert Lodge Closest Of All To Sossusvlei
Kulala Desert Lodge is situated within the arid Namib Desert within the 37 000ha private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and is the closest of all camps to the iconic red dunes of the Sossusvlei.
The overall setting of Desert Lodge is a delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of the Namib and her sights and sounds.
A waterhole in front of the camp attracts some local wildlife (gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, and jackal) and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.
Kulala Desert Lodge is the perfect lodge from which to explore the area and offers a number of activities. Guests can look forward to game drives into the desert, walking trails, visits to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, balloon safaris, horse riding safaris and scenic sundowners.
Kulala is a classic safari camp offering 23 thatched and canvas suites, each with an en-suite bathroom and star bed sleeping area.
Rooms And Suites
Each of the rooms and suites at Kulala offers guests a unique and authentic experience of Namibia's desert landscape.
Made out of canvas and thatched materials, the kulalas are designed to catch the cooling breezes and provide guests with a comfortable place to stay.
All of the suites have en-suite bathrooms and private verandas where guests can relax and take in the beautiful views.
Additionally, each room has a rooftop deck where guests can sleep out under the night sky and Namibian stars.
Cuisine And Wine
The cuisine and wine at Kulala Desert Lodge are unmatched and provide guests with an authentic experience of Namibia's desert landscape.
The cuisine standards are typical of that of any Wilderness Safaris lodge and camp in Southern Africa; in other words, fantastic.
Kulala offers a full buffet brunch that is served when one gets back from the early morning nature drive to Sossusvlei, as well as a dinner menu that offers guests a variety of traditional Namibian dishes as well as international-inspired options.
The wine selection at Kulala and Little Kulala is quite impressive, with a variety of reds, whites, and bubbly options to choose from.
Desert Lodge offers up a thatched central guest area that includes a lounge, bar, dining area (indoor dining room and an outdoor dining area), plunge pool, and a wrap-around viewing deck. Wi-Fi is available in and around the central guest area.
The main area at Kulala has been designed with decor inspired by Northern Africa. A great place for guests to relax and take in the incredible views of the desert landscape.
Additionally, a small swimming pool and wrap around veranda offer guests amazing views of the waterhole below and out over the Namib Naukluft National Park. From these vantage points, guests can watch as desert wildlife come to drink at the waterhole (springbok, gemsbok, black-backed jackal, and bat-eared fox, to mention a few).
This is a truly unique and wonderful experience that can only be found at the Kulala Desert Lodge.
An early morning guided nature drive to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei is through a private gate on the Tsauchab River.
The 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.
And now, for the bonus, being located within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, one is first to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. A few minutes of photographic bliss before people start arriving.
Game 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 hot air 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.
Kulala Desert Lodge, with suitable family units, is perfect for families with both younger and older children alike. Kulala offers a variety of activities that kids will love, including nature walks, sandboarding, and star gazing.
The lodge is located in a beautiful setting right in the heart of the Namib Desert. This makes for some stunning surroundings to explore with the family.
Kulala has an outdoor pool, which is perfect for keeping both the kids and adult cool on those extremely hot days.
Kulala Desert Lodge is a unique and wonderful lodge that offers guests an amazing and authentic experience of Namibia's desert landscape.
The cuisine, wine, facilities, and amenities are unmatched and provide guests with an unforgettable experience.
Additionally, the safari activities offered at Kulala are unlike anything else in the area. If you're looking for an incredible desert safari experience, look no further than Desert Lodge!
Rates from NAD$ 5 705.00 per person
Kulala Desert Lodge Rates
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
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.