Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 37,000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, and is the closest lodge to the iconic dunes of the Sossusvlei.

Accommodation comprises 19 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 stars if they wish.

Kulala Desert Lodge has a main area, lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole - a perfect location to view and photograph the desert views. A waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and jackal) and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.

Activities at Kulala Desert Lodge revolve around early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei through the private gate on the Tsauchab River. World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky and flush red in the early morning sun. 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 rainfalls when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular lake.

Nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive, guided quad-biking are also offered through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve to take in the views and to catch a glimpse of the creatures 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 sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.

  • Private access to the dunes
  • Desert nature drives
  • Eco-sensitive, guided quad biking
  • Excellent horse riding safari (at additional cost)
  • Walking trails
  • Scenic sundowner drives
  • Hot air ballooning over the dunes (at additional cost)

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