Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(88%) From 172 travellers
Excellent
95
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 172 of our travellers who have visited Kulala Desert Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S - Inverness
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Service:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Very friendly reception and staff and good facilities with attractive outlooks and good pool. Rooms a nice combination of tent/thatched roof/stone bathroom.

Excellent trip to the dunes for dawn with a serious walk up a dune away from the crowds. Then on to Sossussvlei and some more tremendous sightseeing. Excellent roof terrace for sunset viewing.

Food good on one night but very poor on the other, with meat managing the rare feat of being both fatty and stringy. Staff very keen to help but perhaps overly so at the dining table where glasses, cutlery and crockery were removed before they were finished with.

There also seemed to be a lack of local autonomy or ability to make relatively minor decisions. This was not a major issue, but as later became apparent, seemed a characteristic of the lodges managed and staffed by Wilderness Safaris. We were later informed that all decisions are taken at HQ in Windhoek, even down to choice of menu, but this may not be wholly accurate.

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Mr & Mrs C - Gloucs
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great location and some lovely staff especially on the evening that they sang to us all. The drive could have been better timed to get us to the dunes earlier to get the best light for photographs...

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Mr & Mrs H - York
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
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A highlight of our holiday

The scenery / the location / the facilities and the dunes were great. The only downside was that we were initially we were told the start was at 5.45am but that was then changed to a later time. We then failed to get to Dune 45 to climb by sunrise. We actually went up Dune 40 which was prob better but we were late and rushing. The guides did not seem to realise how they had slightly reduced our experience.

The food at this lodge was not up to the same standard as we got elsewhere although was still better than average.

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Ms L & Mr H - West Boylston, USA
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Average
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The dunes were spectacular

The lodge is comfortable, with tents on stilts overlooking a riverbed and dunes. The option to sleep on the roof was nice.
The common areas, particularly the dining room, need a bit of work---the dining area looks like a "canteen," and the lighting is horrible.
The guide who took us to the dunes was excellent, and hiking those magnificent dunes in the early morning light was a wonderful experience.

Rating probably would have been excellent had the food and the atmosphere in the dining room been a bit better (the food was probably the worst we had in 2 1/2 weeks in Namibia).

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Miss. TT - London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

We loved Kulala Desert Lodge. It has the most beautiful view over the dunes and is much closer to the dunes than many other lodges as it has its own entrance to the park (though frustratingly this entrance cannot be used independently, you must go on a guided tour to use it).

The rooms were a bit more basic than expected and could definitely do with some refurbishment. The staff were fantastic and we particularly liked the guide David.

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Mrs & Mr R - Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great place, great welcome, and fantastic location, with good rooms, very good food and excellent entertainment - the only place where everyone was invited to take part in the African singing and dancing after supper - the atmosphere was really special and great fun - the staff made you feel very welcome.

The sand dune activities were also very enjoyable despite the early start, and picnicing in the desert was very civilised.

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Miss. N - Leeds
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

As soon as you arrive in Sossusvlei it takes your breath away it is such a beautiful environment and Kulala Desert Lodge fits is perfectly. The chalet style rooms are amazing with views out from the porch stretching for miles with no obstruction from other chalets. You can sleep on the roof but it was a bit cold in September!

The staff here are very friendly and are only to happy to accomodate any of your needs, and you can join in with singing and dancing on alternate evenings but don't worry they don't pressure you join in, it is good fun to watch to, or sit by the open fire!

We had a brilliant guide Piertrus taking us on a sundowner nature drive and to watch the sunrise on Dune 45 along with a drive to Deadvlei, you can do these excursions yourself and save a few quid but we found the information the guide gave us very useful and would recomend it.

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Miss A & Miss L - Dundee
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Kulala Desert Lodge

I could not fault any of the staff or facilities at Kulala Desert Lodge. Our stay here could not have been made any more comfortable or relaxing.

Even the two guides who came upon us changing our punctured tyre before we had even reached the lodge could not have been any more helpful and cheerful!

Perhaps the only suggestion I would have is that if visitors are planning a hot air balloon trip, then to arrange this for their first full day in this area. Unfortunately we had ours planned for the day we were leaving and due to a sandstorm the previous day, the winds were still causing problems the following day so we were unable to do our balloon trip. If we had been staying another day, we might have then been able to do the balloon trip the next day.

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Mr & Mrs P - Belgium
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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wonderful trip to the dunes & peacefull lodge

Very pleasant. Excellent

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Family P from Belgium
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Here we had a great welcome and detailed introduction and explanation of facilities and activities from the interim manager, but by the next day she was no longer around and there didn't seem to be anyone to replace her.

The rooms were lovely and our two kulalas were attached by a short verandah which was nice. However, there was a lot of noise from the generator until quite late and from cars arriving late and leaving early. There was also some bad smelling water in front of our lodge, perhaps from a leaking drain? The pool area was nice.

Rather than pay the very high price for an organised trip, we drove ourselves to Sossussvlei, which was really not far and was much cheaper as we just had to pay the park entrance fee. It also gave us the option to spend as long or as little time at the dunes as we wanted. The canyon is easily missed with the excitement of seeing Dune 45, but was really worth the walk.

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