Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(89%) From 178 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 178 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 and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

we stayed at Little Kulala.

Magnificent location.I think we will not forget our 2 nights here for a cvery long time.I would mention that activities are are very expensive.But that aside we thought it was magnificent

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers got upgraded to Little Kulala.

Mr. & Mrs. H - Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best access to the dunes!

Excellent location for visiting the dunes - KDL has its own gate which makes being on the dunes at sunrise very easy. The guides were friendly and incredibly knowledgeable - good company on the two excursions we did.

The rooms are delightful separate buildings on stilts - any breeze blows through which helps things to cool down. The swimming pool is another place to get cool - the water is somehow kept almost cold! There are lovely views over the dunes from the verandah of the main building and a little water hole which attracted deer and owls when we visited. The dry river valley provided a safe, easy walk just before sunset with the light playing on the dunes and some springbok surprisingly close-by.

Food was good and staff helpful. As this is probably more upmarket than we were used to, we were amused by being greeted with a cold drink whenever we came back from an outing (whether arduous or not).

Expert Africa organised a scheduled afternoon nature drive, about which these travellers commented:

It was nice to see some of the bush around the lodge and learn about the natural history but also the farm settlement history from our knowledgeable and charming guide. Strange to have some heavy rain in the desert!

Sundowner drinks ended the drive - complete with table, chairs and nibbles which appeared out of the back of the landrover.

Expert Africa organised a morning trip to the dunes, about which these travellers commented:

Worth staying here to be driven into the dunes so quickly in the morning. The early light on the dunes was very beautiful. There were only 4 of us in total so we could enjoy walking on the dunes at our own pace. The climb up dune 45 was definitely worth it - and not too hot early in the morning.

The guide then took us to Dead Vlei where we chose to spend quite a bit of time - such a strange place. The guides were very knowledgeable - stopping to show us interesting plants and animal tracks. He could tell where the snake stopped in the sand - I wonder if it got its mouse! The trip finished with a banquet of a brunch under the trees - out came tables, chairs, plates, and a meat and salad meal which was delicious!

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Ms. H & Mr. D - Oldham
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great sunsets over the dunes

Whilst we had a nice time here we considered it to be expensive for what you got - I guess, from the price we paid, we were a little disappointed. The main thing going for this place is it's private gate to the dunes but as this could only be accessed by going on one of their drives you either had to pay for a rather expensive trip or make the 35k drive to the main public entrance (and back of course) before you even start to drive the 'dune road'.

We had pre booked and pre paid for 2 trips on one of our days at the lodge which were good. When we visit this area again though,we will probably go for one of the lodges near to the main public gate and do the trips ourselves as we did not feel the time saved by the private gate justified the cost.

The food was OK though it was always on the cooler side of just warm. The bar and dining room also lacked atmosphere though the pool and terrace were nice and relaxing.

The chairs on our private 'veranda' were very tatty and needed replacing or at least a lick of paint.

Though the comments above are negative we nevertheless had a lovely time here due to the natural beauty of this unique area of Namibia.

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Mr & Mrs L - Northants
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

After Zebra River Lodge, this was an absolute paradise. The central facility (restaurant & reception) has a spectacular view out across the desert to the Dunes. Our accommodation was wonderful. It looked onto the distant dunes and (from the roof) the waterhole, and from the balcony we could imagine we were alone in the desert.

The staff here are just out of this world. They are permanently cheerful, enthusiastic to help and to know that you're having a good time. They engage continually with the guests and provide excellent service. They have been very well trained and create an ethos of quality and warmth. Twenty out of ten for them, they are marvellous.

Our guide, Petrus, gets thirty out of ten. His local knowledge, the wonderful things he showed and explained to us, his conversation during our adventures with him, made our stay here one of the finest moments in Namibia. He was not just a guide, he was an encyclopedia, a great person and our guru while we were with him.

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Mr S & Ms M - USA
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Generally good. Felt that kitchen could have been more creative with food. Also, noticeable difference in quality of service on second night (seemed there had been a shift change).

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Mr J & Ms J - Wedding Anniversary
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Setting was tranquil and the lodge never felt full, even when all the rooms were occupied.

Our activities were very well organised and we felt cared for right throughout. We enjoyed a night under the stars and our sundowner from a nearby hilltop where we got some beautiful photos of the area. The pool was nice for a midday dip.

Two days was just the right time to spend here to visit Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Dead Vlei, as well as the local canyons and having a private entrance to the park was a real plus because we didn't have to drive as far.

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Mr & Mrs S - Inverness
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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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