Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(89%) From 180 travellers
Excellent
101
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Below are independent comments from 180 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.
Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The place is nicely located and nothing wrong with the accomodation.

But we felt the activities are very expensive though, and what made it worse was the management couldn't explain why (we didn't think most of it was for the guide and it couldn't have been the transport cost or entrance fees, we checked the cost of the latter one...).

We asked two members of the management, once when confirming to go on the trip and in the end when paying. In general the quality of information by the management was not as good as in many other lodges.

Fortunately we did have an excellent guide on our trip to the dunes (Petrus), which is why I wouldn't rate service as "poor"

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Miss. F & Mr. E - Surbiton
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Wonderfully remote, again a very nice welcome after a long and dusty drive. Tremendous view from the room , and very nice touch for the staff to come and put some extra blankets on the beds and hot water bottles. Food was good.

We had a wonderful trip to Dune 45 and a sundowner to Sesriem canyon with Christoph, the best guide we had during our holiday to Namibia.

All the other staff were very attentive , courteous and professional, so much so we were sad to leave this wonderful place.

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Mr. & Mrs. C - Chinnor
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

A perfect place to stay if you want to access the dunes. We were the first people there in the morning and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We could take some fantastic photos without any footprints in the sand.

The staff were very helpful and friendly

The food was good but I did feel that the puddings (quality rather than choice) could be improved upon.

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Expert Africa comments

These travelers asked us to organise several side-trips for them here. They commented -

1) About their Morning excursion to dunes:

Christoph, our guide, was great. He was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

It was really great - just right. Plenty of time to explore or just to watch the sun rise.

2) About their Early morning balooning trip:

Unfortunately this was cancelled on both occasions (apparently no one was able to go ballooning all week) due to the wind.

Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The rooms were a bit tricky to access due to the uneven stony paths that were quite narrow and the steep steps upto the verandah. However, the tent and amazing views in such a peaceful location meant you did not want to go out. Again we were made to feel most welcome and able to relax.

The evening nature drive with N'gway (sorry for the spelling) was very infomative and he assisted John in and out of the vehicle in a very helpful and friendly manner.

The tour was expensive (compared to Anib Lodge which was a third of the price) although perhaps that is fairly standard in the Sesreim area.

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Dr. & Mrs. B from Snettisham, Norfolk
Arrived on: 31-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Good
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Excellent
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Service:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Getting to Kulala in a clas D car was stressful, especially as C19 was very rutted and the final 14km from road to camp over sand tracks caused some problems, and worries about the return journey. Strongly advise a 4x4 for this.

It also take a very long time (6-7hrs) even without punctures or other probs. Lodge was very good but couldn't seem to arrange a bedroll for the roof area.

Very friendly and enthusiastic staff, but seperate tables kept guests very seperate from each other so little interaction. Not sure why we were on half board as this caused some confusion as to what was included.

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Mr D & Mrs G - St Albans
Arrived on: 25-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The chalets at KDL were lovely and well equiped, it had everything we needed. The meals were all very nice, including the afternoon tea. The serving staff were very quiet, it was often hard to hear what they were saying, but they were very efficient and polite. They also did some singing and dancing for us one night during dinner, which was wonderful.

I feel guest should be aware how expensive the trips are with camps under the Wilderness Safaris group, and it's a bit of a shock when you find out. Given how cheap things are locally, it's surprising to find out the main activities are around €100 per person for a 1/2 day trip.

We did the dune trip as that was the main reason for being there and it was an excellent experience. Our guide (Naguiri) was very knowledgable and really looked after us. We also did the self-guided walk along the river bed near the lodge and came across quite a few antilope.

The location can't be beaten as you can see the dunes from the lodge and watch the sunset over them from the deck, and their private entrance into the National Park is a real bonus for getting there for the sunrise.

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Mr W & Ms G from Glamorgan
Arrived on: 17-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Excursions are expensive. We booked this hotel to take advantage of its location inside the Nat Park but to actually make use of this we had to take an excursion and couldn't self drive. Might be worth mentioning this.

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Mr.B & Dr.T - London
Arrived on: 12-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Dune with a View !

Another fantastic Wilderness Safaris operation.
The proximity to the dunes and the easy access via the private gate into the Sossusvlei National Park are a real bonus here, allowing one to lie-in until 5am before heading out on a sunrise dune drive (!). However it is a long (about 14km) and very rough drive to the camp from the main road.

Very welcoming staff as always, nice to find husband and wife teams again.

Very high quality of accommodation-shown by the high quality of things like the bed linen, pillows , towels and toiletries. Food was excellant.

Staff entertained us with singing in the dining room after dinner-excellant. Our guide Dawid was very knowledgeable and coped well with the mixed fitness levels in our group.

The one and anly thing I could say was less than perfect was the swimming pool which looked somewhat dirty.

Balloon flight - Absolutely wonderful.
We were almost late due to a problem with our pick up (they went to the wrong lodge), but we made it just in time. I liked the fact it wasnt too crowded-the basket held 16, and there was plenty of room.

The pilot, Astrid, was amazing, and took us up to 900m, and then down to just a few metres above the ground, and rotated the basket so that everyone got a good view of everything from all directions. We actually didnt see much wildlife - a few springbok, oryx and ostrich, but the scenery was wonderful. The flight lasted about an hour and was followed by a very good champagne breakfast. Pricey, but an unforgettable experience.

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Ms J x 2 from Birmingham
Arrived on: 12-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Good
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Activities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

OK but not a luxury lodge which it claims to be. Food nothing special.

Trip to dunes a bit of a rip off - nearly twice as much as our similar trip to Fish River Canyon but without the same quality of guiding and picnic.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 9-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

There was a slight mix up on arrival as our voucher stated that we were staying in the desert lodge however it transpired that we were actually booked into the wilderness camp - thankfully were were able to stay in the desert camp as we would not have appreciated having to drive another 44km after a very long day of driving!!!

The camp was fine - no problems with staff - we found the food to be ok but not up to the standard we had got used to in Wolwedans! The lodge were exceptionally helpful with our car trouble and were more than willing to help with our flat tire with minimum fuss!

We also felt a bit less relaxed here as it was expected for all guests to take part in all activites with litttle flexibility re: times/type of activites. We left from this lodge to fly in a hot air balloon with Namibia balloon safaris and this was an amazing activity!!

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