Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(89%) From 180 travellers
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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.
Photographer - Isle of Man
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The access road was in poor condition and we complained to the manager.

The manager (Jonathan) was exceptionally helpful when we laft as the Tsauchab river flooded at Sesriem and he arranged for us to use their private gate to get onto the tarred road to Sesriem.

Our guide who took us to Sossusvlei was excellent.

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Mr. J - Rose
Arrived on: 1-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great Staff, pool needs a good clean. We really enjoyed our stay and everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. The only let down was the food quality. Dunes amazing.

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Mr H from California
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient access to Sosuvlei

Service was decidedly mixed. The hotel was nearly empty, and perhaps they gave everyone time off, but it was hard to even get a glass of lemonade in the afternoon. The trips were very generic -- you and 500 of your closest friends get to tramp across the dunes at Sosusvlei.

The guide was very sweet, but basically untrained on the biology of the region. Wilderness Safaris knows how to promote itself (lots of advertising material for other camps available if you want it!), but the experience here was very generic.

The advantage of this site is that it has a special entrance so you can get into Sosuvlei before the crowds, but our Land Rover broke down, and we missed the window.

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Mr & Mrs Cape turtle dove - Twickenham
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Another warm welcome at Kulala with cool drinks waiting for us. The food here was rather good although I wasn't able to eat much as I still wasn't up to scratch. The first evening I spent in bed.

Our visit to Sossusvlei was very interesting with an informative guide and lots to see. Unfortunately we were unable to climb Dune 45 because of the large number of parties ahead of us. We spent time at Deadvlei and then had lunch. That evening we drove out into the desert for a "Sundowner".

The following morning Amanda went on a hot air balloon trip but I had to cry off as I was still feeling unwell. She really enjoyed herself.
Our only adverse comment about Kulala was the wind which blew incessantly in the evenings and made eating out both chilly and difficult.

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Mr. S - Syre
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Blends in so well with its surroundings that we didn't see it until we were quite close. It's possible to sleep on the roof of your room here, but we didn't as the space was very small and we weren't sure how good our ladder navigating skills would be in the middle of the night!

Very comfortable and everyone was friendly and helpful. The food here was excellent.

Although the lodge has its own access to the Park we weren't at the dunes for sunrise, so if this is important to you, perhaps it would be better to stay nearer the gates at Sesriem.

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Miss F & Mr H from York
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Excellent location, great staff!!

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Cape clawless otters - from California
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lodges were beautiful with a great view of the red dunes. The dining was excellent, the staff was friendly and professional. We enjoyed sleeping on the roof at night.

We enjoyed an early morning guided tour into the park, entering through Kulala's private entrance. However, we would have benefited from driving into the park ourselves and staying a liitle longer to climb the dunes.

Overall, great experience.

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Mrs. E - Broom
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic views

The service was very good and the rooms and atmosphere were lovely. The views were spectacular. We were slightly disappointed with the trip into Sossuvlei because we were delayed and left late.

The guide himself was very good and informative but in hindsight we would have preferred to drive ourselves in order to get in a bit ealier and also to have more time to do walking and explore the dunes - being with a group made it a little restrictive.

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Mr I & Mrs K - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge

This had a wonderful setting at the edge of the dunes and situated in the "big landscapes" which we came to Namibia to see. All the staff were very helpful and polite. I had a puncture there and the staff had it repaired in no time at all.

We would recommend the evening trip to the dunes. Whilst we explored ourselves by day, Koala's location meant that a sunset trips on the dunes was very accessible and a wonderful experience.

Very happy with our visit there.

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Mr & Mrs Tru
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Larger than Wolwedans but still fairly personal, despite an overnight 20 plus busload, somewhat voluble, as may be expected from a big group. Slightly disappointed that our Room was the furthest from the main complex but guess someone has to be there. The pool was not in use due to lack of water.

Our guide for two days, Hans, was extremely personable and his two years working in England gave him a great understanding of our culture and priiorities. He was polite but ambitious and we wish him well in his career! The camp has the advantage of a quick access to the Soussusvlei Dune area, good enough reason on its own to make this your base for exploring the famous red dunes, a number of which face you across the desert from your room . You can enjoy their particular splendour at sunrise and sundown without moving from your balcony!

Best if you can get your guide to take you out to "Big Daddy" and "Big Mummy" early in the morning before the bus crowds arrive through the Sesriem Park Gate. You'll then be able to walk up the Daddy Dune ridge and helter skelter down barefoot into the dead Acacia "Lake" in peace and with maximum fun! Further wandering and picknicking in the "fertile" Soussesvlei area is a must! Vestiges of greenery give promise to the beautiful tranformation of this location when the rains come.

Wouldn't we, like many, love to return and see it again in its multi splendour with the birds, dragonflies, animals and coloured flora and fauna! Jonathan our general camp manager told us his phone rings constantly when rain is forecast, so many wnating to share in the spectacle. The Sesriem Canyon is worth a viisit, if only briefly as an overture to the unforgettable spectacle of s Sundowner among the Red Dunes.

Hans took us on a long day's excursion to the Naukluft Mountain Park, a very memorable contrast to the Namib Desert. An hour or two's walk up into the mountains in and alongside dry riverbeds cheered on our way by families of fig eating baboons and enlightened by real tumbling water and colourful flora we "discovered " a series of beautiful tumbling rock pools. Too much for Hans. "Hallelujah"! He was in and savouring something the dry Camp pool could not offer.. We felt gratified to have experienced the Namib and Naukluft in one stay! To be recommended!

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