Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(89%) From 180 travellers
Excellent
101
Good
61
Average
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Poor
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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.
Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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under the stars at Kulala

Staff very friendly and helpful, especially Solomon the guide, with whom we enjoyed wonderful sundowners.
Food was ok, but tried too hard, it would have been beter to keep it more basic and wholesome. The afternoon cakes were a treat to look forward to.

Sleeping on roof, under the stars was an experience to remember.
We think the dunes visit would have benefited from a very early start to capture the early morning shadows.

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Dr O & Dr J - Hungary
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

We received a warm welcome and a detailed explanation of the lodge and activities from Robert, the manager and next night he gave a fantastic presentation about bird ringing.

It is a lodge with very warm and friendly atmosphere.

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Mr & Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Everyone very helpful and attentive. Great accommodation in individual 'chalets' (including hot water bottles for the cool nights), wonderful, atmospheric location and very nice food. Great trip with excellent guiding to the dunes.

It would be helpful to put some gravel on the paths to the rooms rather than mostly sand.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Fantastic position, excellent early trip into Sossusvlei

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Ms S and family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

A great, relaxing stay. Enjoyed early morning Drive to Dune and Hodden Vlei

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Mr O & Mrs R with sons' - Germany,
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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View from Kulala to Dune no. 1

Absolutely amazing location. It really is in the middle of nowhere, just opposite dune number one. We had booked a sunrise trip into Soussouvlei, the guide was knowledgeable and continuously pointed out animal tracks and highlighted various plants. We were lucky in that the amount of rain they had received this year was already more than 4 times the average yearly amount, which resulted in an amazing amount of plants even on the dunes and Soussouvlei was still flooded and full of animals.

The food on the first night was great, however, on the second night both presentation and quality of food were seriously below par. The rooms can get really cold, there is no air-conditioning or heating, which we liked as we wanted to minimize our environmental impact. They supply hot water bottles in the evening, which was a really nice touch.

We expected a lot from this lodge and it came up to par, however, the bathrooms would benefit from a whitewash.

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Drs from Brisbane, Queensland
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Fiftieth Birthday to Remember at Kulala

We stayed at Kulala Desert Lodge a few years ago, and decided that we would like to return there to celebrate a 50th birthday. It was certainly a good choice. The management and staff were all wonderful. Everyone was so friendly, helpful and competent. We had comfortable accommodation with lovely views, good excursions, and excellent food and service.

To celebrate the birthday, we enjoyed a sunrise trip into Sossusvlei and lovely afternoon nature drive with a "sundowner". The highlight of the holiday happened that evening when the lodge staff surprised us by bringing in a birthday cake during dinner. The staff sang a beautiful rendition of "happy birthday" and started dancing. The performance was wonderful, and we were very touched by the very kind and thoughtful gesture. The singing and dancing continued as guests joined in. It was a wonderful surprise, and a very memorable day.

Excursions from Kulala Desert Lodge
We had an enjoyable excursion into Sossusvlei. The scenery is beautiful. We have done this trip before, however on this occasion we experienced the delightful view of water in the vlei and increased vegetation and wildlife. On our previous trips it has been completely dry. The walk to Dead Vlei is worthwhile for the amazing scenery.

On our last visit the lodge used an open sided vehicle. The vehicles have been replaced by glass sided vehicles. This is good from the perspective of keeping the biting cold and wind out during the early morning, but it does rattle a bit!

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Mr G & Mrs S - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The main attraction was the proximity to the dunes and the easy access into the park.

The trip to the dunes was well worthwhile and the climb up the dune was harder than expected. We did have a problem when the electrics in our chalet blew the fuses but the staff were really good in fixing things. We took the trip to Sesriem Canyon - something we could have done in our own vehicle. This was a little of an anti-climax after Fish River.

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lovely lodge and lovely rooms. Helpful staff and our guide, Angula, was great. The let down was the food with poor quality beef and lamb being served at dinner. We felt it was the fault of whoever buys the meat, not the chef. Why on earth don't they serve game?

Nevertheless, this is a minor quibble as it is a great place to stay especially as they have their own gate to the park!

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Mr & Mrs H - London
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Fantastic views, service was good, food was a bit average.

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