Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(89%) From 164 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 164 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 I & Mrs A - France
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Kulala Lodge is a beautifully designed place to stay and relax. The staff were excellent and the singing during dinner was fantastic.

We have two main complaints. The first complaint is the cost of the activities which we found excessive for what was included. Over $1,000 Namibian dollars for the morning excursion into the Dunes which included a cup of coffee, a biscuit and a bit of fruit. The guide wasn't very informative and didn't really have much passion for the job. He drove us there and then back. We did try to engage him but it's not our job to ask all the questions it is his job to inform and enthuse us.

We were told that if we wanted to drive into the park ourselves that we couldn't use the lodges private access but would have to drive out of the park and then in through the main gate. I would have thought that paying premium prices to stay at the lodge should have entitled us to access the park ourselves or with a guided tour. The evening game drive was $600 (£60!) and there was very little wildlife to see here. Bagatelle Ranch charged us $60 Namibian (£6) and we had a fantastic guide, lots of game to enjoy and a sundowner drink with snacks.

We didn't really like the dining area as it felt like a canteen with no music or atmosphere although the bar area and outside areas were beautiful.



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Mr & Mrs R - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 11-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great trip to Soussevlei from Kulala

A wonderful lodge in an amazing setting in the Namib Desert. When we arrived we were met by very friendly and attractive staff with a cool drink and very refreshing damp towel which had ben cooled in a refrigerator.

The food was excellent with fresh salads and vegetables in the middle of the desert 7 hours travelling from Windhoek or Swakompmund amazing. Great friendly staff who could not do enough for you.

We took advantage of their game drive to Sosssivlei which set off at 5am, well worth doing as they have their own private entrance into the Namib-Nauflunt reserve which saves over 100kms over public roads, we stopped for photo's of the sunrise plus a clamber up Dune 45 before the main attraction which was amazing and surpassed my high expectations!

Also went on a sundowner nature drive which was fun and the guide (Pretorus) was very imformative.

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Mr & Mrs L from Sheffield
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

From arrival to departure our every need was met.

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Mr A and Ms W - London
Arrived on: 28-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The level of accomodation was O.K, nothing special compared to say the Olive Grove, Camp Kipwe and Mushara.

The saff, although helpful, did not seem as happy and friendly as in other camps. The management in this hotel was poor. We booked an early morning call for an activity and the call did not happen, and they had to get a guide out of bed to take us. The bill however was heavily reduced as way of an apology.

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Mr W & Mrs L - Belgium
Arrived on: 21-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

very nice location - beautifull rooms -friendly staff and helpfull
December is very warm time of he year- during nights cooled down .

Balloon trip expensive but a must do !! We did Dune 45 and Sossuvlei by hired car = no problem.

Food OK , (one morning no eggs for breakfast ... no problem!!!)

Location is SUPER !!!!!


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Mr. M-S - Letchwood Garden City
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The highlight was our guided trip to Sossusvlei and Willem our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. All the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, Cold drinks on arrival were a very nice touch.

We chose to drive ourselves to Sesriem canyon rather than take the guided trip which was quite practicable and definitely worth doing.

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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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