Kulala Wilderness Camp

Reviews of Kulala Wilderness Camp

Excellent(92%) From 63 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 63 of our travellers who have visited Kulala Wilderness Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The T family - Clackmannanshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Our first time in the wilds of Namibia was made very special by staying here for 2 nights. From the welcome with cold flannels after a long dusty journey, to the extra air being pumped into one of our tyres just as we left, the service was excellent - personal, polite and sincere.

We went on the organised day trip to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, led by Moses. This was well planned and executed with a delightful lunch under a camelthorn tree - buit it was still very hot (35c). Moses provided commentary about what we were seeing, and picked out the local wildlife, even in the pre-dawn light of our early start.

The rooms (we had the family unit of two immediately adjacent rooms) are large with a good verandah overlooking the wilderness. We saw springbok, oryx and jackal from there. The food was of a high standard, well cooked and very tasty. We were advised, when given a choice between 2 options, to ask for both. The apple crumble on our first night was just like home.

The swimming pool was clean and very refreshing.

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Mr G and family - Philadelphia
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Very nice camp in a spectacular location with friendly hosts and staff. We took a morning tour to Sossusvlei and climbed "big daddy" with Moses, this was one of the highlights of our trip to Namibia. IMoses managed to get us all up and down the 660ft dune which was well worth the effort. In the afternoon the camp arranged a camel ride into the desert which was an interesting and relaxing if rather slow moving excursion. The camp has a beautiful view and the tents are very comfortable.

I would warn guests to definitely use the mosquito nets here; even though it is in the desert they still seemed pretty active! When we slept out "under the stars" several still dined on our exposed faces!! If guests are concerned about being close to Sossusvlei, which is the real attraction of the whole Namib area, they might consider Kulala's sister property, Kulala Desert Lodge. Being at the camp vs the lodge adds about 30-45 minutes to the trip into the dunes but we can't comment on how the lodge and camp accomodations compare.

We would also suggest that the camp more actively develop their walking trail options around the camp. It wasn't very clear to us how many of such options existed and how interesting they were, hence our decision to try camel riding. Apart from the trip to Sossusvlei I wondered what the preferred activities are for this lodge and area.

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Mr D & Madame J - France
Arrived on: 26-May-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

The people in Kulala were specially nice, going out of their way to please us.

Indications of the type : coming from D854, turn right. After 2 (?) km sign to the left to Kulala wilderness camp would have been helpfull

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry these travellers found this Kulala Wilderness Camp difficult to find. We do usually include a detailed map of the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve (as well as a larger map of Namibia) for anyone staying in this area. Having chatted to these travelers we discovered that this map had unfortunately been omitted from their ticket pack. We have apologized to them for the inconvenience and will ensure that this does not happen again.

Mr & Mrs B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 18-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Welcoming and good location to see the dunes.

Arrived at Dune 45 as the sun rose - too many people already there, and we had missed much of the spectacular skies before sunrise.

Suggest set off from Kulala camp earlier, and make for a more isolated dune from which to view the sunrise.

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Mr G & Mrs S - Wincanton
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Very friendly staff, great location, amazing scenery.

Our vehicle broke down on the return from the dunes, the radio didn't work (possibly the channel had been changed), the guide didn't have back up phone numbers. Uncomfortable waiting in the heat and not knowing quite what was going ion

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Mr D & Mrs J and Mr P & Mrs J - Essex
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Friendly reception at Kulala

The camp has a unique location witha backdrop of mountains and open landscape. The buildings are constructed from natural materials and the design of the central area is very comfortable and convenient.

The dining area allows for individual seating with great views. Our reception was friendly, and all the staff were attentive. The singing by the staff at dinner made for a great atmosphere.

Our guide Richard was very laid back but he gave us some enjoyable experiences.

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Mr B & Mr K - Kent
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Once again another wonderful spot and ideal camp for Sossuslie. but the guide should have advised us that it would be very cold in the Safari vehicle early in the morning as the rocks at the back of the camp keep in the heat and give a false idea of actually how cold it was driving out at 4/5 oclock across the plains .----We froze ---seriously until the sun rose . The van had an open roof and the guide made no effort to close it. Not impressed at that point but enjoyed the day.

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good fun at Kulala

We returned to this camp primarily because of its excellent private access to Sossusvlei and for a balloon flight over the dunes, and enjoyed it even more than last time due to the extraordinary energy, enthusiasm and good fun of Petronella, Agnes, Jimmy the guide and all the staff who obviously really enjoy their jobs and having guests to stay. T

he balloon flight may initially appear expensive but is a fantastic experience, very well organised and worth every penny. We appreciated having individual tables for dinner on the decking rather than one long table inside as last time.

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Miss. H & Mr. R - London
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Wilderness Camp review

Staff, rooms and food was all very good at Kulala, but for us perhaps everything was overshadowed by our trip to Sossusvlei.

There where more guests booked on the trip than the transport provided meaning one couple had to drive themselves. This combined with other factors meant we left later than scheduled and even though we entered via the private gate we missed sunrise in the park and others had already arrived meaning we missed the solitary experience that we were hoping for.

The guide was not the best we'd encountered and we also had some issues with driving standards. All of which where taken up with the Assistance Manager who was apologetic and promised to investigate.

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Mr. R & Mrs S - Tyne & Wear
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Secluded, only ten rooms so personal service

The location and the friendly personal service were the two great things about this place, and we would have scored it excellent but felt whilst the food was fine, it was not quite up to the standard of other lodges we stayed at. Only here for one night, perhaps two would have helped us relax into the place a little more.

The lodges are individual units spread along the hillside, the furthest ones (higher numbers) a good few minutes walk from the central building where food is served. The lodges are more rustic than at other places - spacious and well presented, with a spacious bathroom inc a view over the plain below. It was possible to watch springbok from our balcony.

I would say you might not enjoy staying here if you were bothered by the occassional small creatures vistiing the room, for some it would be part of the charm. Can't finish the review off without saying how much more enjoyable our stay was made by the welcome of Petronella, who couldnt have been more friendly and helpful.

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