Little Kulala

Reviews of Little Kulala

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Below are independent comments from 25 of our travellers who have visited Little Kulala, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs W - Isle of Man
Arrived on: 22-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kulala review

First class accommodation, well executed with attentive and active managers. The rooms were spacious with lovely private relaxing space. Staff were friendly and helpful. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Our full day trip to Sossusvlei was excellent. Our guide was Willem who was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of time to look around and take photographs. We didn't feel that we were being rushed.

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Mr & Mrs C - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 5-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kulala review

Very well organised from arrival to departure. Our guide, Willy, was excellent.

All staff very friendly, food good, trip to sand dunes amazing.

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Prof. & Mrs S from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Oasis in the desert

I had a bad fall on our first night; the staff looked after me beautifully. My bruises were much helped by the magic hands of Ermelinde (massage therapist). A big thrill was the ostrich family with 17 chicks walking past our room.

The dunes were everything we hoped and then some. "A" earned bragging points by climbing Big Daddy. Our guide, Edward, was very good but somewhat hampered by a sprained ankle.

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Mr & Mrs B - Twickenham
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert and dunes at Little Kulala

As this was the first stop on our tour, we did not really have an appreciation of the Wilderness approach to guests, so had not realised that there would be a greater than usual engagement with the hotel staff and guides. This was not a problem once we worked it out, but we were a bit surprised when they came and stood by our table and chatted during dinner.

Having said this the staff were all fantastic, especially the temporary manager Gregory, and our guide Abner was knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The room was great - perhaps the whole place was a little 'over designed' for our tastes, but nevertheless a fantastic lodge and a great place to start the visit.

Incidentally your notes about additional charges for certain types of drinks - spirits and SA wines - were inaccurate. We were not charged for anything extra throughout the whole visit.

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Mr and Mrs I - New Zealand
Arrived on: 10-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kulala review

It was a beautiful camp and we were looked after superbly. Great food, our guide Elaine was great as were ALL the staff.

It was very exciting to see our first Sprinkbok pronking and the ostriches with their chicks (the only chicks we saw). Dunes suprb - toilet facilities ther ghastly. It would have been good to have ben warned!!

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Expert Africa comments

Little Kulala was grateful to receive this feedback and were delighted that these guests had an excellent stay with them. They agree that the toilet facilities at Sossusvlei are dismal. But regrettably there is currently no other option to these basic facilities which were set up by the national parks board. Little Kulala are attempting to address the condition of the toilets with the board and have requested some improvement be made but this process may take some time.

Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kulala review

A luxurious camp that lived up to expectations - all the more impressive since it is so very remote and isolated.

The scenery and isolation appealed to us very much. In common with our experience throughout Namibia, the staff were very warm, friendly and excellent at their jobs.

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Mr & Mrs R from Berkeley
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury in the desert

A local mix-up over our booking at Desert Camp resulted in us being quickly and efficiently upgraded to one night at Sossusvlei Lodge and 2 nights at the sumptuous Little Kulala Lodge.

Little Kulala is in another league in terms of luxury and service. There were 29 staff for 24 (max) guests. The rooms were simply superb with their own plunge pools and the facility to 'sleep under the stars' on the roof. Little Kulala also has it's own entrance to the park thus avoiding the need to travel 30 kms back to Sesriem Richard, our guide for the whole stay, couldn't have done more, but the same could be said for all the staff who took a real pride in their lodge. The sunset over the desert dunes was an image that will stay with us for a very long time. The food at LKL was well presented and delicious but without the level of choice that might have been expected at such a superb place. If you were full-board everything was included. If, like us you were half-board it was difficult to find out what was and was not included and nowhere were the prices for activities, drinks from the bar or other 'extras' written down......we guess that in such a lovely and expensive place it was assumed that no-one would need to ask. Even so, our stay at Little Kulala Lodge was an unforgettable experience.

Overall the ambience and service at both lodges made our stay in the Sossusvlei area an unforgettable experience.

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Expert Africa comments

For reference regarding activities; Little Kulala is usually booked on a full board and activities basis. Because these travellers were upgraded to Little Kulala from an accommodation where they had only been booked on dinner, bed and breakfast, activities where consequently extra. This situation would not normally occur if you were pre-booked in at Little Kulala.

The B family from Swindon
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kulala review

Very tranquil location, where you felt that you had arrived in the middle of nowhere. A great start for the holiday.

Amazing beds, bedrooms and camp. The food is really wonderful.

Sleeping under the stars is like you are in a planetarium... we had a fantastic night up on the roof.

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Memories of The Flintstones

A 2 hour transfer by Land Rover from Wolwedans across the NamibRand Reserve and the contrast in scenery was unbelievable. From the rust red we then travelled past huge granite boulders and wide open plains. When we arrived at Little Kulala it was like arriving on the surface of the moon. Quite eclectic accommodation but really charming and comfortable with amazing views. Great tour to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei Forest.

Apart from the amazing experience of climbing our first dune and descending almost vertically, a great highlight was the hot air ballooning over the dunescape at sunrise. Another unforgettable experience.

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Dr K and Dr P - London
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A magical desert lodge

Little Kulula was an exceptional experience - we loved our stay there. The rooms , lodge and location were fantastic. We had an exceptional personal guide who went to great lengths to ensure we had a special stay. The general service was excellent - everyone was very helfpul and friendly - though at times the table service could have been a little more attentive - though this didn't bother us.

The food was 'very good', wholesome and tasty - with many local dishes - though probably not excellent considering the price - once again this did not affect our stay at all. The inclusive wine list was also excellent with some superb Sout African wines. We especially appreciated the extra effort made to give us a special dinner on our first night (it was our honeymooon and a candle lit dinner in the wine cellar was arranged by one of the managers!) We would recommend Little Kulala to anyone and would love to go back some day!

Ballooning trip:

Magical early morning ballon flight - We had a fantastic experience ballooning over the Namib-Nauklif Park with dunes on one side and sunrise on the other. It was peaceful and fun at the same time - so glad we did it! It was all capped off with a fantastic champagne breakfast at the base of a dune!!

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