Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(90%) From 240 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 240 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.
Mrs T. from LONDON
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favourite lodge

Kulala is in the most dreamy location just on the edge of the National Park. It is such a privilege to be able to access the dunes through their own private gate.

Everything was so well done. Our room was so well designed and nicely rustic. The excursions were exciting and our guides were so good. The trip to Sesriem Canyon was worth doing but the highlight was the trip to the dunes. The views take your breath away and it is a perfect challenge to try and climb the dunes themselves.

This really was a once in a life time experience. We even topped it off with a balloon flight over this magical landscape.

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Mr & Mrs W. from Clitheroe
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hot stay at Kulala Desert Lodge

Welcoming reception. Wilderness Safaris are trying to reduce plastic bottle waste. We were issued with named drinks bottles and encouraged to fill them from the water cooler. What a good idea!

Elegant décor and considerate staff combined to make this a very enjoyable stay. No one could do anything about the temperature of 50.5 degrees in the shade however.

The afternoon nature drive and sundowners with our guide Castro was informative and interesting. The promise of sunrise over the dunes could not be fulfilled as the gate did not open until 06:25. This meant that the ascent of Dune 45 and the visit to Dead Vlei took place in the hot sunshine of late morning.

Our afternoon visit to Sesriem Canyon with Castro was fascinating. We had expressed an interest in the geology of the area and he provided all the explanation that was needed.

If you are interested in star gazing from your roof terrace, make sure your visit does not coincide with a full moon! Once it had set, the sky was amazing.

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D & D from Cork
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Absolutely wonderful place.

We really enjoyed our two nights here. The welcome was warm, the staff were very helpful and attentive. The accommodation was lovely. The food was excellent and the relaxed setting of the lodge was very pleasant. We were entertained by singing and dancing after dinner on our second night.

We went on a guided trip to the dunes with our guide Castro and he was an excellent guide. Hiking up the Big Daddy dune was a bit of a challenge but well worth it! Seeing the dead vlei after was amazing. I would highly recommend this trip.

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Mr R M - Nam trip with daughter
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

This is a very nice place in the middle of the desert. The food is excellent and the service equally good.

The activities are somewhat strenuous but that is the nature of the place.

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Ms M. from dublin 22
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic time at Kulala Desert Lodge

we loved this lodge-on arrival staff were waiting for us with damp face cloths and a cool drink, both were very welcome after the long drive. The staff were really friendly, the main lodge area was inviting and comfortable. Our chalet had a fantastic view and was really in fitting with its surroundings.

All meals were lovely and the waiting staff were friendly and efficient. The evenings were really relaxing in the comfortable lounge area.

We went on 2 activities with Richael our fantastic, informative guide. The visit to the dunes and Deadvlei was out of this world and one of the highlights of our visit to Namibia. We also visited Sesiem canyon which I'm glad we did but I was not madly impressed by it.

The provision of purified water in Kulala and the other Wilderness Safari accommodations was great as it allowed us to conserve the bottled water we held for the long drives. I also really liked the palmolive free shampoo, shower gel etc that was provided.

Overall this we had a fantastic experience at Kulala and can easily recommend it to other travellers.

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Mr and Mrs G - Herts
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Did their best to avoid crowds at Sosselvlei

Paid for two trips. One to Big Daddy and Dead Vlei. Private entrance helped to reduce driving time. Otherwise standard trip, but with nice private picnic.

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Arrived on: 11-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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stunning view of dunes, wonderful staff

sleeping on the roof was amazing; refreshing ginger drink upon arrival; felt very safe; greately appreciated water conservation in showers as well as electricity conservation efforts; was nice to be on a property that was also protected so we were able to see animals such as oryx, ostritch, and springbok; plan for 45 min trip to park entrance.

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Mr and Mrs E. from London
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Remote but great place. The accommodation was in tented huts with a ladder to get up to a small outside sleeping area to see the stars - well worth doing! The actual tented hut was not that huge but very nice and a great little balcony to sit and take in the views of the dunes. It is the closest accommodation to the dunes with its own private gate and this was great as we had great views and also meant you did not have to get up that early to get into the park.

The service was great too - again they were very accommodating to challenging dietary requirements especially making fresh gluten free bread. The staff were very friendly and our guide Richael was brilliant. We did the nature trail and the morning sand dune drive. The sand dunes drive was excellent - we were taken to climb Big Daddy rather than Dune 45 as is was quieter and less touristy. We climbed the half arm of Big Daddy and it was not that hard at all - and lots of fun coming down.

We stayed two nights and think that this is enough as there are not that many more activities you can do. It is a long drive to get there but well worth it when you get there - highly recommend the lodge!

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Dr W - Texas
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Only negative - because they could not assure us transportation to Adventure Center for helicopter ride we booked, we ended up renting car and driving from Windhoek.

Once there they ended up insisting they drive us even though we had the rental car. Had we known we would have flown from Windhoek.

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G & H - London, UK
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

We enjoyed a two-night stay at Kulala Desert Lodge, joining the morning drive out to Sossusvlei.

The 'tents' (rooms) were very comfortable and well kitted out, with magnificent views over the riverbed and dunes. We slept on the roof on the first night of our stay - enjoying the magnificence of a night sky unpolluted by light.

The location of the lodge is brilliant - and a great boon that they have their own access to the National Park, which saves a lot of time on the morning drive to Sossusvlei. Having said that, we were certainly not the first to reach the dunes that morning. Whilst it is recommended that you wear enclosed shoes for your trip to Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei etc. I personally believe that sandals with enclosed toes (such as Keens) would be a far better choice - enabling the sand to run out of your shoes whilst still protecting your feet from any nasties.

Whilst we really enjoyed our stay here, the staff seemed somewhat disengaged... which was at odds with the other lodge run by Wilderness Safaris where we stayed a little later in our trip.

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