Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 287 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 287 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 K. from Maidstone
Arrived on: 1-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Another amazing setting in the dune corridor. The recently extended deck for meals is a delightful feature as unlit except for table lanterns and the remainder of the internal decor is very attractive.

Accommodation well appointed save for coffee and tea provided, but no kettle! Did not avail ourselves of the rooftop sleeping option - ladder a little tricky if needing a mid-night visit! Excellent pool.

Activities on offer early morning dune excursion (which we took) and hot air balloon rides (three operational). Our guide, Castro, was exceptional - knowledgeable and thoughtful to the extent we had some hangers on at some points! Meals again very good and service relaxed and friendly (see note re paperwork on Doro Nawas)

This Lodge now has wifi but of a fairly intermittent variety

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Mr S from Sir Lanka
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning Location and Great Service

Kulala was one of our favourite lodges of the whole trip and Sossuvlei and the dunes one of the overall highlights.

It was our first experience of the Wilderness Safaris experience, which we loved, with the highly individual service, superb locations and focus on conservation, culture and community. The rooms were comfortable but still close enough to a tent for you still to feel you were in the desert. All the staff were welcoming and appeared to enjoy being part of the team, creating a wonderful atmosphere. Our guide Stanley set the standard for the rest of the trip. All of us loved climbing Dune 45 and Big Daddy, especially our 9 year-old son, who set the pace at the front!

Among the many great experiences were the incredible stars at night, sleeping outside on the roof, going out at night to hunt for scorpions with Stanley and Alfred, the barbeque and singing on our second night, and great sundowners followed by drinks and hot towels on return.

Coming from Sri Lanka, where every verandah and balcony has a ceiling fan, we were surprised there were no fans in the main area, given how hot it must get in summer - as we were at many lodges. Better coffee could be another improvement for the future.

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Mr & Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dreamy...

We arrived to a very warm welcome. Two members of staff came out to meet us and said they'd been waiting for us all morning! They gave us a cold towel and a refreshing ginger drink.

The induction was detailed and helpful. The staff were amazing - extremely friendly and nice. They put on a little show one evening and also serenaded a guest who was celebrating his birthday. One of us had a bad stomach and the chef prepared some boiled vegetables to try to help.

The room was excellent and well equipped. Sleeping on the roof one night under the stars was a real highlight.

The main building was beautifully furnished and very comfortable with outstanding views.

Overall very hard to find fault with anything. Our stay here will long live in our memory.

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Mr A. from Alaro
Arrived on: 6-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

If you have your own car, don't bother with the excursions that they offer- including sossusvlei- you are much better doing this on your own.

Guides offered nothing, so in effect a glorified shared taxi.

otherwise, recommend sleeping out under the stars on the roof.

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Ms M from London
Arrived on: 6-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

In the middle of the Sossusvlei Desert, magnificent sand dunes everywhere.

The room was great with deck out the front to look over the plains. You could sleep on the roof outside, which one of us did, for a lovely experience of seeing the stars.

Very good service and friendly staff.

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M & E from UK
Arrived on: 13-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Very efficient service

Very efficient service here from Kulalu as per the usual Wilderness Safaris experience and they accommodated our needs well as this was a quick trip - we did the morning dunes excursion and then had to drive all the way to Swakop in the afternoon.

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Ms T. from Holland Park
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The staff at this place made it the highlight of the trip. They were so friendly without coming across as fake. They seemed to genuinely enjoy being there.

The location is stunning.

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Frank and Cath from Retford
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Really good activities with a very informative guide (Castro). Easy access to the dunes a bonus.

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Ms C and Mr N - October
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lovely entry point to the start of our trip. Good guide Alfred and very friendly staff.

We thoroughly enjoyed Soussevlei and great recommendation from Alfred to visit the opposite way around to most people and therefore miss the crowds at Dead Vlei

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Mr T and Ms K - Netherlands
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great place for visiting Sossusvlei.

Note for self-drivers: although the lodge is geographically closest to Sossusvlei and has a private entrance to the area, this private entrance is not open for self-drivers. Those that insist on self-driving must return to to the public gate at Sesriem (45 min drive) to get to Sossusvlei, or alternatively join one of the tours runs by the lodge.

Note on the tours: the trip to Deadveli was great, the stop at Sossusvlei itself was rather unremarkable.

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