Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 326 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 326 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 & Mrs D from Perth
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

The scenery was fabulous.

We appreciated the warm welcome with flannel and drink.

The swimming pool was nice and clean.

The food was of a high standard.

Our guide introduced herself to us on the deck. We had a chat about our excursions, she was friendly and enthusiastic. The tours were excellent. We appreciated the cold water/drinks and food that was provided. She was knowledgeable and happy to stop for us to take photographs/ask questions.

Our guide, Richel, did a fantastic job of changing the flat tyre whilst we enjoyed our sundowner of drinks, with nuts and billtong etcetera. We did feel a little guilty... but still enjoyed our treats.

We loved sleeping under the stars, and hearing/seeing the wildlife.

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Mr & Mrs SH from Seattle
Arrived on: 7-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great location!

We decided Pay the extra money to get driven into Sossusvlei after a day of driving the dirt roads from Windhoek the day before. It was worth it! We were the first up Big Daddy dune! If that is important to you, do it. And, we learned a lot about the dunes at the same time.

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Mr K. from Egham
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good base for a desert adventure

Kulala Desert Lodge is in a wonderful location - even getting there is quite an adventure.

The rooms were wonderful and the opportunity for some to sleep out on the roof. The overall service was fine, but a bit sloppy. We were not given fully accurate information on arrival and not fully briefed on possible activities. That said, it was correctly assumed we would visit the dunes in the morning and we thoroughly enjoyed our outing on the fat-tire bikes - not to be missed!

Food was fine, but definitely the poorest of our ten days in Namibia.

This lodge could improve its game I think - it is trying to be high end but falls a bit short.

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Mr LeenP from Lewes
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great place in largely unspoiled desert

Beautiful place in largely pristine desert. Very dry and hot. Small water hole near lodge, few animals.

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J&J from Plockton
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent “Back Door” to Sossusvlei

The kulalas are well designed for the desert environment: the bathroom is a mud-brick building which absorbs the suns heat so well that it is still beautifully warm the following morning. Meanwhile the attached bedroom, in canvas, is light and breezy, which is fine except when there is a sand storm, as we found out on our first evening. This would not have been too bad, except that the beds had been "turned down" during dinner, at the height of the storm, and the window covers left open. The bedding was covered in a thin layer of dust, which we had to shake off and remake the beds; a bit more foresight by management might have avoided this.

The sand storm was still raging the following morning, but this then highlighted the advantage of staying at this lodge. Although we had booked the morning trip to Sossusvlei, we had been expecting that this might be cancelled. However, our guide, Alfred, assured us that it was "good to go". And so it was. Starting early, we made it to Deadvlei, which was quite an eerie experience in the storm. By the time we got back to Sossusvlei, the storm had worsened, and we learnt later that many tours had only got that far before turning back. For us, it was really worth staying at Kulala for its private gate. The only downside of the experience was that the zoom function of one of our compact cameras stopped working, because of sand in the mechanism - photographers beware!

The Sesriem Canyon trip, which we joined in the evening, was not really worth it. Alfred, our guide, was entertaining enough, but if you have your own vehicle, then it is easy to get there and you won't miss much by doing it yourself.

Food at Kulala was OK, but some of the meat courses unimaginative; vegetarian options rather better. The house wine (2 glasses included in D, B&B) was very reasonable.

Checkout was a somewhat chaotic affair, as we had to wait for bar accounts to be sorted; and the promised help with our luggage never materialised. Overall our impression was favourable, but with a few "niggles".

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Mr L from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good overnight stay with good food though buffet style.

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P & B, from UK
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lovely place - and such helpful staff. We were suspicious about a slow puncture on our vehicle - they found the cause, changed the wheel, mended the puncture so we had a useable spare, and lent us a phone to contact Bidvest to sort out a new tyre - all part of the service!

We loved the conservation ethos (no single use plastics, conserving water etc).

Dinner on the deck was great, and the singing from the staff added to the atmosphere.

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Dr's W from Victoria
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Accommodation was delightful. Location impressive, although the waterhole was a tad desultory,

We did two tours and the guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Activity pricing seemed higher than anywhere else we stayed. Oryx snoozing in the shade of our room was pretty special. Food was fine.

Roads on the the 2-3 hrs prior to reaching the lodge was a little substandard.

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Mrs C. from Crewkerne
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great lodge with delicious food and incredibly lovely staff.
Right on the edge of the National park so access to dunes was shorter - and we did make it to the top of the dune before MOST people - though I think you could self drive from the main gate and get there just as quickly.
The decent from the dunes down into Deadvlei was great fun.

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Mr J from Switzerland
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great desert vibe

Great desert vibe

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