Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge
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326 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kulala Desert Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A wonderful lodge in a stunning location"
Petronella and the staff were first class and thanks to the mechanics for changing a tyre for me.
The facilities were excellent and the accommodation stunning but too cold to sleep on the roof.
We did an evening Game Drive and Sundowner, a trip to Sossusvlei and a trip to Sesriem Canyon. Our guide Alfred was superb and extremely knowledgeable.
Just stunning!" See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Kulala Desert Lodge review"
Our guide on the Sossusvlei trip was really good. Otherwise, though, service was friendly but slightly off. We never really understood what the activity options were. Perhaps there should be a schedule posted? Nor could we determine the cost of our drinks (we were on a half board tariff) until we checked out." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Wonderful location.... And even better staff"
All of this was very well supported by extremely friendly and helpful staff - particularly Petronella who was very supportive over an issue we had with our hire car including taking multiple phone calls and staying up until late one night with us whilst we were waiting for a replacement to be delivered despite the fact that she needed to be up again for 6am managing guest check outs the next morning.
Our evening nature drive and morning drive to the sand dunes were also excellent, with dead vlei and 'big daddy' being everything we had hoped." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Good Lodge for the Namib Desert"
The little chalet rooms have recently been extended and are very cute, all offering a great view of the dunes in the distance. They also have a flat roof space, where you can request a mattress to be laid out and sleep literally under the stars - of which there are so many visible, it's incredible! This aspect of the lodge is really cool!
We did the Namib Desert tour, but really disappointed at our guide: we left 25minutes and stopped at a non-spectacular point (Dune 1) to view sunrise and a talk about the wildlife, when you should actually make sure to get to the photogenic dunes as quickly as possible to view the amazing color changes there at sunrise. The guide didn't understand this - he didn't even stop at more interesting dunes on the way to Sossusvlei. Given the namib desert and deadvlei were the main reason we went to Namibia, this was quite a disappointment. We even sat down with the tour guide the night before and stated that we wanted to leave as early as possible and he confirmed departure times with us. We then ended up leaving 25 minutes later than we should have - partly because we were waiting for other guests - something I have no understanding for when it's meant to be a sunrise experience.
In addition, there was a school class of 35 staying at the lodge while we were there, which we were surprised the lodge or Expert Afria (if known) didn't tell us in advance as they knew we were celebrating our honeymoon. Knowing this we might have opted to upgrade to Little Kuala - or as a gesture the lodge could have upgraded us when they saw our disappointment.
The staff were friendly, but not that attentive. E.g.-
1) they set out a twin mattress on our honeymoon
2) the same waitresses would need reminding about our dietary requirements even after serving us every meal.
3) needing to repeatedly remind staff to put out the mattresses in the evening.
However, the Food & Beverage Manager Brodwin really made our stay! He went extremely out of his way to cater for our dietary requirements - something none of the other lodges had done to this extent and was really touching!
Having said all this - the own gate really does make a difference (with the right guide) if you don't want to stay in the government run lodge within the park. So staying at one of the two Kuala lodges is definitely recommended - we will probably opt for the more luxurious little kuala next time." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"Highlight of our trip - Kulala Desert Lodge"
Our guided trip to the dunes with Stephanus was magnificent. He stopped wherever we wanted for photos and took us on a wonderful trek up Big Mama Dune and walking in both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The tour was personalised for the 2 of us and included a stop for refreshments after the main climbing and walking. Steph was well informed and took us also on an evening nature guided tour, with sundowner drinks and snacks.
The staff at Kulala all seem to be happily working as a team and infuse a delightful atmosphere. They put on a 30 minute singing and dancing show at dinner - far removed from usual touristy shows - it seemed to be an expression of THEIR enjoyment.
Steph said that Wilderness Safaris are very good employers and there does seem to be good training and career progression." See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia
"Great Eco-Friendly Lodge with Private Access"
If we returned during cooler weather, we would stay here again. If not, we may try Little Kulala only because 12pm - 4.30pm resting time was so uncomfortable. The private shaded pool at Little Kulala sounds like a great way to get through the heat of the day!
Tip: ask for your bed to be made up on the rooftop of your chalet, because it is an amazing way to see the stars!
Suggestion: It would be great if there was one cool area to escape to within the lodge during the midday heat. Presumably that would be the pool, but it was under the blazing hot sun so did not feel very tempting in 40 degree weather! This may only be an issue if you travel during the rainy season as we did." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia
"Kulala Desert Lodge review"
We missed airconditioning as it is still very warm even during the night. Food was average.
The staff was very friendly and, in particular the guide was very good." See all these reviews: 11n in Namibia; 3n in Zambia
"Kuala Desert Lodge review"
Climbing the Dunes and going down into the gorge at Sessriem was a wonderful day. We also enjoyed a nature walk with Suama learning about the trees and plants and their uses.
The food was good and the camp choir really sang and danced with great skill." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
Staff are lovely and helpful. The food was excellent." See all these reviews: 11n in Namibia; 4n in South Africa
"Kulala - Sossusvlei!"
First rate, food and service - typical of Wilderness Safari camps. The guided trip to Sossusvlei - breathtaking - was well worth it. The guides know how to navigate the deeps sands and had interesting information to share. It is easy to see why Sossusvlei is one of the crown jewels of Nambian travel.
The only downside was the wind and ensuing sandstorm. But that's mother nature and part of the Nambian package." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
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