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 R from Surrey
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stunning location and excellent guide

Luxurious accommodation in a beautiful setting with views of the distant dunes and mountains.

We enjoyed the facilities between a wonderful trip to the dunes and Dead Vlei and a spectacular mountain top sunset and sun downer. The early morning walk was made very special by the sensitive and informative guide. Food was excellent and all the staff were friendly and attentive.

Staying for three nights gave us time to enjoy all the facilities and activities as well as having time to relax.

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Mr & Mrs S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Good accommodation and food. Location was good as close to the entrance of the dunes but there were a lot of people seemingly in the valley before us. Not sure whether there are camps within the Park etc.

The trip to Sousselvlei and Deadvlei was great as early and we were there before many others. Climbed Big Daddy which was hard but great for the views. It was very busy when we came down with many tourists. Good trip. Went to Sesriem canyon in afternoon which was quite interesting.

Had a good evening trip out for sundowners seeing an Aardwolf among other game. Very bleak landscape.

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Mr G B & Ms F S from UK
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

In a magic location and beautifully designed. Very friendly staff.

The long driveway across the desert to such a location was stunning, you really felt you were somewhere very special.

We had a lovely personal trip to the dunes with some head office staff riding along, very memorable, and saved the long drive round to the main gate.

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Mrs C & Mr R from Bristol
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge great

We had a great stay here. We arrived late at dusk and appreciated the welcoming drink and cool flannel. The staff were welcoming and always helpful, the food was good, the room and the view were great. We did the dawn trip to the dunes with guide Immanuel and thoroughly enjoyed this.

The only issue was finding the place! The instructions we were sent indicated that it was signposted from the C27 road but the map on p260 of the Bradt guide showed the route going from Le Mirage and so we thought we had missed the turning. We stopped at the place advertising ballooning to ask and the woman there directed us so we did eventually join the usual route from the C27. It was after sunset and so were starting to worry a bit but all was fine in the end.

And when we left a couple of days later we did see the sign from the C27, we just hadn't gone far enough.

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Mr A & Dr H from Berks
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Kulala provided comfortable accomodation. However, we found that the Wilderness approach to presenting the menu for each meal was formulaic and as a result this made the staff appear to be insincere. This was just an impression and, in fact, we couldn't fault the service we received either during meals or elsewhere on the site.

The main course in all the meals we ate was always well cooked and full of flavour. Dessert was disappointing, though; cheesecake was still frozen and creme caramel (served with cinnamon replacing the caramel) was bland. This didn't spoil our experience. We enjoyed our time there and they helped us celibrate our wedding anniversary by presenting us with a bottle of sparkling wine.

This was a great place to see and photograph the stars, we were fortunate that the moon set early in the evening while we were there. As it is outside the park, it is not possible to be at the dunes at sunrise and photographers may be disappointed by the crowds that have beaten them to locations like Dead Vlei.

We thoroughly enjoyed the early morning balloon flight with its wonderful champagne breakfast. We were hoping to pass over the dunes but wind conditions meant that that was not possible. Even so, it was a great experience.

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The B family from Glasgow
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Superb location with views to die for. Slight mix up with rooms was rectified immediately and the manager Petronella didn't charge us for our trip to Sossusvlei which more than compensated for the minor inconvenience.

Very Eco friendly hotel which was great and hot water bottles in bed (it was close to zero degrees Celsius at night when we were there) highlighted the attention to detail. Lovely communal area with a roaring fire. Standard of food was excellent with particularly good breakfast. Early morning trip to sand dunes lived up to expectations but if you visit in July ,as we did ,bring down, merino or fleece as it's very cold for the first few hours. It was also refreshing to see black Namibians in management roles.

All the staff were excellent and great with kids (one young man played chess with Tom our 8 year old boy)

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The B Family from Surrey
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Disappointing

Amazing location, but poor overall. It is all "not quite right" in terms of expectations. It just seemed that little care was taken. Dinner was poor. Breakfast was an exercise in getting us out as fast as possible. No atmosphere in the lodge. Rooms were OK, maybe a bit better than OK, but we thought soulless.

They seems to cater for people without their own transport and charge a ludicrous amount to drive to the dunes through a "private entrance" which guests who self drive are forbidden to access. Do NOT waste your money on that if you have a car. We drove round through the main entrance and saved about £150 for four people. They could do so much better with not much more work.

The dunes themselves are great. Highly recommended. Just do it yourself. Very easy indeed.

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Family G from Oxordshire
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge is amazing

This camp is amazing. It is set in the middle of nowhere but with the most stunning scenery and the camp itself is beautiful.

The staff were excellent and couldn't have been more helpful and the food was great.

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The E family from Bath
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent position and views. Made very welcome. Excellent tours.

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Mr & Mrs C from E Sussex
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge is a super place to stay

A splendid Lodge, super staff and guides, good atmosphere, food, rooms etc. Really couldn't fault it - everyone seemed to go out of their way to be friendly and helpful in a very relaxed and genuine way. Good packed lunches too!

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