Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(90%) From 241 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 241 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.
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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Ms R - London
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfect location to explore the dunes

We stayed at Kulala for a couple of nights, and it was an excellent choice - south of Sesriem and probably the closest camp to the fabled Sossuvlei dunes. As long as you realise this is a massively touristy destination then you'll be fine. Also be aware that big groups (seemingly of Spanish and Italians) do use this lodge so if its remoteness and peace you're looking for, then the latter could be an issue.

That said we had an excellent time - a spacious cabin with the opportunity to sleep under the stars, a great viewing platform over the waterhole with regular Oryx and Springbok plus the food and service - exemplary with the Kudu steak being the highlight!

We did excursions out to the dunes, plus some wildlife drives (where we saw African Wild Cat), a balloon ride and our guide Mathew was great too.

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Mr and Mrs C. from Romsey
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A great friendly dune lodge

An excellent friendly lodge in a great location. The manager, Petronella, was very helpful and welcoming.

The dunes activity is well worth booking onto - the guide, Mathew, was very informative, and the landscape is incredible. He even managed to spot a young spotted eagle owl from quite some distance which enabled us to go right underneath it and look at it. This activity also includes a lovely lunch back at the lodge - you cannot fault any of the food at this lodge. The frittas and soups were amazing, along with the warm breads.

The morning we were leaving we went on the hot air balloon (the lodge will book this if you ask them). Well worth doing, and hence well worth staying two nights so you can fit both the dunes and the hot air balloon in. Only small niggle we would say is that the rooms are a little dark even when the lights are on so its hard to see things. However again hot water bottles were very welcome and the lovely honeymoon surprise.

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Mr C & Ms B - Colorado
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Dios (the manager) was a stellar welcome to this very tightly run lodge. There was, however, miscommunication between this lodge and our next one, which caused our drivers to have to wait a couple of hours. Sky tops on the guest room facilities provided excellent views to the nighttime skies. The access to Sossusvlei is a huge plus. An amusing note is that we got hit by four drops of rain...it never rains in Namibia in June!

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Mr & Mrs C from Manchester
Arrived on: 5-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Much bigger camp than Wolwedans and doubled in size since our last visit. However, and despite its size, the ambiance was better and the staff extremely helpful, Petronella was the consummate host and our guide Stephanos went out of his way to accommodate our requests for photographic locations.

Returning from drives we were always welcomed with a cold towel and drink. Despite the numbers at mealtime the food arrived quickly and was excellent.

Best croissants at breakfast ever!

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Mrs K - Netherlands
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A lodge with a few

From the airstrip to the lodge we saw from a far distence some animals. But in this territory it's all about the unique extensive landscape with glorious mountains and high dunes.

Comming into the lodge you will be drawn to the magnificence vieuw!!!!

The staff is very warm, personal and helpfull.

The chalets are large safaritents (sleeping) and a clay ensuite bathroom. Everything very clean. (note: the shower is not flexible, difficult if you wash your hair) In front of the tent is a wooden platform wit chairs and of course the vieuw. There is enough space between the chalets. It is possible to sleep on the roof. Sounds good but it is very cold during the winter. I tryed it but after one hour I was too cold. (may)

In the main area are, inside and outside, very comfortable places to sitdown.

The food is tastefull. But dining is a little bit stiff. It felt formal.

One of the great advantage of Kulala is the private gate into the park.

I enjoyed my stay very much. The highlight was the day into the Naukluft National Park. It was beautiful! I had a very good gide.

In the future when I can effort it, I will chose a smaller lodge. Say something about me and not about the quality of Kulala Desert Lodge.

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Miss S. from Lifton
Arrived on: 24-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Efficiency is how I would sum up Kulala Lodge and extremely busy with early morning balloon safaris heading off at the same time as those of us heading for the National Park. One felt that there was a bigger "turn over" of people here and it had more of an International flavour.

The thatched kulalas were delightful.

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Mr J & Mrs V - Namibia and Zim
Arrived on: 22-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Marvellous location, excellent experience!

Superb location, excellent, warm and friendly staff, super 'room' with all facilities.

Excellent meal and star-gazing session.

Well organised early morning trip to dunes and 'tree pan'. Good guide.

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Mr &Mrs P. from Staffordshire.
Arrived on: 15-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A truly magical place to stay over .

Until now we had been very pleased with every location we had stayed at. Arriving at Kulala with its marvellous welcome and really personal attention elevated our experience to a new level.

The Staff at this location are absolutely superb. The lodge is stunning. The entertainment at dinner time by the staff was first class.

This was our first taste of what was to become one of several fantastic locations to stay over.

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Ms. HHL from Taiwan
Arrived on: 15-May-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Found plenty of ants on one single bed one night so we spread lots of anti-insect around the bed and two squeezed in another single bed.

There are tea bags, coffee in the room but no hot bottle of water, inconvenient!

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