Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 275 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 275 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.
Dr and Dr A - Cleveland, UK
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Perfect for the dunes

We stayed here for 3 nights in early September. The main lodge rooms are very spacious, with a nice dining area with views out to the dunes. The individual rooms are also comfortable and spacious, with the same views. There is the option to sleep on the roof - which a number of people seemed to do. We didn't, but regretted it on our last night as it was very hot in the room!

There is a small pool, with lounging area around it - it was very cold when we were there!

The main activity is of course a trip into the dunes - it is well organised and the private gate saves a considerable drive and also means you are ahead of the main rush. Other than this we also went on a trip to Sessriem canyon (interesting, worth the drive) and around the reserve (not many animals, but interesting scenery). Our guide Obbie found us some lovely spots for the obligatory sundowners.

Because this is one of the larger camps we stayed in dining is at individual tables rather than communal, so there is less chance for chatting with other guests

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Mr & Mrs K - New Forest
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Superbly situated for visiting the dunes

Loved the location with stunning views of the dunes on the skyline.

The small waterhole provided a few sightings of oryx and silver backed jackals.

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Ms W - Gauteng
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Excellent service, meals and facilities.

Location is excellent provided one is prepared to use the hotel excursions to gain entry to the park

Whilst staying here the travellers took part in a hot air balloon flight and commented:

Everything went according to plan, wonderful experience.

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Mr and Mrs H. from Fleet
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very well placed lodge

A very warm welcome here and a good-sized comfortable room with a great view. We tried star gazing from a mattress on the roof but the cold drove us inside.

We took the early morning trip to Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei. It is an extraordinary area. Our advantage of closeness to the entrance to the park didn't seem to make any difference as we watched a fleet of vehicles from Sesriem flash past us. It was very busy at Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem and we felt the trip was too hurried. We would have appreciated more time, particularly at Sossusvlei. But it was the peak period so I suppose it was not surprising.

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Mr&Mrs D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great welcome. Ideal location to access dunes

Very warm welcome, and engaging staff throughout - taught children any number of ways of folding napkins into animals, and very enthusiastic when presented with an irish dancing display!

Stayed in family kulala - actually two separate units with single walkway so kids wanted an adult in each room, which was fine. Plenty of room for third bed in one unit. Slept out on roof one night which was spectacular, chilly but not too cold even in August. Setting quite spectacular but harsh, in site of dunes. A few oryx drinking at waterhole from time to time.

Morning trip into dunes was excellent - but although we had our own vehicle and guide who was good, the main benefits of the trip are really to have direct access into the park to avoid an otherwise even earlier drive round to Sesriem, and 4wd to get to Sossusvlei without using the shuttle. Passed several self-drive 4wd stuck in the sand. Getting pretty hot by mid-morning so kids quite happy to be heading back by lunchtime. Be prepared to do a bit of walking if you want some solitude.

Pool area, central accommodation and bar very pleasant. Food good. Kids menu available if ordered in advance.

Internet connection pretty poor so checkout was a bit slow - be aware if trying to make an early departure.

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Ms F. from Southampton
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lovely location, great staff and great activities.

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The J Family from Washington and Rome
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

This is a great lodge! The site on the edge of the desert is isolated and fantastic. The main lodge is beautifully designed and has fabulous outdoor lounging areas.

The chalets/tents were well built and equipped and they have a fantastic option of sleeping under the stars in a small roof area. If you tell the staff you'd like to do it, they set up a mattress on the roof space with a comforter, and hot water bottle. We all did it and loved the incredibly starry night and woke up at sunrise to see a balloon rising in the distance. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent.

We took advantage of Kulala's private entry way to the park and took one of their guided tours into the desert. While we could have done it ourselves, we saved a great deal of time by going through their entry way, particularly because the regular road from Kulala to the park is long and on some of the worst gravel roads we ran across in Namibia. Also, there are some parts once you are in the desert near deadvlie that are on sand and if you don't know what you're doing and lack a 4x4, there is a risk of getting stuck. Two nights was just right for a desert visit.

As for the balloon, we didn't take it because the cost was ridiculously high. It would have cost our family of 5 over 2K USD for a 45 minute experience. From watching the balloons, we also noticed that they didn't actually go over the desert -- they rise up near the lodge on the edge of the desert, don't go very high, and hardly move. I"m sure its a great experience, but hard to see it being worthwhile for a family. My wife and teen signed up for the eco-bike excursion and had a great time with it.

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Family V - Belgium
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Beautiful comfortable terrace (and restaurant behind) with lounge chairs etc. overlooking the desert.

Cabins / chalets equally lovely with very nice private veranda/terraces in front with the same beautiful views over the desert.

Professional guides, friendly staff - well-organized.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Up to usual high standards.
Only criticism was that we had two chalets for three people but they were not together, separated by main building.

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Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning location

Lodge is in a stunning location, Very convenient for visiting the dunes. Don't be put off by the rather ugly appearance of the concrete block at the back of each room which houses the bathroom, the rooms are very attractive.
Nice to be able to just go off for a walk around the area/down to the waterhole on your own.
Staff/service were excellent with great attention to detail. We discovered that they had noticed that Ken limped as he got off the truck on arrival, so had moved us to a room near to the main area. I asked if there was any Stoney's ginger beer at the first sundowner (there wasn't) but I was amazed to find there was some waiting for me on the 'welcome back' tray on our return. Visit to Sesriem Canyon very worthwhile (we hadn't been there on our previous visit).

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