Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(90%) From 217 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 217 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.
Ms J & Mr J - Reading
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great friendly desert camp - really helpful.

A wonderful location with excellent facilities. Good tent.
Best of all - outstanding friendly and helpful staff. A really good atmosphere in the Lodge - the staff were all well trained and it felt a really nice place to be. We got a puncture on the approach to Kualala - the manager immediately took care of the vehicle and asked a colleague to change the tyre and mend the puncture for us. All effortless and no formal charge (thank you!).

Our guide up the dunes was very good, well informed and competent.

Very very good service all round - thank you. One small comment - I think I undertook climbing Big Daddy too lightly. I got up there but thought maybe visitors might be warned that it is quite challenging climbing up in the heat (obvious I know!)

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I&C from UK
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mr & Mrs Y. from London
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Beautiful location. Good food and service. You can spend some of the night on the roof of the chalet (the staff make a bed for you if you ask).

Regarding the activities, we could see no reason to take their rather expensive trip to Sossusvlei since we had our own vehicle (if you go with them you get to Sesriem through a private exit from the lodge; we had to drive an extra 25km). The sundowner trip also seemed expensive and pointless.

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Mr & Mrs K. from Hereford
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

An amazing place - excellent from start to finish.

The sunrise trip to Sossusvlei and the sunset trip to Sesreim Canyon were both excellent.

Staff very friendly and helpful.

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Mr S & Mrs M - Namibia anniversary trip
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good base for visiting Sossusvlei

We were warmly welcomed, albeit by 3 different people in quick succession, making it difficult to work out who was who!

Beautiful location with lovely views of the sunset. Comfortable room. Expensive trips but cheap drinks!

We went on the early morning trip to the dunes. We would like to have had more detailed information about the exact itinerary before committing to the trip but the guide seemed unable to tell us exactly where we would be going. We suggest that an information sheet with details and costs of all the available trips should be left in the rooms.

It was good to take advantage of the lodge's private access to the dunes. We enjoyed climbing Dune 45 and the tail of Big Daddy. Deadvlei was fascinating and beautiful. With hindsight we would have preferred to have gone to the top of Big Daddy and missed out Sossusvlei which was not nearly as interesting as Deadvlei but this was not presented as an option. The guide was helpful and gave us useful information about the area.

Evening meals were excellent and we enjoyed the staff singing to us ( and they appeared to enjoy it too).

We thought that we had lost my husband's mobile phone (we eventually found it on its side in the safe, out of range of either natural or artificial light) and the staff were all very helpful and concerned about finding it.

Although the service at the lodge could not be faulted, we were slightly less comfortable with the packaged feel of the Wilderness Safaris approach.

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Mr and Mrs A. from Shropshire
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Comfortable and stylish lodge

Lovely room with private deck, but it was far too hot to sit out on it, even if we'd had the time. We only stayed 2 nights and did as many activities as we could. These seemed a bit pricey, but guiding was excellent and we got much more out of the experience than if we'd driven ourselves. An extra night would have allowed some relaxation time or the option of a balloon trip.

Although we had a fairly comprehensive (tick box) briefing as part of our very warm welcome here, we were never exactly clear on what was extras (wine, laundry etc.) and what was included , but the final bill seemed fairly reasonable for such an enjoyable stay. As with every place we stayed, staff were friendly and helpful.

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Mr P M and family - Namibia in Sep
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location for visiting the dunes

This is a lovely camp with excellent accomodation, great staff and a relaxed atmosphere.

Our guide, Joas, was excellent and we really enjoyed our Sundowner drive and our morning trip to the dunes. Kulala's private entrance to the park is a big advantage and saves a lot of time. The morning trip to the dunes was a highlight of our trip - we climbed Big Daddy and took spectacular pictures at Deadvlei.

We took the opportunity to sleep on the roof under the stars, which was a great experience. This lodge is slightly larger than some of the smaller camps we stayed at so the experience is less personal, but it is still highly recommended.

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Ms M & Mr N from Hagley
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great activities - very friendly

The accommodation was very good - swimming pool was great and activities - quad biking / dunes were excellent and guides outstanding - food very good

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Ms B - S and Mr A - S from Switzerland
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great place in a fantastic location!

The food was excellent; we loved dining at the terrace and watch wildlife passing by. There was traditional dance performance one night. This is a perfect place for star gazing.

Kulala is very eco-friendly; we loved the idea with plastic refillable waters and paper bin bags replacing plastic ones.

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Ms R & Mrs A - Namibia trip August
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

We spent two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge and were very happy there. It was our second experience of a Wilderness Safari camp and we recognise some of the common features: the spectacular setting, the startling architecture, the tastefully appointed rooms, excellent food, ecological facilities and fabulous staff.

Suama was our guide to Sossussvlei and she was excellent in how she explained everything about the terrain, the geology, flora and fauna. Additionally she skillfully managed a group of very different abilities, allowing them to enjoy as much climbing and walking along the dunes as they could.

I had an incident at Kulala Desert Lodge which illustrates excellent staff service standards. I had thought I had lost my mobile phone. It turned out that it was in our room all the time. All the staff, from the manager downwards behaved in an exemplary fashion in they way in which they dealt with this and I was impressed.

I slept on the roof of our chalet and again the star-studded night sky is something I will never forget.

We were very sorry to leave Kulala Desert Lodge.

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