Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(90%) From 233 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 233 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.
The Ys from London
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Highlight of our trip - Kulala Desert Lodge

Beautiful situation. A really "well-oiled" establishment with very personal service.

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.

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Mr and Mrs W from Singapore
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Eco-Friendly Lodge with Private Access

Kulala Desert Lodge is a comfortable lodge with wonderful amenities for the traveller while remaining environmentally friendly (ie, no air-conditioning). What really makes it great is the level of service, the friendly staff, the delicious food, and the amazing panoramic view of the dunes from the dining room. An added perk is the private entrance to the park - which means a quicker arrival to the dunes before the other tourists.

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.

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Mr Nelson from Baar
Arrived on: 1-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Wonderful location.

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.

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PG Wales
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kuala Desert Lodge review

Amazing location, wonderful young woman guide, Suama.

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.

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Mr D and Ms P from Dursley
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing location

This really is a spectacular setting and so convenient for access to the Namib-Naukluft dunes.

Staff are lovely and helpful. The food was excellent.

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Mr. A - Washington
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala - Sossusvlei!

Anything this close to Sossusvlei is going to be excellent, and it was. This was a very nice camp, with attractive accommodations, and fantastic views of the desert. Sunsets over the dunes were wonderful and watching the balloons float over the horizon was also very nice in the early morning.

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.

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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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Kulala Desert Lodge review

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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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