Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Good(90%) From 220 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 220 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 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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Mrs D. from Esher
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Great location looking over the dunes. We went on the early morning trip to see the sun rise over the dunes and climb but we didn't attempt Big Daddy.

We took a smaller dune and met others later. Guide was helpful and very good at explaining the geology etc.

This was one of the best organised sites we stayed on. Attention to every detail. Efficient staff but friendly.

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Mr S & Ms H from Belgium
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Simply stunning! The highlight of our holiday!

Only point of critique: why put the pool next to the parking lot and entrance?

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Mrs K. from Sydney
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved Kulala!

We loved our time at Kulala Desert Lodge!

The trip to the dunes was breathtaking and was one of the highlights of the whole trip. Stefanus was an excellent guide! We also loved the quad bike ride through the desert (complete with hilltop sunset drinks) and sleeping under the stars on the roof of our little hut.

Thank you to all the staff at Kulala Desert Lodge for an incredible stay

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Miss A. from London
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

A beautiful spot, impressive guides and excellent facilities and service.

The Lodge really does strike the balance between giving you plenty to do, but also the space to relax and enjoy the wonderful setting.

We also did the ballon ride from here which I would highly recommend.

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Mr M & Ms T from London
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

It is quite a big lodge with 23-24 rooms. Naturally it felt less intimate / personal when compared to other small camps we visited on this trip

The main benefit of staying here is the backdoor private gate to Sossusvlei, hence avoid the unnecessary de-tour and queue to the official main gate in the morning. The activities were done in a 10-seater van, and in our case the van was at full capacity. Not everyone got a window seat. This is in contrast to the usual 6-seater safari vehicles and we barely had more than 4 people at a time. On the other hand, our guide was good at making frequent stops to make sure everyone got a good photo and managing the time. All in all it was a decent experience.

Services at the lodge could feel a little rough around the edges e.g. announcing incorrect menu at dinner, missing utensils at meal times, a drink we didn't order was on our invoice at check-out, etc. But overall the staff addressed these issues immediately and with a positive attitude.

Having said that, we recognised that the price for this lodge was lower than at other places we stayed, and some of the above reflected that. We noted that booking the morning excursion at the lodge directly (they told us c.£45 per person) were cheaper than booking via Expert Africa (£60 per person). Not a big amount in the grand scheme of things.

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Mr & Mrs F from Hunton
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great short stay

Very good setting and friendly staff. Rooms comfortable but no hot water in one lodge for whole stay.

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The L Family from Wilts
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

We stayed at Kulala for 2 nights at the end of July 2015

The drive from Swakopmund to Kulala took around 6 hours, but with amazing scenery on the way. Well worth stopping at Solitaire and visiting the bakery!

The track off the road is long (20km?) and rutted, but it's worth it! The main building had a great veranda for sitting and enjoying the fantastic view as well as indoor areas for a drink before and after the meal. The area round the pool is very nice with plenty of loungers to read a book on although the pool was very cold being winter. The food and service was excellent.

Our double lodge was one of the closer ones with thatched roof and canvas walls with a veranda to sit out and enjoy the view, very nicely done. Being winter it was cold at night but the blankets and hot water bottle kept us warm. However we, and the children decided to sleep out on the roof. This needs to be 'ordered' in advance so that a mattress and bedding can be put up there. It was pretty chilly, especially when the wind blew and we returned to our proper beds, but the boys stayed out both nights - good fun, and of course you get a fantastic view of the nights sky.

Of course the main reason for staying at Kulala is to visit the dunes and we went on the tip offered by Kulala. Early wake up call followed by breakfast and away by 6.30 with just one couple and us in the vehicle. Beautiful views in the early morning light as we headed to the dunes via the private gate into the national park. We arrived at Dune 45 where there were many other people walking up / coming down. At about 80m high it is a bit of a climb but as the ridge was well trodden, it was reasonably easy going. Great views from the top.

Then off to Sossusvlei to see Deadvlei. It really is an amazing place, very photogenic and worth spending time at. Big Daddy (one of the largest sand dunes) rises up 1000m behind Deadvlei and we could see others walking up the ridge and then down the side. Some of the family were tempted to have a go but as we were in a group, it wouldn't have been possible as it would have taken a couple of hours.

The visit to the dunes was relatively expensive (like other Wilderness Safari trips). In hindsight another option would have been to do it ourselves, however only the lodge can use the private gate so it would have meant driving to Sesriem (including the 20km Kulala drive) total about 50 mins, getting a ticket, then driving down the 60km road in the national park to Sossusvlei and if you haven't got a 4WD vehicle, you will need to get a lift the last 5km. This is why we opted to do the early morning Kulala trip. If we has done it ourselves, we would have left late morning and in our own time claimed up a dune (probably not dune 45), had the option of climbing Big Daddy, visiting Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and visiting the canyon. A key point in this is that we visited in the winter so it was cool enough, even in the middle of the day (mid 20's deg C). Kulala was lovely, but if you did want to do the trip yourselves, you may want to consider staying at a lodge close to Sesriem.



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