Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge
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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.
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.
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.
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!
The view is amazing a few miles away from the red dunes. Having sun set on the terrace is a romantic experience.
Diner at the terrace is also a highlight
The rooms are great and comfortable.
The food is not amazing, somehow always too salty or too sweet but maybe it's because I'm French.
We did the morning tour to see the dunes, it's nice not to have to drive this early in the morning. But the guide doesn't add much.
We also did some cart and that was great !!
An overall very good experience.
The place was wonderful but wicked hot. Given the heat, I am amazed that all that running and managing the camp gets done. Kudos to the team! I tried to sleep under the stars the last night but was not possible: too many buzzing mosquitos and it got really cold around 3AM, so I went back to my bed.
This was the only place ever in my life where I have seen such a beautiful star-covered sky. Maybe this activity does not get enough attention or is not promoted by the staff enough. It's a unique asset of the place and it could be better framed. The mattress was not comfortable at all and was too narrow, the cover was not sufficient in the end b/c it became too cold. Everything else was great.
Terrific choice for Sossusvlei
We had a wonderful stay at Kulala Desert Lodge. Had wanted to stay inside the park boundaries but due to late booking, had to make alternate arrangements so we went to Kulala with some reservations. In fact, it turned out to be a great choice (and quite likely as good or better than the onsite facility). The staff was terrific - uniformly pleasant and responsive. Despite the chill, we just loved sleeping on the roof - such a peaceful and beautiful experience.
We had a terrific guide both into the dunes and later to Sesreim. You do have to recognize and accept that, despite the "private gate", you will not get to the dunes (and certainly not the main ones) by sunrise, given the time the gates open and the distance to cover. Also, like most others, our fixation on getting to see Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei made us impatient with a gradual drive with stops along the way.
We had accepted these realities with regret but, in fact, they turned out to be non-issues as far as we were concerned. The drive, in fact, was stunningly beautiful from the beginning, with the gradual light changes taking your breath away. And the guide was very informative and clearly passionate about the geological and living environment. [We spent quite a bit of time finding and watching a "dancing white spider".] As per the Rolling Stones: "you don't always get what you want....but, if you try real hard, you get what you need"!
We also were lucky that there was only one other couple along for both tours, which definitely enhanced the experience. Again, the guide showed a great deal of sensitivity in encouraging and enabling one of the participants to do more than she thought she could do (especially in Sesriem), which kept her from being deprived of an experience she wanted to have.
So off to the desert - what a treat. Atmospheric setting - not quite at the base of the dunes but out in the desert, overlooking a river bed and water hole with shimmering red dunes behind. Sleeping on the roof was a highlight - as was the evening talk on the stars - which have to be seen to be believed.
Into the dunes in the morning - another early start - weird, wonderful, windy! The sand and dust blowing around only added to the mystery. Dead Vlei was amazing - the sand road further in was like driving through fog.
Don't miss the cakes at afternoon tea....
A wonderful lodge in a stunning location
It was 39 degrees in the shade when arrived so be prepared for heat. A superb lodge and very eco friendly.
Petronella and the staff were first class and thanks to the mechanics for changing a tyre for me.
The facilities were excellent and the accommodation stunning but too cold to sleep on the roof.
We did an evening Game Drive and Sundowner, a trip to Sossusvlei and a trip to Sesriem Canyon. Our guide Alfred was superb and extremely knowledgeable.
Kulala Desert Lodge review
We had a great time here and loved the location. We had a very nice tent off at the far end so we could pretend we were all alone with the scenery.
Our guide on the Sossusvlei trip was really good. Otherwise, though, service was friendly but slightly off. We never really understood what the activity options were. Perhaps there should be a schedule posted? Nor could we determine the cost of our drinks (we were on a half board tariff) until we checked out.