Kulala Desert Lodge

Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 310 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 310 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.
Mr A from Horsham
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala desert lodge

Good lodge , very welcoming , clean and helpful

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Mr A from Glasgow
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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magic in the desert

Kulala Lodge was an amazing experience. The visits to the Dunes was a unique experience and the Lodge itself was excellent, with friendly staff and great food.

We slept out under the stars on one of the evenings which was amazing.

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Muz from Colchester
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kuala was a wonderful experience

wonderful experience at Kulala

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Paul & Nicky from Keswick
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Very well located for an early morning trip into the Sossusvlei area. Fabulous staff, good food (with an excellent meal out in the Bush one evening) and great guiding. A two day stay allows you to get the best out of the area.

Our guide, Gabriel, was outstanding throughout. We enjoy a local Bush walk and tracking trip just after arrival. The highlight was an early start to walk up Big Daddy Dune and visit Dead Vlei; here, Gabriel excelled in his care of my wife as she nervously descended the dune face - a big thank you to Gabriel for his kindness and patience.

A tip - if you want to see Dead Vlei before the crowds, go as early as possible and go straight there; see the other parts of the area later. Any delay and you will share your experience with many others!

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Mrs K from London
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Brilliant location for Sossuvlei

Eco-friendly lodge with nice views and well-located for access to Sossuvlei.

Our guide for the dunes trip was not as enthused as others we met on the trip, but the excursion itself into the dunes was really amazing - a dream come true.

Food was great and when we left one of the staff spotted some trouble with one of our tires, and arranged for us to see the on-site mechanic who diagnosed damage to the tire wall changed the tire for us, which was amazing - he probably saved us a burst tire on the road!

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Dr & Dr A from Cleveland
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 from 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 from 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 & 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 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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