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.
Ms F from Southampton
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Lovely location, great staff and great activities.

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J Family from Washington
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

This is a great lodge! The site on the edge of the desert is isolated and fantastic. The main lodge is beautifully designed and has fabulous outdoor lounging areas.

The chalets/tents were well built and equipped and they have a fantastic option of sleeping under the stars in a small roof area. If you tell the staff you'd like to do it, they set up a mattress on the roof space with a comforter, and hot water bottle. We all did it and loved the incredibly starry night and woke up at sunrise to see a balloon rising in the distance. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent.

We took advantage of Kulala's private entry way to the park and took one of their guided tours into the desert. While we could have done it ourselves, we saved a great deal of time by going through their entry way, particularly because the regular road from Kulala to the park is long and on some of the worst gravel roads we ran across in Namibia. Also, there are some parts once you are in the desert near deadvlie that are on sand and if you don't know what you're doing and lack a 4x4, there is a risk of getting stuck. Two nights was just right for a desert visit.

As for the balloon, we didn't take it because the cost was ridiculously high. It would have cost our family of 5 over 2K USD for a 45 minute experience. From watching the balloons, we also noticed that they didn't actually go over the desert -- they rise up near the lodge on the edge of the desert, don't go very high, and hardly move. I"m sure its a great experience, but hard to see it being worthwhile for a family. My wife and teen signed up for the eco-bike excursion and had a great time with it.

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Family V from Belgium
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Beautiful comfortable terrace (and restaurant behind) with lounge chairs etc. overlooking the desert.

Cabins / chalets equally lovely with very nice private veranda/terraces in front with the same beautiful views over the desert.

Professional guides, friendly staff - well-organized.

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The E family from Bath
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Up to usual high standards.
Only criticism was that we had two chalets for three people but they were not together, separated by main building.

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Mrs & Mr P from Essex
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning location

Lodge is in a stunning location, Very convenient for visiting the dunes. Don't be put off by the rather ugly appearance of the concrete block at the back of each room which houses the bathroom, the rooms are very attractive.
Nice to be able to just go off for a walk around the area/down to the waterhole on your own.
Staff/service were excellent with great attention to detail. We discovered that they had noticed that Ken limped as he got off the truck on arrival, so had moved us to a room near to the main area. I asked if there was any Stoney's ginger beer at the first sundowner (there wasn't) but I was amazed to find there was some waiting for me on the 'welcome back' tray on our return. Visit to Sesriem Canyon very worthwhile (we hadn't been there on our previous visit).

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Vivonholiday from UK
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Loved everything about this place.

Whilst staying here these travellers also took part in a hot air balloon trip over the Namib-Naukluft, here are their comments:

This is an extremely professional organisation. a highlight of our trip,

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Mr & Mrs H from Cambridge
Arrived on: 26-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kulala Desert Lodge review

Really enjoyed Kulala.

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J & PJ from Reading
Arrived on: 17-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stars and Sossusvlei spectacular

The welcome and briefing of what was available was excellent. The rooms were interesting and very good. The night sky was spectacular. The pre-dawn activity of entering the park early with a guide to visit Sossuvlei just after sunrise was really worthwhile.

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Mrs J from Exeter
Arrived on: 14-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best sundowners at Kulala Lodge

Wonderful sunrise trip to Sossusvlei.

Sundowners and meals on the terrace were brilliant, also sleeping on the roof and relaxing in and around the pool.

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Mr & Mrs A from Gloucs
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfect location to see the dunes

Tented accomodation was comfortable with great views.

We did the sunrise trip and sunset trip. Both very worthwhile if a bit pricey. We should have been offered a fully inclusive package.

The nature of the location in the desert meant that the food was simple and lacking sparkle but adequate. Our guide and all the staff were enthusiastic and very helpful.

Puncture on hire car was fixed on site and gave no trouble for the rest of our trip.

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