Reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Kulala Desert Lodge review
Kulala provided comfortable accomodation. However, we found that the Wilderness approach to presenting the menu for each meal was formulaic and as a result this made the staff appear to be insincere. This was just an impression and, in fact, we couldn't fault the service we received either during meals or elsewhere on the site.
The main course in all the meals we ate was always well cooked and full of flavour. Dessert was disappointing, though; cheesecake was still frozen and creme caramel (served with cinnamon replacing the caramel) was bland. This didn't spoil our experience. We enjoyed our time there and they helped us celibrate our wedding anniversary by presenting us with a bottle of sparkling wine.
This was a great place to see and photograph the stars, we were fortunate that the moon set early in the evening while we were there. As it is outside the park, it is not possible to be at the dunes at sunrise and photographers may be disappointed by the crowds that have beaten them to locations like Dead Vlei.
We thoroughly enjoyed the early morning balloon flight with its wonderful champagne breakfast. We were hoping to pass over the dunes but wind conditions meant that that was not possible. Even so, it was a great experience.
Lovely lodge in a beautiful location
We arrived tired and dusty to the warmest of welcomes. Staff could not have been more helpful
Accommodation - best tent I have ever stayed in! Nights were cold but climbing into a very comfortable bed where staff had placed hot water bottles was wonderful.
The views from the veranda are amazing and so peaceful
Special mention for our guide Ambrose who took us to the dunes at sunrise. Lovely, friendly and knowledgable man who made our trip
Convenient for Sossusvlei
We chose this lodge for it's private gate access to Sossusvlei, and we were within the park within ten minutes of hopping in the Land Rover. The dunes at sunrise are stunning.
The lodge is a bit larger than we'd expected and very busy, but it all flowed beautifully, and in the end the experience felt quite personal.
The entire staff does a bit of singing and dancing during dinner, which was lively, and at times, hilarious. Great fun.
Great camp for visiting the dunes
Good camp but feels like it needs a little TLC as regards maintenance. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the food was good.
The only real downside is the cost of the trips - you have to do the morning drive to the dunes because that is why you go there but the afternoon drive to the Canyon is very poor value, particularly if you are self drive.
Kulala Desert Lodge review
[ Ed: In their general feedback, these travellers commented:
"I dislike response forms here I have to spoof the system by putting in a full stop if I do not wish to write something on a particular page." ]
great lodge in sossusvlei
great lodge (chalets, pool, view, activites) competent, helpful and friendly staffRead more about the whole safari
Perfect Desert Location
Perfect location for visiting the desert dunes.Read more about the whole safari
A good lodge in a remote area
A very good, remote lodge in an area of stark beauty. We had an excellent guided half day trip to the desert dunes.Read more about the whole safari
Kulala Desert Lodge review
Remote location. Friendly staff. Very good welcome. Everything included (including laundry service!) Good food.
Edward the guide excellent.
One night not enough at Kulala Desert Lodge
We arrived as a group were leaving for an evening tour of Sesriem and although we were asked if we wanted to go, after the seven hour drive from Windhoek we just wanted to unwind. We had chosen to drive the C26 partly so that could see the view at the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass. Frequent stops to look at the views and the wealth of bird life along the route meant that it took longer than planned. The view was a little disappointing as the famous Namibia fog / mist had rolled in though we did get a good impression of the vastness of the Namibia desert.
The accommodation at Kulala is in individual chalets which are large tents overlooking the river bed and the distant dunes with a more permanent section housing the bathroom. The evening meal was a buffet with a wide choice of meats and vegetables including an excellent ratatouille. The lodge was not full and we were a little worried as they wanted us to go out the next morning with a family who wanted to be out all day. We could not do that as we had to leave by about mid day for our next destination. However they quickly found another guide so we were able to set off at day brake with just the very knowledgeable guide and ourselves.
Although we had seen many photographs of the dunes the actual sight of them up close in the early morning takes one's breath away. This is a must see experience on any Namibian visit. Kulala's location with its own entrance means that you can get to Sossusvlei in advance of most other groups though we were a little delayed as we stopped to look at birds en route. Do not stay here though if you want to explore with your own vehicle. It is along way back to the entrance and then it is 60 km from the entrance to Sossusvlei itself. You won't be at the dunes at the best time of day. Better still to go with the tour from the lodge.
The only minus point is that we were booked in for only one night. With hindsight we should have stayed two days so that we could have spent more time exploring the area, as our morning was a bit rushed.
All in all a lovely spot to stay, with friendly staff and excellent food.