Kulala Lodges | Sossusvlei Luxury Lodge
These desert lodges (Kulala Desert Lodge and the exclusive Little Kulala) are set in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, close to the Namibia’s famous towering red sand sea, which features Sossusvlei Dunes, the Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Local wildlife is remarkably adapted and endemic: from the stately gemsbok to the tiny ‘barking’ gecko.
* Kulala Lodges Highlights
- ∞Closest private lodges to the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei with exclusive access
- ∞Explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, game drive or on foot
- ∞Spectacular night skies with no light pollution
- ∞Scenic sundowner excursions
- ∞Sleep out beneath the starry night skies on a 'sky bed'
- ∞Visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon
- ∞Hot air balloon trips (seasonal) give perspective on the immense scale of the Namib-Naukluft Desert
- ∞Fascinating desert-adapted wildlife and highly endemic, rare species
- ∞Active waterholes attract wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and black-backed jackal
More about this accommodation
The closest private, luxury lodges to the famous Sossusvlei dunes, Little Kulala (Kulala means ‘to sleep’) and Kulala Desert Lodge are ideally located in the private 27 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with private and exclusive access to Namibia’s expansive sand sea of towering red dunes. Nights are clear and studded with stars and the local wildlife is highly adapted to living in this arid, stark and fascinating landscape.
Luxurious and exclusive, Little Kulala has only 10 air-conditioned, thatched "kulalas" or units, built on platforms to ensure maximum airflow, plus one 2-bedroomed family unit. These luxury canvas and glass rooms have cool thatched roofs and latte screens to shield from the fierce desert sun. Each has a private deck and plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers. A private rooftop area provides for ‘sky beds’ for a romantic star-gazing experience - weather permitting. Complimentary WiFi in all units.
Spacious Main Area
An elegant and relaxing central area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas with an expansive pool deck offering endless views of the colour-changing surrounds.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Set at the foot of the towering Sossusvlei dunes, this camp overlooks an active waterhole. Altogether, 26 guests and six children can be accommodated with provisions made for pilot/guide/tour leaders depending on concession availability. The 23 units consist of 16 twin-bedded kulalas, four doubles and three family kulalas with two en-suite bedrooms and a separate entrance connected by a deck. Built on platforms for best airflow, each unit is built to maximise shade and coolness with extensive thatch roofs and ceiling fans. A private rooftop area gives you the opportunity to spend a night sleeping beneath the incredble star-filled skies (weather permitting). Free WiFi in all kulalas.
Thatched Main Area
The expansive main area has a reception, lounge/bar and dining area and a generous deck with pool overlooking the active waterhole. There's also a curio shop and a star-gazing deck. On chilly winter evenings, fires and gas heaters will keep you cosy.
Wide Range of Wildlife and Activities
There are many ways to explore the deserts surrounding Kulala Lodges – on guided walks and game drives, by quad bike, horseback and hot air balloon (closed between mid-January to mid-February). The three major attractions in the area are the Sossusvlei dunes, Dead Vlei with its tree skeletons and the 3-km long Sesriem Canyon. At night, you can enjoy incredible star-gazing with zero light pollution to distract you. There are scenic sundowner tours and night walks where you can get a glimpse of the fascinating nocturnal species like dancing white lady spiders and scorpions which glow under UV lights.
The local wildlife is highly-adapted to these arid conditions and you’re likely to spot the hardy ostrich, springbok and gemsbok as well as carnivores like the spotted and brown hyena or an occasional cheetah. Smaller species like the bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night or sundown when the desert starts to cool. The dune lark is only found in this area.
As part of the Wilderness Safaris collection, Kulala Lodges are very involved in community and conservation matters. Since setting up here in 1996, the land has been carefully rehabilitated back to its natural state–reintroducing wildlife and restoring the health of this dramatic but delicate ecosystem. There is an ongoing Small Carnivore Research Project focusing on bat-eared fox, aardwolf, black-backed jackal, Cape fox and African wildcat.
By road: About 350 km south of Windhoek, it's a drive of just over 4½ hours via Solitaire. A 2WD will definitely get you there although a 4WD is preferable. No self-drive activities are permitted once you're on the concession.
By air: Charter flights are available to the Geluk Airstrip, from where it’s about a 30 minute transfer by road, depending on sightings, scenery and photographic opportunities en-route.
Our Take on Little Kulala
Superbly located, Little Kulala is without doubt the most luxurious lodge in this area. Together with its sister lodge, Kulala Desert Lodge, they enjoy private access to Sossusvlei which is a huge plus, especially in peak winter months when it can get crowded. Coupled with the Wilderness ethos of service excellence, superb comfort and responsible tourism, it’s a pleasure to recommend either - the difficulty of chosing which one rests with you!
Images: © Dana Allen, Gavin Lautenbach, Daniel Myburg, Olwen Evans, Marc Stickler - courtesy Wilderness Safaris
- ∞Accommodation and all meals
- ∞Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- ∞Park fees
- ∞All local drinks
- xScheduled charter flights
- xTransfers to camp
- xPremium imported brands
s Other Accommodations to Compare With
= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.