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Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

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Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, and is the closest lodge to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei.

The main lodge area has a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole - a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista. The overall setting is a true delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of Namibia, wholesome meals and intimacy. A waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and jackal).

Activities at Kulala Desert Lodge revolve around early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei through the private gate on the Tsauchab River. Scenic nature drives, walks and guided electric powered 'fat bike' excursions are also offered through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve to take in the incredible views and to catch a glimpse of the desert wildlife which includes gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyena and many bird species.

Visits to Sesreim Canyon can also be arranged. This fascinating geographical formation is well worth a visit, and is the result of millions of years where water carved its way into the earth. It is 3 km long and the views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers.

Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.

Accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge comprises 23 thatched and canvas 'kulalas' (meaning 'to sleep' in Oshiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each tent is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls can be placed for guests to sleep out under the myriad of stars that Namibia's clear skies portray.

The 2 family tents can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Both family tents consist of 2 bedrooms, with their own bathroom and entrance, but connected by a wooden deck.

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Our standard rates for a Kulala - DBB
1 April 2024 to 31 May 2024 GBP 202 USD 249 ZAR 4,657 EUR 233 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 June 2024 to 31 October 2024 GBP 298 USD 367 ZAR 6,860 EUR 343 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 November 2024 to 19 December 2024 GBP 207 USD 254 ZAR 4,753 EUR 238 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
20 December 2024 to 5 January 2025 GBP 239 USD 294 ZAR 5,502 EUR 275 per person sharingStandard1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

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Rates Include

All Inclusive Package: All meals; twice daily scheduled shared camp activities; Park fees; all local drinks; and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

DBB Package: Breakfast and dinner are included. All other extras to be settled directly with the camp.

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under the age of 13 years are not permitted on walking activities. While there is no age limitation for the hot air ballooning, there is a restriction on height. Children need to be a minimum of 1.3m to comfortably see over the basket.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 13 years are not permitted on walking activities. The final decision on whether a guest can join a walking activity remains with the guide and lodge manager.

All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Kulala Desert Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

Classic Self-Drive around Namibia

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Destination: Namibia.

A classic two-week self-drive itinerary, taking you from Windhoek to the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, across to the wild Atlantic Coast at Swakopmund, into the deserts of Damaraland to track the elephant who have made this their home, across the vast Etosha National Park and ending with in the mountains at Erongo, with the birdsong for company.

This is a 14 night itinerary including Windhoek, Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park and The Erongo Mountains.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at Olive Grove Guest House
  • 2 Nights at Kulala Desert Lodge
  • 2 Nights at The Strand Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Mowani Mountain Camp
  • 1 Night at Dolomite Camp
  • 2 Nights at Ongava Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Onguma The Fort
  • 2 Nights at Ai-Aiba Lodge
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.

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Kulala Desert Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

Kulala is 350 km south of Windhoek and can easily by reached by sedan car. The entrance is situated 17 km south of Sesriem on the road 826 (follow the signpost with arrows on the C19).

From Swakopmund: Take the B2 to Walvis Bay. At the roundabout take the C14 to Solitaire (via the Kuiseb and Gaub Passes). There is no fuel on this leg. Be careful in the Kuiseb River pass and crossings - there are some dangerous turns. At Solitaire turn right on to route C19 and drive for about 73 km. Take the right turn-off to Sesriem (D826). Drive on the D826, passing Sesriem and continue on the D826. Kulala Desert Lodge is situated on the right side of the road.

From Kulala Desert Lodge back to Windhoek: Turn right onto the D826 and drive for a few kilometres, before turning left onto the D845. Drive for about 14 km, until you arrive at the C19 junction, where you turn left. Drive for approximately 6 km and then turn right onto the D854 to Bullsport (located on the C14). From here you take the 1206 to Rietoog and the MR47 to Rehoboth. From Rehoboth you take the B1 to Windhoek.

General Information For Guests

The rooms are en-suite and include a fan, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and a verandah. They also have a flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi.

The main area consists of the bar, lounge, curio shop, dining area, swimming pool, reading area and a wraparound verandah.

Activities available include nature drives, walking trails, star gazing, electronic powered bike excursions and visits to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon.

Other activities available at an additional cost include hot air balloon safaris and horse riding safaris.

Hot air balloon safaris are not available from 25th December to 1st January and from mid January to mid February.

A complimentary laundry service is available.

MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 13 years are not permitted on walking activities. The final decision on whether a guest can join a walking activity remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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