The kulalas (chalets) are built to cleverly make the most of the pristine landscape. Enjoy the lodge but most of all, enjoy the beauty of the Namib Naukluft area in the popular Sossusvlei region. The Kulala Desert Lodge is the ideal base, situated within the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve south of Sesriem.

Kulala Desert Lodge’s location at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes allows for stunning views in every direction, while its private entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park makes it the closest location to Sossusvlei. The camp is ideal for self-drives and groups. Twenty-three thatched ‘kulalas’ (including one family room and two family units) on raised platforms make for airy, comfortable accommodation, and guests can even sleep out on the flat roofs. Afternoons around the pool provide relief from the heat, while the wraparound veranda at the main area overlooks a waterhole, and private tours of the dunes provide the ultimate Sossusvlei experience. INSIDER TIP: Try your hand at desert photography – whether capturing the red colour of the dunes in the early morning light or the otherworldly tree skeletons standing starkly across the floor of Dead Vlei.

Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance (for Wilderness Safaris vehicles exclusively) to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains make it the most spectacular.

The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (including one family room and two family units) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and a flat rooftop where bedrolls can be placed for guests to sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, pool, and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole.

Activities impress guests with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquillity of the desert and include private tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area on a hot air balloon safari.

NOTE: Ballooning closed on 25 December and 1 January and from mid-January to mid-February.

Unique Selling Points

· Closest camp and private gate access to the national park and Sossusvlei dunes

· Suited to self-drives, families and larger groups

· Varied activities in Kulala Wilderness Reserve: hot air ballooning, scenic nature drives

Kulala Desert Lodge

For travellers wanting to see the famous Namib-Naukluft Dune Sea in the Sossusvlei region of Namibia, the Kulala Desert Lodge is the ideal base, situated within the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve south of Sesriem.
The only lodge that looks directly over this natural feature where the wind carves the dunes into magnificent formations and where the sun always shines on one side – Kulala Desert Lodge gets its name from the local Oshiwambo word meaning ‘to sleep’.
The 23 kulalas (chalets) are built to cleverly make the most of this vast vista. Enjoy the lodge but most of all, enjoy the beauty of the Namib Naukluft area in the popular Sossusvlei region.
Accommodation in stunning canvas and wood thatched rooms is slightly raised off the ground to ensure that breezes flow through during the hot summer months. Private roof-top sleeping decks up a step ladder allow guests to really sleep under the stars – or a full moon! Polished wooden floors and large beds plus en-suite clay bathrooms with showers and complimentary toiletries add to the comfort of the Kulala Desert Lodge accommodation.
Situated in the heart of the desert close to Naukluft Mountain Park, Sossusvlei and Sesriem, this Namibian holiday destination promotes outdoor activities such as walking trails – the Tsauchab River Trail – horse riding safaris, bird watching, balloon safaris and sundowner tours. Self-drive excursions are a good bet, visitors taking their own time to explore this splendid photogenic region.
The main areas at Kulula Desert Lodge peep out from under thatched roofs which mimic the dunes – enjoy the restaurant, bar and lounge, spilling out onto the veranda outside. Stone floors keep the area cool while in winter, fires light up the atmosphere. An inviting swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers is perfect for a dip in the heat of the day.

Kulala Desert Lodge

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