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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sossusvlei - Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
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Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The last time we were in Namibia we camped, so this was definitely more luxurious! We were met at the airstrip by our lovely guide Michael, who looked after us fantastically and was the definite highlight of our desert trip. On arrival at the Desert Lodge we were greeted with hot towels and homemade ginger beer, and all the staff... More

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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Dear JLD95, Thank you for your heartfelt review, we are so glad that you were able to embrace the eco-friendly culture in which we run our camps. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to Michael and thank him for going the extra mile. Jatandapi Michael Kauari was born and raised at Okakararad, in the Otjosondjupa region.... More

Irvine, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I arrived after a long drive from Swapokmund, so I pulled into the property after sundown because the evening light shining on the incredible terrain encouraged me to continually stop to take photographs and soak in the scenery. The evening meals were good, but not memorable. I opted to sleep under the stars, so a bedroll was arranged for me.... More

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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Eitleoir, Thank you for your fantastic review, we are so glad to see you enjoyed so many of the activities on offer at Kulala Desert Lodge, even the sleep out under the stars. Dead vlei (Vlei is Afrikaans and is loosely translated to "marsh") is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, scattered... More

NEW YORK NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than the excellent beds, we have nothing good to say about this experience. The management was disinterested, disorganized, and mostly entirely absent. We were not informed about activity options or given choices. Our guide, perfectly nice, took a full van of us to hike the dunes (fantastic experience). But rather than organize things so that those who finished 2... More

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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Dear DANI24, We are terribly sorry that your experience here was not of the standard that you expected from Wilderness Safaris. Our Customer Care team has been in contact with your agent and we hope they have assisted in making the situation less grievous for you. With the less than satisfactory vegetarian meals you have described our Namibian Operations Department... More

Sydney, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately I only stayed a few hours in this property and I am so going back and stay longer. This environmentally friendly resort is not very big and it's very cute and quiet, right in the middle of the desert, with view over the dunes. The cottages are actually tents (if it's windy it might get slightly noisy but it's... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Lukimi, now that you have visited Kulala Desert Lodge and realised that one night is not enough we hope you will return for a much longer sojourn to our establishment. Hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards the Kulala Desert Lodge Team. More

Los Angeles, California
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience, fantastic accommodation in the desert facing tents, peaceful and tranquil and very close access to the Namib-Naukluft park and the Soussusvlei. Staff fantastic and helpful for anything you might need. Will return as soon as we can.

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Indulamiti, we suspect that the sossusvlei desert has crept into your soul and gotten under your skin and left its indelible mark on you. Once addicted to the scenic splendour, super camp, wonderful staff and beautiful dunes, it is very hard to stay away for long. Thank you for the brilliant comments, highly appreciated and we await your return to... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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102 reviews 102 reviews
99 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Pros: Very cute, solitary bungalows. Staff VERY helpful. Very ecologically conscious Good food, amazing breakfast Good tours. Own entrance to park Cons: No wifi (but they have a single computer on a slow speed) NO MOSQUITO NETS. This was a problem, as mosquitoes didn't respond to Deet. Got four bites. About 40min away from everything else (though there really isn't... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

jcb193, what a great little review to read. We are happy to know that the accommodation was cosy, staff good, food enjoyable and tours great. We would like to advise that since your visit mosquito nets were installed in all the rooms, to keep the pesky insects away so that guests may enjoy a peaceful nights rest, without being disturbed.... More

Katikati, New Zealand
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10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our group from New Zealand flew into Windhoek and had a 6 hour drive to Kulala Desert Lodge. The next day we went to see the sand dunes at Sossusvlei, with an early start so we got there soon after sunrise. They were magnificent. The lodge itself and the units are well designed to blend into the desert scene. The... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Alan G for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you and your travel companions enjoyed all aspects of your stay at Kulala Desert Lodge. Unfortunately the majority of Namibian roads are gravel and can be quite bumpy. The Camp does grade the road network in the Kulala area as thi forms part of our... More

Gardnerville, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I loved the location of the lodge and our individual cabanas. It was our first camp of six and we loved their pleasant attitude and our guide Christof was great. It was too chilly to sleep outside and the wind blew like crazy the day we went to the dunes,but it is an incredible place the colors and sites are... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the amazing review, rbr89460. What a pleasure it is to learn how much you enjoyed the stay with us at the camp. Your positive comments are truly inspiring. Thank you so much, the Kulala Desert Lodge Team. More

Reading
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stayed here in June for two nights, and we disagreed on how many stars, I would have given 3 stars, my wife a generous 4. It's 4 stars then. Everything was up to normal Wilderness Safari standards; fantastic room, friendly and professional staff, good but not outstanding food for dinner, and good breakfasts. Because we stayed in Namibian winter,... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your honest review SteveLesley, we really do appreciate your insightful comments and have taken them all on board. We do apologise for the inconvenient timing of the room maintenance which impacted on your stay and relaxation time. In future far better planning will be made for this kind of upkeep. With regards to the activity... More

Managua, Nicaragua
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Kulala Desert Lodge is located on a river facing west for fantastic sunsets. Sleeping on the roof is a must. Ask and they'll prepared a bedroll for you up top. Food was pretty good I thought. I see others didn't like it so much. The staff danced and sang some traditional songs after dinner and on the second night... More

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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge, responded to this review

mike c, it's evident that you really enjoyed your stay at Kulala Desert Lodge. Your kind words about the great staff, good food and camp ambiance is testament to that. We do concur with you that the sleep-out is an activity not to be missed as it is a mind-blowing experience and visual display of stellar beauty. Take care, the... More

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Address: Sossusvlei - Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park > Sossusvlei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge 3*
Also Known As:
Kulala Desert Hotel Namib-Naukluft Park
Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge Sossusvlei, Namibia - Namib-Naukluft Park

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Hidden at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance 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 makes it the most spectacular. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole. Activities impress guests with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquility of the desert and include private tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks amd drives to view the desert's fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area on horseback, hot air balloon and eco-sensitive guided quad-biking excursions. ... more   less 
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