Kulala Wilderness Reserve
‘KULALA’ in Oshiwambo, means to sleep, to rest and to feel the space and silence.
Drive to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, which have developed over millions of years, at dawn through the concession’s private gate on the Tsauchab River. Situated within the Namib Desert which is the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky and flush red in the early morning sun.
From the lodge guests are privy to the wonders of the sparsely distributed desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok as they eke out an existence. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air.
Accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. The main area’s décor is inspired by northern Africa comprising a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert landscapes.
Nature drives and walks are the norm on safari, but Kualala also offers eco-sensitive guided quad-biking through the private reserve to speed through the incredible vistas and catch a glimpse of the creatures. Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. A truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.
Kulala Desert Lodge Information
- Location: Kulala Wilderness Reserve, 6 hours drive from Windhoek.
- Accommodation: 23 Thatched and canvas “kulalas”.
- Activities: Nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive, guided quad-biking, balloon safari, sundowner tour, horse riding safari.
- Facilities: Main area, lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole.
- Weather: Best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May and September) though the desert regions can be very cold at this time of year. The southern coast is gentler from February to May, but otherwise cool and misty year-round, and windy in August
- Children: Welcome although no special childcare facilities and three family units available. Two family units being two separate rooms with separate entrances and en-suite bathrooms and a connecting deck. The remaining family kulala is a standard room with an extra bed and shared bathroom.