Kulala Desert Lodge, nr Sossusvlei

Introduction

Kulala Desert Lodge boasts a private entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park, making it the closest accommodation to Sossusvlei. The lodge is located in a beautiful setting, with magnificent views of the surrounding dunes, mountains and the vast open plains.

The lodge is located in the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, which contains wildlife such as jackal, bat-eared fox and brown hyena. It is possible to explore on guided walks or nature drives. A small waterhole in front of the lodge attracts springbok, ostrich and oryx. Kulala Desert Lodge is very environmentally conscious and solar power is used to heat water for showers.

Kulala Desert Lodge features 23 thatched and canvas ‘kulalas’ including three suitable for families. All rooms include a veranda from which to enjoy the views, a fan and a rooftop ‘skybed’ where it is possible to sleep under the stars.

Optional activities revolve around early morning guided drives to the dunes of Sossusvlei through the private gate on the Tsauchab River, as well as nature drives and walks on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Plunge pool
  • Small waterhole
  • Communal computer with internet access
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Optional Activities

A variety of optional activities are available, including the following:

Sossusvlei
Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is Namibia’s most popular tourist attraction and boasts some of the highest sand dunes in the world reaching almost 400 metres. Visit this spectacular site on a guided tour. A climb up the dunes is rewarded by spectacular views and is highly recommended. You will also visit Deadvlei, a clay pan characterised by dark, dead camel thorn trees which stand in stark contrast against the white pan floor. You may also see some of the resident wildlife such as black-backed jackal, springbok and ostrich as well as some of the many smaller creatures living in the desert such as the fascinating Tok Tokkie beetle, shovel-snouted lizard or Grant’s golden mole.

Sesriem Canyon
The Tsauchab River has shaped Sesriem Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the region that holds water all year round. The canyon is 30 metres deep in places and only three kilometres long. You will explore the canyon on foot, admiring its stunning rock formations and cooling off in some of its refreshing pools along the way.

Nature drives in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve
The 37,000-hectare private Kulala Nature Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of oryx, bat-eared fox, brown hyena and birdlife.

Sundowner drive
Set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursion in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the distant mountains or dunes.

Walking trails
Explore the Kulala Wilderness Reserve on foot, taking in its scenic beauty and learn about the fascinating, and surprisingly, diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents which make this dry and harsh region their home.

Horse riding safari
Ride through some of the most spectacular and unusual scenery on the planet on well-schooled horses. Watch the sun go down at a beautiful spot while sipping a drink and then canter back under the stars in time for dinner.

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