Kulala Desert Lodge (Sossusvlei)

Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

Kulala Desert Lodge is at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes; the most unique destination and one of the top accommodation establishments in Sossusvlei. Kulala Desert Lodge is part of the Wilderness Safaris Collection. Wilderness Safaris has set an example of preserving biodiversity, conserving wildlife, and uplifting local communities.

Explore the area’s desert-adapted wildlife and the dramatic landscape of the Sossusvlei dunes while staying here. If you only visit one place in Namibia; then it would have to be Sossusvlei. Enjoy alfresco dining before sleeping on your rooftop to appreciate the star-filled night sky (If this is to your liking; there is an indoor bedroom too).

The lodge’s position provides vistas looking directly onto the majestic red dunes of Sossusvlei. Moreover; it is the closest lodge to Sossusvlei; accessed via a private gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris. The Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to two camps; Kulala Desert Lodge and the spectacular Little Kulala Camp.

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Kulala Desert Lodge Accommodation

The camp comprises 23 x thatched and canvas tents (including two family units), each built on a wooden platform, and a flat rooftop for sleepouts under the stars. The family units consist of two bedrooms; each with two x three-quarter beds, in each tent, and each with its own en-suite. The main bathroom has an indoor shower, outdoor shower, double basin vanity, and separate toilet. The second bathroom has an indoor shower (no outdoor shower), double basin vanity, and a separate toilet. They have separate entrances, however, share an outdoor deck; making them perfect for friends traveling together.

Kulala Desert Lodge accommodation
Kulala Desert Lodge accommodation

Each brick and canvas tent is specially adapted to the unique desert conditions; by being built on a platform to ensure maximum airflow while an extended thatch roof provides a cool respite from the sun.

All the tents have a writing desk and chair, easy chairs, a luggage rack, an electronic safe,  and of course tea and coffee-making facilities. Hairdryers and mosquito nets are available on request. During the winter months, hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided. Although there is no air-conditioning, the rooms have a ceiling fan. The verandas offer views of the dunes.

A private rooftop area for sleep-outs is accessed by wooden stairs behind the tent; weather permitting and operated subject to the discretion of the Lodge Manager. They are equipped with bedrolls, however, open to all the elements.

Kulala Desert Lodge Star bed
Kulala Desert Lodge Star bed

This camp can accommodate 50 guests in total (46 adults and 4 children); plus 6 guides / pilots / tour leaders; subject to concession numbers and / or concession availability.

Kulala Desert Lodge Facilities

The main area includes a pool and a wraparound veranda; that is partially shaded with loungers; overlooking a waterhole that attracts wildlife such as oryx, ostrich, and jackal. The thatch-roofed main area is built entirely of clay bricks; comprises a reception area, lounge, dining, and bar areas. During the winter months, a gas heater is stationed in the main area and there is an open fireplace. There is complimentary Wi-Fi access from the main area and a Safari Trading Store.

Sossusvlei Wildlife

Desert-adapted wildlife to be seen on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena; and the occasional brown hyaena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox, and aardwolf can also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area. A surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles, and rodents make their home around Kulala Desert Lodge. At dusk, the call of barking geckoes can be heard, and walks reveal the smaller creatures; the buck-spoor spider with its multi-entrance burrow or the ambush specialist antlion, to name but a few.

Sossusvlei Hot Air Balloon
Sossusvlei Hot Air Balloon

Activities at Kulala Desert Lodge

Take in the sweeping scenery on nature drives and guided nature trails; while guided electric-powered fat bike excursions are a fun way to explore the spectacular open plains. Top off an extraordinary desert experience with a soaring hot air balloon flight over the dune field. Ideal for introducing your family to the natural wonders of Namibia.

Do as much or as little as you like - some ideas

  • Nature drives. During the winter months, hot water bottles (on the early morning game drives only), blankets, and lined ponchos are provided.
  • Birding.
  • Excursions to Sossusvlei and Sesriem – It is important to note that only Wilderness Safaris have the advantage of entry into the park through an exclusive gate entrance.
    Sossusvlei is both the name for the area in general as well as; an enormous clay pan flanked by immense sand dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some of these dunes, the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape where once water flowed. This is known as Deadvlei.
  • Scenic sundowner excursion.
  • A guided nature trail from camp (weather permitting and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide).
    Walking trails focus on becoming immersed in this remote area as well as; its scenic beauty and the fascinating, and surprisingly diverse array of small animals; which make this dry and harsh region their home. The Tsauchab River Trail takes a stroll along the dry riverbed close to the camp.
  • Stargazing with a laser pointer (weather permitting and according to the lunar phases).
  • Guided electronic powered fat bike excursions (7 x fat bikes in total; with six for guests plus one for the guide).
Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei

Activities may be booked on a private basis in advance and at an additional cost.

Optional Activities at an Additional Cost

Sossusvlei Hot air ballooning is available; weather permitting; except from 15th January to 15th February, 25th December, and 1st January.

Sossusvlei Hot Air Balloon
Sossusvlei Hot Air Balloon

Example of a Typical Day at Kulala Desert Lodge:

Morning wake-up and activity times vary according to the seasons, activities on offer, and wildlife sightings.
Early morning wake-up call.
Light breakfast before departing on the morning activity.
Return to camp for a meal and rest period.
Meet for afternoon tea before departing on the activity.
Return to camp – freshen up or meet for drinks; followed by dinner.
Enjoy a nightcap or discussion around the fire before retiring.

Child Policy at Kulala Desert Lodge

Children of all ages are accommodated and are permitted to participate in activities with all other guests.
Children between 6 and 16 years of age must share with at least one adult in the same tent.
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
While there is no age limitation for hot air ballooning, there is a restriction on height. Children need to be a minimum of 1.2 meters to comfortably see over the basket.

The Wilderness Safaris Bush Buddy Program is a fun and educational program for younger guests aged 6 to 12 years. The Bush Buddies are key staff members; who have been trained in childcare and the educational aspects of looking after children in the bush. They either have children of their own or they have had previous experience working with youngsters; making them ideally suited to this position.

The highly motivated Bush Buddies create life-changing journeys for children visiting Kulala Desert Lodge. They tailor-make each experience to suit the children’s ages and individual interests; ensuring that the child goes home feeling inspired to appreciate and conserve their natural worlds. This complimentary service is available on request prior to arrival. One of the Bush Buddies will join the family; where they will be the mentor and friend of the child/ren wherever needed, throughout the day.

Kulala Desert Lodge Accommodation Fully Inclusive Rates

Fully Inclusive RatesPer Person SharingSingle Supplement
1st June 2022 until 31st October 2022R8,281R2 484
1st November 2022 until 19th December 2022R5,258R1 577
20th December 2022 until 5th January 2023R7,584R2 275
6th January until 31st March 2023R5 703R1 710
1st April until 31st May 2023R6 834R2 051
1st June until 31st October 2023R9 130R2 739
1st November until 19th December 2023R5 798R1 739
20th December 2023 until 5th January 2024R8 362R2 509

The Fully Inclusive Rates include:
All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry, Namibian VAT & Tourism Levy, and local drinks excluding premium imported brands and champagne.

Kulala Desert Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Rates

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast RatesPer Person SharingSingle Supplement
1st June 2022 until 31st October 2022R5,944R1,732
1st November 2022 until 19th December 2022R4,113R1,199
20th December 2022 until 5th January 2023R4,767R1,389
6th January until 31st March 2023R3 510R1 023
1st April until 31st May 2023R4 445R1 295
1st June until 31st October 2023R6 553R1 910
1st November until 19th December 2023R4 535R1 321
20th December 2023 until 5th January 2024R5 256R1 532

The Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast Rates include:
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Namibian VAT & Tourism Levy. Lunch and activities may be added for guests pre-booked on a Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast Rates rate basis; at an additional cost.
All other extras are to be settled direct.

All National Park entrance fees are excluded.

Kulala Desert Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Long-stay Discount

A 5% long-stay discount on accommodation in the low season from 1st November to 31st May every year (so excludes 1st June to 31st October).
Valid for bookings of 6 nights or more at all Wilderness camps.
It does not apply to single supplements, private vehicles, flying, transfers, and sightseeing.

Kulala Desert Lodge (Sossusvlei)
Kulala Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei Namibia

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