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Kulala Desert Lodge

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- Hot air ballooning
- Lots of desert activities
- Myriad of game

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Kulala Desert Lodge is located in the Sossusvlei in the southwest region of Namibia. The surrounding 67,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to a variety of animals, and provides a great location for guests to try out unique activities such as ballooning and quad-biking.

Guest accommodation consists of 23 timber suites (the ‘kulalas’). Each is fitted with stone bathrooms and an upper deck that allows guests to sleep under the stars. The main stone-under-thatch lodge houses a number of communal facilities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the scenic red dunes.

Activities here centre on the lodge’s location in the expansive desert. Guests can explore the iconic red Sossusvlei dunes on foot, on nature or sundowner drives, by quad bike, by horse, or by hot air balloon, which is particularly attractive to photographers looking to get some snaps of the famous Namibian desert. There are also a number of other places to see hidden in the desert, including the Sesriem Canyon or Dead Vlei, home to fossilised trees. Animals commonly spotted include gemsbok, ostriches, black-backed jackals, dune larks, and springboks.

Children of all ages are welcome. Two of the suites combine to create a family unit, with a shared bathroom suitable for families with younger children. An additional four rooms pair up with shared decks, suitable for families with older children.

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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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