Fodor's Expert Review Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib Naukluft Park, Erongo, Namibia

In the heart of the Namib, set on a private wilderness reserve that borders the Namib-Naukluft Park with an exclusive-use entrance gate, this is the closest you could possibly stay to the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei (along with Wilderness Safaris's adjoining property on the same reserve). This proximity also offers a remarkable setting with superb mountain scenery and vast open plains, while the main lodge truly exudes this sense of place with the large tree trunks that act as pillars. The wrap-around wooden deck leads from the swimming pool to an extended verandah (for alfresco dining), fire pit, and indoor dining area, making it the perfect place to watch or photograph the magnificent desert sunset. The tented, double-layer canvas, thatch-roofed chalets (kulala) sit on a wooden platform overlooking the dry Tsauchab riverbed and desert landscape, and while they don't have air-conditioning, they are designed in such a way that allows for natural airflow and cooling. On summer nights, you can request a star bed rollout with your turndown service to sleep under the night sky. 

PROS

  • private Namib-Naukluft Park entrance saves time and waiting in long queues
  • exceptional staff with genuine warm-heartedness will make you feel at home
  • activities include morning and evening game drives, trips to Sossusvlei, birding, guided walks, fat biking

CONS

  • guests can't do self game drives through the private concession area
  • no mosquito nets on the star bed experience
  • not all activities are included in the half-board option, but can be booked at an additional cost

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27-11711-257–5000-in South Africa

HOTEL DETAILS

23 chalets
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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