Fodor's Expert Review Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib Naukluft Park, Erongo, Namibia

In the heart of the Namib and set on a 91,000 acre wilderness reserve that borders the Namib Naukluft Park, this lodge offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei, superb mountain scenery, and vast open plains. The tented, double-layer canvas, thatch-roofed chalets (kulala) sit on a wooden platform overlooking the dry riverbed and desert landscape. In summer you can request a bedroll from reception to sleep on your roof under the stars. The expanded veranda at the main lodge overlooks a water hole and is the perfect place to watch or photograph the magnificent desert sunset. Activities include desert excursions, morning and evening game drives, trips to Sossusvlei, birding, and guided walks. For an additional fee you can splurge on a hot-air balloon trip or helicopter ride over the desert—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


  • located on a 91,000-acre reserve, this is the lodge closest to the dune belt at Namib Naukluft Park and has it's own private entrance to the Sossusvlei area
  • great staff


  • decor can seem stark to some
  • if you choose the half-board option you must pay for activities and extras like bottled water


Casual Chic


Phones: 2711-807–1800-in South Africa


23 chalets
Rate Includes: All-inclusive; Some meals

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