Kulala Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert and is closest to the iconic dunes of the Sossusvlei. The 'vlei' (meaning ‘the gathering place of water') on rare, heavy rainfall fills itself and becomes a spectacular turquoise lake reflecting the surrounding dunes.


We Love
  • When operations were first set up in 1996 close to the spectacular Sossusvlei, the area was used for subsistence goat farming. Removal programme of stock fences and exotic species resulted in wildlife returning to the area. The area was extended to what is now the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.
  • A waterhole in front of the main building gives the opportunity to see the wildlife.
  • The Camp now supports the Small Carnivore Research Project to study and assess the rehabilitation of this area.
Need to Know
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years and for quad biking is 16 years.
  • The Camp has 220v power available in each kulala 24 hours a day.

The Review

Hidden at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains make it the most spectacular.

Your Stay
The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars.

The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking a waterhole - a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista. The overall setting is a true delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of Namibia, wholesome meals and intimacy. A waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and jackal) and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.

Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Its huge red dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous. From Kulala Desert Lodge guests can witness the wonders of this desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok as the eke out an existence. Larger predators include spotted hyaena and the occasional brown hyaena, a mystical shaggy-coated scavenger.

Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air. One bird, the aptly named Dune Lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands.

Varied activities aim at acquainting guests with the splendour, solitude and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, with excursions to Sossusvlei, and nature drives and walks providing awe-inspiring views of desert-adapted wildlife and plants. A balloon safari at extra cost offers a unique experience soaring silently above the desert, while quad biking takes place at one of the nearby camps.

Getting There

Kulala Desert Lodge is located 350 km south of Windhoek in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve; easily reached by sedan car, although 4x4 preferable. Entrance is situated 19km south of Sesriem on road D826 (follow the signpost with arrows on C19). It can be reached by air from Swakopmund in 1 hour 30 minutes and from Windhoek in 1 hour 15 minutes. Self drive from Windhoek (350km) is possible in approx. 5 hours and from Swakopmund (380km) in about 6 hours.

Kulala Desert Lodge Sossusvlei, Namibia