Little Kulala Camp

Sossusvlei, Namibia

On Request

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Little Kulala Camp

Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve - the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies.


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 Camp has 220v power available in each kulala 24 hours a day.
  • Local drinks and house-wines are included (except premium imports drinks).

The Review

The Little Kulala Camp is situated amongst camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve near Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, which itself is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 400km south of Walvis Bay and is sandwiched between the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100km inland. Its huge dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous.

The interiors have been designed to provide an all-natural and unique experience in this most beautiful environment. The extensive use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. Pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes all make for a very organic camp which takes its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei in the middle of Sossusvlei. The overall mood and feel is cool, serene, organic and sheltering.

Accommodation at Little Kulala consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (the word means 'to sleep') which merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and innovative bleached decks - each with a private plunge pool. Each kulala has a rooftop 'skybed' for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. An elegant entertainment area includes al fresco fine dining as a highlight.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed around Little Kulala. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared 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

Little Kulala Camp 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.

Little Kulala Camp Sossusvlei, Namibia