Little Kulala Camp

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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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.

UNLEASH IT: AT THIS LUXURY LODGE, PERFECTLY POISED TO CATCH THE STUNNING DESERT SUNSETS.
 

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.

Look
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.

Stay
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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Little Kulala Camp

Rating                      Premier Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
No of rooms              10
Max Occupants          24 guests
Interests                   Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                   Kulala Wilderness Reserve


Standard Tents
There are six twin bedded chalets with an en-suite bathroom with either a shower or bath.

Family Tents
There are four family chalets – each with two bedrooms with two beds in each, a lounge with dining area and fireplace, and a small well-equipped kitchen. There is a shared bathroom with bath and shower. The chalets are ideal for private groups with a guide and can enjoy private meals in the chalet.

Leader/ Guide Tents
There are two tour leader/guides tents on a twin sharing basis (not the same standard as a guest unit)

Accommodation details
Each kulala is especially adapted to the unique desert conditions, built on a platform to ensure maximum airflow. Thatched roof provides cool respite from the sun and each room has an en-suite bathroom with inside and outside showers. Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied. Air conditioners ensure a comfortable temperature and there is a private veranda and plunge pool. A private rooftop area on top of the bathroom gives guests the opportunity of spending a night under the magnificent night sky for which bedrolls are available.

Lodge Description
The main lodge comprises a reception, lounge, bar, dining room, library, wine cellar, curio shop and veranda, all under thatched roof. There is also a central, shaded swimming pool.

Electricity & Water
220v power is available in each room 24 hours a day. Video battery recharging facilities are available; please bring spare battery and adaptors. Drinking water supplied bottled and treated water


Activities

Nature drives into the desert are in 3 x 8-seater vehicles. Visits include Sossusvlei and Sesriem but sundowner tour is one of the best scenic safaris in the Namib. Walking trails include the Black Mountain Trail while other activities include horse riding, quad-biking, scorpion walks and star gazing with the guides.

At Extra Cost
Private vehicles can be booked subject to availability. Balloon safaris (closed 15 January to 15 February) and in-room massage treatments are available at an extra cost.

Suggested Activity Schedule
Day 1 - Arrival
Take an afternoon activity tour to Sesriem / guided walking trail. Dinner at the lodge

Day 2
Morning wakeup call at 0500h. Light breakfast and depart for Sossusvlei excursion. Full buffet brunch is served on the dunes. Return to Lodge. Late afternoon activity includes Sesriem / guided walking trail followed by a sundowner. Dinner at the Lodge

Day 3 - Departure
Morning wakeup at 05h00 if ballooning. Alternatively 0700h wakeup for hot breakfast.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    Local drinks and house-wines are included but premium imports are not.
    A daily laundry service is included in the nightly tariff.
    Payment can be affected by: Travellers Cheques, cash or Visa/MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:           2:00 PM
    Check out:       12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:      1 night

 

Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 40,000-hectare tract of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park. Today, after ten years of habitat rehabilitation, Kulala is once again home to of all forms of desert wildlife and provides convenient access to the splendour of the towering red dunes of the Namib. The Sossusvlei dunes rise dramatically more than 30o metres above the surrounding plains, and are surrounded by rugged, ancient volcanic mountains and open plains. Larger desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok flourish here with carnivores such as bat-eared fox, Cape fox, brown hyaena and black-backed jackal often seen. Emphasis is placed on desert fauna, spectacular scenery and the incredible night sky. Unique birds include Dune Lark, Burchell's Courser, Ludwig's Bustard and Stark's Lark.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

The summer months between November and April bring rain and turn the country green, occasionally bringing floods to the desert. But December can be rewarding for game viewing in Etosha and bird watching in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) though danger from Malaria persists. The region is best avoided in the peak wet months of January and February.

The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around water the waterholes as the dry season wears on. The months of June and July can have freezing night time temperatures while September and October can be extremely hot.

Visa
All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


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.

The Geluk Airstrip has a gravel surface and is about 30 minutes from camp.
GPS co-ordinates are:  S 24.40.6, E 015.47.3