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Kulala Desert Lodge
14 thatched chalets

Fourteen thatched and canvas chalets or "Kulalas" (Kulala in the Namibian language "oshiwambo" means "to sleep") with en-suite bathrooms and showers are set on wooden platforms to provide maximum airflow. For outdoor enthusiasts, mattresses can be moved to the rooftop to sleep under the stars from a private star gazing platform. The main lodge, with decor inspired from Northern Africa, has a lounge, pub, dining area and plunge pool, and offers a wrap-around verandah that overlooks the waterhole and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert sunset. Early morning guided game drives to the spectacular dunes are through a private gate on the Tsauchab River.
Namib Naukluft Park

Year Round

The best time to go to Namibia depends on where you’re headed.

Windhoek-The best time to visit Windhoek is between May and September, when it is cool and dry. From November to March the summer is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable. In December and January the main local school holidays happen and much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit during this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.

Southern Namibia-If you’re visiting southern Namibia (Luderitz, Keetmanshoop or Sossusvlei, among others) the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. The best time to visit southern Namibia is between May and September. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.

The Namib-The Namib coast (including Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) is best visited from October to March when the weather is cooler. Inescapably, however, when the dry easterly winds blow it is sometimes very hot even at this time of year. For the inland areas of the Namib, the cooler months from May to September are best, though the easterly winds have the same effects here as on the coast.

Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld-The northern Skeleton Coast experiences much the same weather year-round: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best period. For the inland Kaokoveld, the period from May to August is best. The summer months bring flash floods and very high temperatures, and most rain falls between January and March.

Etosha and the North-The most popular time to visit Etosha is from April to September, because during this time the temperature is tolerably cool. From May to September the animals gather at waterholes, so this is the best period for game viewing. Summer is best for bird watching, as migrant birds visit the pans after the summer rains.

Kavango and Caprivi-Summer is the best period for bird watching in the Kavango area and the Caprivi Strip, but visitors should be forewarned that the heat and humidity can be unbearable unless they are at least partially alleviated by rain. Winter, being cooler and drier, is best for game viewing.
Nature Drives into the Desert, Walking Trails, Visits to Bushman Painting Sites, Visit to Sossusvlei and Sesriem & Balloon Safaris and Horse Riding at an Additional Costs.

Game drives and walks are also offered on the private reserve with incredible views, desert game and smaller desert fauna and flora. Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning. Beginning at first light, the 60-90 minute balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert - with a champagne breakfast served at your landing site.

Guest Reviews

"The most spectacular place in Namibia we have seen. Thank you very much."
- Mr and Mrs S., Switzerland

"Spectacular scenery, great trips in the air and on the ground, very good food and great staff, see you again some time."
- I., England

"A magnificent site with a very picturesque lodge and most of all a great service."
- Mr and Mrs D., Germany

We had a wonderful stay at Kulala, the staff was wonderful, especially the singing in the evening will make us remember Kulala."
- Mr and Mrs N., England

"A real oasis in this beautiful part of the world. Thank you for looking after us so well. Italy Thank you for wonderful trips under expert and knowledgeable guides. Our spirits have been uplifted, nice company and good food."
- Mr and Mrs S.
Local Info

In the Nama language, Namib means "vast", and this is no exaggeration. At 50,000 km2, the Namib-Naukluft park is the largest conservation area in Namibia, and one of the largest in the world. The parched Namib desert has orange dunes blown into razor-sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind. The famous Sossusvlei sand dunes are the highest in the world at over 300 m, towering over their Arabian rivals, and just begging to be climbed barefoot. Gravel roads traverse this landscape, striking into the dune area and Sesriem canyon. Roads aside, the only way to appreciate the magnificence of the landscape is by light aircraft on a scenic flight from Walvis Bay or Swakopmund, or a balloon ride over the dunes. Animals, insects and plants have adapted to live in this generally inhospitable region. Apart from infrequent rains, they rely on the sea mist that rolls far inland. There are some wonderful books on the area, best bought in Swakopmund.
Situated on the 21,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Kulala Desert Lodge lies in the heart of the Namib. Kulala Desert Lodge is one of Namibia's best situated lodges in terms of its proximity to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Situated on a 21,000 hectare private property, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, it offers splendid views of the Sossusvlei Dunes as well as spectacular mountain scenery. The lodge itself is built in an African style using a combination of clay and thatch. Accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge is in one of twelve thatched and canvas chalets or "Kulalas"; (Kulala in the Namibian language "oshiwambo" means "to sleep"; with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Kulala Desert Lodge has a lounge, bar dining area and small pool. A veranda overlooks the waterhole allowing views of wildlife and the wide open spaces of the Namib Desert. Although Kulala lodge is not the cheapest lodge in the area, its unique position makes it an essential on any Namibian itinerary. On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, this is not a game rich area, however, whatever game we see is interesting and dramatised by the contrast between the Namib Desert and animals like Springbok, Gemsbok (Oryx) and Ostrich who manage to survive in these harsh conditions. Night drives using spotlights often encounter small mammals such as Aardwolf, Bat Eared Fox, Hares and sometimes Spotted Hyenas

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