Kulala Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Kulala Desert Lodge


Kulala Desert Lodge lies in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert. Located close to Sossusvlei, it provides magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains. The Kulala Desert Lodge comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (the word means 'to sleep') including three family kulalas.

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.

Varied activities around the Kulala Desert Lodge, 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.

We Love
  • Kulala Desert Lodge has the closest private access to the Sossusvlei Dunes
  • A waterhole in front of the main building gives the opportunity to see the wildlife
  • Glide over the area in a hot air balloon for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the dunes
  • The Camp supports Small Carnivore Research Project to study the rehabilitation of the area
Need to Know
  • Kulala Desert Lodge is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 23 luxurious tents
  • Activities undertaken are nature walks, hiking, star gazing and wildlife watching
  • Located in Kulala Wilderness Reserve within Namib Naukluft Park, west Namibia
  • Best for Honeymoon, Adventure, Family, Eco-tourism


Stay Kulala Desert Lodge is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 23 luxurious tents with a capacity for 52 guests. These include three family kulalas of which two family units have two separate rooms with separate entrances. The remaining family kulala is a standard room with an extra bed with a shared bathroom. Each unit is built on a wooden platform and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars.

The Camp The main area of the Kulala Desert Lodge, designed with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking a waterhole 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. The Camp electricity is supplied by a 220v power generator, 24 hours a day.

ChildCare Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Kulala Desert Lodge but there are no specific facilities available. There are three family units available, including one family unit which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms.

Safari Activities at Kulala Desert Lodge begin with an early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, through the private gate entrance on the Tsauchab River. Full buffet brunch is served at one of the picnic sites in the National Park. Late afternoon activity include Sesriem guided walking trail followed by a sundowner.

Experience Nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive, guided quad-biking are also offered through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve to take in those incredible views and to catch a glimpse of the denizens of the desert. Another unforgettable experience in the area, at an extra charge, is an early morning balloon flight, that soars silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.

Kulala Desert Lodge Sossusvlei, Namibia

Location Kulala Desert Lodge is located 350 km south of Windhoek in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. It boasts magnificent views of the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei, breathtaking mountain scenery and vast open plains. Set in the 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, there is an abundance of space and solitude around. 

Getting There Kulala Desert Lodge can be reached by air from Swakopmund in 1-hour and 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. 

When to go 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 the waterholes. Summer months between November and April bring rain, when migratory birds flock into the Etosha park's many habitats followed by bird watching in December in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region).