Little Kulala Camp
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat, set on the edge of the Namib-Nakluft National Park, home to the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Surrounded by camel thorn trees and the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala comprises just eleven thatch and canvas chalets, or ‘kulalas’, that merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape. Each unit is raised on a wooden platform to provide maximum airflow and come with a private plunge pool. There is also a rooftop 'skybed' for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers.
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.
Activities at Little Kulala 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.
Little Kulala SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA
Stay Little Kulala is a Premier Safari Lodge with 10 luxurious tents with a capacity for 24 guests, each with exquisite fittings and fixtures and innovative bleached decks. There are four family chalets that come with two bedrooms each, a lounge with dining area and fireplace, and a small well-equipped kitchen. All rooms have air conditioning and there is a private veranda and plunge pool. A private rooftop area gives guests the opportunity of spending a night under the magnificent night sky for which bedrolls are available.
The Camp The main area of Little Kulala 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. The Camp has 220v power available in each kulala 24 hours a day.
ChildCare Children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at Little Kulala but there are no specific facilities available. There are four family chalets that come with two bedrooms each and are ideal for those travelling as a family.
Safari At Little Kulala, nature drives into the desert are in 3 x 8-seater vehicles. 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. Walking trails include the Black Mountain Trail and private vehicles can be booked subject to availability.
Experience 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. Other activities in Little Kulala include horse riding, scorpion walks and star gazing with the guides.
Little Kulala Campis 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 Little Kulala 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).