kulala Desert Lodge

Wilderness collection



Place: Kulala Desert Lodge is situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes and is the closest location to Sossusvlei (via a private gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles). Scenic nature drives and walks are available; electric ‘fat bikes’ are a fun way to explore the spectacular open plains. A highlight is to experience the area on a hot air balloon safari (at extra cost). 

Accommodation: The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (including two family units), each built on a wooden platform, and a flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The main area includes a pool and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole. 

Purpose: Our programme to remove internal fences and livestock has resulted in the recovery of this ecosystem and its wildlife.  

NOTE: Ballooning closed on 25 Dec and 1 Jan, and from mid-Jan to mid-Feb.

Unique Selling Points

  • Closest camp and private gate access to the Sossusvlei dunes

  • Suited to self-drives, families and larger groups

  • Varied activities in Kulala Wilderness Reserve from fat bikes to ballooning


Standard Kulala(s)

There are 21 standard kulalas which are made up of 18 twin bedded kulalas and three double bedded kulalas. There are four guide units which are much smaller than the standard units.

Family Kulala(s)

There are two family kulalas – two separate rooms with separate entrances and en-suite bathrooms and a connecting deck.

Activities & features:

Kulala Desert Lodge - Visit Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei

World-famous Sossusvlei is both the name for the area in general as well as an enormous clay pan, flanked by the enormous sand dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some these dunes the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape, where once water flowed. This is known as Dead Vlei.

Kulala Desert Lodge - Visit Sesriem Canyon

This fascinating geographical formation is well worth a visit. The result of millions of years where water carved its way into the earth, Sesriem Canyon is today three kilometres long. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over aeons.

Kulala Desert Lodge - Nature drives

The 37 000-hectare private Kulala Nature Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife. Enjoy a coffee or sunder stop in scenic parts of the reserve as a highlight.

Kulala Desert Lodge - Walking trails

Walking trails focus on becoming immersed in this remote area, as well as its scenic beauty and the fascinating, and surprisingly, diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents which make this dry and harsh region their home. The Tsauchab River Trail takes a stroll along the dry riverbed close by the camp.

Kulala Desert Lodge - The sundowner tour

Set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursion in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the distant mountains or dunes.

Kulala Desert Lodge - Star bed

Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof or your unit.

Kulala Desert Lodge - Hot air balloon safari*

The balloon safari on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site. *This activity is at additional cost and is closed from 15 January to 15 February.

Kulaa Desert Lodge - Horse riding safari*

Ride through some of the most spectacular and unusual scenery on the planet on well-schooled horses. Watch the sun go down at a beautiful spot while sipping a drink and then canter back under the stars in time for dinner. *This activity is at additional cost and on request.

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Luxury and it’s own access gate, amazing!
— Traveller 2018