Place: A welcome oasis situated on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala celebrates the splendour and solitude of the Namib Desert. Excursions to Sossusvlei (via a gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles), nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, explore this fascinating landscape. A balloon safari (at extra cost) offers an awe-inspiring experience soaring silently above the desert.
Accommodation: Their design inspired by Dead Vlei, the 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas”, each with a private plunge pool, merge sea mlessly into the timeless desert setting. Each villa has a rooftop Star Bed for romantic star gazing.
Purpose: Once farmland used for subsistence goat farming, the region had very little indigenous wildlife. In 1996 Wilderness Safaris stepped in to rehabilitate the area and today the land and its wildlife have returned to their former glory.
NOTE: Ballooning closed on 25 Dec and 1 Jan, and from mid-Jan to mid-Feb.
Unique Selling Points
Closest luxury camp to the iconic Sossusvlei dunes and vleis
Private and exclusive access to 27 000 hectares of wildlife and desert scenery
Hot air ballooning over the vast Namib Sand Sea
There are ten standard kulalas which are made up of seven twin bedded units and three double bedded units. There are four twin bedded guide/pilot units which are much smaller than the standard units.
There is one family Kulala which can accommodate four guests.
Activities & features:
Little Kulala - Visit to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
World-famous Sossusvlei is the name of an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that flush red in the early morning sun – as well as the name of the area in general. Close to the Sossusvlei pan is Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but now all that remains are the skeletons of trees reach up out of the cracked earth.
Little Kulala - 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.
Little Kulala - Nature drives
The 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of oryx, bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife. Drinks stops in scenic parts of the reserve are a highlight.
Little Kulala - 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 a fascinating dry riverbed.
Little Kulala - Guided quad-biking
Eco-sensitive quad-biking through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve will allow you to take in those incredible views and to catch a glimpse of the denizens of the desert.
Little Kulala - 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 goes down.
Little Kulala - Scorpion night walks
After dark, another realm of the Namib awakes. Walks reveal some of these captivating critters such as dancing white lady spiders and scorpions which fluoresce under UV lights.
Little Kulala - 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.
Little Kulala - Star gazing
The Namib is known for its clear night skies, and with no light pollution it is the ideal spot from which to learn about the incredible formations of the stars and planets. Our guides are also known to dabble in astronomy and will guide you through the constellations while our telescope will allow you to look closer.
Little Kulala - Balloon safaris*
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.
Little Kulala - 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.