• Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia

About Kulala Desert Lodge

About Kulala Desert Lodge

Within the 46,000 acre private Kulala Wilderness Reserve bordering the Namib-Naukluft Park, Kulala Desert Lodge offers outstanding views of the world famous Namib-Naukluft Dune Sea. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and vast open plains, the desert is literally right on your doorstep.

Here you can experience the sense of desert isolation and even jump the pre-dawn queue into the dunes by using a private gate into the reserve. 

Lodge details


A well-appointed, specially adapted desert lodge.


In the heart of the Namib Desert, this is the closest lodge to the Dune Sea and has a private gate for early access, beating the crowds. Access is via fly-in or self-drive.

Accommodation & Facilities

The thatched rooms here are known as kulala's, which means ‘to sleep’ in Oshiwambo. They are built on wooden platforms, catching the cooling breezes during the summer months, with polished wooden floors and 2 queen sized or a large double bed. The walls are made of canvas, and built into the ‘tent’ is a brick and clay en-suite bathroom. Venturing outside your room you will find a step ladder leading to the flat roof top where you are welcome to sleep out under the stars, a particularly special experience.

The main area has a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool and wrap around veranda with views over a waterhole, which attracts local wildlife such as jackals and gemsbok.


Food is in a home-cooked style and an early snack can be provided for those heading out too early for breakfast!


Popular activities include 4x4 drives into the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei; if you join this guided excursion you avoid the busy crowds as Sesriem Gate. You can also go on guided and un-guided walking trails and sundowner drives on the nature reserve. It is possible to explore yourself if you are on a self-drive safari and don’t wish to join a guided excursion. It is also possible to take an early morning balloon flight over the desert, followed by a champagne breakfast.

Child Policy

Children welcome. Please note that they are your responsibility whilst staying at the lodge.

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