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Over Little Kulala Lodge
Little Kulala ligt in het Kulala Wilderness Reserve, een 37.000 hectare groot privé-reservaat. Het is een luxe romantische accommodatie die bestaat uit 11 'kulalas' met rieten dak. Elke kulala heeft een eigen plonsbad, mooi houten terras en een bed op het dak om naar de sterren te kijken. Bij mooi weer kunt u dineren in de openlucht. Er is gebruik gemaakt van hoogwaardige materialen. In de omgeving komen gemsbokken en struisvogels voor, evenals aardwolven.
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: Airconditioning, binnen- en buitendouche, houten terras, plonsbad, extra bed op het dak.
In Kulala Wilderness Reserve, in de Namib Desert, in de omgeving van Sesriem.
• Verschillende excursies in de Sossusvlei, waaronder per auto of te voet
• Ballonvaart met champagne-ontbijt
De beroemde Sossusvlei bevindt zich in het Namib Naukluft Park. De openingstijden zijn vanaf zonsopgang tot een uur na zonsondergang. De Sossusvlei is de plek waar een smalle, over het algemeen droge rivierbedding in tijden van flinke regenval de zanderige vlakte omtovert in een klein meer. De meeste accommodaties in dit gebied bevinden zich in de omgeving van de plaatsen Solitaire en Sesriem, op 30-60 kilometer afstand van de Sossusvlei.
"Highlight of our trip!"
We arrived at this gorgeous oasis to a hospitable staff, a beautiful lodge and spectacular rooms. There are no words to describe how beautiful the dunes are - climbing "Big Daddy" and running down was something we'll never forget. You can sleep out under the stars on the roof of your room - it was a bit windy so we opted for a short lay under the stars before bed. The quad bikes were a great way to travel around when we first arrived and the hot air balloon ride was the perfect finale. The meals were delicious and watching the incredible change in weather from brilliant sky to crazy sand storm was amazing. Thanks to all the staff!
"Amazing location away from it all"
We spent 2 nights and had a fabulous time. It's remote so the service and food was all the better in the circumstances even if the service was a little rough around the edges at times. The staff were great and genuinely keen to help, big you sometimes do need to speak up and ask for what you want. We were a little disappointed with our guide as we were paired with others who had already done the dunes, the 'must do' trip! But we spoke up and it got sorted in the end. It's the best place to stay if you want to visit Sossusvlei.
"Wonderful stay in a stunning, remote location"
We have just returned home after a four night stay at Little Kulala which was simply superb. The lodge is beautifully decorated using natural wood and stone throughout and fits perfectly into its surroundings. The rooms are very comfortable and well designed with indoor and outdoor showers, am outdoor plunge pool (cold!) and a roof terrace complete with a double bed for sleeping under the stars which is an incredible experience - the starry night under the desert sky is a once in a lifetime experience. Although all the eleven rooms are identical, I would recommend rooms 9 or 10 which enjoy a more interesting view and are closer to the main lodge and swimming pool - an important factor when one is walking back in the sand in 40 degrees of heat after lunch! Our guide, Forster was excellent - he was knowledgeable, interesting and interested in making sure we had the experience that we wanted. For example, when we went to climb the stunning red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, we told him that we wanted to climb dunes away from other people and we did just that and had the most wonderful experience. We have now named this dune, the Forster dune and, for us, it beat climbing Big Daddy or Dune 45 where everyone else was headed. He was very patient with my husband and daughter's passion for photography and also knew great photography spots away from the beaten track. In fact, on the last evening, he raced us back to the dunes to catch the changing colours just before sunset. Other activities we loved included quad biking in the desert at sunset, an amazing balloon ride at dawn (organised at additional cost through Namib Sky but so worth it), dune climbing, visiting Sesriem Canyon, sundowners on top of a mountain and star gazing. All the staff were fantastic, from Manfred, the barman, who organised a last minute wine tasting in their beautiful cellar to Munya who was charming and ever present to Joel, the high fiving barman with a wonderful smile to Michael, the recently appointed veteran manager who kept us entertained with fascinating historical stories. The staff all seemed really happy and there was a great atmosphere between them all. The food was tasty and home made. Initially I thought that the limited choice would be an issue (food deliveries are made every Tiuesday from Windhoek, a six hour drive away) but everything was delicious and beautifully presented. On occasion, when our daughter and I, who are vegetarian, didn't like something, an alternative was proposed without any problem. My one recommendation to management, which was well received, was that there should be indoor activities such as lectures, cooking demonstrations, nature films etc offered in the afternoons as all the outdoor activities at this time of year take place early in the morning or early evening to avoid the midday heat so there is a long gap in the middle of the day. Wifi was poor which frankly was a bonus and allowed us to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors even more. All in all, a perfect stay in a stunning part of the world. We were there for four days and felt like we had been away for a month!
"Wonderful stay at a special place"
We stayed 2 nights at Little Kuala during our recent trip to Namibia and had a wonderful experience. To a person the staff was warm, caring and engaging. The interim manager, Michael, who is a Wilderness veteran, was knowledgable, attentive and extremely buttoned up. Our guide, Forster, was fantastic as was the rest of the staff. Always a friendly greeting. The staff seemed to genuinely love their jobs and it shows. We loved the aesthetics of the lodge. Comfortable, chic and warm. The rooms are extremely spacious, wonderfully appointed. Definitely try the roof bed. The plunge pool is a great amenity, but can get very sandy. But the sand (and occasional stand storm) is all part of the experience. Great bathrooms and the outdoor shower is a must. We did Big Daddy inSossusvlei, which is highly recommended. The lodge has its own entrance in to the park which is a big help. The drive in (which is beautiful) is about an hour. W also did the quad bikes which are a blast. The food was great and the kitchen was extremely accommodating for my vegan wife. All in all, Little Kulala is a special place in a unique part of the world. Would highly recommend as part of any trip to Namibia.
"Nice stay but not great"
After a great trip with Wilserness to Botswana, we chose them again for our trip to Namibia. 12 years ago we had a bad experience at Ongava but the Botswana trop renewed my faith in WS. We stayed 2 nights at Little Kulala , 2 nights at Desert Rhino, 3 nights at Hoanib. LK was by far my least favorite. Firstly positives: large rooms, very large comfortable bed, nice big bathroom and outdoor shower. Nice swimming pool in main area. Good food Well visited waterhole with oryx, jackals, ostriches. Lit at night over dinner. Great guide ( Petrus) Not so good No good manager, he was a nice man but rather awkward and did not manage the staff who were less than attentive. Very slap dash service at breakfast. No care or attention. Rooms look slightly dated Sky bed disappointing with small double beds and rickety stairs Plunge pool tiny and sandy Not enough activities. 1 or 2 night stay would be enough. We didn't do balloon safari. Was never offered to us. I don't like quad bikes so only activities are nature drive ( not game drives, not enough animals ) and walk the dune. This lodge is still 40 km from dunes. Don't expect a view of the big red dunes. We did enjoy our stay. It wasn't awful but I was happy to leave to a more exciting place. Also there is WIFI. I thought WS policy was no wifi but hey we aren't safe anywhere anymore. Do I advice a stay: yes if you want to see dunes and Sossusclei. They are both lovely and scenic flight on the way to Swakopmund was nice.
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