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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.
"Second stay not as good as the first"
We initially stayed here about 12 years ago and had an amazing stay and have always talked about coming back. We finally were able to return with some friends and unfortunately our second stay was not as memorable as the first. We love the area and the dunes are just so amazing to see and the location of the lodge is excellent and we love the architecture of the lodge and the rooms are fabulous. We had an excellent guide - Action, who made our trip to the dunes and surrounding area very enjoyable. The part that let us down was the rest of the service. They did not seem to enjoy their jobs and were put off any time we asked for anything. The food was also hit or miss half the meals were excellent and the other half were not good. One dinner was almost inedible. 3 of us ordered a fish with an orange sauce but the sauce was so strong and was like an orange marmalade and none of us could even eat it. They also never mentioned that you could get a hot breakfast and the only way we found out is when we saw two pilots eating a hot made to order breakfast and they seemed a little irritated when we asked to have some thing made. The other wilderness safari lodges we stayed at all had menus on the table in the mornings with the list of things you could have made to order for breakfast. The last issue was not totally in their control but it was very hot and windy and the temperature was 110 degrees and sand was every where in the rooms and the air conditioning in our room did not seem to be working and we asked about it several times and their ice machine was broken so all the drinks were warm. When you are paying that much it is hard to have to be hot and then drink warm drinks. That said we love the area and if we return for a third time we would stay here again hoping they go back to how things were the first time we staid.
"What a Great way to start the Safari vacation "
This was our first stop on our safari through Namibia and what a way to start! To see the Namib sand dunes up close in all it's raw and stark beauty was unbelievable. We entered little kulala greeted by a lovely song and dance from the staff and a much needed cold towel and welcome drink. Our guide Jimmy Limbo was not just a great guide, informative and knowledgeable, but also a warm wonderful human being who quickly became a friend. Everything from our drive to the Amazing helicopter ride over the Namib sand sea to the quad bike picnic to the lovely dinner planned on a full moon night away from the camp surrounded by candles and millions of stars over us, to our tent/suite and the warm friendly staff to the amazing food, it was all a magical experience. Four days there and we didn't want to leave. Utterly Magical.
"Nice lodge, but rough on the edges..."
we stayed here for 4 nights at the end of a 12 night Namibia tour. It was the only place we had air conditioning on the trip, and even some intermittent wifi. The lodge is beautifully situated and feels very remote. There is a watering hole by the main lodge, and all day long there is a parade of oryx, ostrich, and impala. You can also seem them walking by your room, which is very cool. Our guide, Forster, was just mediocre, and probably the worst guide we had of the 4 wilderness properties. Even though he was "private", just for us, we still felt like his was very regimented in what activities he would offer, and at what times. Unlike the other lodges in Namibia, and especially in South Africa, the guides seem much more willing to cater to the mood of the day... and suggest activities or timing that the group prefers. Forster did not do this. The food was good, and was plated service for all meals. Service was mixed... Some of the waitstaff were really great, but some were very average. Unlike some small lodges where you would have 1 person generally help you are your stay, we had a random mix of 4 or 5 people, of varying skills. One odd experience was check in. In the 30 min of "welcome to the lodge", literally 12 people came over and introduced themselves to us. At one point, we had 5 people standing around. When they introduced themselves, they did not say their function... didn't know if they were a manager or a bartender. I think they could work on having 1 person help with the process... There was at least one manager (forgot his name) that was very very good that helped arrange dinner privately. The lodge lost power from its generator daily... could be for 10 min or 2 hours. Again, for the price of the lodge, I would expect a better generator service. Same for the WiFi... Constantly was going down. I pointed out some of the areas for improvement above, but it really was a nice stay. The red dunes are amazing, and we also did a balloon ride - highly recommended!!! 3 nights is probably enough at Kulala, but 4 nights was very relaxing. We were able to go running (by ourselves) in the desert, which was pretty special. All in all, I recommend this lodge.
Little Kulala is a luxury property with service to match. The bungalows are perfectly furnished with a lovely outdoor very private area. Food was good although the breakfast was lackluster...bread, cereal, and meat and cheese. Not what you would expect of such a luxury lodge. That said, lunch and dinner were delightful. We did two excursions, one to the dunes and one to a nearby canyon. Our guide was exceptional. The only disappointment was the broken AC in our bungalow whivh they were unable to fix. And although i enjoyed the pampering, i do not believe the price they charge is worth it.
"Excellent base for exploring the Namib Dunes"
Accommodation is in good-sized chalets, which are nicely furnished and have a good sense of privacy. Great rooftop terrace for stargazing or even sleeping under the stars if you fancy it (and the skies here are spectacular). A good place to get to see the dunes of the Namib. Food and service were good, as was our guide. A really nice communal lunch out near the dunes was a highlight. The only downside was the mozzies - there were hardly any in the desert, but there were a lot in our room! Nets etc. helped but we got bitten a lot - there must be some standing water nearby from the plumbing that isn't draining properly. Other than that the room was good.
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