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Over Little Kulala Lodge
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Airco, kluisje, binnen- en buitendouche, privé-dompelbad, veranda, extra bed op het dak.
Gelegen in het Kulala Wilderness Reserve, in de Namib Desert, in de omgeving van Sesriem.
- Verschillende excursies in de Sossusvlei, onder meer per auto of te voet
- Ballonvaart (seizoensgebonden)
- Begeleide wandelingen
- Quad Biken
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.
"What a stunning setting"
The first stop on our Namibia driving safari, and it lived up to our expectations. With a little work on the food, this lodge would be perfect. Accomodation: Small villas with comfortable bed, bathroom with a nice outdor shower, and a private plunge pool (this is very cold). Apparently the villas on the other side of the lodge have warmer pools. The freezing pool was a shame, as we would have loved to have a swim, and one of the reasons we chose this lodge. There are beds on the roof of the villas, they make these up on request. We slept there 2 nights and the night sky was amazing. We would have slept there 3 nights, but didn't realise we needed to ask to get the upstairs bed made up on arrival. The accommodation was excellent, there was also airconditioning that was not cold, but adequate. Food: Breakfast: we had the omelette which was was really good, unfortunately, the bacon and eggs were undercooked, and not nice, the sausage was raw so we didn't eat that either. Lunches: the salads were varied and fresh, served with chicken strips etc. which were good. A nice light lunch. Homemade breads were also really good and among the best we had on safari. Dinner: The meats were really good, tasty and well cooked. Unfortunately, the meals came with polenta or rice which didn't go at all with the rest of the meal. The carbs were flavourless and quite disappointing. Leave them off would be better please. The food at Little Kulala was the worst we had on our driving safari. People: The managers were very helpful, and the bar staff attentive and fun. Our guide was Ok, nothing special. Activities: Our visit to Big Daddy and the dunes, and climbing them was amazing. If you are not into climbing with crowds, ask the guide to choose another dune and climb that. Also, ask for an earlier start, to see the sunrise on the dunes. We felt it was a little late by the time we got there. The canyon trip in the afternoon was good, but really hot and a lot of walking. It would be better to do this in the early morning to miss the heat. It was really hard going, so not for the unfit or faint hearted. Quad bike rides from the lodge were great, nice to have a different perspective seeing the animals and scenery from lower than in a high safari vehicle. You really feel small out there, surrounded by the magnificence of the area. There are no predators here, you will see lots of oryx, zebras and smaller animals. the fact they survive in this harsh environment is quite incredible. This destination is all about the stunning and amazing scenery. Setting: stunning area in the desert, night stars amazing. Would we go back? Absolutely!
Cannot say much more than this was the unexpected highlight of our trip to Namibia. They have really thought of everything (more than what anybody would expect). The staff and guides are a treat. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Even at the above average prices it will be part of my annual visit to Namibia. Worth every cent! It is possible to sit on the porch and stare into "nothing" for hours. Lovely vistas.
"Beautiful lodge in beautiful landscape"
We stayed here in mid-April 2017 (2 pax) for three nights for around R24 000 all inclusive (everything, that is, all drinks, food, and activities, even laundry!). I am a difficult customer, I admit, but I was impressed and delighted. The roads between Windhoek and Little Kulala (be sure to take the route including the now-paved breathtaking Spreetshoogte Pass), and Little Kulala and Walvis Bay, are both well worth the 4-5 hour drive and reveal delightful landscapes and mountain passes. Upon arrival we were royally welcomed with drinks and refresher towels, and warmly introduced to the staff, and led away to a delicious lunch. We asked for a room close to the main building and were indeed allocated one (number 1). The others are quite far along a sandy path which can be quite difficult to walk on. The main building is charming - in cool and relaxing, bleached white and duck-egg hues, with fantastic westward views onto the dunes far away, contrasting pleasantly with the warm orange, apricot, red and pink colours of the desert landscape. I could not have done this better myself! There is a good sized (although not enormous) swimming pool which only I seemed to use - it was not that hot, but delicious nevertheless. The room was spacious and uncluttered, also in pastel and bleached white hues; a huge king-size bed in the centre; good lighting, mostly glass walls onto the surrounding, ever-changing lunar-like landscape, sealed off as best as can be from the heat and dust outside, and totally private; the bathroom was enormous and spotless, with a lovely indoor granite-lined, and a rougher outdoor, shower. Effective aircon; all fittings and fixtures are solid and well maintained. There was a lovely, private outside sitting area and even a private plunge pool - I preferred the main lodge pool, however. A steep staircase leads to the roof of the room which has a bed on which to lie and star-gaze (specially made up on request every evening), and even sleep in crisp, cool desert air if you like. Spectacular in every respect! I was initially concerned about the sand getting in everywhere during the hot afternoons, but soon got used to this (it does seep in somewhat but not too much of a nuisance), and it was no problem. There was actually a sandstorm on our first afternoon (and a rain storm on our second) both of which were amazing to watch. The food was excellent at each of breakfast, lunch and dinner (all included); healthy, wholesome and sufficient; no complaints at all. It was very varied: oryx, beef, fish, fresh salads, good veggies, fruit, cheeses, teas and snacks. As much wine and spirits as you like, whether from the main bar or in the minibar in your room. Our guide (allocated to us alone, and in our own special desert going vehicle) was pleasant and informative but not garrulous. He drove us around the conservancy, to the dunes (climbed Big Daddy etc), took us on quad-bikes and generally kept us abreast of things. A little on the quite side, but we appreciated it anyway. As we earn and pay in rands (as opposed to euros, $ or pounds) we declined the balloon ride at R6000 per person offered by an independent entity from the lodge; with respect, a completely absurd price, even if it includes a "champagne breakfast" as advertised, and aimed obviously and unashamedly at the foreign market. That said, I must add that fellow guests were raving about it. Everything about Little Kulala was delightful - three nights will do it justice and you will come away refreshed and inspired. This was, to my mind, far better value and more interesting than Camp Kipwe in Damaraland, which I have reviewed independently on TA, and even R2000 cheaper. Good value, beautifully and practically designed rooms; an excellent pool, great food and excellent service all round. Many thanks to all.
"Heavenly desert retreat !"
Being in this pristine, sensitive desert was a priviledge. Having the comforts and luxury of Little Kulala, made it even more special. The lodge is intimate and we loved the privacy we enjoyed, as the lodge is hidden far from any other lodges. There is a very relaxed homely atmosphere and the staff were excellent, charming and never obtrusive. Food was outstanding and varied, thanks Chef !! Manfred and Joel are excellent waiters and kept MCC cold for us every day to celebrate and enjoy. Our room was extremely comfy, with the tiny pool wonderful to cool off in the midday. Petrus, our guide was outstanding, trying to please our every need (especially for photography), showing us all he could and teaching us so much about the area, yet about the country and it's people as well. CLIMATE and WEATHER: you have to understand that this is the desert and that the weather can change many times in one day. Be prepared and it will not bother you. Rather see it is an extreme experience. We had severe heat, cold, dust storms, thunder storms and even mist !!! No way the desert sand and dust will not creep into everything, your room, clothes even your bags !!! Due to the extreme weather we were unable to do a balloon safari, but that gives us even more reason to return. Next time we shall do the Quad bike excursion as well, as we missed that too AND we shall sleep out on our star bed as the windy conditions stole our opportunity ! We do have one concern though, and maybe Wilderness Safari's ecology division can assist. We visited Dead Vlei the third time since 2000, and were overwhelmed by the increase of tourists and vehicles into this pristine and sensitive area. Previously tourists visited Sossusvlei and it's dune, but lately everybody heads for Bid Daddy dune and Dead Vlei, causing devastating destruction. The sediment clay floor at the entrance side of the vlei is crumbling away under trampling feet. People ignore the rules and climb onto the ancient dead trees. Some of their branches already lie scattered around. Sand is running onto the side of the vlei as people run down the dune slope onto the floor. In America for example at Yellow Stone Park, boardwalks have been erected to keep tourists from damaging the area and tourist numbers and times are regulated. I do hope that something can be done soon, or the only Dead Vlei on earth, will not be preserved for future generations, an immense loss. To manager Freddy Lawrence who hosted us again (last year at Desert Rhino), thank you for your kindness and may God bless you and your family ! We highly recommend Little Kulala and cannot wait to return.
As seasoned travellers we can say that this lodge is totally top ! We think there was more staff than guests, nothing was too much. All private villa's with plunge pool, inside and outside bed and shower, airco, fridge, coffeemaker, large deck totally esuipped etc... Great food and great wine (they have wine cellar) and nothing was too much for the great staff. Ou tour guide Mamsy was fantastic ! We felt very privilegd to be there and sorry to have to leave. Great job for Wilderness safari's too !
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