Kulala Desert Lodge lies in the 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. The dunes are accessed via a private gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris.
The rustic, comfortable lodge comprises 23 thatched and canvas rooms, each built on a wooden platform, with a flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The main area includes living and dining areas, a pool, and a wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole. Striking are the antiquated tree trunks used as pillars at certain points – yet another element drawing you further into nature.
On guided nature walks, explore the wonders of an ancient desert – its geological formations and all its desert-adapted creatures. Gemsbok, springbok, Cape and bat-eared foxes, spotted and brown hyaenas, ostriches, aardwolf, black-backed jackals, a myriad of fascinating insects such as buck-spoor spiders and antlions, endemic dune larks, and barking geckos, whose iconic calls signal the end of day. Climb and scramble down the 300-metre red ochre dunes at Sossusvlei. Hike through Sesriem Canyon, where water carved through rock over millennia, or take a leisurely stroll near camp on the Tsauchab River Trail. Dash over the plains on an electric ‘fat bike’, a family favourite. Sip sundowners as the sun fires up the sky, then fades; sleep under the most impossibly starry sky on Earth. Take it all in from the air, ballooning over this otherworldly landscape.