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“If you aren't quite ready for tenting, Little Kulala is for you”

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Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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“If you aren't quite ready for tenting, Little Kulala is for you”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

There’s something magic about becoming part of a world-famous scene.
And here in the Namib Desert that scene is a beautifully curved red sand dune, with the sharply defined ridge where sunlight meets shadow.
Now imagine climbing up along the knife-edge of that ridge – whether it’s the popular Dune 45 (so-called because of its 45-degree angle), Big Mama, or the ultimate challenge of Big Daddy where you climb up the steepest part on your hands and knees.
“But what happens if we fall off one side or the other?” Our guide from Little Kulala, Stewart, replied: “You can’t fall down the dune, you would simply sink into the sand as you slowly slide down.”
So we started to climb, placing one foot ahead of the other with a steady rhythm, “with an attitude that you don’t really care whether you reach the top or not,” said Stewart.
And we kept going, with our feet feeling heavier and heavier – not because we were exhausted but because our shoes were filling up with the fine red sand.
After labouring up the ridge for an hour and then sliding down the side of the dune in about 10 minutes, we decided to give Big Daddy a miss.
Back at Little Kulala Camp, where plunge pools provide a cool respite in the summer, the enclosed guest lodges and unlimited hot water offer the winter visitor a respite from the overnight temperatures which often sink close to zero Centigrade.
Yet its glass walls allow clear views of the surrounding desert, with impalas, ostriches and springbok, and an outside upstairs deck for star-gazing.
Indeed, we dined under those stars around a campfire while the kitchen and serving staff entertained us by singing and dancing.
Service was equally special. For example, when I chipped my tooth, arrangements were made for our flight out the next day to leave first thing in the morning instead of after lunch, as scheduled, so I'd be able to see a dentist in Windhoek.
With its fireplaces inside the main lodge and gas heating for winter visitors (the peak season because it gets so hot in summer), Little Kulala could be ideal for people who aren’t quite ready to give up all the creature comforts to see the creatures in Africa. It provides an easier experience for safari beginners – ready to climb sand dunes and explore the desert but perhaps not yet prepared for tenting.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Unfortunately we booked three. this is a beautiful Premier Wilderness Camp, with wonderful accommodation and an exceptional site. However, after a trip to have a sundowner looking at the desert from a mountain, a trip to visit and climb the dunes at Sossusslevi, and and an afternoon trip to see the subterranean river canyon, we had done everything. This is a desert and aside from the Ostriches, and Oryx, there is not much else. Our guide suggested a drive to see a vineyard and have lunch for the third day, but the thought of driving on the rugged terrain for 1 1/2 hours to see some grapevines, and have a glass of wine was not appealing in the least. The other members of our group left after two nights, and we should have done the same.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kent, England
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

As this is a Wilderness Premier camp, we were expecting great things and we weren’t disappointed.
The rooms contain all mod cons, including things that I wasn’t expecting such as a kettle, a hairdryer and air-con, plus a really comfortable bed. The large bathroom came with two indoor showers plus one outdoors. The ceiling to floor glass also ensures that you get a fantastic view of the dunes in the distance, and can watch animals wandering past your room whilst still in bed.
The additional outdoor seating area was also a lovely spot to relax although it was so hot when we were there, we found that the hot wind made it somewhat airless. The rooms also have a plunge pool but Wilderness may need to rethink the design of these as ours was effectively a mud bath as so much sand had blown into it – rendering it unusable.
In terms of food, it was of a really high quality – all meals from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner were exceptional, definitely the best we had in any future camps and there is a real attention to detail here, such as the iced tea was actually iced.
Staff are also very good, they manage to be sociable and warm, whilst maintaining their professionalism and this is something that a lot of other camps struggled with.
Whilst we were here, we did the trips to the dunes, Sousslevlei and Sesriem canyon and we enjoyed them all very much, although be warned that at this time of year the trips to the dunes leave very early as it is too hot to do anything by 11.00.
A terrific camp.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We spent two nights at Little Kulala in September and found it to be a wonderful camp in every regard. The management was on top of everything and always around. Service overall was excellent. Of course the camp itself is luxurious and food excellent as well. We had a beautiful dinner one evening in the wine cellar which we particularly appreciated and a wine tasting the second night. As the dunes at Sossusulei are so well known with pictures all have seen showing a red color, we were a bit disappointed they did not appear red when we visited Big Daddy early in the morning. We did at least beat the crowd and heat by going out very early. In spite of the scenery perhaps not meeting our very high expectations, we did enjoy the experience and feel Sossusulei is a must stop for anyone visiting Namibia. LIttle Kulala can't be beat, but is perhaps too expensive for many.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Monty1424, thank you so much for the lovely review you posted about Little Kulala. We are, of course delighted that you experienced such wonderful service at the camp and will be sure to congratulate everyone there.
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Texas
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Stayed here two nights in August. Beautiful room and setting with your own patio and plunge pool
If you wish you can sleep on the rooftop although it was chilly at night when we were there.
The staff is outstanding in service. Food was excellent. Enjoyed the 4 wheelers !
Guide was very good. Nothing but nice things to say.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

This 5-star accommodation is pure luxury. In the middle of the desert, it gives you a wonderful view to the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
The chalets are with much space n between them so that you feel like being alone here, you do not hear a sound except the silence of the desert.
The large private terrace and large panoramic windows allow you to see the kudus and ostriches passing from the big XXL-king size bed. The chalets are spacious and tasteful, the aircon works perfectly and so does the fridge / minibar which is refilled every day. Even bath, shower and toilets are so spacious and built in African style. What was really funny was the second shower outside. From there, one could see the animals while taking a shower. On the roof top, they arranged for outside beds, so that we could do wonderful star-gazing. Room service is a couple of times a day and generally, staff anticipates our every wish. Overall, staff could not be more friendly and courteous as they are. Anyways, the real luxury here is the fact the low number of chalets that only allows a low number of guests and therefore the service is more than excellent. They give you the feeling that you are the only and most important guest in the whole facility.

Food is excellent and is served on a terrace with wonderful view to the desert and the water hole.
Apart from breakfast, supper und dinner in the afternoon a light always very delicious snack is served.
The guides are very well educated and trained and have a very good knowledge of the nature. Thus each little trip in the morning or in the afternoon was delighting.
One of the things that I keep in mind as one of the nicest memories of Namibia at all is the bush dinner.
Overall, this place is paradise pure and I am glad that I could be there.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Wow thank you everyone at Little Kulala for a trully special stay. Little Kulala is a gem in the middle of the desert. A must stay when in Namibia and the only place to stay in the Sossussvlei area. This is a little oasis - superb staff, superb food, superb acccomodation. From the moment you arrive, everyone tries to make your stay here a trully memorable one. From the rooms that all have their own private plunge pool, to the view which every room looks out onto, to the excellent food you get at breakfast, lunch and dinner.This is certainly not the place to come if you are watching your weight .The magnificent candle lit braai/ barbeque al fresco dinner on the dry riverbed that the staff went to great pains to organise and surprise their guests with was trully a unique experience. A big thank you to Willem our guide who was tireless in his effort to take us everywhere and to make every day a special one for us.He was very knowledgeable and gave us much info about the area, he took us to the most perfect spots for sundowdoners and perfect sunsets THANK YOU Willem for having given us SUCH special memories of this wonderful magnificent place. To trully appreciate all the surrounding sights, one should stay here at least 3 nights as there is much to see and do - do it all, the dunes, the nature trail, the canyon and especially the hot air balloon flight. FANTASTIC!!!.Thank you all at Little Kulala for such special memories.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala
Address: Sossusvlei - Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park > Sossusvlei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Sossusvlei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The closest luxury camp to the remarkable Sossusvlei dunes, Little Kulala's exquisite fittings, pastel tones and use of natural light merge into the timeless desert landscape. Aside from excursions to the dunes, the unadorned beauty of the Namib is explored via game drives and walks on Kulala Wilderness Reserve, providing sightings of desertadapted wildlife and plants, from ungainly ostrich to charismatic bat-eared fox. Scenic sundowners take in awe-inspiring views that stretch endlessly to a distant horizon, while a "star-bed" offers slumber under some of Africa's clearest skies. • 11 rooms (1 family) • nature drives and walks • Sossusvlei excursion (via private gate) • Sesriem visit • sleep out deck • quad biking • massage treatments • hot air balloon ... more   less 
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Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala Namibia/Sossusvlei

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