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Little Kulala

Sossusvlei & Sesriem, Namibia

Situated south of the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei lies the private 21,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the closest reserve to Sossusvlei itself.

Little Kulala is in a prime location on the western side of the reserve. It offers magnificent dune scenery to the west, rugged Namib mountainous escarpment to the north and east, with grassy plains and "fairy circles" filling the space in between. It is located on the dry Auab River bed with dead acacia trees standing as relics to their kind as the backdrop.

The camp comprises 11 thatched and glass-sided chalets or 'kulalas' (local Oshiwambo meaning 'to sleep') on elevated decks. Each air-conditioned unit has its own private bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, minibar and veranda, with plunge pool, sun-loungers and shaded outdoor seating. An external staircase leading to the flat rooftop provides the ideal setting to spend the evening stargazing in your own private confines, or you can even arrange to bed down for the night up there. The main area has a stylish lounge, dining room, library, bar, curio shop and swimming pool all under thatch.

Activities are varied and numerous and include early morning guided game drives to the dunes, nature drives and walks on the private reserve, day trips into the Namib-Naukluft mountains and early morning ballooning flights.

OUR RATING: Opulent

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Tour ideas in Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Little Kulala as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Sossusvlei Dune Excursion
      Climbing the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

      Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

      Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

      Enjoy the amazing scenery of Sossusvlei, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

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    • Sunset Horse Riding
      Sunset ride from Desert Homestead

      Sunset Horse Riding

      Sunset Horse Riding

      Riders wind their way across the grassy plains and through ancient water courses and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a friendly barman with a selection of cocktails awaits them.

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