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Kulala Desert Lodge is situated near Sossusvlei on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, in the heart of Namibia's Namib Desert. Kulala Desert Lodge offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei as well as magnificent mountainous scenery and vast open plains.

Kulala Desert Lodge's nineteen thatched and canvas chalets or 'Kulalas' (Kulala in the Namibian language 'oshiwambo' means 'to sleep') with en-suite bathrooms and showers are set on wooden platforms to provide maximum airflow. An option for outdoor enthusiasts is that bedrolls can be moved to the rooftop to sleep under the stars.

With décor inspired by northern Africa, Kulala Desert Lodge has a lounge, pub, dining area and plunge pool, and offers a wrap-around veranda that overlooks the waterhole and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.

Early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes are through a private gate on the Tsauchab River. Nature drives and walks are also offered on Kulala Desert Lodge's private reserve with incredible views, desert animals and smaller desert fauna and flora.

Another option for guests staying at Kulala Desert Lodge is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The 60-90 minute balloon safari (at an extra cost) offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.

As Kulala Desert Lodge is situated on the edge of the oldest desert in the world, the area is not rich in game, however, whatever game we see is interesting and dramatised by the contrast between the desert and animals like Springbok, Gemsbok (Oryx) and Ostrich who manage to survive in these harsh conditions.

Night drives using spotlights often encounter small mammals such as Aardwolf, Bat Eared Fox, Hares and sometimes Spotted Hyenas.

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