Desert Homestead Outpost
A small, luxury lodge located in the rugged hills to the back of Sossusvlei, Desert Homestead Outpost is a great base for exploring this spectacular corner of southern Namibia. Enjoy guided trips into the dunes, hot air balloon flights and hiking trails.
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Desert Homestead Outpost, formerly Kuala Wilderness Camp, sits on a hill to the back of Sossusvlei, offering dramatic views of this rugged desert landscape and the ideal base for exploring the region. With just twelve rooms, all recently refurbished, it is a comfortable and great value for money option in the area, offering the perfect balance of great activities and friendly Namibian hospitality.
The lodge’s sister property, Desert Homestead, has stables offering horse-rides to guests staying at the Outpost, a great way to enjoy the dramatic dune and mountain scenery after a day in the car. There are also numerous hiking and jogging trails to enjoy from the lodge, where you won’t see another soul. Guided trips into the dunes are recommended, offering insight into the formation of the dune sea as well as the unique flora and fauna that can be found in the desert.
The rooms are made up of 11 cottages and one family cottage, each dotted along the hillside, each spacious and designed to keep cool during the hot days. They are spacious, measuring 25 m², each with an ensuite bathroom with outside shower, and private shaded deck areas as well as a rooftop sleepout if you feel like a little stargazing.
The main lodge has a swimming pool with sun deck and shaded areas, a viewing deck which is the perfect spot for a sundowner drink after a day exploring the dunes, and a restaurant serving home-cooked dishes. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly, rather than luxurious and formal, so don’t expect five star service or cuisine, rather an authentic, Namibian lodge and a great base for the Sossusvlei area.
Accommodation at Desert Homestead Outpost consists of 10 comfortable cottages and one family unit, each with shaded deck areas, rooftop sleeping platforms and ensuite bathrooms with outside shower.
Children are most welcome but there are no facilities except babysitting. The camp does have a family room.
The main area is raised to take advantage of the endless vista and comprises a lounge and bar under thatch. Meals are taken on the deck and guests can cool off at the sparkling pool.
Activities at Desert Homestead Outpost are focused on exploring the nearby world-famous Sossusvlei - an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The balloon safari 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. Also available are horse safaris on request.
Location & Directions
Kulala Wilderness Camp, situated in the heart of the Namib Desert on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, lies at the base of a mountain perfectly catching the majestic Namibian sunsets. Close by is the Sossusvlei with its ever-changing red sand dunes.
When to go
If you're visiting Sossusvlei, the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May and September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.