Our Guide to Namibia
Set amongst ancient camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed, Little Kulala offers just eleven climate controlled thatched villas, charming hospitality and very close proximity to Sossusvlei and the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
At a Glance
Little Kulala has been built to reflect Dead Vlei in design and is a stunning contrast against the red sand
Each cottage has a star bed on the roof - waking up to the dawn at Sossusvlei is one of life's must do
Hot air ballooning over the dunes is spectacular
Private plunge pools in each cottage
Great food as well as an extraordinary wine cellar dug out beneath the lodge
A water hole in front of the main building gives the opportunity to see oryx, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, ostrich and jackals
Have your star bed made up on the roof of your cottage so you fall asleep under the incredible stars and wake up looking at the dunes at sunrise – the perfect way to start your day.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Take an early drive into Sossusvlei to see the amazing, color-changing dunes at dawn.Anna Hearn
Try and spot the Dune Lark, its entire global distribution limited to the area.Louisa Ross-Taylor
The design of the camp reflects the whiteness and dead trees of Dead VleiLouisa Ross-Taylor
Have a relaxing massage in your room after a busy morning climbing the dunesLouisa Ross-Taylor
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve - the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies.
Little Kulala comprises just eleven thatch and canvas chalets, or ‘kulalas’, each built on a wooden platform to provide maximum airflow. With a private veranda, mattresses can be placed on a star gazing platform on top of each room so that guests can sleep under the stars and enjoy the gentle desert breezes. Each immaculate and beautifully decorated chalet has en-suite facilities. The main lodge has an airy lounge, bar, dining room and swimming pool, with a spectacular view of the dunes. The veranda overlooks a waterhole.
Activities are varied and include early morning game drives to the spectacular dunes, nature drives, with incredible views, to see desert game and smaller desert fauna and flora. Walks and day trips into the Namib-Naulkuft Mountains are available. Alternatively, enjoy an early morning balloon flight and be suspended in stillness, watching the night mist clearing on the magnificent sand dunes and desert plains below.
Accommodation at Little Kulala consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (the word means 'to sleep') which merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and innovative bleached decks - each with a private plunge pool. Each kulala has a rooftop 'skybed' for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. One of the rooms is a family room.
There are no specific childcare facilities available at Little Kuala and as a result the camp does have a minimum age of 8 years. One of the rooms is a family room which is ideal for those of you traveling as a family.
Little Kulala features an elegant entertainment area which includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. There is also a swimming pool to enjoy between safaris.
Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided drives to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei, through a private gate into the reserve. Guided drives and walks are also offered on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife and plants.
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. Horse safaris can also be arranged on request.
Location & Directions
Little Kulala is a fair way off the beaten track in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, close to the NamibRand region of southern Namibia. Set amongst ancient camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed.
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.