Desert Homestead Outpost
At a Glance
Enjoy incredible vistas from your private deck as the sunsets over the desert
Relax beside the pool after a day exploring the giant dunes at Sossusvlei
Enjoy some star gazing from the comfort of your own roof deck
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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.
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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.
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 thirteen rooms, 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 13 cottages including one Family Room and a Honeymoon Suite dotted along the hillside, each spacious and designed to keep cool during the hot days. They are spacious, measuring 25 m², each with an en-suite 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 comprises 11 tented rooms, including one family unit, each with shaded deck areas, rooftop sleeping platforms and en-suite bathrooms with an outside shower. A further honeymoon suite is located furthest away from the main area to offer both privacy and a sense of seclusion in a stunning desert landscape. With a private plunge pool and panoramic views, this suite is perfect for those wishing to be undisturbed and to get away from it all.
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. Looking out onto the watering hole, guests will also have the opportunity to view any animals that may visit for a drink on a hot day. Delicious meals are taken on the deck ensuring guests will enjoy spectacular views during evening meals with the inside bar and lounge available for cooler evenings. A sparkling swimming pool also offers plenty of space for those wishing to relax and cool off on a hot afternoon.
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. Horse safaris are also available on request.
Meg Shepro (Staff)
Desert Homestead Outpost has fantastic views and well-appointed rooms making for an excellent home away from home in Sossusvlei. My stay in this intimate lodge was serene with its generous hospitality and delicious food.
Horse riding at Desert Homestead
Desert Homestead has a super stable of horses, and offers morning and afternoon rides in the reserve; these are tailored to all abilities, and you can often find yourself riding alongside a herd of gemsbok or springbok.
Hot Air Ballooning - Sossusvlei
Enjoy the rocky landscape and sand dunes of Sossusvlei from above, soar over the Namib Desert as the landscape changes colour as the sun rises. What better way to view them than from above, drifting gently in a hot air balloon?
Red Dunes and Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei
On the edge of the Namib-Naukluft are the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, a dune sea slowly marching towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etendeka Concession Area, Etosha, Okonjima
from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Hike across the stunning Namib desert landscapes from one camp to another.
- Explore the rolling red sand dunes of Sossusvlei for picture perfect moments.
- Kayak alongside seals and marine birdlife at Pelican Point.
Namibia for Teenagers
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima
from £6400 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights
- An adventure fit for even the most active of teenagers, with sand dune climbing, quad biking, dune boarding, horse riding, white water rafting, rhino tracking and more
- Sleep in a room shaped like a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast
- Kayak alongside a seal colony in Swakopmund
South Africa and Namibia for Teenagers
Madikwe, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Cape Town
from £6200 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Enjoy a big five safari in the non malarial Madikwe Game Reserve
- Climb the 'Big Daddy' sand dune in Sossusvlei and enjoy the incredible stark views of Deadvlei below
- Explore Cape Town's hidden beaches either by kayak or on a stand up paddle board and discover the lesser visited penguin colonies
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.
How to get there
Kulala Wilderness Camp is approximately a 1-hour flight from Windhoek. The airstrip is located a 10-minute drive from the camp. For self drives it is approximately a 5-hour trip from Windhoek (340 km).
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