Kulala Desert Lodge


Discover the desert

Surrounded by a private 27,000-hectare reserve, and with its own entrance to Namib-Naukluft National Park and the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge is perfectly placed to explore this corner of Namibia’s wilderness.

The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas tents, each built on a wooden platform, with a flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The main area includes a pool and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole.

Take in the sweeping scenery on nature drives and walks, while electric “fat bikes” are a fun way to explore the spectacular open plains, while the earliest possible access to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei means you can climb the dunes before the crowds in the early morning cool.


At a glance

  • 23 tents with sleep-out platforms

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Waterhole

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    Explore Sossusvlei

    World-famous Sossusvlei is both the name for the area in general as well as an enormous clay pan, flanked by the enormous sand dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some of these dunes the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape, where once water flowed. This is known as Dead Vlei.

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    Scenic drives

    The 27,000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife.

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    Guided nature walks

    Walking trails focus on becoming immersed in this remote area, as well as its scenic beauty and the fascinating, and surprisingly, diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents which make this dry and harsh region their home.


When Wilderness Safaris began operating here, an ambitious programme was undertaken to remove internal fences and livestock. As the ecosystem regained its health, wildlife began to come back of its own accord. Then, the fence that divided the Kulala Wilderness Reserve (KWR) and the Namib Rand Nature Reserve was dropped, and while those between KWR and the adjacent Namib-Naukluft National Park remain, they are not an impediment to the movement of wildlife.


This camp is powered by a hybrid system, combining solar energy and a diesel-powered generator. Thanks to the solar energy, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24. In addition, each guest tent has its own solar geyser that provides hot water. Every effort to conserve water has been made by using water efficient devices in the camp for both guests and staff. Reducing need extends to power, as energy-efficient lights and appliances have been used. In order to reduce the use of bottled water, reverse osmosis filtration is done on site to provide guests with high quality drinking water.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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