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Namibia Safari

Little Kulala

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Red dune at Sossusvlei, Namibia
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Situated south of the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei on the 21,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Little Kulala lies in the heart of the Namib. The camp is built on the western side of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve and offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei as well as magnificent mountainous scenery and vast open plains. Little Kulala is located on the dry Auab River bed and has some of the design features of the established Kulala Desert Lodge, but is a smaller, more intimate camp. Little Kulala Camp is owned and operated by Wilderness Safaris.

Accommodation            For images of Little Kulala, click Little Kulala Images
The 11 climate-controlled, thatched villas merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, innovative bleached decks each with a private plunge pool. Each villa has a rooftop 'skybed' for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Chalet details:
Eleven chalets in total comprising:
• 7 x twin bedded “kulalas” (there are 4 extra beds available for children/triples)
• 3 x double bedded “kulalas”
• 1 x family room - accommodates four guests
• 6 x tour leader/guides can be accommodated sharing in rondavels (not the same standard as a guest unit)
30 guests in total can be accommodated plus tour leaders.

• Each “kulala” is especially adapted to the unique desert conditions, built on a platform to ensure maximum airflow, thatch roof provide a cool respite from the sun.
• Air conditioners ensure a comfortable temperature.
• Each room has an en-suite bathroom with inside and outside showers.
• Each room has a private veranda and Plunge pool.
• A private rooftop area on top of the bathroom gives guests the opportunity of spending a night under the magnificent night sky for which bedrolls are available.
• Safe in each chalet.

Camp Details:
• The main lodge comprises of the reception, lounge, bar, dining room, library, wine cellar, curio shop and veranda.
• Thatch roofed.
• There is also a central a swimming pool with shaded area if guests want to relax.

An elegant entertainment area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas; al fresco fine dining is a highlight. The interiors were designed to ensure guests an all-natural and unique experience in this most beautiful environment. The extensive use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. Pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes all make for a very organic camp which takes its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei in the middle of Sossusvlei. The overall mood and feel is cool, serene, organic and sheltering.

Daily laundry service is included in the nightly tariff.

Early morning guided game drives to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei are through a private gate into the reserve. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, which itself is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 400km south of Walvis Bay and is sandwiched between the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100km inland. Its huge red dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous.

Guided drives and walks are also offered on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife and plants. A balloon safari at extra cost offers a unique experience soaring silently above the desert before landing for a champagne breakfast.

• Nature drives into the desert in four 4x4 vehicles.
• Walking Trails, including the Black Mountain Trail.
• Visit to Sossusvlei and Sesriem.
• Balloon safaris (additional cost. Closed 15 January to 15 February).
• The Scenic sundowner tour is one of the best scenic safaris in the Namib. This exclusive tour is ended with sundowners.
• Private vehicles can be booked at an additional cost, subject to availability.

Sossusvlei itself means 'the gathering place of water' in the local Nama language, and, odd as it may seem, in good years seasonal rains in the foothills of the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains succeed in reaching the vleis, creating temporary lakes that mirror the sand dunes surrounding them. The vleis have evocative names such as Hidden Vlei and Dead Vlei, while the dunes rise up to 300 metres above the valley floor with razor-sharp edges that stand out against the blue sky. The seemingly uniform red-gold sands that stretch wave-like to the horizon have led to another name: the Sand Sea.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as springbok and gemsbok (oryx) are the larger animals that live here. Smaller mammals such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and the elusive aardwolf can be seen on night drives. Kulala is also home to a variety of birds like the aptly named Dune Lark, whose entire population is completely restricted to these red sands. Other good birds in the area include Gray's Lark, Sociable Weaver and Pririt Batis. At night the screeching calls of Barn Owl could be heard around camp.

Despite the lack of vegetation and low rainfall, a surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents make their home here - surviving thanks in part to the coastal fog that creeps up off the sea each dawn and penetrates up to 50km inland. The dunes nearest the coast are most mobile and no vegetation grows on them. Rainfall at the coast can average dramatically less than 50mm a year, and even further inland it measures only a paltry 50-100mm annually.

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