Private Kulala Reserve
A welcome oasis situated along the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala celebrates the splendour and solitude of the Namib Desert. Excursions to Sossusvlei (via a gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles), nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, explore this fascinating landscape. A balloon safari offers an awe-inspiring experience soaring above the desert.
Inspired by Dead Vlei, the design of the 11 climate-controlled, thatched units, each with a private plunge pool, merges seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. Each unit has a Star Bed on the deck for romantic star gazing.
Once farmland used for subsistence goat farming, the region had very little indigenous wildlife. In 1996 Wilderness Safaris stepped in to rehabilitate the area and today the land and its wildlife have returned to their former glory.
WILDLIFE: Desert-adapted wildlife to be seen on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyaena and the occasional brown hyaena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area. A surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents make their home around Little Kulala. At dusk the call of barking geckoes can be heard, and walks reveal the smaller creatures - the buck-spoor spider with its multi-entrance burrow or the ambush specialist antlion, to name but a few.
• Day and night nature drives in 4 x 6-seater closed Land Cruisers and 2 x 8-seater Land Cruisers with pop-up roof. During winter months hot water bottles (on early morning game drives only), blankets and lined ponchos are provided.
• Private Activities on offer (subject to vehicle availability which needs to be booked and paid for) may be requested in advance. Booking of a private vehicle is not possible from another camp/lodge due to the distances involved between the camps/lodges.
• Excursions to Sossusvlei and Sesriem [(only Wilderness Safaris have the advantage of entry into the park through this exclusive gate entrance (Kulala) - no self-drive vehicles or freelance guides driving non Wilderness vehicles are permitted to use this private gate (Kulala) and will be rerouted by Park Officials to the access point as used by the general public (Sesriem)].
• Scenic sundowner excursion.
• Guided nature trail from camp [(weather permitting and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide) e.g. The Black Mountain Trail - Easy to Moderate fitness level and approximately 1.0 to 3.0 hours in walking duration)].
• Riverbed trails revealing Little Kulala’s “living desert”.
• Self-guided walking trails.
• Guided scorpion walks (weather permitting).
• Stargazing with a laser pointer (weather permitting and according to the lunar phases (not offered around full moon).
• Guided quad bike excursions [subject to availability (12 x quad bikes) and to be booked directly in camp only - for Little Kulala guests only].
• Sunrise breakfasts or brunches at outdoor locations, as well as gin stops.
• In-tent massage treatments (at an additional cost).
• Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Photo Hub experience.
Optional activities at additional cost
• Hot air ballooning [(weather permitting and may be booked direct at the lodge or in advance and pre-paid through your Journey Specialist (should a flight cancel due to adverse weather conditions, no charge is incurred), not available 15 January to 15 February (inclusive), 25 December and 01 January].
Their design inspired by Dead Vlei, the climate-controlled, thatched tents, each with a private plunge pool, merge seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. Each tent has a rooftop area for stargazing, with a signature sleep-out experience on the bottom deck.
Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 24 guests in total
Private Airstrip/Self Drive
Max. clients in vehicle
Day and night nature drives, Excursions to Sossusvlei and Sesriem, Scenic sundowner excursion, Guided nature trail from camp, Stargazing with a laser pointer