Little Kulala

Little Kulala
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Kulala Wilderness Reserve
Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
Namibia
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Reviewed by Kate Siber

The deserts of Namibia are some of the oldest on the planet, and at first glance, they may seem stark and unforgiving. But a closer inspection reveals a cornucopia of flora and fauna that are uniquely adapted to this harsh environment. One of the best places from which to experience this desert vitality is Little Kulala, a camp of 11 luxurious thatched suites situated in a dry riverbed amidst thickets of old camel thorn trees.

The entire camp features simple lines, natural materials

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Price Points
$651+
Room Types
Cottage
Recreation & Amenities
Gourmet Dining,Hiking,Photography,Sightseeing,Swimming Pool,Wildlife/Nature Programs
Eco-cred
Good
Gateway Town
Closest Airport

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 red dunes and clear starry skies.

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.

Little Kulala features an elegant entertainment area which includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. Dining under the clear Namibian skies is a highlight. The interiors have been designed to provide 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.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed around Little Kulala. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands.

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