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 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.
Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided drives to the
spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei, 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 dunes and flat valley
floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world
Guided drives and walks are also offered on the private Kulala
Wilderness Reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife
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. Finally, camel rides are offered at extra cost, where guests
can enjoy a leisurely walk on 'ships of the desert' through the
Reserve and learn about their adaptation to desert environments.
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