Little Kulala




stamp3Why photographers love Little Kulala

  • Little Kulala is in a private conservation area that abuts the Naukluft Mountains
  • It has a private entrance to the dunes and famous and photogenic Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei are nearby.
  • There are wonderful landscapes and habitats to explore.
  • The Namib is a great place for star photography with clear skies and very little light polution.

How we rate Little Kulala


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Little Kulala at a glance

A luxury retreat with stunning views of the desert plains, Kulala features:

  • 11 climate-controlled “kulalas” (thatched chalets) including a two-bedroom family unit
  • Rooftop star beds to sleep out under the Southern Cross
  • Private plunge pools
  • En-suite facilities including indoor and outdoor showers
  • Communal dining area, lounge, library, wine cellar, shaded swimming pool, and boutique
  • 220V plug points in rooms

The concession

Little Kulala is in the 40 000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve in the Namib Desert bordering the Namib Naukluft National Park and near the famous Sossusvlei. Towering dunes (some of the tallest in the world), ancient volcanic mountains, starry skies and desert-adapted wildlife are the highlights in the region. The lodge features a waterhole for the chance to see gemsbok, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, ostrich and jackals. Hyena, both spotted and brown are also present. Unique birds include the Dune Lark, Burchell’s Courser, Ludwig’s Bustard and Stark’s Lark.  Shovel-snouted lizard, web-footed gecko and barking gecko are reptilian highlights. Famous Sossusvlei with dunes towering 300 meters and Dead Vlei with its iconic skeleton trees are nearby.

The seasons

  • High season is June to October when temperatures are cooler.
  • Desert light is best from March to July.
  • Summer (November to February) can be extremely hot, but offers interesting cloud formations.

What Little Kulala costs

Costs per person per night range from ~$500

Photographers need to know

Photographers can’t get access to the dunes before or after sunset like you can when staying inside the park.

The good news

Since 1996, Wilderness Safaris has been involved in rehabilitating the area, which had previously been used for subsistence goat farming. Today, the land and wildlife has recovered.