Located south of Sesriem, within sight of the dunes at Sossusvlei, and situated on Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala is a first class eco-luxury lodge.
Like the majority of Namibia’s desert lodges, Little Kulala is a wood, thatch and stone build, and consists of a main lodge – lounge, partially thatched deck, swimming pool, dining area, wine cellar, library, bar and reception – and 11 chalets, known as kulalas. However, unlike many of its competitors, it has chosen to concentrate a chunk of its resources on contemporary design, and its modern, chic look is an inspiring contrast to the desert itself.
Contained by conical shaped thatch roofs, circular decking and trees incorporated into the building’s features, Little Kulala’s interiors utilise mirrors, concrete, curves, great panels of glass, white cushions, a mix of design-conscious furniture and modern lighting to create an effortless sense of space and light. The food and wine is fabulous, and while very occasionally guest feedback has mentioned a lack of cohesion service-wise, the table, room and bar service is generally very good, and the guiding is truly excellent.
The sleeping accommodation of Little Kulala is equally fine. Built on wooden platforms, and thatched, each chalet is comprised of a private verandah, a separate bathroom, twin / double beds, a star gazing rooftop and glass panelled view of the desert. Like the main lodge, the design of the rooms has been carefully thought through: chic wooden floors, glass sheets, long material rugs, low comfortable seating, restrained wooden sculptures.
Activities include nature walks, guided walking trails, rock art visits, ballooning and Sossusvlei dune excursions.