Little Kulala

premier Camp | Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Little Kulala offers unparalleled tranquility as guests savor the grandeur and surreal beauty of the Namib Desert and nearby sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the tallest in the world. Elegant and inspiring, Little Kulala is set among ancient camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed, offering world-class hospitality and first-rate accommodation in a truly stunning natural setting.

Photo of Don Martinson

Our Expert Says

Sleeping under the stars of the Namib Desert and waking to the dramatic colors of the rising sun illuminating the Sossusvlei Dunes at Little Kulala Camp has to be one of the most memorable moments in all my Africa experiences! If this isn’t appealing enough, no doubt the addition of wildlife drives, hiking, and a hot-air balloon ride will be. And at the end of your activity-filled day, you will be treated like family and pampered by your camp hosts. Truly a magical place!

– Don Martinson

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia
Number of Tents: 11

The luxurious desert retreat of Little Kulala is situated in the private 67,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve—the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering dunes and fascinating desert-adapted wildlife. Accommodations at Little Kulala consist of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (meaning "to sleep" in Oshiwambo), which merge seamlessly into the desert landscape. Each stylish chalet has a private plunge pool and a rooftop 'sky bed' for romantic stargazing or sleeping under the stars, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. The camp’s elegant common areas includes a pool, library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge, and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Dining under the dark, clear Namibian skies is one highlight among many on offer here. The extensive use of neutral colors, rich textures and natural light were inspired by the soothing pastel tones of the desert, most notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei in the middle of Sossusvlei. The overall mood and feel is cool, serene, organic and sheltering.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers
  • Family Accommodation: 1 family unit with 2 en suite bedrooms each with private entrances connected by shared deck
  • Shampoo, soap, lotion and insect repellent
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • Mini bar
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Central plunge pool
  • Sleep-out platform on roof
  • In-room massage (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in room and main area (can be intermittent and unreliable at times)
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. On guided nature drives and walks guests can enjoy the wonders of the unique desert-adapted wildlife, including ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, as they struggle for survival in this unforgiving landscape. Larger predators found here include spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena, a mystical shaggy-coated scavenger. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf are often seen at night in the cool desert air. Despite the lack of vegetation and low rainfall, a surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents make their home around Little Kulala - surviving thanks in part to the coastal fog that creeps up off the sea each dawn and penetrates as far as 30 miles inland. Optional hot air ballooning may be available at additional cost (weather permitting)—for a two-night stay, you will have to forego your scheduled morning activity to balloon.

Although Sossusvlei is not a primary wildlife viewing destination, typical sightings may include ostrich, springbok, occasional nocturnal mammals, such as the bat-eared fox, aardwolf, jackal and porcupine, and a number of reptiles and most often the gemsbok or oryx, which is the national animal of Namibia. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Gemsbok / Oryx
Namibia Sossusvlei

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 88° F 59° F 0.35 in
31° C 15° C 9 mm
February 86° F 59° F 0.43 in
30° C 15° C 11 mm
March 91° F 63° F 0.59 in
32° C 17° C 15 mm
April 91° F 61° F 0.16 in
32° C 16° C 4 mm
May 86° F 55° F 0.04 in
30° C 12° C 1 mm
June 84° F 55° F 0.04 in
28° C 12° C 1 mm
July 81° F 52° F 0.0 in
27° C 11° C 0 mm
August 82° F 52° F 0.04 in
27° C 11° C 1 mm
September 85° F 50° F 0.04 in
29° C 10° C 1 mm
October 89° F 52° F 0.0 in
31° C 11° C 0 mm
November 90° F 54° F 0.04 in
32° C 12° C 1 mm
December 91° F 57° F 0.0 in
32° C 13° C 0 mm

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Photo: Conservation


When you visit Little Kulala, you are helping support wilderness conservation and critical wildlife research. The camp is situated in the private 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Until 1996, this area had been used for subsistence goat farming, and little indigenous wildlife remained. Yet after the removal of stock fences and exotic species, wildlife slowly began to return. The area was then extended to adjoin the massive Namib Naukluft Park, becoming the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The Small Carnivore Research Project began here in 2000, when bat-eared fox were studied on the reserve as an indicator species for land rehabilitation, followed by studies on aardwolf, black-backed jackal, Cape fox and African wildcat. The project also focuses on educating farmers and local communities about the differences between an aardwolf - an insectivorous small carnivore - and a hyena. Farmers often kill aardwolves, mistakenly regarding them as threats to their livestock.

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Reviews for Little Kulala


Review Little Kulala
Month of travel: June
"Luxury in the desert. Excellent, very friendly staff. Good food. A great place to be based for seeing the dunes. "
- M. Schriner
Month of travel: August
"Amazing lodge vey nice rooms with a great view staff was very friendly. Some great scenery not a lot of animals"
- j. kobacker's response:
Thanks for your review! While Little Kulala is not a primary wildlife destination, the scenery of the enormous sand dunes is the main draw, and hot air ballooning is highly recommended.
Month of travel: May
"The most beautifully decorated lodge we have been too. All neutral colors and amazing fibers. Stunning vista. Each quest has their own cabin with wall to ceiling glass, their own plunge pool and you can sleep outside under the stars on your roof. Outdoor showers are coming out of tree branches."
- N. Zapata
Month of travel: May
"I loved this place so much the first time, that I decided to return. I didn't think I could possibly top my first experience with the dunes, but I did! The staff here are amazing. The rooms are so ethereal. I most enjoyed walking with our guide around camp, the views on some of our nature drives and seeing the dunes again at first light. Next time, I want to balloon!"
- S. Okuneva
Month of travel: May
"Sleeping out on the deck of my tent, under the most incredible starry night sky that seemed to stretch forever, was the surprise highlight of my trip!"
- Y. Johnston
Month of travel: June
"Arriving to a small cluster of cottages in the middle of a desert was quite a thrill. But the attention to detail in decor, genuine & warm hospitality, great food & drink (the oryx is their speciality drink) made the stay so special. And the last night under the stars - compliments of the staff making up my bed on my private roof-top patio - was the icing on the cake. I can't wait to get back to Little K! "
- A. Rowe
Month of travel: January
"Little Kulala is one of the most comfortable desert camps I have stayed in. Excellent service and guiding allowed me the chance to explore the sand dunes and wildlife. "
- G. Reynolds

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