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Kulala Wilderness Reserve


Deadvlei at Sossusvlei

In 1996 Wilderness Safaris set up an operation on land close to the spectacular Sossusvlei.

As this locale had previously been used for subsistence goat farming, precious little indigenous wildlife remained. Yet after a removal programme of stock fences and exotic species, the wildlife slowly began to return. The area was then extended to adjoin the massive Namib-Naukluft Park - and became the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

Small Carnivore Research Project

With the creation of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve arose an opportunity to study and assess the rehabilitation of this 37,000 hectare area after years of intensive subsistence farming. The Small Carnivore Research Project began 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.

This project is supported logistically by the three Wilderness Safaris camps located in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

Activities at Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Activities at the Kulala Wilderness Reserve are focused on exploring the nearby Sossusvlei - an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes - the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45 - have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously refashioning the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it transforms into a spectacular turquoise lake.

Nature drive on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve

As the reserve is located on the edge of the Namib Desert, wildlife around the area is fascinating in its adaptation to the harsh conditions. Sparse, yet thrilling to see, are springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, the rarely seen aardwolf and many small fauna. Guided walks and scenic nature drives are offered at all three lodges on the reserve.

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.


Kulala Desert LodgeKulala Desert Lodge

Location: Sossusvlei Rates from: On Request

Kulala Desert Lodge's nineteen thatched and canvas chalets with en-suite bathrooms and showers are set on wooden platforms to provide maximum airflow. An option for outdoor enthusiasts is that bedrolls can be moved to the rooftop to sleep under the stars.

Little KulalaLittle Kulala

Location: Sossusvlei Rates from: On Request

Little Kulala is the flagship lodge of Namibia's extraordinary Sossusvlei area. The 11 stylish thatched villas merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, innovative bleached decks each with a private plunge pool.