Set in a private reserve with direct access to the Namib Naukluft National Park and the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei, Little Kulala is located at the heart of Namibia's Namib Desert. The lodge is stylishly designed using neutral colours and organic material so that it blends into the landscape and is cleverly positioned to maximise your views of the dunes.

The lodge's spacious villas offer privacy and seclusion but you will want to do some exploring before settling: set off by 4X4 in the early morning for a drive through the desert and into the Namib Naukluft National Park for Sossusvlei's magnificent, towering sand dunes. Guided nature drives and walks on the private reserve provide a unique understanding of your spectacular surroundings and, for a truly unforgettable experience, rise early for an optional dawn ride over the Namib in a hot-air balloon.


  • Luxurious, stylish & remote desert lodge
  • Private reserve drives, walks & quad bike excursions
  • Endless views of the Namib Desert
  • Private entrance to the dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Direct access to the national park
  • Private pool, verandah & outdoor shower
  • Sleep under the stars in rooftop 'skybeds'
  • Perfect for special occassions

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Using thatch, wood and glass, the lodge blends both effortlessly and stylishly into the desert environment. The lounge and bar area flows onto a spacious wooden deck that doubles as an alfresco dining room with endless views over the desert.

The deck extends towards the refreshing swimming pool that also boasts magnificent views. Select a book from the lodge library and spend a lazy afternoon around the pool or browse through the African crafts and artefacts that can be bought at the lodge's boutique.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry Service
    Beauty or wellness therapist


Meals are usually served at individual tables on the extensive deck from which guests can enjoy beautiful views although on chilly evenings meals are served in front of the large fireplace.

Excellent wine from the lodge's underground wine cellar complements each meal. Do not miss out on a picnic brunch surrounded by the red Soussusvlei dunes, and a romantic dinner for two can be arranged in the lodge's atmospheric cosy cellar.

Room Description

The camp comprises 11 luxury suites or 'kulalas', beautifully designed using neutral colours, organic shapes and enormous glass windows to maximise the views. Each unit is designed for comfort and is fully equipped with an en suite bathroom, air conditioning and a fully stocked minibar.

All suites provide excellent views from their private verandahs, flat rooftops and even from their outdoor showers. They also have their own private salas and plunge pools. For an unforgettable night in the desert, you can choose to sleep under the stars as a bed can be prepared for you on the flat roof of your suite. These 'star beds' let you fall asleep under the blanket of the Milky Way and wake up to the golden dawn of the desert.

Other Room Types

Inter-leading rooms are available for those travelling with children.


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Dune walks & drives
  • Star gazing

Traveller Reviews

  • Little Ongava Lodge in Namibia was magical! It was like a dream! I kept saying to Patrick that I couldn't believe we were here (there). Spectacular vistas from our bungalow, good food and wonderful staff... not to mention some great sightings of wildlife! I would love to explore more of Namibia. Such a diverse landscape.

    Linda Regan, February 2016
  • Little Kuala was excellent.

    Iain Watt, February 2016
  • Little Kulala was very nice! The plunge pool and outdoor lounge was nice. Great food and staff.

    David Aulen, December 2015
  • Little Kulala was amazing. The huts, the food and the staff were awesome.

    Suzy Freeman, September 2015
  • This was a great place to go. The hot air balloon ride was really fun, with great views of the Red Dunes and a lot of wildlife on the move at sunrise. Our guide, Anton, did an outstanding job. He went out of his way to make sure everything was done above and beyond.

    Don Dickson, July 2015
  • We loved all of the hotels and activities, especially the Little Kulala!

    David Sims, May 2015
  • Little Kulala • Service - good • Rooms – very nice given the location. Air conditioner was struggling at times as insulation was poor • Communal areas – very nice • Internet access – limited and tedious, though relatively acceptable speed • Food - good • Beverages – good but basic wine • Game drives/activities – basically only drive to dunes, balloon (which we could not do due to weather) and quad bike are worth taking; cars used a bit overaged • Guides – very nice • Logistics – issue as I mentioned was lack of scenic flight on transfer out, unclear why not offered

    Fedele Di Maggio, January 2014
  • The staff and facilities at Little Kulala were excellent. They throw in a quad bike ride, a massage, and dune climbing and we genuinely felt like we'd been away for 5 weeks, not just 5 days.

    Joanne Drinkwater, June 2012
  • Little Kulala - was excellent! The facility, the people and the food. We had no complaints at all and we loved it.

    Robert Cimino, April 2012
  • We really had nice tented accommodation. Superbly close to the dunes. The kids had a ball wandering around and climbing the rocks and into the dry river bed. The food here was the simplest of all the places we stayed in. It was still nice, though.

    Joanne Parker, April 2011

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Madelein Norval

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"Definitely the place to stay for the discerning traveller wanting to see the magnificent red dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei. Every suite offers a private plunge pool, outside shower and rooftop that is ideal for stargazing or sleeping out."

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The staff and facilities at Little Kulala were excellent. They throw in a quad bike ride, a massage, and dune climbing and we genuinely felt like we'd been away for 5 weeks, not just 5 days.

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