REVIEW: Little Kulala, a true oasis


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed here for a week, renting the whole lodge. After visiting this little paradise you will understand why….

On less than 50 yards away, an oryx walks through the grass, towards the high dunes, disappearing in the horizon. He shared water with ostriches, springboks and jackals at the pool near the restaurant. It is almost an unreal sight to observe this antelope, floating from a privet Jacuzzi. The oryx changes into a dot. Quietness, space and clouds fill the view. In Little Kulala, south of Namibia, this is a daily ritual. Kulala means sleeping in Oshiwambo, a local language. Dreaming might have even been more applicable, because the luxury transforms into nature. Everything about this desert resort is inextricably linked to its surrounding. From the restaurant with the high reed roof and wooden ceiling and floor, from the tree stump made railing on the veranda, to the high nature stone fire place and bar and reception which form one big piece of wood. In addition, the mystical natural interior is filled with artistic accessories, like lamps made of branches and wool pillows shaped like stones created by the wonderful South-African artist Ronel Jordaan.

The eleven lodges have a typical architecture, also a mixture of natural material, like wood, reed, bamboo and Granit stones. These are also eco-lodges, heated by solar panels. Looking through a panoramic window it is what you call a ‘room with a view’; the stretched landscape is absolutely sublime. There is also an outdoor shower and sleeping among the stars is also possible: on demand the staff can organize a matrass at the roof terrace. The local friendly staff is very flexible, and can easily organize special dining requests, massages or champagne at your room. A true oasis near the gates of Sossusvlei.

Little Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei/Naukluft Reachable by air or car.
For bookings: Untamed Traveling:, (0031) 0487 540367
€500 p.p.p. night (incl. food & drinks).

Pics: Henk Bothof

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