Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Namibia
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Sossusvlei Namibia is a unique landscape as well as a destination of thrilling adventure! Why not experience the peaceful serenity of hot air ballooning in Sossusvlei!
Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Namibia
Kulala Desert lodge, Sossusvlei Namibia, is situated on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and also within easy reach of the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei. The lodge offers entrance into the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
It draws its inspiration from North Africa, with a main guest area incorporating a lounge, bar as well as dining area. There is a plunge pool for cooling down, on simmering Summer days as well as a wrap- around veranda boasting incredible views of the waterhole in front of the lodge.
Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Highlights:
- En- suite chalets with flat rooftops for wildlife viewing, as well as stargazing;
- Situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve;
- Various activities on offer, including hot air ballooning; nature walks as well as private tours.
What we love to do:
Big Daddy is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area. This magnificent dune, is situated between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. A at 325 meters tall, it dwarfs the other dunes. Should you want the ultimate bragging rights; take a lot of water and why not trek; to the top of Big Daddy; where you can also look down onto Deadvlei.
At 325 meters; Big Daddy may be the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area; however, it is not the highest in the Namib Desert. This honour, is given to Dune 7, which has been measured at 388m. Dune 7 earned its name, by being the 7th dune along the Tsauchab River.
Close to Sossusvlei: Deadvlei is a clay pan, characterized by dark, dead, camel thorn trees contrasted against the white, pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded, and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed; then the sand dunes encroached on the pan; blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old; however they have not decomposed, due to the dry climate.
Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers as the contrast between the pitch-black trees and bleached-white pans, and the rusty-red dunes and deep blue sky make for incredible images. Deadvlei is at least 1km walk from the parking lot so be sure to take drinking water with you.
Dune 45 is named for its proximity to Sesrium Gate. Situated 45 km from the gate; along a paved road and also easily reached using a 2×4 vehicle. Its fascinating shape as well as accessibility makes it the most photographed dune in the world.
The dunes of the Namib Desert were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast of Namibia. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red in colour due to its iron oxide content. As the lighting changes with the time of day, so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour, allowing for interesting photographs at any time. The wind in the Sossusvlei area blows from all directions, which means that the type of the dunes hare are known as “star dunes”. This is because the winds cause the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms.
Visitors are allowed to climb Dune 45, so be sure to visit early in the morning to watch the sunrise over the vlei from the top of the Dune. The Dune is 85 meters high and the climb is well worth the effort as from the top you will be spoilt with the incredible panoramic view of Dune Valley. In the morning and evening light the floor of the pan has been described as a “moonscape” and is truly a sight to behold.
Sossusvlei Area: 15 km along the paved road from Dune 45 there is a general parking area for those wanting to visit Hiddenvlei, Sossusvlei as well as Deadvlei. Visitors must travel a further 5 km along a sandy 4×4 track in order to reach Sossusvlei. Should you not have a 4×4, or should you not feel comfortable navigating through the soft sand, there are shuttles that run from the car park to Sossusvlei. Exploring the area is done on foot and is self-guided; unless you have hired a private tour guide. Always remember to take enough drinking water with you, as it gets very hot in the area.