#WildernessSafaris – News Updates from #Namibia


November 2019 – Wilderness Safaris’ acclaimed desert retreat in Namibia’s extraordinary Sossusvlei area, Little Kulala, has closed for remodelling. Scheduled to reopen in June 2020, the refurbished camp will maintain the same much-loved look and feel, with great emphasis placed on offering innovative in- and out-of-camp activities that celebrate the splendour and solitude of the Namib Desert.

As a firm favourite of both our guests and travel partners alike, Little Kulala is situated in one of the best locations in the exclusive Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the only private reserve with direct access to Sossusvlei’s magnificent red dunes. It is this location and luxury of space, combined with the camp’s notable architecture and elegant accommodation, that our guests have come to love. This is why our revamp will focus on enhancing these features in a way that reinterprets the desert experience, and tells the remarkable story of a desert habitat restored”, notes Alexandra Margull, Wilderness Safaris Namibia MD.

Changes include new flooring, redoing the main area deck, and the addition of a photo hub in the upstairs library space, where guests can learn more about the Namib Sand Sea and other interesting facts about the area. While maintaining the same light footprint, the 11 “kulalas” will have better airflow, a spacious deck and elevated walkways, making it easier for guests to move between their rooms and the main area. Each kulala will also offer a rooftop stargazing experience, enabling guests to identify the astronomical wonders of the Namibian night sky.

The cosy outdoor fire pit in front of camp will be the perfect storytelling platform, with guides on standby to lead engaging conversations about the area’s geology and rehabilitation successes. The camp’s classic sunken wine cellar will be available for wine tastings, and private dining for those who desire a more intimate affair.

A particularly interesting new feature will be a signature sleep-out experience on the bottom deck of each kulala, so guests can easily access their rooms during the night. Other activities guests can look forward to include sunrise breakfasts or brunches at superb outdoor locations, gin stops and self-guided walking trails. All these are in addition to Little Kulala’s multiple activities that allow guests to immerse themselves in the stark beauty of the desert. These include scenic safaris on foot and by vehicle, quad-bike adventures and life-affirming hot air balloon experiences.

Back in 1996, when Wilderness Safaris first started operating in the area, the locale had previously been used for subsistence goat farming, and precious little indigenous wildlife remained. The company undertook a comprehensive and careful rehabilitation programme to restore the degraded land to its original habitat. Today, Wilderness Safaris continues to play a leading role in the conservation of Namibia’s wilderness and wildlife.

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