Mandrare River Camp

Family-friendly Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each.

The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.

Highlights

  • This is the closest point of access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot
  • The perfect location to view and photograph Namib Desert scenery

Standard Tents
There are 23 thatched and canvas tents, each built on a raised wooden platform, with a rooftop area for sleep-outs under the stars.

Family Units
There are two family units with two three quarter beds in each bedroom (consists of two bedrooms, with their own bathroom and entrance, connected by a deck).

Visit Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
World-famous Sossusvlei is both the name for the area in general as well as an enormous clay pan, flanked by the enormous sand dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some of these dunes the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape, where once water flowed. This is known as Dead Vlei.

Visit Sesriem Canyon
This fascinating geographical formation is well worth a visit. The result of millions of years where water carved its way into the earth, Sesriem Canyon is today three kilometres long. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over aeons.

Nature Drives
The 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife. Enjoy a coffee or sundowner stop in scenic parts of the reserve as a highlight.

Guided Nature Trails
Walking trails focus on becoming immersed in this remote area, as well as its scenic beauty and the fascinating, and surprisingly, diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents which make this dry and harsh region their home. The Tsauchab River Trail takes a stroll along the dry riverbed close by the camp.

Scenic Sundowner Excursion
Set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursion in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the distant mountains or dunes.

Sleep-Out
Private rooftop area for sleep-outs accessed by wooden stairs behind the tent. Sleep-out under the starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa.

Hot Air Balloon Safari*
The balloon safari on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve 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. *This activity is at additional cost and is closed from 15 January to 15 February.

Guided Electric Fat Bike Excursions
Ideal for introducing your family to the natural wonders of Namibia, take in the sweeping scenery riding electric powered fat bikes. A fun way to explore the spectacular open plains with your guide.

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