Kulala Desert Lodge had interesting weather during May to say the least. Rain, warm east winds and foggy mornings interspersed the month. Winter hasn’t really reared its head yet and our guests are still enjoying sleeping on top of the roofs under the clear skies.
The Kulala Desert Lodge team is a little more vigilant at night because a one-horned oryx has made the camp its home base giving a few individuals a bit of a fright.
Small predators like bat-eared foxes and Cape foxes are sighted often on the reserve and one Cape fox is quite comfortable around the camp area. There used to be a female that always had her litters under Tent 2 but we are unsure whether it is the same one which is running around at night.
Carbon emissions, through the use of generators, have always been a concern for Wilderness Safaris. Through a number of solar investments we are making a significant reduction in our carbon emissions. This year sees Wilderness Safaris Namibia’s largest solar investment to date, as we have partnered with E-power to install the Kulala Desert Lodge solar system, a first for a Wilderness Camp in Namibia. We switched on to solar power in March this year and now run on solar. Since March you can clearly see the drop in the diesel usage. Previously the generator used 2800 litres a month and this has dropped to just below 1000 litres, greatly reducing our carbon emissions.
We had some very interesting visitors at Kulala Desert Lodge in the month of May. A group of 42 agents travelled to visit us. The team at KDL organised the usual activities like quad-biking, nature drives, brunch in the dunes, hot air ballooning, sundowners, bush dinners and pool dinners to name a few. Their 72-hour stay was packed with activities. The day this group left was hectic at camp, waving good bye to a big group and one hour later welcoming the next group, but the staff still had time to sing good-bye and welcome to both the groups.
“Beautiful setting, easy access to mayor site. Waterhole lighted was a PLUS We enjoyed the music and dance as it showed us more of the culture.”