Climate and Landscape
We experienced some cold days and nights at Little Kulala during July – resulting in extra-warm blankets and hot water bottles being used to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The main area’s fire was lit in the evenings creating a cosy dining experience and a magical ambience.
The east wind is still blowing, making the camp look very authentic with its dusting of red sand. When experiencing this weather one can start to understand why we call this the “Sand Sea” in Sossusvlei, which our guests travel so far to see. The warmest day temperature we had was 33° Celsius and the coldest night temperature was -1°.
Even though it is very dry, there are big herds of oryx (gemsbok) antelope congregating on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Some of the cows have brought their calves from the dunes into the reserve. There are also many small carnivores like black-backed jackal, which are currently chewing through the water pipes, even though drinking water is available for the animals. This has kept the reserve maintenance team on their toes repairing all the holes!
We had a guest who specifically wanted to see the dune lark to tick off his bird list. The group was lucky to find not one, but three dune larks one morning around Dune 1. He also saw many pygmy falcons and Karoo chats as well. Greater kestrels are abundant on the reserve and can be seen hovering, swooping or taking off as we drive past.
With fewer daylight hours, the afternoon excursions are a bit shorter at this time of year as the sun sets at around 5:30 pm. But even so, on one of the afternoon sunset drives, guests enjoyed three different sightings of aardwolf and three different sightings of a total of 11 bat-eared foxes.
Our elusive cheetah have been seen twice this month, even though far from the road. The four cheetah ‘cubs’ are doing very well, as they are now quite grown and seem to have left their mother. We also observed an oryx chewing on old bones (a springbok horn) – this is known as osteophagy, and occurs because of nutrient deficiencies in the diet, especially phosphorus and calcium.
The Little Kulala service staff entertained guests during dinner on a few occasions by dressing in their traditional clothing. They also acted out making maize pap (porridge or polenta) on the fire in black cast-iron pots, singing traditional songs as they cooked.
Wilderness Safaris celebrates many different cultures: at Little Kulala the staff complement represents six of the different cultural groups of Namibia – all respecting each other’s differences and working together very well.
“Superb guide! Much appreciated! 10/10 guide Kallie was a highlight. Kitchen was just excellent. Staff so friendly and welcoming. Thanks very much Little Kulala!”
“Stunning scenery, climbing Big Daddy and running down afterwards. Sundowners in spectacular settings”
“A highlight is hard to point out, for everything has been overwhelmingly fantastic!”
“Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area (Teek). He was kind to the children and shared his experiences with us all. Thank you!”
Staff in Camp
Managers: Ilze, David, Lona, Andrew and Me-Gusto
Welcome to Allen, the latest addition to our management team!
Guides: Willem, Kallie, Alpha, Teek, Simon and Mervin