Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Overview

Located in one of the most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places on the planet, Shipwreck Lodge is everything its name suggests and more. Styled as a shipwreck with nautical touches and an added sense of luxury, this property is made for desert adventures.

Key Features

  • Explore a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness
  • Wildlife sightings including lion, black rhino, elephant and a local seal colony
  • Learn about the fascinating history behind the mysterious shipwrecks that line the coastline

Location

Nestled in the heart of the African wilderness, Shipwreck Lodge is immersed in rugged beauty. Situated between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, the lodge was the first to be built on the coast itself, offering guests a gateway for desert adventures.

Despite being in one of the planet’s most inhospitable locations (although it’s hauntingly beautiful), the area is rich with wildlife. To one side of the lodge is a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand and, to the other, marshland and forest contrast the harsh terrain and support the desert-adapted wildlife, so keep an eye out for black rhino, elephant, black-faced impala and Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

Design

The accommodation is uniquely designed to resemble a shipwreck (this region is famed for them), mirroring the environment and adding a sense of fun. In total there are 10 rooms, all with a private deck area and outdoor bath to soak in the desert views. They are also all ensuite and solar-powered (apart from the wood-burning stove which is a welcome addition on a chilly evening). Equally innovative in its design, the lounge and restaurant boast a wide wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sands stretching out towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Why we love it

Shipwreck Lodge provides fantastic opportunities for both wildlife viewing and desert adventures. There’s an abundance of marine life here, so visit the seal colony at Möwe Bay. Or, spend an afternoon on a game drive to sight some of the locals: desert-dwelling lion, kudu and elephant. And no visit would be complete without visiting one of the real shipwrecks – Suiderkus and Karimona.

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