Freedom, beauty and solitude
Designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is utterly unique. The Skeleton Coast is a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas. The National Park begins at the Uqab River and runs roughly 500 kilometres up the Atlantic Coast to the Kunene River and the lodge sits within the park roughly 68 kilometres from Mowe Bay. The area contains irreplaceable and vulnerable wildlife habitat for species of the highest conservation importance, including elephant, the elusive brown hyena and the only other viable lion population in Namibia outside of Etosha National Park.
To match the remarkable scenery of the Skeleton Coast, each of the 10 rooms have been constructed to resemble the shipwrecks that line the beach. All are en suite and fully solar powered except for the wood burning stoves which are a welcome addition on chilly mornings. In the centre of camp an innovatively-designed lounge and restaurant boasts a wide, wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sand, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Described by the San Bushmen as ‘the Land God Made in Anger’, the beaches of the skeleton coast are strewn with bleached whale bones and the wrecks of over a thousand ships, and the interior is an uninhabited desert of rolling, endless sand. Spend your days beach-combing for whale bones and debris from centuries old shipwrecks, marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles and visit the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks. Head out on game drives along the Hoarusib River to track desert-dwelling elephant and desert lion, visit the Mowe Bay seal colony and discover the enchanting desert flora that flourishes in the sand, surviving from the moisture of the cold fog that drifts inland from the ocean. Finally, sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon, soaking up the hauntingly beautiful isolation.
A stay at Shipwreck Lodge is your gateway to one of Africa’s most mysterious and enchanting landscapes complete with enigmatic history, astonishing wildlife and the solitude of silence.
Why we like it
Beachcomb centuries old shipwrecks & whale bones
Elephants, lions and brown hyenas
Unique architectural design
The hauntingly beautiful isolation