Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast


The only lodge set on the dramatic dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is as innovative as it is distinctive.

Eerie and mysterious, the Skeleton Coast is where the dry and arid conditions of the desert meet with Atlantic coast shores with dramatic effect and its here that you’ll find one of Namibia’s most exciting camps. The lodge is wedged between the Hoanib and Hoarusib rivers, an area with incredible importance to conservation of black rhino, black-faced impala and Hartmanns Mountain Zebra.

Each quirky chalet, styled in shipwreck fashion in keeping with the famous shores on which there are many real ones scattered, has a log burning stove to keep you toasty on chilly mornings and evenings. The chalets have large beds, cosy seating and throws which are perfect spot to watch the desert landscape change around you and the unforgettable star-studded African sky by night.

Go on game drives to seek desert-adapted elephant, lion and brown hyena, or head to nearby Mowe Bay where you’ll encounter an impressive seal colony, passing Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks and the remains of the Westies diamond mine along the way. Otherwise, enrich your cultural knowledge by visiting a Himba village – a rare and privileged encounter to learn about traditions such as calf skin clothing and the ochre paste used to protect skin from the harsh sun.

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Perched on the sand dunes in one of the planet's most inhospitable yet visually beautiful places, Shipwreck Lodge is in the Skeleton Coast Park, a 2 hour 30 minute light aircraft flight from Windhoek.

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