Whilst the surroundings might seem desolate and inhospitable, a landscape littered with shipwrecks, the hospitality at Shipwreck Lodge is warm and friendly. Together with your guide you will be able to explore the sand dunes and coastline in Namibia's least visited national park, the Skeleton Coast.
This unique lodge was inspired by the shipwrecks that dot the coastline, their influence is evident in the design. Each of the wreck-inspired cabins has windows looking out towards the ocean, an everchanging vista as the mist rises. Cabins are equipped with twin or double beds and two larger cabins cater for families. Each is en-suite and has a woodburner to keep things cosy.
The main building is the central feature of the camp with its expansive wrap-around viewing deck. Depending on where you look you'll have sweeping views of the moody Atlantic Ocean or the ever-changing sand dunes. Here you'll find the lounge and dining room along with the bar. A woodburner keeps it nice and warm and makes it the perfect spot to sink into a comfy chair and enjoy conversation with other guests.
The Skeleton Coast National Park, all 6,000 sq miles of it, is home to desert elephants, lions, black rhinos, giraffe and an abundance of seals. However, it's usually not the wildlife that draws visitors here. It's the remoteness, the feeling of untouched landscapes, and being the only ones for miles around - it does give you a shipwrecked feeling. It's the perfect place to escape from it all and immerse yourself in the experience. A wonderful special place, quite unlike anywhere else.
Open: Shipwreck Lodge is open all year.
Location: The camp is located in the Skeleton Coast Central Concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers. The lodge can be reached by light aircraft from Swakopmund to Mowe Bay (55 minutes). Then a drive to the lodge which is an excursion in itself and takes 2-3 hours. It is possible to self-drive from Swakopmund though a stop-over en-route is recommended due to distance.
Rooms: There are 8 twin or double cabins and 2 family units. All are en-suite and solar-powered. The en-suite has a shower, toilet and washbasin. The bedroom area has twin or double bed, day bed, writing desk, bedside lighting and a wood burning stove.
Activities: Guests at Shipwreck Lodge can enjoy day trips to the Mowe Bay seal colony. En route you will visit the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck and the Karimona shipwreck. This area is also home to the abandoned Westies diamond mine and the remains of the Ventura Bomber. There's nothing quite like a desert sundowner and you can enjoy an afternoon excursion by 4x4 to the Oasis water point. A full day 4x4 excursion along the Huarusib River to the Clay Castles, a natural geological formation, you may come across brown hyena here, and if you are lucky the desert lions and elephant may make an appearance. Weather permitting, a beach lunch can be organised. Fishing is also offered to those who fancy catching a bite.
Facilities: The main area has a cosy lounge with woodburner, bar and dining area. The expansive wrap-around deck provides enchanting views whatever the time of day.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome at Shipwreck Lodge, though we feel with the remote location on travel distances it might be better suited to older children.
Health: This is a low risk malaria area.
Communication: There is complimentary WiFi in both the main areas and the cabins.