Shipwreck
Lodge

Stay at Namibia’s desolate Skeleton Coast

Located on Namibia’s desolate Skeleton Coast, this unique lodge has been designed around the countless shipwrecks that line this remarkable coastline. The Skeleton Coast National Park is one of Namibia’s most remote regions, home to the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, towering sand dunes and endless windswept desert – making for an incredible arial view from above.

Raw and rugged, the Skeleton Coast was notorious amongst sailors over past centuries, with the rusted remains of many vessels dotting its unblemished, sandy beaches. The lodge and its 10 guestrooms (including two slightly larger family rooms) were created to reflect the vast and incredible landscape, constructed to resemble the many wrecks nearby. The rooms all have ensuite bathrooms and are solar-powered – except from the wood burning stoves that help keep the cabins warm and cosy during the chilly evenings and early morning. Each room also has a comfortable sofa bed positioned in front of the window and a small study nook where guests will find tea & coffee making facilities and a charging point.

The main lodge also boasts a shipwreck-inspired lounge and dining area as well as a spacious outdoor deck with outstanding views of the landscape and Atlantic Ocean. The lounge has ample seating, including a long, cosy bench covered in comfortable pillows and blankets, large armchairs and – just like the rooms – a wood-burning stove to keep the room warm at night. There are also a few books and board games dotted around the room.

Skeleton Coast – Unique Wildlife

Best known for its unbelievable scenery and shipwrecks, wildlife sightings in the Skeleton Coast National Park are uncommon; but, there are plenty of species that live within this remote region. Desert-adapted elephant, lion, giraffe, baboon and brown hyena can all be sighted – though sightings are rare. Marine life is more common thanks to the nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The most iconic species associated with the Skeleton Coast is the Cape fur seal. The seals line the rocky coastline and can be seen in huge colonies. They can be seen at most times of the year, but their numbers are greatest during October and November/December when the pups are born. Bird species such as Rüppell’s korhaans and Benguela long-billed larks and skuas found around the seal colonies can also be seen.

Activities

Aside from the dramatic landscape, there are plenty of unique activities to enjoy at Shipwreck Lodge. Guests can revel in morning quad bike excursions across the dunes or even try their hand at sand boarding. Game drives in search of unique desert-adapted wildlife, beachcombing for whale bones or debris from long-lost shipwrecks and marvelling at geologically spectacular Clay Castles are other options. Guests can also enjoy sundowners on the dunes or a beach lunch (weather permitting). A highlight is a day excursion to Mowe Bay to see the Cape fur seal colony; possible stops along the way include the fascinating Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks, Westies Diamond Mine and the remains of the Ventura Bomber.

Quad Biking on the sand dunes
  • The Skeleton Coast – one of the planets most remarkable landscapes
  • Explore the remarkable shipwrecks that line the remote coastline
  • Shipwreck Lodge – one of Africa’s most unique lodges
  • Just 10 warm and cosy cabins constructed to resembling a shipwreck
  • Exciting activities including quad biking and sand boarding
  • Marvel at geologically spectacular Clay Castles
  • Search for rare desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, lion and brown hyena
  • Visit Mowe Bay and perhaps see a Cape fur seal colony
  • 4WD game drives in search of rare desert-adapted wildlife and seeing the Clay Castles
  • Quad biking (morning only – booking required) or sand boarding across the dunes
  • Sundowners on the roaring dunes
  • Beachcombing and explore aome of the iconic shipwrecks
  • Visit Mowe Bay and perhaps see a Cape fur seal colony
  • Beach lunches (weather permitting)

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Light aircraft transfers to Mowe Bay are highly recommended for the incredible views of the Skeleton Coast. From there you will transferred by road to the lodge.

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Named after the countless ships that have been wrecked here over centuries past, the Skeleton Coast offers visitors some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, unique wildlife and exciting activities. Visitors can explore some of the famous wrecks, search for desert-adapted wildlife including lion, elephant and giraffe or travel the landscape by quad bike. Guests can also interact with local tribespeople and learn about their fascinating way of life.

The name Skeleton Coast comes from the many whale bones that used to be found all along the coast as a result of the whaling industry. Nowadays it is the skeletal remains of shipwrecks that make the name so apt. There are almost 1000 shipwrecks along this dangerous coastline, due in part to the frequent sea mists as well as rough seas and rocks.

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