Shipwreck Lodge

Sleeps
Resort
Skeleton Coast
,
Namibia
Type
Rooms
Cabins
Location
Skeleton Coast
Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge feels like something out of a movie – pure isolated beauty in the remote expanse of the Skeleton Coast, yet with plenty of wildlife and beautiful landscape to explore.

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Lizzy Nelson

The Lodge

Uniquely designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like Shipwreck Lodge. In fact, there is nowhere on the continent quite like the Skeleton Coast. It’s 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.

But there is much more to the area than simple isolation. Stay at Shipwreck Lodge and game drive in search of desert-dwelling fauna; discover the enchanting desert flora (succulents and lichens); sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon; spend the day beach-combing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks, and marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles. 

The Rooms

Built to match the remarkable scenery of the Skeleton Coast, each of the 10 rooms has been constructed to resemble the shipwrecks that line the beach. There are eight twin or double rooms, and two cabins can take extra beds if you're bringing the kids, all en-suite and solar-powered. Well, apart from the wood-burning stove but on the chilly evenings and mornings, it’s most definitely a welcome addition! In the centre of camp, you’ll find an equally innovative lounge and restaurant with a wide, wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sand all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Activities
  • Day excursions to the Mowe Bay seal colony
  • Explore the shipwrecks
  • Westies Diamond Mine
  • Remains of the Ventura Bomber
  • Sunset drive to the dunes
  • Quad biking (morning,16+), booking advised
  • Sand boarding
  • 4×4 wildlife drives
  • Beach lunch (weather permitting)


Amenities
  • 10 rooms: 8 twin/double, 2 family (triples on request)
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers
  • Wifi
  • Hairdryers: Available on request
  • Battery charging facilities
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: We welcome children of all ages
  • Disabled access: Please enquire with reservations
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When to Visit

The Skeleton Coast is an excellent year-round destination, and it stays relatively cool throughout the year – that’ll be that eerie Atlantic fog. But the desert temperatures can change at the drop of a hat, going from freezing to boiling in a matter of minutes, and you should always travel with a warm jumper (or two).

November to April are the summer months at the Skeleton Coast. In the desert, rainfall patterns are never guaranteed, but you can expect some showers at this time. The rain does, however, keep the air clear and crisp. The mornings are also less foggy, and this is an excellent time of year for birders to visit as the migrants are out in force.

May to October are the winter months. During the day, temperatures hover around a very pleasant 21 to 25 degrees Celsius, but be warned – the mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially on an open game drive. There’s virtually no rain at this time of year and the desert is at its iconic, splendid best

What wildlife is there?
  • Desert adapted elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Baboon
  • Brown hyaena
  • Cape fur seals
  • Benguela long-billed larks
  • Rüppell’s korhaans
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