Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

At a Glance

  • First lodge in the Skeleton Coast park to be built on the coast itself

  • A mix of ecosystems attracts varied wildlife - spot desert adapted lion, elephants, kudu and seals

  • Unique architecture, with all rooms designed to look like shipwrecks

  • Fun design and great family room options make this a great choice for those travelling with kids

  • Perfect addition to a self-drive itinerary and can also be reached by light aircraft

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The Skeleton Coast is a year-round destination: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best time to visit the Skeleton Coast.

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Enjoy an exhilarating morning of sand boarding on the dunes!

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Shipwreck Lodge offers unique accommodation amid the sweeping dunes of Namibia's Skeleton Coast and is the first to be built on the coast itself, providing a gateway for desert adventures and great alternative safaris.

Perched amongst the dramatic dunes of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is a unique and exciting concept combining distinctive design, an unrivalled location within the park and fantastic opportunities for both wildlife viewing and desert adventures.

The lodge itself and each of the rooms will be designed to look like the shipwrecks for which this region is famed, allowing them to blend into the hauntingly beautiful surroundings and adding a sense of fun to this unspoiled wilderness. There are 12 rooms planned in total, including a family unit which links two en-suite rooms by an outdoor deck. Each of the rooms will be en-suite and will have its own private deck area with an outdoor bath from which you can soak in the impressive desert scenery.

To one side of the lodge you will find far-reaching golden sand, whilst the desert in the opposite direction is swathed in greenery, with marshland and forest providing water and habitat for the desert-adapted wildlife which roams the Skeleton Coast. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants and kudu amongst other species. If the shipwrecks at the lodge don't prove to be enough, then a number of impressive remains can be found at Möwe Bay (where you can leave your car if self-driving) or nearby in the surrounding desert. Excursions can also be arranged to the seal colony at Möwe Bay, nearby Himba villages, Rocky Point for fantastic fishing or the remarkable roaring dunes.

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There are 12 rooms, including connecting family options, each designed to look like a shipwreck. Each has a private outdoor deck with soaking tub.



Meg Shepro (Staff)

My stay at Shipwreck Lodge was splendid as the cozy cabins welcome you in against the harsh setting in the Skeleton Coast. With varied activities focusing on the history of the Skeleton Coast and its wrecks, the geology behind the different landscapes and a chance to get active while fishing or sand boarding, this lodge made for the ideal base to experience the famous Skeleton Coast. While the lodge is still new, the guiding and staff team do a great job welcoming guests and ensuring they are as active or relaxed as they wish.

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Location & directions

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Perched on the sand dunes in one of the planet's most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places, Shipwreck Lodge lies close to the mouth of the Hoarusib River, approximately 2km from the coast in the Skeleton Coast Park.

How to get there

Shipwreck Lodge can be reached by light aircraft flight from Windhoek, which usually takes about 2 hours 30 minutes. Alternatively, if you are on a self-drive itinerary it is possible to drive to Möwe Bay from Swakopmund where you can leave your car. From there it is a 2-hour guided transfer by 4x4 to the lodge itself.

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