What We Love
- Wood-burning stoves in all guest cabins
- Picnic lunches on the nearby beach
- Uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean views from the wraparound deck at the property’s restaurant lounge
- Complimentary laundry service
What To Know
- The resort’s remote backdrop, Skeleton Coast National Park, is restricted to 1,000 visitors a year
- Accommodations include a pair of family tents
- The area plays host to one of Namibia’s few surviving lion populations
- Hairdryers are available upon request
- Free WiFi
Enigmatic safari camp designed to mirror actual shipwrecks along Namibia’s untamed Skeleton Coast
If you’re looking to explore Namibia Skeleton Coast, an almost uninhabitable and notoriously rocky 975-foot stretch of Atlantic coastline (as confirmed by the surrounding bleached skeletons of whales, lions, and seals), this imaginative and innovative camp is the only lodging game in town. Constructed by local architect Nina Martiz, the 6,300-square-mile property is intended to resemble the ruined hulls the rugged terrain is synonymous with. (Martiz was especially inspired by the book by John H. Marsh about a British cargo ship that ran aground here in 1942.) The camp’s flotilla-like freestanding rooms, ten craggy wooden structures whose deep blue and purple interiors take cues from a twilight desert sky, are a far cry from the airy white canvas tents of the continent’s typical luxe safari lodges. They do offer plenty of mod cons, though, like Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, faux-fur blankets, and jaw-dropping dune views. At the main lodge, the kitchen churns out hearty cosmopolitan plates, which guests have the option of enjoying al fresco, while bonfires and plush velvet seats invite intrepid travelers to trade adventure notes.
In the Area
The most straightforward way to reach the lodge is to take a light aircraft from Windhoek (about a two-and-a-half-hour flight), though it is possible to drive from Mowe Bay to the coastal city of Swakopmund, after which the property provides a guided two-hour transfer in a 4×4. Once you’re here, there are countless otherworldly attractions to take in, like a seal colony and an abandoned diamond mine. The lodge tailors a variety of day-trips, ranging from tours to Hoarusib River—en route, you’ll pass the Clay Castles, natural geological formations frequented by hyenas—to fishing trips along the Namibian Coast, after which lodge chefs can prep your catch of the day for dinner.
How to Get There
Beautiful rooms in awesome surrounding. Away from everything and perfect to forget about daily routine. Beautiful design, well educated staff and great excursions with guides. Minimum stay of two nights necessary.
If you want to have an exceptional experience in a desolated remoted area, with no encounters other than nature, animals and the sea, this is the place to be.
Exceptional situated on the dunes of the skeleton coast, fully ecological run lodge.
Rooms are fantastic with big windows on the sea and the dunes.
Good food, exceptional friendly staff and two fantastic guides Chris and Perry.
Expect bbq on the beach, quad in the dunes, oryx and elefants against the dunes and the blue blue sky.
Do not expect to run into other human beings.
Two minor point, they announce fishing activity, but permit is not ready yet.
On the website they announce a sundowner by the pool, but we did not find any pool. But anyway who wants a pool, if you have the biggest swimming pool (Atlantic Ocean) at you feet.
A must do
One of the truly great places to stay and would strongly recommend to anyone.
Picked up from Mowe Bay (either drive or fly in) and taken by 4x4 to the Lodge about 40k up the coast along the beach strip.
The central lodge with lounge and dining area has a beautiful view down to the sea (about 2k) away which is replicated from each cabin which is beautifully and naturally designed and fits the area perfectly.
The Staff are always available and friendly and helpful. You are assigned a guide (Thank you very much Peri for making the stay so good).
Sundowners to the beach or dunes behind the lodge, trip up the river bed past Elephant, Oryx and Springbok to the clay castles, BBQ lunch on the beach, Quadbiking and visit to Shipwrecks all fitted into two day visit.
The food was excellent and provided excellent options for a Vegetarian.
Faultless and will never forget the trip.
Shipwreck Lodge exceeded my wildest expectations. From the drive from Mowe Bay to the lodge, location of the lodge, food, rooms, drinks, activities, staff, everything just he best and mind blowing. Bravo our guide's knowledge is outstanding. He shared so much on the desert, shipwrecks, bones, river, animals with us that not a moment was boring.
This is a very special place. Everything from the design of the cabins , the warm and knowledgable staff, attention to detail , good food and those special touches you can only find when the whole lodge is built and managed by a team with a real passion for what they do
The activities are well planned and thought out - it’s hard to describe the experience of the drive up the riverbed where we saw many animals and birds , not to mention the desert elephant , followed by a wonderful lunch waiting for us on the beach where we were entertained by a seemingly endless gang of crabs emerging from the ocean to hold their own party!
The quad bike drive up the dunes was a blast, followed up by a well presented dinner just completed the day.
Being so remote brings amazing benefits , the ability to disconnect from our “always online” day to day life, the lack of light pollution makes the stars brighter and at night you can “hear” the silence, the two nights I spent at Shpwreck I slept incredibly well - partly the comfort of the cabin and beds but just as important the real peace of the place
Absolutely this lodge should be on anyone’s bucket list of places to visit and definitely somewhere I will revisit