Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge

A land exuding an eerie desolation, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast has always invited the curious and the adventurous. Now, Shipwreck Lodge invites the curious, the adventurous – and those in search of a unique sense of luxury. Where the rough seas of the Atlantic Ocean meet the incessant rolling dunes of the world’s oldest desert and where over 1,000 shipwrecks line the shore; this is the first hotel on the infamous coastline. Escape to one of the ten shipwreck-style lodges and experience the solitude of the Namibian desert like never before as you venture out to the Hoarusib River, explore the remnants of the shore’s shipwrecks and sink your toes into the desert sands.

LOCATION

Shipwreck Lodge, lying between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, lies a two and a half hour flight from the country’s capital, Windhoek, into nearby Mowe Bay. As you fly over the golden sands of the ancient desert, look out for the seal colonies and packs of hyenas that roam the shores below. You’ll meet them on the ground later. The one-of-a-kind chalets of Shipwreck Lodge lie nestled among the dunes with uninterrupted views of the coast’s notoriously treacherous Atlantic Ocean and just steps away from the thousands of shipwrecks that line its shores. It’s time to explore.

YOUR ROOM

The ten lodges lie few and far between along the sands of the Skeleton Coast, promising the ultimate seclusion and privacy. Inspired by the famous shipwrecks that litter the shores, each wooden lodge is designed to look like a shipwreck jutting out of the sands. Step into your solar-powered lodge, get the fire going and gaze out of the panoramic glass windows as the sun begins to set and the golden sands turn burnt orange. Drift off to sleep beneath swathes of fur and to the sound of nothing but the crashing waves of the Atlantic and the cackling of hyenas in the distance.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Shipwreck Lodge’s restaurant and lounge are at the heart of it all; with wood-burning stoves dotted around the lodge, deep sofas to sink into, and fur blankets to hibernate beneath. Sip on a hot morning coffee inside the lounge before heading out on a day filled with adventure, and end the day with an evening sundowner out on the deck taking in the uninterrupted views of the contrasting landscape found nowhere else on the planet. A tiny cluster of luxury amid an 80 million-year-old desert, Shipwreck Lodge invites you to experience one of the most unique and isolated parts of the world.

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