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shipwreck lodge namibia

Nestled in the heart of the African wilderness, Shipwreck Lodge is immersed in rugged beauty. Situated between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, the lodge was the first to be built on the coast itself, offering guests a gateway for desert adventures.

Despite being in one of the planet’s most inhospitable locations (although it’s hauntingly beautiful), the area is rich with wildlife. To one side of the lodge is a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand and, to the other, marshland and forest contrast the harsh terrain and support the desert-adapted wildlife, so keep an eye out for black rhino, elephant, black-faced impala and Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

The accommodation is uniquely designed to resemble a shipwreck (this region is famed for them), mirroring the environment and adding a sense of fun. In total there are 10 rooms, all with a private deck area and outdoor bath to soak in the desert views. They are also all ensuite and solar-powered (apart from the wood-burning stove which is a welcome addition on a chilly evening). Equally innovative in its design, the lounge and restaurant boast a wide wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sands stretching out towards the Atlantic Ocean.