Owned and run by Natural Selection, Shipwreck Lodge is one of the latest additions to the new company’s growing portfolio of properties throughout Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. The price of your stay includes accommodation, all meals, all local drinks, most activities, and Wi-Fi. The lodge is open throughout the year, and travellers visiting between 1st June and 31st July 2018 pay a special introductory rate!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Shipwreck Lodge can be accessed via light-aircraft flight from Windhoek to Möwe Bay, the nearest airstrip. You can also transfer by road from Swakopmund (8 hours) or Namibia’s capital (11½ hours), in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4×4 driven by a member of the lodge’s staff! Self-drivers are not permitted within Skeleton Coast N.P., but you can approach as far as Möwe Bay, where a staff member will pick you up and give you a lift for the rest of the journey. The lodge is situated at the mouth of the River Hoarusib, on desert sands and with views as far as the Atlantic Ocean!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Ten guest rooms are available here – eight standards and two for families. Inspired by the shipwrecks lining Skeleton Coast, this is absolutely stunning accommodation! Each unit is constructed from wood and glass, featuring details such as beams and portholes. Appropriately, there’s a deck, set with chairs and a small table. A timber-framed glass door leads into the room, which in the case of a standard includes a double bed or twin beds with lighting over, bedside tables, a seating area, and a tea-and-coffee station. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. Each family room benefits from all these amenities, in addition to sleeping space for a maximum of two children. And all rooms boast a wood-burning stove, perfect for keeping cosy!
The design of the communal structure at Shipwreck Lodge also owes much to the property’s surroundings. Another timber-and-glass build, it too has a deck where guests can relax and admire the spectacular scenery! Inside, there’s a lavish lounge, featuring armchairs, sofas, and even a swing seat, all with sumptuous throws. A wood-burning stove adds to the warmth of this space, while a sand-coloured floor and a classic explorer’s chest continue the national park theme. In the lodge’s dining area, chic wooden separate tables and chairs beneath elegant lighting provide the setting for delicious meals. The adjacent bar is well stocked, and the chunkiness of its fittings lends an attractive ship’s cabin feel! Outside, there’s a swimming pool.
Shipwreck Lodge offers game drives, sundowner drives, 4×4 excursions, and shipwreck visits – a great range of things to do. Game drives take place within the national park, and among the rolling dunes you can look out for species such as desert-adapted lion, black rhino, elephant, brown hyena, baboon, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and black-faced impala. Towards the ocean, there are large colonies of beautiful Cape fur seals! Keen birders enjoy spotting skuas, jaegers, and tractrac chats here, with Rüppell’s bustard and Benguela long-billed larks sometimes appearing farther inland. Drives are also available along the Hoarusib river, to marvel at the Clay Castles, structures resembling cliffs that the flow of water has carved into the desert. You can also visit the famous shipwrecks of Suiderkus and Karimona, both testament to the sheer power of the Atlantic in full fury. And at the end of each fascinating day, you can sip a sundowner or two on the region’s dune fields, as the sun sets over one of the world’s most magical and mysterious places.