Shipwreck Lodge on The Skeleton Coast is shrouded in mist starting at the Uqab River and stretching about 500 kilometres up the Atlantic Coast to the Kunene River.
The San Bushmen describe this land as ‘the Land God Made in Anger'. The beaches here are strewn with whale bones and the wrecks of many ships. The interior region is an uninhabited desert characterized by rolling, endless sand set around Shipwreck Lodge.
The Shipwreck Lodge offers beautiful views of the surrounding desert and comfortable living on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, Southern Africa. The lodge is situated in a beautiful location within the Skeleton Coast Central Concession Area, between the Hoarusib & Hoanib river.
Guests enjoy comfort and luxury in one of the harshest environments in Africa. This region is home to vulnerable wildlife habitat for many species including black rhino, elephant, black-faced impala and Hartmann’s mountain zebra.
Comfortable living is based with-in eight en-suite twin or double rooms and two ensuite family cabins, each of which is equipped with solar-powered electricity supply. The Shipwreck Lodge rooms provide a shower, toilet, and washbasin with the necessary guest amenities provided.
A bedside lamp, comfortable furniture, including a writing desk and a wood-burning stove and decorated with the influence of the Namibian desert is also available. A small coffee and tea station with a hot water flask will be delivered to your room by the staff designed for your convenience.
In this harsh environment of the Skeleton Coast, the desert-adapted elephant which digs deep beneath the sand for the last water drops can be encountered. Travellers also see giraffe, lion, and baboon, and sometimes even the brown hyena, but sightings are rare.
Thousands of plants and insects flourish in the sand which survives from the moisture of the cold fog that drifts inland from the ocean. Marine life includes the Cape fur seals which line the rocky shoreline in large colonies. Birdlife in this region is prolific, and one has the opportunity to encounter the Ruppell’s korhaan and Benguela long-billed larks.
Have a sundowner drive over the rolling dunes on an afternoon excursion by vehicle to the Oasis water point. Take the full day on the Hoarusib River outing. A 4x4 visit to the natural geological formation of the Clay castles, where the brown hyenas are regularly sighted. You may be lucky enough to see lions or possibly the desert-adapted elephant.
Have lunch on the beach overlooking the ocean. Visit the seal colony, (named after a German ship which first sighted the Cape fur seals in 1884) and see how these creatures dart through the waves and enjoy the warmth of the Namibian sun on the rocks.
The contact numbers to make a reservation at Shipwreck Lodge are:
• Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
• Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
• Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.
Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.