Overview of Shipwreck Lodge

Namibia’s remote Skeleton Coast is an otherworldly piece of African hinterland, a mysterious place where the enormous dunes of the planet’s oldest desert meet the roaring Atlantic Ocean to form one of the most dramatic coast lines in the world. Shipwreck is the only lodge situated in the hauntingly picturesque Skeleton Coast National Park, named after the old wrecks that litter this stretch of Africa.

Here you can go on nature drives and track the specialists of the Namib: desert-dwelling elephants, giraffe, baboon, and the elusive desert-adapted lion and brown hyena. Marvel at the rich birdlife of the Skeleton Coast, which is home to nearly 250 species like Rüppell’s korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark, tractrac chat, jaeger and skua. Take a walk across a lunar-like landscape to discover fascinating succulents and lichens, and the oldest (and strangest!) desert plant on Earth, the welwitschia.

Evoke your inner archaeologist while you discover bleached whale bones and the debris from centuries-old sea vessels that fell victim to the coastline’s shifting sandbanks, dense fog and perilous currents. Interact with the Himba, a nomadic tribe known for crushing ochre rocks and applying the reddish-brown powder to their skin with butter.

This off-the-beaten-track lodge is situated in one of Africa’s most riveting locations, and perhaps one of the most peculiar places on Earth. Breath-taking vistas of desert, ocean and sky – as far as the eye can see.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • The only lodge situated in the soul-stirring Skeleton Coast National Park
  • 4x4 excursions to interior dunes of the Namib Desert and Hoanib River Delta
  • Track desert-dwelling elephants, and the elusive desert-adapted lion and brown hyena
  • Rich birdlife - nearly 250 species
  • Flights over the coastline, spotting whale bones and dramatic shipwrecks
  • Interact with the local Himba people
  • Discover the area's mysterious past during visits to the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks

4x4 Drives

Day tours

Game drives



General Facilities

Designed to resemble the perplexing shipwrecks that scatter the Skeleton Coast, this lodge’s innovative cabins are solar powered and equipped with charging facilities. The uniquely designed main lounge and restaurant boast uninterrupted views of the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean. Each cabin is equipped with a wood-burning stove to keep you warm during the cool coastal nights.



Delicious and wholesome meals are prepared by the lodge’s professional chefs, and served in the restaurant.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Madelein Norval

Madelein Norval

Africa Safari Expert

'Explore the mysteriousness of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, and discover its rare desert-adapted animals, from this unique property. Shipwreck Lodge offers all the bells and whistles of a luxury lodge in the Skeleton Coast National Park. Don't miss the unique opportunity to sleep in one of Africa's most unusual lodges and explore one of Africa's last true wilderness areas!'

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