Get Shipwrecked on Namibia's Skeleton Coast

PUBLISHED 13 MAR 2018   

We all have those days when we wish we could be as far away from the rat race as possible. The idea of being shipwrecked on a deserted coastline, surrounded by the tranquil sounds of rolling waves, whistling wind and the cry of a seagull or two sometimes sounds very appealing. Well now you can do just that, with a few more home comforts than a marooned sailor would expect thrown in too.


The unique Shipwreck Lodge will be opening soon, offering peace, solitude and tranquility to those seeking refuge from the fast pace of city life. The lodge will grace the shores of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, located within the Skeleton Coast National Park, a 146,600 concession area stretching between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in Namibia's Kunene Region, a mere 68 kilometer drive from Möwe Bay. The lodge, which is expected to open in June 2018, is the first to be built on the Skeleton Coast, and the only lodge within the Skeleton Coast National Park.

The Shipwreck Lodge is aptly named, considering that the Skeleton Coast is littered with ship wrecks as well as skeletons of seals and whales. The local Bushmen tribes refer to this notorious stretch of coast as "the land god made in anger" while the Portuguese mariners referred to it as the gates of hell. But then they were actually marooned and didn't have the comforts of a luxurious lodge to welcome them as they stumbled ashore.

The Shipwreck Lodge will be tucked away between the sand dunes   on the southern bank of the Haurusib River Mouth overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean, which bathes the coastline with a cool, refreshing salty sea breeze. The resort will feature 10 rooms that will replicate actual shipwrecks found on the surrounding coastline. These include 8 twin or double rooms, plus 2 family tents, which will all be fitted with large windows providing guests with sweeping views over the sand dunes towards the sea, as well as of the distant mountains. The rooms operate on solar power and are all luxuriously furnished, complete with wood-burning stove to cosy up to when the mercury drops. 

Guests will be able to book excursions into the surrounding desert, to the nearby seal colony located at Möwe Bay, or to the Clay Castles — a favourite haunt of hyenas, and occasionally also desert elephant and lion. Visitors can also arrange to have sundowners on the dunes or to have lunch served on the beach. Guests can take a relaxing stroll along the desolate shore, cool off in the ocean or swim in the lodge's built-in swimming pool. 

So if you're having one of those days when you wish the world would stop so that you can get off, you may want to take some time out to get shipwrecked in style on Namibia's Skeleton Coast.