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Designed to mirror the numerous shipwrecks that gave Namibia’s Skeleton Coast its name, the architecturally beautiful Shipwreck Lodge is brining contemporary style to one of the world’s most rugged settings.
Like the wooden ships you'll find washed up here, the lodge exterior is made entirely of wood and glass, with somewhat of a wonky tilt. Inside the interiors are far from shipwrecked though, with bohemian furniture and quirky décor combining to create cosy and stylish spaces to shelter from the wild outdoors. There are just ten rooms at the lodge, including two family options, and all have solar powered en suite facilities and real wood burning stoves to keep warm on chilly nights.
The lodge's central area is as chic as the rooms, and here you'll find hanging armchairs and soft fur throws surrounding the feature fireplace and looking out on the desert landscape through floor to ceiling glass windows. There is also a dining area with a wraparound deck, meaning meals can be enjoyed alongside views of the distant Atlantic Ocean.
Spend your days at Shipwreck Lodge on game drives in the Skeleton Coast National Park, spotting desert-dwelling elephant, giraffe, lion and unique desert flora, before then siting with sundowners atop mighty sand dunes. You'll also want to spend time on the beach, either fishing, scouring for whale bones or discovering some of the famous shipwrecks. Excursions to the Clay Castles, Hoanib River Delta and the Mowe Bay seal colony can all also be organised. In between exploring, the lodge swimming pool is the ideal place to relax and cool off in the midday sun.
Come evening, snuggle up by the fire to look out on the star studded wilderness through the huge windows.
Matt, Original Traveller