As soon as we arrived at Shipwreck Lodge in Namibia, I fell in love. The beach is my ‘happy place’, so to discover this incredibly unique lodge was a delight.
Located deep in the famous Skeleton Coast National Park, between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers, this lodge is complete with 10 beautiful, eco-friendly and solar-powered rooms like no other. Each of these shipwreck-shaped cabins is spaced out along the sand dunes and complete with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy at all times. Shipwreck Lodge is located in the northern section of Skeleton Coast National Park, and the only lodge with concession rights to enjoy overnights. This allows the feeling of being so very far removed from the rest of the world!
When we arrived, we were given a little time to take in the incredible views in our rooms and get settled before being whisked away for sundowners on the beach! The sand was dark, the water was not too cold and I was truly blown away.
While enjoying our drinks and preparing for the adventure ahead of us, we had our first sightings of the trip — a seal coming on the shore, a jackal, a whale spout and even a dolphin!
Shipwreck Lodge offers an incredible selection of activities from quiet beach strolls to adrenaline-pumping sandboarding! Just a quick journey away from the lodge, we had the experience of a lifetime! Picture this, riding ATVs around and SANDBOARDING down the steep dunes with views of the beach and ocean. Yes, we did that! It was such an adrenaline rush and like nothing I have ever done before!
Other activities include a drive to Mowe Bay to see the resident seal colony and wrecks dotted along the coast, or spend the day driving along the Hoarusib River bed in search of brown hyena or to explore the Clay Castles. Our last day, we were treated to the most amazing beach lunch. The opportunity to experience the vastness of the desert dunes spilling onto the shores of the Atlantic Ocean is something I will never forget.