Skeleton Coast Park Mowe Bay, Namibia
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Sun - Sat 7am - 12am
Shipwreck LodgeWhy we love it: A luxury lodge in far northwest Namibia with ocean views
- Dramatic views of the dunes and Atlantic Ocean
- Chalets that resemble marooned ships
- Access to remote natural wonders
Namibia’s western coast was historically a treacherous place for sailors, who often found themselves caught between pirates or giant, ship-wrecking waves. As such, the area earned the evocative nickname of “Skeleton Coast”—the moniker once described the whole coast, but is now only used to refer to the designated national park in the far northwest corner of the country. Getting here still feels a bit like venturing to the end of the world, thanks in part to the dramatic landscape. However, once travelers arrive, they can now bunk down at Shipwreck Lodge, a luxury camp set on the banks of the Huarusib River, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. While there are other high-end lodges in the region, this is the only one with views of the water. It’s also the closest to the Mowe Bay airstrip.
Wildlife is not abundant in this desert region, but there are plenty of nature-based activities to enjoy, including quad bike rides, shipwreck-spotting along the beach, full-day excursions to seal colonies, and searches for desert-adapted elephants followed by sundowners along the dunes. Come evening, take shelter in one of the 10 cabins (eight doubles, two for families), which are designed to resemble marooned vessels. Operating entirely on solar power, each has an attached bathroom, a wood-burning stove, outdoor space, and Atlantic Ocean views. (Note that other amenities are limited; hair dryers, for example, are shared among the cabins.) Meals and drinks are enjoyed with other guests in the comfy main lodge.