LT Discovery: Namibia’s Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge, © Photograph by Shawn van Eerden

Looking for one of the most surprising and intriguing destinations on the planet? Welcome to the new Shipwreck Lodge…

A remarkable African safari camp, Shipwreck Lodge, which opened in June this year, is set on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and designed to resemble the shipwrecks and bleached whale bones scattered along this hauntingly beautiful desert coastline. Located 45 kilometres north of Möwe Bay, this 10-cabin eco-lodge is the creative vision of Namibian design duo Nina Maritz and Melanie van der Merwe, a cutting-edge yet comfortable retreat in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments. The newest sibling in Natural Selection’s family of character-filled camps, Shipwreck Lodge offers an all-inclusive experience of game drives and other adventures in a pristine wilderness that defies description. The area contains vulnerable habitat for species of the highest conservation importance, including black rhino, elephant, black-faced impala and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Nestled one kilometre from the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the camp features chic rooms in shades of blue, burgundy, black and white, and a lounge and dining room with uninterrupted coastal views. The eco-conscious lodge is built using timber nails, and the entire site can be dismantled and moved at any given time, leaving no trace on the landscape but footprints.

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