Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge: Our full report

10 rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 2 reviews
Best for 12+
All year

Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge is an exciting new offering, set to open it’s doors to guests June 2018 (pending government assessments). The lodge will be located within Skeleton Coast Central Concession at the mouth of the ephemeral Hoarusib River in the Skeleton Coast National Park.

Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge is currently under construction, so none of the Expert Africa team have visited yet, all information used have been provided by the lodge. Here is what we know so far:

We’re told that the restaurant area will have a comfortable deck, with incredible views over the desert. There will also be a swimming pool, sun lounges and bar in the main area, the perfect place enjoy the Namibian sun and relax.

The Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge is planning to build ten rooms in total, with eight twin/double rooms and two family rooms. The rooms will all have an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. In the rooms there will be a small coffee and tea station with a hot water flask. Outside there will be small deck in front of each unit. From what we have seen we are expecting light, modern well-appointed rooms with excellent views. Each room will be designed to look like the shipwrecks this coast is so often associated with.

The Lodge is planning to run several activities. Full day 4x4 day excursions include trips to the Möwe Bay seal colony, on the way guests will see the remnants of the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks and the abandoned Westies diamond mine. Alternatively, drive in the park with the aim of finding some of the parks desert adapted wildlife including elephants and lions or if you're lucky perhaps a brown hyena. On this trip you will also see the famous Clay Castles, remarkable cliff-like structures carved from the desert by the Hoarusib river in full flow. The drive will culminate in Puros with a Himba village visit.

A shorter option is an afternoon drive to a local oasis finishing at the roaring dunes. This is one of the most amazing experiences on the coast. The roaring dunes create an unexpected and loud ‘roar’ that reverberates through the whole dune when you slide down them, a stark contrast to the usual silence of the stoic giants.

Staying at Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge will be a real wilderness experience. Due to the location on the Atlantic Coast you will likely experience extremes of weather ranging from bitterly cold nights, foggy mornings and evenings, high winds to scorching sun during the day, this area really is the Skeleton Coast at its rawest.

Our view

Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge is a brand-new lodge, which is currently under construction. With stunning views of the dunes, the sea and the mountains in the distance this lodge promises to quickly become one of our regulars. We are very excited about this new property and cannot wait to see it and pass on our views.


Location: Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Two to three nights

Directions: The Lodge is hoping to offer self-drive to Möwe Bay followed by a 2-3 hour 4x4 transfer to the Lodge. Alternatively you can fly into the Möwe Bay airstrip for the same transfer. At the moment the road from Terrace Bay to Möwe Bay is closed to the public so we are waiting to see how this will work.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Journeys Namibia and Natural Selection

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor Dining


Attitude towards children: The lodge welcomes children aged 6 and over.


Power supply: Generator

Water supply: Borehole

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The nearest hospital is in Swakopmund. The mangers will be trained in first aid.

Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Shipwreck Lodge. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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