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Shipwreck Lodge: an eco-escape on the Skeleton Coast

Our eco-cabins are designed to look like boats, echoing the shipwrecks on this infamous stretch of coastline…

By Immanuel Mbwale
Head Guide at Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge feels a million miles away from civilisation. Set on the Skeleton Coast, you wake up surrounded by Namib Desert dunes, with the Atlantic Ocean just three kilometres away. It’s the ultimate escape. Our eco-cabins are designed to look like boats, echoing the shipwrecks that line this infamous stretch of coast. Everything is made from sustainable wood and copper that blends into the desert and won’t rust in the salt air; anchored into the sand with poles to withstand the strong ocean winds and shifting dunes.

Each of our ten chalets is solar-powered with a cosy wood-burning stove and can be easily removed, leaving no trace in the desert – Eco Awards Namibia has awarded us the 5 Flower accolade for our sustainability. When you stay at Shipwreck Lodge, a percentage of your money goes towards protecting the concession area that we’re located in, between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in Skeleton Coast National Park.

Guests love sitting out on their private deck, listening to the waves in the distance. The cabin interiors are luxurious and ship-themed, with wooden furniture, fishing ropes and porthole windows. We also have a lounge and dining area at the heart of the lodge where you can enjoy our chef’s special menu – he serves lots of fresh seafood, including tuna, hake and crab. The sunsets here are amazing and the mornings are often foggy – it’s very atmospheric.

As a trained guide, I love taking guests out on excursions along the Skeleton Coast. We’re perfectly located for trips to the Hoarusib riverbed, where there are some amazing geological features like the clay castles. Sometimes, we’ll also see desert lions, rhinos and elephants. I like taking people to the nearby Mowe Bay seal colony too. Guests enjoy being able to stay right on the Skeleton Coast, close to all these natural wonders.


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Immanuel Mbwale, known to everyone as Imms, was born in northern Namibia’s Ruacana region. As a child, he loved fixing things, so his parents sent him to mechanic school, which led to a job in a hydro station. Imms became interested in tourism while working as a mechanic at a lodge in Sossusvlei and re-trained as a tour guide. Now the Head Guide at Shipwreck Lodge, Imms is passionate about sharing his love for geology and conservation with guests.
Immanuel Mbwale, Head Guide at Shipwreck Lodge

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