Shipwreck Lodge - Skeleton Coast, Namibia - Member of Journeys Namibia Management Company (Pty) Ltd

Shipwreck Lodge Namibia

Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge is only 45 km from Möwe Bay. The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

Our exclusive clients can look forward to appreciating the harshness of the desert and the beauty of these solitary landscapes filled with geological history. Learn about the fauna and flora adapted to survive in these harsh conditions – all from the comfort of the restaurant deck. There are 8 twin/double chalets and 2 family chalets.

History of Skeleton Coast

In days gone by, the entire coast of Namibia was known as the Skeleton Coast. Today only the park located on the northern coast, stretching from the Kunene River to Ugab River, is called by this name. The area covering 16,845 km2 was declared a nature reserve in 1971, and serves to protect nearly a third of Namibia’s coastline.

It is notorious for its treacherous weather, rough surf and shifting shores.

Live in this seemingly stark desert, life flourishes. Elephants, lions, brown hyenas, birds and other desert-adapted wildlife, call this unforgiving land their home.

Famed for its shipwrecks estimated to number in the thousands, daring rescues and stories of brave survivors, the Skeleton Coast exudes a sense of danger. Thick fog, forceful winds and the powerful Benguella current make this part of the sea a difficult one to safely navigate and to this day the Skeleton Coast claims its victims.

Among the most well-known ships to have found their end on this coast, is the Eduard Bohlen, Dunedin Star, Cawdor Castle, Suiderkus, Sir Charles Elliot and Kaio Maru.

Activities at Shipwreck

The Conservancy

The partner conservancies of Shipwreck Lodge are the Puros Conservancy established in May 2000 and the Sesfontein Conservancy established in July 2003. Between the two conservancies they cover over 6,000 km2 and are predominantly made up of Ovahimba and Herero people.

By partnering with the conservancies Shipwreck Lodge has the opportunity to recruit lodge staff from these conservancies thus assisting with sustaining of multiple households. The business has also purchased hardy 4x4 vehicles to assist the conservancy with wildlife and environmental management.

In their capacity as landlords, the Conservancies are paid monthly fees based on 8% of turnover of the lodge business. Conservancies therefore also have a vested interest in the overall success of the lodge and the support they provide to the tourism business.

Communal conservancies are self-governing, democratic entities, run by their members, with fixed boundaries that are agreed with adjacent conservancies, communities or land owners.

In 1998 the first four communal conservancies were established. These pioneer conservancies established the model for economic survival and growth in harsh rural settings.

For those conservancies with tourism potential, the right to establish tourism enterprises was realised through joint ventures with the private sector, which could bring capital and experience. As wildlife numbers grew and were sustained by conservation measures, lodges found a sure footing in some conservancies, bringing income and creating employment.

At present there are 83 registered conservancies in Namibia. In some conservancies, tourism is becoming the key source of income. Farming is still the main source of livelihoods for most conservancy members. However, with the growing effects of climate change, access to alternative income streams are becoming increasingly important.

Parking & Pick-up

Vehicles of self-drive guests are parked under cover at the pickup point situated at Möwe Bay. Fly-In guests will also be picked up at Möwe Bay. You will then be transferred the 45km north to the Shipwreck Lodge in a closed game drive vehicle.

Möwe Bay GPS co-ordinates: 19°03’52,3” S & 12°35’03,4” E

Lodge emergency contact number: +264 (0)81 260 0830.

pick-up times

The pick-up times from Möwe Bay Airstrip to the Lodge will be at: 11:00 or 15:00

Departure times from Shipwreck Lodge to Möwe Bay Airstrip will be at: 09:00

Directions to Möwe Bay

For Self-Drive customers see the directions below.

  1. Drive onto the C34 towards Hentiesbay for approximately 69Km.
  2. At Hentiesbay you continue for a further 120Km along the C34 towards the Ugab Gate.
  3. Once at the gate, it will be important to show your voucher as proof that you are staying at Shipwreck Lodge.
  4. Proceed for another 103 Km along the C34 until you reach Torra Bay.
  5. From Torra Bay you will continue along the D2302 towards Terrace Bay for 58 Km, where you will be able to refuel.
  6. Finally head north towards Möwe Bay for the final 82 Km.
  7. You now have reached the Pick-up point at Möwe Bay.

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  1. Drive South along the C43 towards Khorixas.
  2. After approximately 40 Km you will reach the C39.
  3. Turn Right onto the C39 and follow the road for 60 Km until you reach Springbok Water Gate.
  4. Once at the gate it will be important to show your Voucher as proof that you are staying at Shipwreck Lodge.
  5. Continue along the C39 for a further 33 Km until you reach Torra Bay.
  6. From Torra Bay you will continue along the D2302 towards Terrace Bay for 58 Km, where you will be able to refuel.
  7. Finally head north towards Möwe Bay for the final 82 Km.
  8. You now have reached the Pick-up point at Möwe Bay.

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  1. Drive along the C39 towards Palmwag for 126 Km.
  2. After 126 Km you will reach the turnoff to Palmwag. Remain on the C39 towards Torra Bay for a further 60 Km until you reach Springbok Water Gate.
  3. Once at the gate it will be important to show your Voucher as proof that you are staying at Shipwreck Lodge.
  4. Continue along the C39 for a further 33 Km until you reach Torra Bay.
  5. From Torra Bay you will continue along the D2302 towards Terrace Bay for 58 Km, where you will be able to refuel.
  6. Finally head north towards Möwe Bay for the final 82 Km.
  7. You now have reached the Pick-up point at Möwe Bay.

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Rates

Introductory rate 1 June 31 July 2018

For seasonal rates please find the downloadable rate sheets below.

Single room N$ 9,960.00 convert to USD
Double room per person sharing N$ 8,685.00 convert to USD
Children btw 6-18 years sharing 50% N$ 4,342.50 convert to USD
Guide / Pilot N$ 830.00 convert to USD

Rates include 15% VAT & 1% Bed Levy

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