Beguilingly offbeat chalets on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

The Shipwreck Lodge offers plenty of adventure in the form of game, 4x4 driving and a haunted diamond mine

One of the 10 chalets at Shipwreck Lodge in Namibia, designed to evoke shipwrecked barques
One of the 10 chalets at Shipwreck Lodge in Namibia, designed to evoke shipwrecked barques

The beautifully eerie Skeleton Coast in Namibia has always had a small clutch of camps and lodges within its rough perimeters, but now there’s an option – a unique and extremely buzzy one – in the actual boundaries of the Skeleton Coast Central Concession Area. At Shipwreck Lodge, the 10 chalets (two of them connecting, so great for the intrepid family) are quirky takes on shipwrecked barques, cantilevered and buttressed structures of silvered driftwood, suffused with sunlight thanks to strategically placed glass doors and “portholes”. There is game here – desert-adapted elephants and an elusive lion or two – but the lodge is as much about the adventures all those dunes afford, from 4x4 driving to exploring ghostly abandoned diamond mines.

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