The Shipwreck Lodge: Secluded serenity.
It's difficult to imagine where I would even begin.
It's been quite some time, and while so much has changed during my time away, one thing remained; I am still very much in love with sharing the beauty that is Namibia.
I am still budgeting..
..still ticking off one magical Namibian destination at a time.
One of my more recent visits was to the the eccentric Shipwreck lodge.
Goodness, what a time!
The Shipwreck lodge is located in an unrivalled spot in the Skeleton Coast central Concession Area, a piece of land between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers.
Getting there wasn't the difficult task I anticipated it to be. Although quite a distance from Windhoek, the gravel is one of the best I have traveled in the country.
There are two routes to the lodge; both doable in a day but I recommend a two day drive with a stop over in either Damaraland or Swakopmund.
Guests may only drive up until Mowe Bay, after which the lodge arranges a shuttle for pick up. (Don't worry, secure parking is provided.) Pick ups are scheduled for either 11H00 or 15H00.
We arrived just in time for tea and cake..
..and after a short and smooth check in, we made our way to our beautiful cabin.
Pictures do not do the Shipwreck Lodge justice!
The cabin was a perfect balance between luxury and sustainability.
Inside it, we found a king size bed, en-suite bathroom with a large shower, tea station with cookies and rusks, safe for our valuables and a couch for relaxation.
These details were some of my favourite.
I don’t eat much, so Andreas’ reaction is my general measure of food. (I’m chuckling)
Every time our waiter came up to our table, Andreas gave him an enthusiastic nod and a somewhat subtle applause, that’s how good the food was.
Not only was dinner three course each night, the menu was also quite varied. That was a pleasant surprise.
Of the activities available at the lodge, my most memorable is the beach lunch staff at the lodge arranged for us.
What’s that the cool kids say?
“Top two and not two.”
The food was delicious, the company even better, and all of these with the soothing sound of the ocean waves in the background? Come on!
Other activities available at the lodge include the sunset drive and a full day 4x4 excursion through the Hoarusib river during which we experienced the stunning Namibian landscapes, we also got to see desert adapted elephants (one of which chased us down, fun!), and something we didn’t know existed in Namibia, Clay castles.
Here are some pictures!
I did what I could but pictures just don’t do it the justice it deserves.
Y’all gotta go see it, okay?
Service at the lodge is amazing!
We arrived a little later than anticipated because of some car trouble, and the lodge arranged to have a guide pick us up.
The lodge was actively involved in making sure we arrived and drove safely and early enough. They advised on car type, road conditions and any necessities we may need.
Everything was made easy!
I like to emphasize that I am a budget conscious traveler, so of course, I travelled during special season.
The current rate at the lodge is N$ 5400 per person per night sharing, fully inclusive. This means the rate is inclusive of accomodation, all your meals (drinks excluded) and selected activities.
Would I go bcak to Shipwreck lodge? Yes.
The reason? There is no place in the world like it.