When you are building tourist accommodation in an area so renowned for claiming vessels of the sea that it is actually called the Skeleton Coast then your choice of name is simple. Completely unique as it is remote, this is The Shipwreck Lodge.
Designed to resemble the crashed ships that line the shore the Shipwreck Lodge space in Namibia features ten spots for tourists, including eight twin or double rooms, and two family buildings. All of them come with en suite facilities, and are solar powered.
In fact, the only thing that is not solar powered is the wood-burning stove, but on chilly mornings or evenings (this is the desert after all) it is a most welcome edition.
Also in the centre of the camp you’ll find an equally as innovatively-designed lounge and restaurant with a wide, wraparound deck and uninterrupted view across the sand……all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The area in which it is lies is raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see.
There is more to the location than just isolation though. There’s plenty of wildlife there such as desert-dwelling elephants, baboons, and lions. But that’s not all, as Marine life positively thrives, feeding off the nutrients in the Atlantic, with the most iconic species being the Cape fur seals that line the rocky shoreline in large colonies.
Birdlife is also plentiful, so get you binoculars ready to view Ruppell’s, Korhaans and Benguela long-billed larks.
Aside from that you can discover the enchanting desert flora, or why not sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon, or how about beach-combing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks, or marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles.
For more information please head to the Natural Selection website here.