The Eduard Bolhen wreck, a supply ship for the miners that ran aground in 1909. Its steel hull can still be seen and the channel they dug to try and re-float it. Skeleton Coast, Namib desert. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa
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This hotel in Namibia looks like a wreck.

Cailey Rizzo
March 03, 2018

Bushmen in Namibia refer to the Skeleton Coast as “the land god made in anger,” and Portuguese explorers likened it to the gates of hell. The coastline is littered with the skeletons of whales and the rusting hulls of wrecked ships.

The Shipwreck Lodge is taking that in stride, and creating a resort with 10 rooms that are each designed to resemble the actual shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.

Scattered among the bones, between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers, the lodge’s “ships” will sit among the sand dunes. Renderings show how the modern design mirrors the shipwrecks that can be found in the surrounding area.

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Guests can book one of eight twin or double rooms, or two family tents. All accommodations run on solar power.

Inside each of the “wrecks,” guests will find luxurious furnishings, including wood-burning stoves. Large windows will give guests views of the dunes, the sea and mountains in the distance.

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Although the lodge will get guests close and personal with the rugged terrain, visitors can relax in a swimming pool built into one of the structures.

The lodge is the first to be built on the coast and the only one in Skeleton Coast National Park. Because of its location, there’s easy access into the Namibian desert. Guests will be able to book excursions, like a trip to the Mowe Bay seal colony, a drive through the nearby dunes, or a journey to the Clay Castles where hyenas are known to congregate. The hotel will also arrange for guests to have lunch on the beach.

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The lodge is expected to open in June 2018.

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