Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia
Namibia’s dramatic and mist-shrouded Skeleton Coast ranks among Africa’s most mysterious destinations—a stretch of sand that’s strewn with whale bones and more than 1,000 shipwrecks. To top it off, the beach is hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean and a harsh stretch of uninhabited desert. Shipwreck Lodge offers an unrivaled experience at the heart of this expanse, featuring just 10 architecturally intriguing glass and wood cabins designed to evoke the coastline’s famous shipwrecks. Solitude is pervasive during our stay inside Skeleton Coast National Park, where we comb the sand along this remarkable spot between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers. Protected from the elements, each room offers a warm and comfortable retreat to luxurious beds with thick, soft blankets and plush pillows, plus expansive windows looking toward the sea. The rooms are solar-powered with en suite bathrooms, your private tea-making set and a wood stove to take the chill off. At the center of camp is a large, innovative gathering area that sports a nautical touch in its wraparound deck, cozy candle-lit tables, thick rugs, rustic chandeliers, games and inviting lounge space. While more typical wildlife sightings are rare, this landscape continuously astounds—and you couldn't be more secluded and immersed in this remote African hideaway where hardy Cape fur seals live in large colonies along the rocky shoreline.