Ugab Terrace Lodge is located on the eastern side of Damaraland, overlooking the terraces.
Ugab Terrace Lodge: Our full report
Ugab Terrace Lodge stands about 14 km south of the main Khorixas-Outjo road, on the eastern side of Damaraland. It is surrounded by stunning scenery of flat-topped mountain plateaux – and we usually suggest a night at this lodge as a stop-over, en route between Damaraland and Namibia's Central Highlands or Etosha National Park.No one from Expert Africa has yet had the chance to stay at Ugab Terrace Lodge, but we popped in for a brief visit in June 2014 and have sent a few travellers here – to date generally when places further west in Damaraland have been full.
The main area at Ugab Terrace is a large, thatched room, with a high ceiling and large windows at one end. From reception you continue through to a large, open plan dining room and lounge, where meals are served. There is a large patio on two sides of the main area with tables and chairs, as well as large umbrellas to provide some shelter from the sun – the views from here are really spectacular!
Ugab Terrace has 16 bungalows, and 3 campsites spaced along the edge of a terrace hill. Each bungalow has large verandas, perfect for relaxing with great views over the unique Damaraland scenery. The rooms are decorated with an ‘African look’, with brightly coloured and patterened cushions and throws, and animals painted onto the bathroom wall. A nice touch is the complimentary bottle of wine and filtered water in each room. Although there is no air-conditioning for environmental reasons, there is a ceiling fan above the beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with a private shower, and a toilet behind a curved wall. The bathrooms are clean and functional, but look a little dated in style.
The swimming pool is a real highlight, with 3 pools (2 baby pools and one larger pool) all laid out in a chain, and built into the natural stone surrounding, with stunning views. There is real grass, sun loungers and an outside shower here for pool users.
The Campsites partly stand against large rocks and are about 40m apart. Between each site there are trees and bushes that create a private environment. There is no power point or hot water available besides a boiler for the shower. Each campsite has its own braai and wash basin. Three of the campsites also have shared showers and WC's.
Activities from Ugab Terrace focus around hiking, with nature drives also on offer. From the lodge you can hike alone or with a guide, if you choose to go alone they will equip you with a map and a radio, if you’d like picking up at the end of the walk, rather than walking back. Nature drives usually visit Vingerklip. There is also a platform here for stargazing at night, and with a guide you can take in the planets and stars around you using the lodge’s telescope.
There is hiking in this area, although the land is quite bare, rocky and exposed – and so most travellers would hike here in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the heat of the sun.
Our viewUgab Terrace Lodge has a fantastic setting, on the top of a ridge with stunning views. The staff are very friendly, and the rooms are comfortable and homely. Ugab Terrace will work well as a stop-over, or for a short stay, but is a little too far east to visit the main Damaraland attractions.
Ideal length of stay: We’d currently recommend Ugab Terrace as a stop-over only.
Directions: Ugab Terrace Lodge stands just west of a gravel road, some 14km south of the main (Tarred) Khorixas-Outjo road. Once on the tar, it’s about 51km west to Khorixas, and 80 east to Outjo. This is on the eastern side of Damaraland, and so best suited to a stopover on the way to/from there.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Breakfast is always served as a buffet, with choices of fruit, cereals, yoghurt, cold meats and bread, as well as a hot breakfast option, which is cooked to order. Lunch is served a la carte from 12-13:30.Dinner is usually a set menu, unless the lodge is full in which case dinner will be served as a buffet. It is served from 18:30-20:30 in winter months, and19:00-21:00 in summer.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: Private dinners can be arranged on request.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Ugab Terrace.
Special activities & services: Babysitting can be organised, though this will be with a member of staff - with no formal childcare training or qualifications.
Equipment: There are 3 family rooms.
Notes: Ugab Terrace is situated high on a ridge, with some steep drops and unfenced pools, making it better suited to older children. Children should be fine as long as they are under supervision at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: There is mobile phone reception here, and WiFi in the main area.
TV & radio: No.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Water is sourced from a local borehole and then filtered for drinking. Rooms have hot and cold running water at all times.
Health & safety
Medical care: There are first aid kits on site. For minor injuries there is a clinic in Khorixas, and a larger hospital in Otji Verango for more serious illnesses.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is security on site 24 hours a day.
Laundry facilities: No.
Money: There are safes in the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: Namibian dollars and South African rand are accepted, and travellers can pay with Visa, Mastercard and American Express.