Ugab Terrace Lodge

Ugab Terrace Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
16 Bungalows
Open
All year

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 have sent a few travellers here – to date generally when places further west in Damaraland have been full. What we understand about Ugab Terrace’s facilities and activities is as follows:

The accommodation consists of 16 bungalows, each set up on a terrace hill offering views which we’re told are breathtaking across Damaraland. There are also five campsites overlooking the Ugab terrace and the bush canopy. The pool is said to be a highlight, as it is built into the natural stone, and the main area is decorated with well-selected African artifacts.

The bungalows are described as stylish, with huge verandahs where you can relax and enjoy the view. The rooms are decorated with the “African look" very much in mind. Each includes a private shower and a WC. There is no air-conditioning in the bungalows – the lodge cites environmental reasons – but every bungalow is equipped with a ceiling fan.

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.

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. Of course, the lodge can be used as a base for visiting Damaraland’s attractions, like the rock engravings in Twyfelfontein, and the petrified forest nearby.

Our view

Although we haven’t visited Ugab Terrace Lodge ourselves yet, we understand that it’s got some stunning views and quite an arresting location. We’re currently happy to use this as a stop-over, but won’t suggest it for longer stay until we have seen it ourselves.

Geographics

Location: Damaraland, Namibia

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

Children

Infrastructure

Extras

Laundry facilities: 0