Reviews of Terrace Bay
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Terrace Bay review
If you want to drive the entire Skeleton Coast, Terrace Bay is the only place to stay aside from camping. The facilities are a bit dated, but adequate.
The receptionist was very pleasant and the service overall was fine.
lovely place, terrible journey
Under no circumstances should this trip (after the park entrance) be attempted in a car as even 4WD vehicles get in to difficulties frequently.
Make sure any future gusts are aware the the Ugab river checkpoint closes at 15.00. After that you will simply be turned away and we just made it in with minutes to spare as we were expecting the gate to be open until 17.00. This info is in the guidebook but as it is such an early closure it should be on the client information sent out by EA.
The lodge itself was great, very friendly and no need to worry about inventories or key deposits.
Expert Africa comments
The drive from Swakopmund to Terrace Bay is very long: about 340km. We advise that it’s a good six-hour drive. We usually advise a 4WD during the rainy season and like these travellers, some will prefer one during the dry season. We’ve driven this trip ourselves, several times in recent years, in 2WD saloon cars.
This comment on timings is a very pertinent one; we’d always advise our travellers to start off early in the morning, and reach the Ugab River well before the gate there closes at 15:00. This is included in the guide book, but from now on we’ll further highlight this in a letter that we send out before such a trip.
Terrace Bay is basic and has a time warp quality but that said the rooms were extremely comfortable and we had everything we needed.
Once again we were at the mercy of the wind and sand storms, made me so happy I had never got wrecked on the Skeleton Coast. But I would not have missed going to Terrace Bay, I think everyone should go there once at least.
A classic road trip
We were so glad to have done this drive, from the sights (and smells) of Cape Cross seal colony and the coastal wrecks to the subtly beautiful gravel plains of ever-changing colours further north.
Of course, the Terrace Bay chalets are dated and basic but everything worked and the duvets were lovely - we had the best night's sleep of the whole trip here. It was a shame there were so few other guests - only three other couples - so the restaurant lacked a bit of atmosphere. Food good though and a breakfast selection that would have fed ten times the number.
The following morning we did the short waterfall walk recommended by one of the staff - just park by the old generator shed as you cross the Uniab river and walk seawards for about 1 km . Very easy and we got a good sighting of a brown hyena at quite close quarters.
Terrace Bay review
Loved it for what it is and where it is. You feel like you're at the end of the world and then you come across this old mining camp converted into a holiday 'resort'. We had refurbished rooms which had very comfortable beds - we especially liked the bathroom door - a stripy bit of material pegged onto a fishing line!! Fridge and coffee / tea in the rooms were very welcome.
The staff were great - happy, smiling and pleased to spend some time chatting to us about their lifestyles which involve weeks living at Terrace Bay away from families unless they bring them with them (there is a small school etc for children). Helensmith deserves a special thanks for her smiles. The manager was also very friendly and proud of what they have achieved in upgrading some of the rooms.
Don't expect any luxury but enjoy the whole experience - great fun! Annoyed at ourselves for forgetting to write on the dining room wall to leave our message amid the many that are there - lots to read over breakfast!
Comfortable down to earth place
We arrived at Terrace Bay after driving through a sandstorm so it was a very welcome sight. Staff friendly and helpful. Nice to stay somewhere less touristy all other guests, were locals visiting for the fishing.
Rooms basic but comfortable, very good shower with plenty of hot water.
Had a good night there. Well worth the drive up the Coast.
Terrace Bay better than expected
The 4 of us were given the VIP house, with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, etc, DSTV with all channels.
Food was really nice and staff very helpful and friendly. Write-ups run the place down as a bit rough but actually it's fine, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The only place to stay if you want to see this area of the Skeleton Coast anyway.
Terrace Bay review
Terrace Bay is a government run camp in the middle of nowhere. If you aren't a fisherman then there is little reason to visit here at present.
The manager informed us that they are hoping to renovate the camp next year and add in activities for the new influx of non fishing tourists which will make a big difference.
The staff were excellent and despite the raucous nature our fellow diners, who were all hardcore fisherman, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I was the only woman there apart from the staff which was a little intimidating.
It was an experience I won't forget and isn't for the faint hearted!
Terrace Bay review
We were pleased we made the effort to get there so that we could see more of the Skeleton Coast.. Our expectations of the accommodation & food weren't high. Sure the cabins were not the same quality as other camps but the location at the end of the road made it worthwhile. The staff had made a good effort with the limited resources.
Perhaps NWR should consider refurbishing and providing two grades of cabin - one for the fishermen and an upgraded one for tourists.
Friendly atmosphere, loved the quotes on the dining room wall.
Well worth the visit with staff very welcoming and friendly.Read more about the whole trip