Reviews of Terrace Bay
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
Oh what a drive but well worth it!!!!
What a surprise!!!!! After being warned that the drive would be dreadful and the worst road in Namibia, we actually found it great and one of the better dirt roads that we experienced. A long long drive but we felt it really was worth it. When we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and were informed that we would be the only people staying there that night (apart from some official from Etosha - and we never saw him or his family any way).
The room was dated with 60s furniture but again clean, spacious , with toiletries, towels, fridge & tea making facilities. We had been told the food would be canteen style but the dining room was nice and fresh and people that had stayed there had written comments of their stay on the walls (all excellent and some with little drawings).
The meal was vegetable soup (home made), smoked salmon, 2 hour old Kingclip fish fillet & veg with an apple crumble & custard to die for. The breakfast was excellent and the whole stay was a very good experience. Peace and solitude at this time of year (no fishermen who normally make use of these facilities).
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The drive up to Terrace Bay was great fun and the road was much better than I had expected. We enjoyed Terrace Bay enormously - the restcamp feels as though it's at the end of the world and the restaurant/bar staff were very friendly. It was simple and unpretentious.
The food was very good, considering the location, far from producers and shops. Like Swakopmund, the place is cold (and windy) in July, but there was no fog and seascapes were beautiful. Quite a tough place for the staff, who must feel very isolated there.
I hope that NWR don't send Terrace Bay upmarket with fancy refurbishment - it is perfect, just as it is. Nothing to see, but that's part of the charm.