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 14km south of the main Khorixas–Outjo road, a good 50km east of Damaraland. It is surrounded by stunning scenery of flat-topped mountain plateaux, and well placed as a stopover between Damaraland and Namibia's Central Highlands or Etosha National Park. No one from Expert Africa has yet stayed at the lodge, but we popped in for a brief visit in June 2014.
The main area at Ugab Terrace is a large, thatched room with a high ceiling, and large windows at one end. The dining room and lounge are open plan, and there are additional chairs and tables on the patio that’s wrapped around two sides of the building. Umbrellas on the patio provide some shelter from the sun – and the views from here are spectacular!
Ugab Terrace has 16 bungalows, three of which are family units, spaced along the edge of a terrace hill. Each bungalow has a spacious veranda, with great views over the unique Damaraland scenery. The rooms have an African feel, 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 jug of filtered water provided in each room. Although there is no air conditioning for environmental reasons, there is a ceiling fan above the beds. The en-suite bathrooms, each with a private shower and a toilet behind a curved wall, are clean and functional, but look a little dated.
The swimming pool is a real highlight at Ugab Terrace, built into the natural stone surrounding, with stunning views. There are actually two baby pools and one larger pool, all laid out in a chain and surrounded by grass, with sunloungers and an outside shower for pool users.
Activities from Ugab Terrace focus around hiking, either alone or with a guide, and nature drives. The land is quite bare, rocky and exposed –so hiking is best in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the heat of the sun. If you choose to hike alone they will equip you with a map and a radio, and can arrange to pick you up at the end of the walk, to save you walking back. Nature drives usually visit Vingerklip. There is also a stargazing platform here, with a guide to help you explore the heavens using the lodge’s telescope.
Our viewUgab Terrace Lodge has a fantastic setting, on the top of a ridge with superb views. The staff are very friendly, and the bungalows are comfortable and homely. Ugab Terrace would work well as a stopover, but is a little too far east to visit the main attractions of Damaraland.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend Ugab Terrace as a one-night stopover.
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 80km east to Outjo.
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 cooked to order. Lunch is served à la carte from 12.00 to 1.30pm. Dinner is usually a set menu, unless the lodge is full in which case there will be a dinner buffet. It is served between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the winter months, and 7.00–9.00pm in the 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
Generally recommended for children: Ugab Terrace is situated high on a ridge, with some steep drops and unfenced pools, making it better suited to older children.
Notes: Children must be under supervision at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: There is cellphone 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
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There are first aid kits on site. For minor injuries there is a clinic in Khorixas, and a larger hospital in Otjiwarongo for more serious illnesses.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is security on site 24 hours a day.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: No.
Money: There are safes in the bungalows.
Accepted payment on location: Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted, as are cash payments in Namibian dollars and South African rand.