Reviews of Terrace Bay
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intersting but is it worth the drive?
It is debatable if being in such an isolated location is worth the hours of driving. There are interesting aspects form a geological and wildlife point of view but the lodge itself fails completely.
The rooms are left over lodging form decades ago mining operation and they are in desparate need of an update. They are noisy, drafty and very poor standard beds and shower facilities. the main staff is not all that friendly but the dining room staff is very good. The rooms are not all that clean so it does not appear to be very well run. t
This was definitely the worst facilities we experienced in our month in Namibia.
We knew we were going way out to go here. I'd skip it in retrospect. Very dated and nothing to see hereRead more about the whole trip
Basic accomodation in remote location
You go to Terrace Bay to experience the remoteness and desolation of the Skeleton Coast and in that respect we weren't disappointed.
The accommodation was right by the beach but it was dated and basic and the wash basin leaked. The food in the restaurant was surprisingly good given the remoteness of the location.
Terrace Bay. You've got to go!
Surprisingly the food was superb. The chef was a wonder.
Staff are all trying their utmost in the most out of the way location imaginable.
We loved it - for one night!
Atmospheric resort at the end of the road.
Great location at the end of a long day's drive from Swakopmund.
The drive through the Skeleton Coast was fantastic and the road excellent. The different colours of rocks and sand were unlike anything we'd experienced before - an unforgettable journey a real feeling of isolation, although we passed the occasional vehicle which gave some reassurance that we were not completely alone.
The resort is comfortable and clean. Not plush but everything works with good food and wine. The staff are friendly and efficient.
Great views of the sea.
Terrace Bay review
We knew this accommodation was going to be basic however the location on the Skeleton Coast made it all worthwhile. Our trip here fulfilled a long held childhood dream.
The drive from Damaraland to Terrace Bay was spectacular as was the subsequent drive to Swakopmund along the Skeleton Coast and we are so pleased we included it in our itinerary. Cape Cross to see the seals is a must.
Beauty and desolation at Terrace Bay
Amazing, gorgeous. Stunning location, very wild.
Really lovely rooms, quite basic and scruffy ( as you would expect) but very nice indeed. Fab views.
The bar and restaurant were fantastic with very friendly staff. Great meal, the largest T bone steak I have ever seen. excellent breakfast. We saw seals and dolphins in the sea while breakfasting.
Didn't want to leave.
Wild and Wonderful Terrace Bay!
You really do feel like you are at the end of the earth here.. it is so remote.
We drove for many hours to get here and saw virtually no-one. So it was with great delight that we arrived safely and were met by the very chirpy NWR staff at Terrace Bay. The chalet was basic but perfectly okay and right on the beach. We fell asleep to the sound of the Atlantic crashing in.
There is little to do here unless you like fishing but it was quirky and remote and wild..... and if you want to drive the length of the Skeleton Coast this is the start/finish point! The food, as to be expected had its limitations but was perfectly adequate. There was a fully stocked bar which was very cheap considering the distance from any major centre. There is also a little shop there in the reception so you can purchase a few essentials if required.
Don't come here if you want five star luxury. Do come here if you really do want to get away from it all!
Terrace Bay review
Too far to drive to see nothing, very boring.
Would be better to go from Swakopmund to either Exteneka or Twyfelfontein.
Now for something completely different
Terrace Bay half way up the Skeleton Coast is vastly different from the inland locations we had left only a few hours before. It is a cool, sometimes foggy location with Atlantic rollers breaking 100m from the bungalows which comprise the accommodation. The settlement is tiny and quite bleak but with a unique and memorable character, with high yellow sand dunes behind it.
The restaurant is on a hill above the chalet bungalows (which are kind of "UK seaside 1950s" for want of a better description - not specially tasteful or luxurious but certainly adequate). As the heading suggests this was certainly completely different but pleasingly interesting for that. Food was plainer than in some places, but with reasonable choice a la carte and very acceptable.
Visitors needs to know that in early 2014 if approaching the Skeleton Coast Park from the East on the C39 (as we did) you needed to reach the park gate by 17:00 (when it closes) but if approaching from the South on the C34 we believe the gate for northbound traffic closes at 15:00 - worth checking if likely to be arriving late afternoon!